If your nightlife has started to feel a little stale lately, there's no better way to freshen things up then heading out to a new bar with your BFFs. Ottawa has its fair share of clubs and hot spots, but there are numerous hidden gems located all throughout the city as well. Whether they're underground, inside of a thrift store, or simply an underrated local favourite, there are plenty of secret bars in Ottawa that will make your Friday nights new and fun again!
Cuisine: Craft beer, cocktails, pub food
Address: 139 Preston St.
Why You Need To Go: One of the quirkiest spots in Ottawa, Ward 14 is so much more than just a bar, it's also a consignment shop. You can enjoy the unique decor, vintage games, and weekly trivia nights. They even host fun events like a succulent terrarium building.
The Staff Room
Cuisine: Cocktails, booze, wine, pub food, vegan options
Address: 315 Somerset St. W.
Why You Need To Go: You could walk right past this seemingly normal three-story house and never know there was a bar inside. But inside, you can enjoy a variety of funky-named cocktails and plenty of top-shelf booze. Be sure to check out the other floors which are home to Union Local 613 and Jabberwocky as well.
Cuisine: Specialty cocktails
Address: 442 Preston St.
Why You Need To Go: Whether you're inside in the dim candlelight or outside on the adorable patio, The Moonroom's welcoming environment will feel you're at like your BFF's house. Though, the cocktails here are probably better.
The Albion Rooms
Cuisine: Wine, cocktails, brunch, charcuterie
Address: 33 Nicholas St.
Why You Need To Go: Originally a hotel, this historic building makes for an incredible night out. You can enjoy a variety of signature cocktails and tasty dishes. They even have a "driving cocktails" menu with delicious mocktails for your treasured designated driver.
Prohibition Public House
Cuisine: Cocktails, beer, wine, gastropub
Address: 337 Somerset St. W.
Why You Need To Go: This is another bar you could walk past if you didn't know what you were looking for. But once inside, you'll feel like you just walked into a New York gastropub. You can enjoy the cozy, intimate setting while you sip on their large selection of craft beers and cocktails.
Cuisine: Cocktails, beer, wine, seasonal menu
Address: 425 Bank St.
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a variety of unique cocktails including the kimchi caesar. But it's not just amazing drinks that sets this place apart, it's also the beautiful decor, which was all locally sourced and designed.
The Manx Pub
Cuisine: Beer, wine, pub food, vegan options
Address: 370 Elgin St.
Why You Need To Go: A popular hub for artists and a local favourite since 1993, The Manx is unlike any bar you're used to. This is the perfect spot to sip and work on all of your creative projects. Oh, and don't pass on the food menu either. After all, it includes things like banana bread french toast and crispy bourbon vanilla pork chops.
Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Store
Cuisine: Wine, beer, cocktails, specialty coffee, Russian eats
Address: 35 ½ Besserer St.
Why You Need To Go: From the walls to the cocktails, this little Ottawa bar is an art lover's paradise. You can enjoy a wide selection of Russian vodka, beer, cocktails and more. It's also a great spot to catch some live music.
Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro
Cuisine: Wine, imported beers, Italian eats
Address: 54 York St.
Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a place to un(wine)d after a long day, then look no further. You can sip your way through an array of wines, single malt scotch, and imported beers. There's even live local jazz every Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.