Six of Ot­tawa’s best cock­tail lounges and dis­tinc­tive bars

Where Ottawa - - CONTENTS - by joseph mathieu

Avant Garde

Fes­tooned with Soviet pro­pa­ganda and Rus­sian relics, Avant

Garde is the only place in town to ex­plore the strik­ing posters of the Cold War, with a drink in hand no less. On top of Stoli vodka and Baltika beer, there’s a menu fea­tur­ing Rus­sian nib­bles and fre­quent live mu­sic acts to com­plete the ex­pe­ri­ence. 135 Besserer St., avant­garde­bar.com

The Al­bion Rooms

Along­side the lounge chairs and low tables of The Al­bion Rooms are a pol­ished bar with stand­ing tables, a glass-walled char­cu­terie sta­tion, and a din­ing room.

This hot spot’s three pil­lars are craft cock­tails, lo­cal beers, and a farm-to-ta­ble menu, all of which are well worth ex­plor­ing on any night of the week. 33 Nicholas St., theal­bion­rooms.com

Cop­per Spir­its and Sights

The rooftop bar of the down­town An­daz Ho­tel, Cop­per Spir­its and

Sights, pro­vides a breath­tak­ing view of the ByWard Mar­ket and Par­lia­ment Hill. Com­plete with out­door fire pit, this 16th-floor es­tab­lish­ment is an ideal place to watch the sun­set with a NCC (Na­tional Cap­i­tal Cae­sar) or a Cop­per Sky­line: te­quila, Grand Marnier and burnt cit­rus bit­ters. 325 Dal­housie St., ot­tawa.an­daz.hy­att.com


The floor alone at Atari is a colour­ful and in­tri­cate homage to video games and pop cul­ture, but that’s just the tip of the ice­berg. This themed club on Dal­housie serves 24 cre­atively-named cock­tails like Princess Zelda, Cap­tain Jack Spar­row, and Gin I. Joe. When the weather al­lows, the rooftop pa­tio is a hid­den gem. 297 Dal­housie St., atar­i­ot­tawa.com


Like a home away from home, the retro-chic Char­lotte is a lounge that puts lux­ury above all else. Fancy a couch or cozy up to the wood, brass, and quartz bar where they serve a wide range of lo­cal beers and sours. Try a few in the beer flights spe­cial on Tues­days, or go for any of their lov­ingly-made cock­tails, in­clud­ing one mean Sex on the Beach. 340b El­gin St., char­lot­teot­tawa.com

Ward 14

At Ward 14, clink glasses over Formica tables sur­rounded by a bounty of vin­tage trea­sures and trin­kets, all of which are for sale. It will be hard to leave this con­sign­ment bar with­out a tchotchke, or with­out try­ing the in­fa­mous tater tot pou­tine. Drink Mommy’s Lit­tle Se­cret — gin mixed with radler — and dream about buy­ing that ter­rar­ium full of taxi­dermy. 139 Pre­ston St., ward­four­teen.com


Ward 14

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