By Kristin Archer

In just two short years, Zyla’s has cultivated a warm and fuzzy community on James Street North. The bar is part restaurant and part live music venue, with the comfort level of being in your own home. It’s got that Cheers “where everybody knows your name” vibe. You can see the inviting and intimate interior as you walk by and peek into their large window next to neighbours Jack & Lois: six tables for dining, open stage by an exposed brick wall, and a bar.

Owners Nick Zyla and Cat Coppolino put so much care into this hub, which is beloved by a loyal following.

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Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (www.ihearthamilton.ca), where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing an influential 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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