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Bars & Cafes
If you are looking forward to an evening with a chilled drink in hand and great company, then Finnigan's Pub suits your bill. This pub also hosts gigs and live performances by local artists that are very entertaining.
This friendly neighborhood pub is a throwback to the old country. Sitting in this Sandy Hill watering hole quaffing a pint of Guinness, you can easily imagine yourself in a pub in England or Ireland. There are eight beers on tap including the traditional favorites from across the pond, as well as a well-stocked fridge of domestic beers. The menu features traditional fish and chips as well as other pub fare, non-traditional stir-fries and pizzas.
Offering a cozy and fun-filled atmosphere, Avant-Garde Bar as the name spells is truly a class apart. A delightful place to chill out with your pals, sip onto your drinks and have a great time, Avant-Garde is truly one of its kinds. Divided into two floors, the embellished interiors, artistic works and fancy murals make you feel as if you have entered into a different realm of reality altogether. The place regularly hosts live music acts and gigs and those are the best times to hang around and have a blast.
Situated in the University of Ottawa campus, Cafe Nostagia features theme nights from Monday to Thursday. From Trivia Night, Marabou, Jazz Night to Open Mic Night, this cafe is extremely popular for the live performances it hosts. A meeting point for students of the Ottawa University, this cafe serves excellent food and beverages in an informal ambiance. With engrossing events taking place every now and then, it's no wonder that this cafe has become a hub of live music events.
Privilege Bar is a local hot spot. The place is cozy and the décor is just right for some music, drinks and partying.
This downstairs bar is one of the hottest dance clubs in Ottawa. Watch patrons dance on the bar as you enjoy your favorite cocktail and people-watch until the wee hours of the morning. Try and arrive before 10p on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; after 10:30pm expect to stand in line for up to 30 minutes. Tuesday nights are Ladies Night while Thursday night's feature cheap drinks all around. Coat check is available during the winter.
A favorite hot spot among Ottawa's 20- and 30-something crowd, this lively but small dance club, located at the south end of trendy Elgin Street, features a mix of dance music and '80s retro. Popular nights are Friday and Saturday, when people start lining up around 10p. The room itself is pretty sparse, but the tight confines and relatively small dance floor can make for a cozy atmosphere when things start to heat up.
Recline into plush crimson seats at one of a dozen or so hardwood tables at this cozy basement pub; order a single malt scotch or an imported brew and relax. Authors read their works periodically during the week and the famed Sunday brunch was voted as the Best Brunch two years running by readers of Xpress, Ottawa's entertainment newspaper. There are various goodies on the menu like Eggs Ireland and stout French Toast stuffed with bananas. Traditional pub grub, including Shepherd's Pie and burgers are also offered, as well as more upscale choices, like Moroccon Stew and grilled salmon. Call ahead for more details.
If sitting with your friends, sipping on drinks and listening to music is your cuppa tea then Cafe Dekcuf is the right place for you. This charming and boisterous bar located in Lowertown Ottawa is home to some of the more talented lot from the music scene in the city. The drinks here made are a specialty and always taste much better every single time. So with great music, perfectly mastered drinks and a great ambiance, we do not see the reason why you would want to go elsewhere when Cafe Dekcuf is here!
Whether it's for family outings, power lunches or late night munchies, locals flock to this downtown diner for great eats. The house specialty is smoked salmon, but try the local favorite Poutine for a real dining treat. This French Canadian specialty consists of fries, gravy and cheese curds, but other specialty toppings include chili, smoked meat, bacon and onions.
Step down from trendy Elgin Street to the Lieutenant's Pump for a delicious pub meal. Main dishes draw in the crowds. At Lieutenant's Pump, you'll find a wide range of culinary creations, from Thai green curry chicken to veal, liver, bacon and onions. The decor is typical pub style with lots of wood paneling and brass. For the gamesmen there is a shuffleboard court. During the summer months, the patio is a popular spot for relaxing with a beer and watching the world go by.
This bar's Halloween orange sign jumps out at passerby's on Elgin Street. Popular with a younger crowd, Mash is a hip place to quaff a cocktail or snack on burgers, salads and sandwiches. A wide variety of appetizers is available, including Belgian Mussels steamed in Stella Artois. The centerpiece of the venue, an oval bar, is complemented by modern roomy seating, and the decor could stand in as a set in an IKEA commercial.