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November 22, 2010

Coming to Ottawa for a conference. What’s a good place to hang out after the “official” proceedings have ended for the night?

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TheBigFudge 8 points9 points10 points 4 days ago[-]

Providing you are downtown, which I will assume for now, you have options.

Sunday – Barrymores Musichall – Sunday is 80’s night, pretty good crowd, awesome time. It’s a big place, not hard to find one of the two bars, and it’s 80’s night so we don’t have to worry about bad club music.

Monday – Monday’s are excellent food wise. Many spots have wing night on Monday’s and draw a pretty good crowd for Monday night football. I believe the Lonestar in the Byward market has all you can eat fajitas on monday which is both glorious and a curse. You might be hard pressed to find a band on weeknights, maybe someone can help me out with this.

If you aren’t feeling the wing night, the Aulde Dubliner and Heart and Crown are comfortable pub-feeling joints, with arguably the best selection of beer on tap (they have Harp and that pretty well won me over). I would venture that Heart and Crown has the best chance of having some live music on a given night.

Tuesday – Same deal as Monday minus the Wing nights. Clocktower might be fun on one of the nights, its a little quieter. They have a good selection on tap including several of their own brews, all of which are quite good. Don’t think there will be live music at clocktower though. Someone will inevitably mention Gracie O’mallys because it was once a popular destination on Tuesday, however, it is a large cab ride from the downtown area and was notorious for all inclusive hockey fights in recent times.

Wednesday – I know of nothing special, maybe someone else can help here. Pick somewhere that you liked the other nights or try somewhere that may have looked appealing.

Someone is going to say Patty Boland’s for Wednesday night’s choice. Sad story here, it was once a pretty cool place to go, but alas caved to the peer pressure from the other locations on the street and has downgraded into a thumping slum.

You have a good selection to choose from if you are downtown, the Byward market, Elgin St., Bank st. and Sparks street are all within very manageable distances.

If you happen to solicit the advice of a passerby, and they suggest Tila Tequila, avoid further eye contact and walk quickly in the other direction.

pavesk8 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[+] (1 child)

pavesk8 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[-]

Ditto on the Heart and Crown / Irish Village. That place is hopping every weekend.

okcorgi 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

okcorgi 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[-]

I work in the Irish Village. Come get a pint or 12!

Tercotta 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

Tercotta 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[-]

Barrymore’s might still play 80s music on Sundays but it’s still beat thumping so don’t go for that.

pavesk8 9 points10 points11 points 4 days ago[+] (1 child)

pavesk8 9 points10 points11 points 4 days ago[-]

Montreal

another_name [S] 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

another_name [S] 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[-]

If only.

pragma 2 points3 points4 points 4 days ago[+] (2 children)

pragma 2 points3 points4 points 4 days ago[-]

Where is the conference? Where are you staying?

another_name [S] 1 point2 points3 points 4 days ago[+] (1 child)

another_name [S] 1 point2 points3 points 4 days ago[-]

Sorry I should have mentioned that the conference is at the Chateau Laurier, which is also where I’m staying. So, the Market, Elgin, and Sparks are all totally doable.

I’ve been to Ottawa several times, just never had much of a chance to dive into the late night scene.

pragma 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

pragma 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[-]

There are some good grungier suggestions here, and I really like most of them. I’ll propose some ideas that are a smidgen more upscale since those are missing and I suspect the 30-something conference crowd may be a tad bit under-represented in the ottawa reddit (at least from my sole source of such ideas, the reddit house party which was TEH AWSUM even though I was the oldest guy there by a wide margin… thanks TEKUMS!)

Nearby (which in my opinion is MANDATORY for a conference hangout) I would suggest Darcy McGee’s for the Irish Pub scene, Milestone’s for the upscale bar thing, Social for the late-night lounge feeling (and an awesome dinner too).

So what’s the conference?

sokz 1 point2 points3 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

sokz 1 point2 points3 points 4 days ago[-]

Yeah, where are you staying, what are you into and such!

ThatIsMyPassword 1 point2 points3 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

ThatIsMyPassword 1 point2 points3 points 4 days ago[-]

Sunday nights at Zaphod’s on York Street has Trailer Park Bingo. No cover, free to play bingo and you can win prizes. Everytime I’ve gone I’ve had a good time.

chzplz 1 point2 points3 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

chzplz 1 point2 points3 points 4 days ago[-]

Chez Lucien at Murray and Dalhousie in the market. Probably won’t have live music, but great ambiance. Potential to be slightly hipsterish.

If you want a pub, Heart & Crown in the market. Will be a zoo on weekend evenings. Rather Lower Deck-esque. Lots of bands with east-coast influence.

RyVal 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

RyVal 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[-]

There are some really good underground bars scenes. Try out the Chateau Lafayette. if it doesn’t work out Bare Fax is right across the street.

FailCath 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

FailCath 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[-]

If you don’t mind crossing the river into Hull and you like blues, there’s usually “Les virées blues” at the club Addiction (it’s about a half hour walk from Chateau Laurier, so like 5 min. drive) that features local blues bands every Wednesday, I think the cover is about $5 (they have to pay the artists after all!)

Rose1982 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

Rose1982 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[-]

Hooley’s on Elgin is a good place to grab a few drinks and watch the game, live music on weekends.

ice_cold_irony 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[+] (0 children)

ice_cold_irony 0 points1 point2 points 4 days ago[-]

I strongly recommend The Vineyards. Free live jazz sunday, Tuesday Wednesday. 80+ beers, 100+ wines very knowledgable staff. Their signature dish is 12$ French fries with a side of 6oz steak and caesar salad. I had the deep fried Camembert wheel last time and it was excellent. It’s right below a place called the fish market so I’ve seen crazy specials as well and they have a varied menu.

Its a basement sort of pub. Mostly booths and a long bar. Quiet and good for talking and winding down rather than ‘hitting a bar’.

http://www.vineyards.ca/web/

Have fun!

chas3 0 points1 point2 points 3 days ago[+] (0 children)

chas3 0 points1 point2 points 3 days ago[-]

In the Market: Aulde Dubliner, Zaphod’s, Chez Lucien.

Oh and Babylon on Bank st. They have have MOD night on sunday nights. Great music: early punk, post-punk and usually just good rock type stuff.

 

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