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Best Bars in Ottawa’s Byward Market

Best Bars in Ottawa's Byward Market

Best Bars in Ottawa’s Byward Market: the disco balls spins at the Mercury Lounge (Photo: Greencolander)

Any local will tell you that the place for nightlife in Ottawa is Byward Market. The area is packed every weekend, and offers a huge diversity of bars, pubs, clubs and live music venues. For visitors looking for the best bars in Byward Market, our experts have put together this guide with options that will please any taste.

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BEST BAR IN OTTAWA’S BYWARD MARKET FOR SALSA DANCING
Club Caliente
This Byward Market club is Ottawa’s hottest spot for both salsa dancing and a local DJs. Along with hosting free dance lessons Friday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., the club offers a range of music from merenge and bachata to reggaeton and house.
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• Club Caliente, 110 York St., 613-562-0698, 
calienteclub.net

BEST BAR IN OTTAWA’S BYWARD MARKET FOR OUTDOOR DRINKING
Fat Tuesdays and the Velvet Room
Fat Tuesdays has one of the largest patios in the city and is home to Ottawa’s only duelling piano shows (see it on Friday and Saturday nights). Located directly above Fat Tuesdays, the Velvet Room, a 25+ nightclub, resembles a 1920s speakeasy, complete with plush booths and warm lighting. An evening meal here can feature performances by Scarlett’s Dinner Theatre.
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• Fat Tuesday’s and the Velvet Room, 62 York St., 613-241-6810, 
fattuesdays.cavelvetroom.ca

Best Bars in Ottawa’s Byward Market

Best Bars in Ottawa’s Byward Market: Wise, Young and King play the Rainbow Room (Photo: Scott Penner/idoshows.ca)

BEST BAR IN OTTAWA’S BYWARD MARKET FOR SOUL MUSIC
Mercury Lounge
A twenty-first century soul club focused on electronic, house, jazz and funk, Mercury Lounge is a mecca for the arts in Ottawa. This Byward Market bar opened in 1996 and has served not only as a club and live music venue, but also as host to poetry readings, dance performances and art exhibitions.
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• Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward Market Square, 613-789-5324, mercurylounge.com

BEST BAR IN OTTAWA’S BYWARD MARKET TO HEAR THE BLUES
Rainbow Bistro
After nearly three decades of hosting national and international blues artists in Ottawa’s Byward Market, this bar and bistro is respected as an outstanding venue and a must-stop for musicians and performers.
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• Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray St., 613-241-5123,
therainbow.ca

BEST BAR IN OTTAWA’S BYWARD MARKET FOR IRISH FUN
Heart and Crown

This downtown hotspot is technically five pubs in one: the Snug Pub, Mother McGintey’s, the Black Rose, Peter Devine’s and the Heart and Crown all operate under one roof. Live entertainment (on three stages!) and a boisterous atmosphere make for a guaranteed good time in a traditional Irish pub atmosphere.
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• Heart and Crown, 67 Clarence St., 613-562-0674, 
heartandcrown.ca

Best Bars in Ottawa’s Byward Market

Best Bars in Ottawa’s Byward Market: electric beats drive the fun at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo:

BEST BAR IN OTTAWA’S BYWARD MARKET FOR DANCING WHERE THE ROLLING STONES ONCE DANCED
Zaphod Beeblebrox
The original pub at the edge of the universe is an intimate live music venue and dance club. The nightclub has played host to an eclectic mix of performers including Ben Harper, Alanis Morrissette, Broken Social Scene, Ani DiFranco, Sam Roberts Band, Jewel, and countless others. Fun fact: The Rolling Stones filmed their video for “Streets of Love” here.
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• Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St., 613-562-1010, 
zaphods.ca

BEST BAR IN OTTAWA’S BYWARD MARKET FOR HISTORIC DRINKS
Château Lafayette
Few pubs can claim they’re older than Confederation, but The Laff has been serving at Ottawa’s Byward Market for over 160 years. The personable and relaxed atmosphere is home to some of the city’s most beloved performing artists.
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• Château Lafayette, 42 York St., 613-241-4747, thelaff.ca

 

 

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