Since Ottawa is my permanent home base, I thought I would periodically include posts about the city and events within the city throughout my usual travel-related blog posts. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on a few of the pubs I’ve been to in Ottawa since moving here!
Please note: I am not affiliated with any of these restaurants or pubs and no one has paid me to write this post. My opinions about these places are just to be helpful for visitors to the Ottawa area! Should I ever become affiliated with a company or product and write a post or review for them, I will always make that clear.
Find Edition I here.
Luxe is a bit pricier than I usually strive for, but every once in awhile, treating myself to a classier restaurant is a nice change. I’ve only been once so far, but I enjoyed the food (although I cannot for the life of me remember what I had!). I strongly recommend making a reservation if you plan to go on a busy night.
The Pour Boy
In contrast to my first listing, The Pour Boy is incredibly affordable. Located an easy walk from the heart of downtown Ottawa, the food is excellent and the prices are superb. Unfortunately there are two downsides to this pub. They only accept cash (although there is an on-site ATM if you forget), and they’re always busy. As far as I know, they don’t take reservations, so try to get there early if you can. Still, their food is worth it!
Food of choice: BLT or Chicken Fajita
Aulde Dubliner & The Pour House
Not to be confused with the entry above, as these are – as far as I know – unaffiliated pubs. The Aulde Dubliner & The Pour House is located smack dab in the busiest area of the Byward Market. Walk in the front door for Aulde Dubliner, or head upstairs for The Pour House. The Aulde Dubliner has a great patio for the summer, but my preference is actually upstairs. In the warm weather they have a small balcony you can sit on, and large doors which are kept open for the summer breeze. It’s a great place to people watch as you sip a summery drink!
Food of choice: Fish & chips
Confession: I’m not crazy about the food at the Bier Markt. I’ve only been a few times, and each time the food was fine, but nothing yet has wowed me. Not only that, but the prices are higher than I like to pay. At this point you might be wondering why I’ve added it to this list. Well, it would be a crime not to mention it for any beer-lovers out there. Why? Because they serve over 150 types of beer. My best advice is to make a reservation if you can, because otherwise you’re likely to be waiting. The Bier Markt is located on Ottawa’s downtown-based, pedestrian-only Sparks Street.
If you like New Orleans themed atmospheres and food, you’ll love Fat Tuesday’s. If you enjoy food with a bit of a kick to it, then be prepared to enjoy just about every meal on their menu. They have great specials, and host other events ranging from live music to palm reading (it was actually interesting!). If you like an experience to accompany your meal, you can’t go wrong at Fat Tuesday’s!
Food of choice: Blackened Chicken Penne or Blackened Salmon
This concludes Pub Edition II. If you liked it, never fear, I have more pub-related options coming soon!
A brief note of apology for the slightly sporadic postings lately – I’m a bridesmaid in my cousin’s June wedding, and we had a series of wedding events taking place recently which required my attention. Back to regularly scheduled posting (next one will be a continuation of my Africa trip!) as of this post!