Featuring the finest views in town, Landmarks Lounge is a cozy place to enjoy a light lunch or dinner. Relax and replenish in pleasant surroundings after a busy day. Many creative cocktails, vintage wines and tantalizing menu items are available.
Play Food & Wine
Small plates, wine, cheese and signature cocktails are hallmarks of this ByWard Market establishment, which features innovative culinary offerings, a contemporary dining environment and can accommodate for private functions.
Located above the Brig Pub in the Byward Market area, this urban lounge features contemporary, ambient decor and offers a menu of cocktail canapes, assorted crudites and bar snacks. The intimate establishment can also accommodate for private gatherings, offering dining seating for 40 and a bar-hosting capacity of 60.
Situated in Ottawa's Fairmont Chau Laurier, Zoe's Lounge is a stylish and elegant lounge popular for its afternoon tea, cocktail hour and live evening entertainment. The lounge features comfortable sofas and armchairs, making it a relaxing place to spend an evening. Open weekends from 12noon and weekdays from 2pm.
18 Bar Restaurant
18 Bar Restaurant is a trendy upscale wine bar in Ottawa's Byward Market. Located in a heritage building, the hip bar offers a menu of modern French fare along with an extensive wine list. The eatery is available for private parties and receptions.
The black and red motif create a sophisticated ambiance in this restaurant which serves upscale versions of traditional favourites like fish and chips. An extensive drink menu offers sangria, cocktails and champagnes to patrons.
House and guest DJs keep the crowd bouncing at this trendy martini bar, which offers special nights including Classic Clubbin' Wednesday and 4 The People Thursdays. The trendy, upscale lounge offers wine, beer and spirits in addition to the impressive martini menu.
Located under Barrymore's, the Aloha Room allows patrons to pretend they're at the beach even on a cold Ottawa winter day. Decorated in kitschy Hawaiian gear including surfboards and lava lamps, the laidback lounge offers a range of sweet and fruity cocktails, and DJs spin everything including reggae and disco.
DiVino Wine Studio
This unique space offers a complete wine bar and is open to diners for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. The establishment specializes in special event hosting and provides private, wine-tasting spaces, cooking classes, food seminars and wine courses.
Helsinki Lounge & Disco
Decked out with arctic blue bars and blazing fireplaces, Helsinki brings a bit of the far north to Ottawa. Open seven nights a week, special evenings include a gay night on Thursday, Supersize Fridays, Play Thursday with R&B, hip hop, old school, crunk and reggae, and Juicy Saturday featuring electronic dance music.
Blue Cactus Bar and Grill
Located in the Byward Market area, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill is a popular spot to go for a bite to each and a visit with buddies. The restaurant serves a menu of tasty southwest-style cuisine such a BBQ ribs, fajitas and steak. A range of drinks are available and margaritas are a particular favourite.
Sasha's Bar is located in the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel and is a great place to unwind with a refreshing cocktail and a light meal.
Balcony Bar Lounge
Spread out over two floors and with a bar on each, Balcony Bar Lounge is a chic and classy nightspot in central Ottawa. Patrons groove to Latin, jazz and Brazilian beats while sipping wine, beer and spirits.
Absinthe Cafe Resto Bar
Both the menu and the decor of this trendy, bohemian bistro are influenced by the French bistro-style. Popular among the local crowd, Absinthe Cafe Resto Bar features a live DJ spinning on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors can enjoy brunch at the bistro on weekends.
Known for its innovative interior, music and atmosphere, Mercury Lounge offers a drink menu that includes 18 specialty martinis. Open since 1994, the lounge is located in the Byward Market and features DJs spinning unusual beats that include everything from acid jazz to progressive trance.
Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro
Offering one of the most impressive wine lists in Ottawa, Vineyards Wine Bar and Bistro also offers premium scotch, brandy and port. The dark and cosy interior perfectly compliments the live jazz music offered three nights a week. The bisto's menu features items such as steak and fries, calamari, oysters, grills and cheese platters.
The Drink is a classy spot located in Ottawa's Byward Market area. With a 21 and over policy, the club attracts a slightly more mature crowd than other establishments in the area. Visitors drink tasty cocktails and groove to the music on the busy dance floor.
The Collection/Bar 56
DJs at this trendy club in the Byward Market play a mix of dance music including funk, hip hop, house, jazz, R&B and trance. Open from Thursday to Saturday night, patrons sip beer, wine and martinis while relaxing on the bars comfy sofas.
Located in the Byward Market, Whiskey Bar is an lounge and dance bar that caters to an unpretentious 20-and 30-something crowd. The decor includes a fireplace and TVs and drinks include draft and bottled beer, hi-balls and a large variety of whiskey.
The Metropolitan Brasserie offers a little bit of Paris in Ottawa. Modelled on some of the City of Lights best bistro-bars, this eatery features a raw bar where visitors will find shrimp, oysters, mussels and more. There are a variety of beers on tap as well as over 88 types of wine and champagne.
Social Restaurant and Lounge
A trendy and modern twist on dining and nightlife is found at Social. From the menu that blends traditional French cuisine and North American dishes to the DJs spinning jazz tunes, this is a great spot for a night out on the town.
Lookout Bar & Bistro
Located on the second floor of a building in the Byward Market, Lookout Bar & Bistro is easy to miss but worth trying to find. With an industrial interior and funky decorations, the bar features a balcony that overlooks the street and there are pool tables in the back to keep patrons entertained. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights an eclectic crowd grooves on the dance floor to the sounds of local DJs.
Fresco Bistro Italiano
Located in downtown Ottawa, Fresco Bistro Italiano is a simple and stylish eatery serving bistro-style contemporary Italian fare. A traditional Italian dinner is served each Sunday, and live musicians entertain the crowds on Friday and Saturday nights. The second floor transforms into a lounge later in the evening.
Located in the Westin Hotel, Landmarks Lounge features huge windows offering impressive views of Parliament Hill and the rest of Ottawa. Visitors can much on a variety of tasty snacks while enjoying an after work or after travel beverage such as a local or imported beer, a wine from the extensive list or a specialty martini.