It’s time to stop and smell the rosé. If you love spending a night on the town with your besties the capital certainly has its fair share of amazing hidden gems to check out. From speakeasies to bookstores with booze, there are so many hidden Ottawa bars where you can drink like the locals.
It seems O-town loves hiding bars in places you wouldn’t expect to find them.
Between museums, bookstores, thrift shops, old residential buildings, and places that look like your living room, you never know where you’ll find your next favourite cocktail.
If your BFF hates going out, maybe you can convince them to sip drinks at Charlotte, a place that literally looks the way you wish your living room did.
One of these places even has a no-phones rule to try and keep them on the DL.
We guess that’s one way to lift your spirits!
And while having a good time is all about the squad you roll with, discovering a cool new venue doesn’t hurt either.
So if you’re looking for some different places to celebrate happy hour, simply take a peek at the list below and start counting down the minutes to wine o'clock.
Cuisine: Cocktails & bistro eats
Address: 208 Sparks St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can dive down the rabbit hole and enjoy a long list of cocktails like the S Club 7 or the Love Potion No.2.
Union Local 613: The Staff Room
Address: 315 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Hidden behind a mysterious bookcase inside Union Local 613, you'll find Ottawa's speakeasy, a.k.a The Staff Room.
Cuisine: Cocktails & pub fare
Address: 495 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This is the spot to go for cheap drinks and a good time. You can enjoy trivia nights and $5 pints.
Cuisine: Pub fare
Address: 42 York St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a selection of whiskey, wine, beer, and affordable food at Ottawa's oldest bar.
Bonnie & Clyde
Cuisine: Pub fare
Address: 292 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can get yourself some 49-cent wings on Mondays and $3 drop shots on Fridays and Saturdays at this gem.
Cuisine: Comfort food, beer & wine
Address: 1017 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: If home is first and work is second, the third place you go had better be pretty good. It turns out this little spot is perfect for those post-work bevvies.
Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar
Cuisine: Coffee, beers, & ciders
Address: 1073 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: A little literature with your liquor, anyone? You can sip craft brews and ciders while you shop for used books. Some nights, there's even live music here.
Address: 139 Preston St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you've always wanted to sip a cocktail while you hunt for thrift-store gems, now's your chance. That's right, this sweet little vintage shop doubles as a bar for the best of both worlds.
Cuisine: Mediterranean bar bites & mixed drinks
Address: 442 Preston St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This place has a no-phones, no-reservations, no-groups policy that make it feel even more special and secret.
Cuisine: Cocktails & small plates
Address: 340b Elgin St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: For anyone who prefers staying home to going out, this Ottawa gem is the perfect compromise. You'll feel like you're sitting in a living room at this totally chic spot.
The Hintonburg Public House
Cuisine: Pub fare
Address: 1020 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Almost everything here is handmade or locally sourced, from the food down to the drink mixes.
Canadian Museum of Nature
Cuisine: Mixed drinks
Address: 240 McLeod St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: On select nights, this Ottawa museum transforms into one of the coolest nightclubs in the city. You can sip drinks and dance your way through three floors of fun. Bottle service is also available.