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Discovering the Best Cocktail Bars in Ottawa

Discovering the Best Cocktail Bars in Ottawa

Cocktail bars are not just places to drink. They’re hotspots for socializing, sipping on top-notch beverages, indulging in delicious bites, soaking in a fantastic atmosphere, and they’re oh-so-convenient!

When you’ve had your fill of local craft beer and fancy wines, it’s time to shake things up with a killer cocktail! 

Whether you’re chilling in a chic restaurant, lounging in a trendy spot, or cozying up in a pub, we’ve got the lowdown on the best places to sip in style in Ottawa!

Stolen Goods Cocktail Bar

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Address: 106 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5C7, Canada


  • Closed from Sunday to Tuesday
  • Wednesday to Saturday: 6 PM–2 AM

Stolen Goods Cocktail Bar is the hidden joint you never knew you needed. Despite its cozy confines, it’s the perfect spot to cozy up and mingle with fellow cocktail enthusiasts. 

With a discreet facade and snug interior, every visit feels like a VIP affair!

When it comes to grub, Stolen Goods doesn’t disappoint. From Dressed Oysters to Beef Tartare, there’s something to tantalize every taste bud. 

And if you’re wining and dining with a partner in crime, they’ve got specially curated menus for two that’ll make your night extra special.

Now, let’s talk drinks! From craft beers and fine wines to bold bourbons and cocktails with a twist, the libations here are anything but ordinary. 

And if you’re looking to snag some swag, they’ve even got hoodies and Black-Market Bitters up for grabs — talk about souvenirs worth stealing!

With a team as welcoming as they are talented, you’ll feel like part of the family from the moment you walk in. Their passion for mixology is evident in every pour, and their dedication to top-notch service is truly commendable.

Pro Tip:
Just a heads-up: while Stolen Goods doesn’t do phone reservations, you can slide into their inbox or shoot them a message on OpenTable to secure your spot. 

And if you’re rolling deep with a crew of six or more, it’s best to drop them an email to guarantee a table.

The Hyde

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Address: 15 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z6, Canada

Contact: +1 613-422-5111


  • Closed from Sunday to Thursday
  • Friday to Saturday: 5 PM–12 AM

Located right in the heart of downtown Ottawa, The Hyde is a spot we can’t help but adore. It’s not just about convenience — it’s about the vibe, baby!

Just step inside and soak in the cozy atmosphere, complete with chic decor, mood-setting lighting, and tunes that’ll make you groove. But hold onto your drinks, because there’s more to this joint than meets the eye.

Jeff’s the mastermind behind the bar and he’s not just mixing drinks — he’s crafting liquid magic. From meticulously stirred to boldly shaken concoctions, Jeff’s got you covered.

When you’re feeling adventurous, give the Witless Comeback, Terry’s Orange, or Widow’s Bite a whirl. And for a caffeine kick, don’t sleep on the Espresso Martini with a caffeinated twist.

But fear not, classic cocktail lovers! There’s a lineup of wines, beers, and spirits ready to send you on a tipsy journey.

Sure, the food menu may be on the shorter side, but what it lacks in length, it makes up for in flavor. Just sink your teeth into the Seasonal Halloumi Salad or the Five Spice Pork Belly. 

Pro Tip:
Don’t you dare forget about the K.F. Cauliflower – it’s a green game-changer. Pair it with your chosen cocktail? Perfection!

Patty’s Pub

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Address: 510 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z4, Canada

Contact: +1 613-730-2434


  • Monday to Tuesday: 4 PM–11:30 PM
  • Wednesday to Sunday: 12 PM–11:30 PM

Along Bank Street in Ottawa, Patty’s Pub waves to thirsty patrons with its charm and witty vibes. If you’re on the prowl for a top-notch hangout spot, look no further!

Don’t skip out on classics like Shepherd’s Pie, Salmon Boxty, and French Onion Soup. And if you’re feeling fishy, dive into Patty’s Fish and Chips, a crowd-pleaser that’ll reel you in! 

And when it comes to libations, they’ve got it all — from beer and wine to scotch, whiskey, and classic cocktails. For a kickoff, dip your toes into the Ashton Local Craft Beer offerings.

