Sarcoa 57 Discovery Drive
McMaster Alumni

This post was also written for the McMaster Alumni Blog.

What better way to end the summer than with a patio party by the water? I joined my fellow McMaster Alumni on the last Mac10 activity for the season. (They’ve got lots of exciting stuff lined up for the fall – check their site for upcoming events!)


This was Mac10’s second annual night out at Sarcoa. I missed it last summer, but safe to say they have a lovely summer tradition going now. With about a hundred McMaster Alumni registered, it was guaranteed to be a fun night.

It’s always fun to gather with other alumni at these events because it’s such a diverse group of people. From all different fields and levels of study, you meet so many different people and it’s nice to chat about your time in school. Even though summer always seems to fly by, at least most of us could take comfort in the fact we don’t have that school workload awaiting us in the fall!


I’m glad I had the opportunity to finally visit Sarcoa. I heard so much about it when it opened last summer but had only walked by when visiting the Waterfront, one of my favourite spots in the city. During any season, it’s just beautiful down there.

Sarcoa has a expansive patio space with an outdoor bar and comfortable booths. Ever the explorer, I took a quick tour inside. It’s very classy and sleek. I love the delicate decor that hangs down from the high ceilings.


Back outside, we couldn’t have asked for a better summer evening. There was a chance of rain earlier in the day, but by then it was nothing but sunshine. Everything was basked in a gorgeous golden glow as the sun slowly set during our time there.

The odd sailboat drifted by and the Hamilton Harbour Queen also glided by as it circled the pier. A little red trolly also chugged past as it took a group for a tour. So many ways to experience the Waterfront!


We were treated to tasty appetizers – pizza, breaded shrimp, BBQ chicken, and more. Check out those cute little sliders. Next time I’ll investigate more of Sarcoa’s menu.

As time went on, the sky became more colourful. Streaks of pink mixed in with the blue, then orange, and the colours became richer by the second and the sky darkened. So picturesque and a fitting way to end the night.

– Kristin


Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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