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Good times on tap: What are the best bars with pool tables in Ottawa?

Good times on tap What are the best bars with pool tables in Ottawa

Sometimes, the best nights in Ottawa happen over a cold beer and a friendly game of pool. Whether you’re a seasoned pro with a killer break or just love the satisfying click of those colourful balls, there’s a perfect spot out there waiting for you. 

Maybe it’s a classic pub with a worn-in felt table, or a dive bar where the competition is as friendly as the prices. Let’s ditch the pretense and find your new favourite place to rack them up and sink some shots. 

This is your guide to Ottawa’s best bars with pool tables that are the stars of the show!


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Location: 1642 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 4A1, Canada

Contact: +1 613-224-0249

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM
  • Friday to Saturday – 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Sunday to Monday – 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Pricing: $$


TailGators is a serious pool lover’s paradise. This place boasts over 43 pool tables, so you’ll never have to wait for your turn to rack them up. And while you’re perfecting your shots, you won’t miss a second of the action thanks to over 35 LCD screens and two massive 22ft HDTVs.

They’ve got classic pub food and a lively atmosphere you’d expect, and maybe even a foosball showdown or some time on their indoor golf simulators. If you love pool and a good time, TailGators is the spot for you. 

MacLaren’s On Elgin

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Location: 301 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 2N9, Canada

Contact: +1 613-236-2766

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
  • Friday to Saturday – 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Sunday – 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Pricing: $$


Nestled in the heart of town, MacLaren’s is a beacon for sports and pool lovers. With 25 billiard tables, this spot is a haven for anyone looking to break, shoot, and sink their way to victory. 

And if you think the action stops at pool, think again. Over 30 4K UltraHD TVs ensure you won’t miss a second of the game, no matter where your interests lie.

But what truly distinguishes MacLaren’s is its ability to be more than just a bar. Since 1997, it has been a community cornerstone where every visit is about building memories and friendships, in a space where every customer becomes part of a larger community. 

Dominion Tavern

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Location: 33 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S7, Canada

Contact: +1 613-241-7706

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Pricing: $


If you’re looking for a night of good old-fashioned pool, cheap drinks, and a healthy dose of rock and roll attitude, the Dominion Tavern in the ByWard Market needs to be on your radar.

This legendary spot has it all – well-worn pool tables, a mix of classic and craft beers on tap, and a killer soundtrack provided by live bands and DJs. Forget fancy cocktails and dress codes, the Dominion is about embracing a laid-back vibe and maybe even challenging your friends to a friendly game.

You can think of this place as Ottawa’s unfiltered and unapologetically fun dive bar with a side of billiards.

Dooly’s Ottawa

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Location: 2277 Gladwin Crescent, Ottawa, ON K1B 4K9, Canada

Contact: +1 613-230-4474

Opening hours:

  • Sunday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Friday – 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Saturday – 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Pricing: $$


Dooly’s has been an Ottawa gem since 1999, proving that a great night out is all about good friends and a few friendly games of pool. With 41 pool tables, your biggest challenge will be deciding which one to conquer first!

Wanna test your skills? They’ve got leagues for that. Huge UFC fan? Their massive screens will make you feel like you’re right in the octagon (minus the risk of actually getting punched.)

And, hey, if you’re planning a shindig, their private room is the perfect spot for your crew to rack them up and celebrate.

Minnesota’s Billiards Pub

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Location: 442 Hazeldean Rd, Kanata, ON K2L 1V2, Canada

Contact: +1 613-831-0031

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Pricing: $


Pool table waitlists are the worst, but Minnesota’s Billiards Pub has the cure. With over 25 tables tucked away in their basement, you’ll ditch the lineups and dive straight into the game. 

This spot keeps the vibe casual – think zero pretension and a “come as you are” attitude. Craving takeout while you dominate the game? Go for it! Wash it down with a cold one from their beer selection (with wallet-friendly specials).

If you’re all about racking up wins with friends and honing your pool skills, then this place is your unfussy Ottawa playground.

Amigos Sports Bar

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Location: 858 Merivale Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Z 5Z4, Canada

Contact: +1 613-867-6776

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Sunday – 3:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Pricing: $


Those shabby pubs with a single, lopsided pool table are a thing of the past. Amigos Sports Bar understands that pool is a lifestyle, which is why they’ve got 8 tables ready for some serious cue-stick action. No more fighting for space here!

But the real twist? Those legendary Latin nights where the place transforms into a salsa-fueled fiesta. Oh, and did we mention their epic nachos? Pair those with a wallet-friendly drink, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a night that’s way more fun than your average crawl.