Our Favourite Bars in Ottawa

If you’re in search of after-dinner drinks or a comfortable spot to head to with your friends, it can be challenging to know where to go when there are so many options to choose from in this city. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of our favourite bars in Ottawa to make the selection process nice and easy for you.

The Moonroom

442 Preston St

When you’re in the mood for evening cocktails, The Moonroom is one of the best spots to enjoy a cozy, intimate setting with dim lighting, combined with a great vibe that won’t leave you bored. They offer a wide selection of drinks and tapas-style food that’s perfect for sharing with your date or friends. You can find this little gem in Little Italy.

Canal Ritz

375 Queen Elizabeth Dr

If a great view is a priority for you, then the Canal Ritz is a must. This snazzy Italian bar is located right on the water, overlooking the stunning Rideau Canal. With large, expansive windows, you can gaze out over the canal and city lights. And during the summertime, take your drinks out to the terrace to enjoy the sunshine. You can choose from their impressive selection of Italian food and the large drink menu.

The Hintonburg Public House

1020 Wellington St W

Looking for a local drinking spot? The Hintonburg Public House is the place to be! You can enjoy their craft beer, cocktails, and toe-tappin’ music mixed with an artsy, laid-back vibe.

The Rainbow

76 Murray St

Sometimes, all you really need is a little music to go with your drink of choice. And at this blues bar, it won’t disappoint. Located in the ByWard Market area, this popular spot is the place to find all of the live jazz, soul, rock, alt and even pop music to enjoy alongside a cold brew.

Hooch Bourbon House

180 Rideau St

If you have a love of bourbon, the Hooch Bourbon House is the place to be! Here you’ll find a large variety of different bourbons to sip and sample, along with unique craft cocktails. Their menu offers a blend of chic, rustic and gourmet food items to enjoy alongside your drinks.

The Manx Pub

370 Elgin St

This discreet pub is tucked away in a cozy basement located on Elgin street. This quaint and artsy bar is a good local spot with plenty of vibrant artwork on display. The interior is nice and dim, which adds to the relaxed and mellow vibe. And, if you head here on a Sunday or Monday evening, you can often enjoy jazz or DJ nights.

When you’re looking for some hot spots to check out around the city, be sure to include a few of our favourite bars in Ottawa. With this list, you’re guaranteed to find something that you’ll enjoy.

The Royal Oak

Various Locations

This chain of British pubs is one of Ottawa’ most well known, most likely for their famous fish and chips, best paired with an Alexander Keith’s. They place an emphasis on quality, as they are audited by betterbeer.com each month to ensure they exceed their tough criteria.

With 14 locations in Ottawa, there’s always an Oak to meet at close by. With weekly deals, great food, and awesome beer, you’d be silly not to drop by.


292 Elgin St

Hooley’s is one of Elgin’s landmarks. This popular pub has some of the best tacos in the city, along with wings, burgers, and all the other great pub food you can think of. At night, it turns into a place full of dancing, laughter, and good times.

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