Plus, they welcome our furry friends on the patio, and parking is a breeze with spots along the side street! Sure, some might find it a tad pricey, but the stellar service and scrumptious fare make every penny worth it!

Pro Tip:
They have the classics, but if you’re adventurous, ask the bartender for drinks that’ll get you off your chair and into hyperspace!


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Address: 1014 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2X9, Canada

Contact: +1 613-422-8610


  • Open daily from 5 PM–2 AM

Are you up for a cheeky spot to sip on some killer cocktails and sample top-notch beers? Then look no further than 10Fourteen! 

It’s complete with killer tunes, and you can dive into an epic selection of food, brews, cocktails, and vino. Bar bites range from mac n’ cheese to pizza pockets, and don’t sleep on those Cauliflower Wings!

But what truly sets 10Fourteen apart is its stellar service. The bartenders are always sweet, friendly, and oh-so-accommodating. Sure, some folks might gripe about the food prices, but trust us, it’s worth every penny. 

Plus, the pinball machine, board games, and live guitar jams add an extra sprinkle of magic!

Pro Tip:
We have a preference for the Pink Cashmere but the Midnight Hour, with a splash of cold brew espresso for pure bliss, is a contender for the top spot! If you’re playing it safe, classics like the Martini or Manhattan won’t disappoint.

Prohibition Public House

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Address: 337 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J8, Canada

Contact: +1 613-565-2704


  • Monday to Thursday: 5 PM–11:30 PM
  • Friday: 5 PM–2 AM
  • Saturday: 11 AM–2 AM
  • Sunday: 11 AM–11:30 PM

An Ottawan spot with New York vibes, a European-inspired menu, and a boatload of cool? Well, look no further than Prohibition Public House! 

One step inside and you’ll soak up the blend of antiques and rustic flair in a casually cool setting. The decor nods to the 1930s and 1940s, while the menu, drinks, and tunes are as modern as it gets. 

When it comes to cocktails, they’ve got you covered with creative concoctions like the Dark Knight, Gringo, and Hooch. Sounds like a comic nerd band or a noir criminal organization, right?

Upstairs, the Parlour is perfect for private events, seating up to 66 for dinner or more for cocktails. Outside, there’s a 40-seat patio and a charming covered porch for even more fun in the sun.

Pro Tip:
Don’t miss out on their Thursday night half-price wine deal — it’s a hit with the ladies!

Lowertown Brewery

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Address: 73 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T2, Canada

Contact: +1 613-722-1454


  • Sunday to Wednesday: 11:30 AM–1 AM
  • Thursday to Saturday: 11:30 AM–2 AM

Cheekily chucked into the heart of Ontario’s craft beer universe, Lowertown Brewery boasts brews that are more than just a drop in the bucket! 

With an open-concept kitchen adding flavor to the scene, patrons can soak up the smoky aromas! We’re talking slow-cooked ribs, brisket, and chicken — perfectly paired with their diverse range of crafty concoctions.

In the lively ByWard Market, Lowertown Brewery’s primo spot makes it a few minutes away for both locals and tourists alike. This historical hotspot adds extra oomph to its status as a go-to for beer buffs and foodies on the prowl!

Beyond the brews, Lowertown Brewery shakes things up with its snazzy cocktail game. Promising delicious cocktails, they’re diving deep into mixology, hinting at a dizzying mix of flavors and a dash of creativity to boot.

While the tantalizing tease of delicious cocktails has us salivating, a closer look at their cocktail menu would turn our opinions up to eleven. With their mixology magic and signature sips, no wonder the cocktail connoisseurs flock to this joint!

Pro Tip:
We don’t think it’s fair to gatekeep this so here goes: we’re suckers for their bubble bowls! These are your favorite cocktails — but served in giant fish bowls!

Rabbit Hole

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Address: 208 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5C1, Canada

Contact: +1 613-695-0500


  • Closed on Sunday
  • Monday: 5 PM–12 AM
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 11:30 AM–12 AM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM–2 AM
  • Saturday: 5 PM–2 AM

The Rabbit Hole is a whole new universe. If you find yourself stepping into this snug and storied spot, then brace yourself for an adventure unlike any other.

