The Red Shoe

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The Red Shoe Pub is a restaurant located in Mabou, Nova Scotia. Open seasonally, it has been operated by Canadian musical group The Rankin Family since May 2005,[1] and is a regular host to both local and visiting Celtic musicians.[2] Artists such as Buddy MacMaster and Glenn Graham (fiddler) have played at the Red Shoe in recent years.

The pub takes its name from a reel composed by Dan R. MacDonald.[3] Though the exterior of the pub was initially decorated by two iconic red shoes, both have since disappeared, the second one having likely been stolen in September 2012.[4]


  1. ^ Smith, Cheryl. "The Red Shoe Pub". Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "Cape Breton Restaurants: The Red Shoe Pub (excerpted from Frommer's Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Atlantic Provinces)". New York Times. 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Red Shoe Pub: History". Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  4. ^ O'Connor, Joe (September 5, 2012). "Cape Breton's famous Red Shoe Pub mulling what to do after titular shoe stolen". National Post. Retrieved December 10, 2012.

Coordinates: 46°04′21″N 61°23′28″W / 46.072519°N 61.391017°W / 46.072519; -61.391017