Heartbreak: the worst feeling and the best reason to drink. You just got your heart broken, and you just want to stop thinking about your ex for a night. Your friends are probably begging you to go out, they tell you you deserve better and to forget about your ex. Sounds easy enough, right?
We all wish heartbreak was that easy. You break up, get over it, and then find someone the next day. But it's not like that at all–instead it's endless days spent crying to the point where you don't even know what you're crying about anymore. Do you miss them? Do you miss their cat? Their weird brother? Who knows. But if your getting out of your sweats and not watching The Notebook on repeat just to go out for one night, here are 10 Ottawa bars that will mend your heart.
Mercury Lounge // 56 Byward Market Square
Mercury Lounge is a club in the ByWard Market that will make anyone happy. They always have tons of shows, drag shows included, and the atmosphere is one that you won't forget. If you love DJs, music, and entertainment, your heart will be mended at this club just for a few hours.
The Whiskey Bar // 112 York St
Maybe you want to get out of the house, but you just want a chill night. The Whiskey Bar is a great place to go if that's your intention, considering it's a laid back bar. You can meet all kinds of people here, which will make you forget about your ex for a little while.The crowd is mostly college students and young adults so maybe you'll meet your rebound here, but I don't recommend doing that.
The Lookout Bar // 41 York St
The Lookout Bar is Ottawa's favourite gay club, however, anyone can go. They offer karaoke nights, girls nights on Fridays and drag shows. There is endless entertainment here, and the dancing never stops. If you're one of those people that clears your head through dancing (Cristina Yang, Grey's Anatomy style) then this is the place for you.
Tomo // 109 Clarence St
Tomo in Japanese means long time friend. I mean, is there a better place to go after a breakup? We all go to our long time friend, or best friend, and Tomo will for sure be there for you after getting your heart broken. This restaurant turns into a bar on Fridays and Saturdays, and you can get a hot AF selfie in the bathroom to post on Insta. And yes, we all hope your ex sees it. Tomo is in between fancy and laid back, so you can cry in the bathroom then come out and socialize like nothing ever happened.
TailGators // 1642 Merivale Rd
TailGators–the place to go when you want to meet guys. This is the ultimate sports bar, and you can even pretend you're awful at playing pool to get someones attention. This is also another great place to go if you're too lazy to actually go out, but want to have a good time. It's a laid back sports bar that will for sure help you get over your ex and maybe pick up a rebound.
Tequila Jacks // 104 Clarence St
Tequila Jacks. Okay, so let's be real here, rebounds don't work and they 95% of the time don't end up being the right match for you. We all know rebounds are to get over the person you're still in love with, but if you were to want to find one, Tequila Jacks is where they're all at. Tequila Jacks is a bar where you can basically leave all your morals at the door, and walk out definitely drunker and happier than you were before.
Mezzanotte Bistro Italiano // 50 Murray St
If you're ready to look hot and like you don't give AF, even if you do, Mezzanotte Bistro Italiano is a great place to go. It's not open that late, so you can go home early since you're probably ready to watch A Walk To Remember all night anyways. The vibe is totally Insta worthy, and you'll for sure look so good looking like you don't care at all.
Zaphod Beeblebrox // 27 York St
Feeling nostalgic about your relationship? Perfect. Zaphods is a great place for you to be then. They have so many throwback nights that you'll feel like you're back in the 90s, and won't even remember your exes name for a night. There are some awesome people that hang out at Zaphods, so you're bound to socialize with some like minded people.
JunXion Public House // 15 George St
Sometimes, you just need to get hammered to forget about your ex. Thank the heavens that JunXion has $2 tequila on Tuesdays then. Maybe you broke up on a Monday and you can't wait to go out on the weekend, you need to get your mind off of it now. JunXion definitely has your back, and the music there is so loud you can't even hear yourself thinking. Perfect, right?
J'adore Beauty Bar and Lounge // 329A Elgin St
Okay, so maybe all of the above sounds great. But maybe you're not a party animal but still want a drink. I got you. Pampering yourself after a breakup is so important. Guys, you can do this too! At J'adore Beauty Bar and Lounge, you can get your nails done and get drunk at the same time. Maybe you're only down for one drink, which is totally cool too. Bring along your BFF and vent about your ex and see how much better you feel. The drink will loosen you up a little bit and make you remember how cool you are on your own.