Upstairs, you can bask in the soft glow of twinkling lights and soak up the cool vibes. It’s the ultimate spot for sealing the deal or sparking some romance — or both!

And when you venture downstairs for a total change of scenery, you’ll find yourself in a quirky, cellar-like space that’s off-the-wall and totally unexpected.

Now, let’s chat about cocktails and if you’re hankering for something extraordinary — you’re in luck! Their signature concoctions are masterpieces and fabulously whipped up by their crafty mixologists. 

So whether it’s a special shindig or just a craving for something swanky, they’re ready for you!

Pro Tip:
Do you know why we keep coming back? It really is a rabbit hole down to the most surprising cocktail concoctions!

The magic word to whisper to the bartender is “Surprise me” and you’ll get your wish! In our case, we like to be surprised with anything that has vodka in it.

Heart & Crown

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Address: 67 Clarence St., Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5, Canada

Contact: +1 613-562-0674


  • Open daily from 11 AM–2 AM

Ah, the Heart & Crown — happy Ireland embraces you with open arms! If you’re craving that classic pub vibe, look no further. 

With its sprawling wrap-around bar, snug decor, and cushy seating, it’s the perfect haunt for a merry gathering with pals, kin, and your significant other.

Now, let’s talk libations: their drink menu is a veritable treasure trove, spanning the globe from international wines to local brews, and yes, even sangria pitchers! There’s a sip for every taste bud. 

Plus, their late-night eats menu is a real game-changer, dishing out your go-to favorites until the wee hours! Bottoms up!

Pro Tip:
Our regulars are their margaritas, but we also go there in the wee hours of the morning for some Bloody Marys! Oh, and the Hairy Larry’s pretty good too!

Mamma Teresa Ristorante

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Address: 300 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 2C2, Canada

Contact: +1 613-236-3023


  • Sunday to Thursday: 4:30 PM–9:30 PM
  • Friday to Saturday: 4:30 PM–10:30 PM

Mamma Teresa Ristorante is a legendary gustatory gem! For nearly half a century, this Italian hotspot has been drawing in celebs, VIPs, and locals alike.

With its European flair, snug layout, and welcoming staff, stepping inside feels like a warm hug. Whether you’re catching up with mates or having a romantic evening, this joint oozes charm and coziness.

So grab a vino, dive into delectable Italian delights, and let the good vibes flow! From fine wines to boozy brews, they’ve got everything to tantalize your taste buds.

Pro Tip:
While we love a good aperitif, we can’t help but keep drinking more throughout the evening — especially after a hearty pasta! Oh, and the tiramisu is just utter perfection.


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Address: 425 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y7, Canada

Contact: +1 613-563-2862


  • Monday to Wednesday: 5:30 PM–9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 5:30 PM–10 PM
  • Friday: 5:30 PM–11:30 PM
  • Saturday: 5:30 PM–12 AM
  • Sunday: 5:30 PM–9 PM

In the gastronomic jungle of Ottawa, Fauna prowls as the wild creation of chef/owner Jon Svazas, with comrades-in-cuisine Billy Khoo and Doug Parsonage. This funky, two-story, 85-seat den is a feast for the senses. 

We’re talking wood tables and cozy banquettes straight outta Drummondville, mingling with a flashy handmade chrome Zinc bar. It’s a clash of styles that’s as tasty as it is tantalizing.

At Fauna, the menu pays homage to the critters — but fear not, it’s all about the flavors! You’re in for a carnivorous cavalcade of small plates. 

From tuna crudo with coconut, kaffir, and chili oil to duck breast spaetzle with kimchi and ginger, each dish is a masterpiece. As for libations, Fauna’s got you on. 

You’ll get to sip on local brews like Kichesippi Natural Blonde or venture into the unknown with classic cocktails sporting a modern twist. Case in point: the Kimchi Caesar with soy sauce and black pepper — a wild ride for your taste buds!

Pro Tip:
If you’re needing some sunshine, get the Beach Cruiser for some yellow rays in your mouth! Anything with their amaros? Yes, please!