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Pier 21, located in ByWard Market, offers live music and an atmosphere with a maritime feel. Events feature live music from the East Coast. This 19-and-up club also offers a full maritime menu showcasing fresh seafood.
111 Parent Ave.
Downtown - ByWard Market
Located in ByWard Market, Mercury Lounge is a "21st century soul club." Featuring regular and guest DJs, along with a percussionist, events featuring live music are held regularly. Wi-Fi is also available. Mercury Lounge also offers an appetizer and pizza menu. Music is typically electronic, house, jazz, soul, and funk at this 19-and-up club; the dress code is casual chic-no hats.
As Ottawa's biggest downtown nightclub and live music venue, Ritual features some of the most popular shows. A mezzanine bar level offers a great view of the stage and provides seating. Themed events are held weekly, such as "Drop-it-like-it's-hot Thursdays" and "2 Rooms 1 Cover Saturdays." Music consists of hip-hop and R&B; the dress code at this 19-and-up club is casual chic.
137 Besserer St.
Downtown - Ottawa
Tila Tequila is a club located in ByWard Market that is known for its tropical themed beachy atmosphere. Weekly events such as Thursday's "Ladies Night" are held, along with beachwear- and lingerie-themed events. This 19-and-up club is known for having the largest dance floor in Ottawa.
Studio is an upscale club located in ByWard Market that primarily caters to young adults. It has two rooms spread out over 7,000 square feet (and a rooftop terrace overlooking ByWard Market) featuring Ottawa DJs and three bars. They host events featuring DJs, performers, and featured photographers. Prior reservation is recommended at this semi-formal, 21-and-up club.
Mansion is one of the more popular downtown Ottawa clubs. They host quite a few events with guest DJs and performers, including themed nights and external events such as fashion shows. The atmosphere is fairly upscale and catered to the young adult clientele (21 to 26). Music includes R&B, hip-hop, and Top 40, and the dress code is semi-formal at this 19-and-up club.
Babylon is a student club that offers a "Mod Club Dance Party" every Sunday and monthly dance parties featuring Top 40 music. Often, they feature themes such as reggae nights, no-cover nights, and ethnic genres.
Club Addiction is a popular student club located in Gatineau, with a central dance floor resembling a wrestling ring, a bar, and plush booths. Featuring student nights on "Wild Wednesdays" and "Thirsty Thursdays" and guest DJs on special occasions, this 18-and-up club typically plays Top 40 and has a dress code that's casual chic.
The Great Canadian Cabin
The Great Canadian Cabin bar in Ottawa is a wildly popular student lounge. Featuring 12 pool tables and an outdoor patio in addition to the regular dance floor, bar, and booths, it's always packed. Thursdays are "Cabin Goes Country" nights, exclusively featuring country music.
95 York St.
Downtown - ByWard Market
The Industry Room Liquor Store (popularly known as "Liquor Store") is a popular student lounge located in ByWard Market. A self-titled "party bar," every Tuesday this 19-and-up club hosts "Keg Nights," and every Friday it hosts "Flashback Fridays," featuring '80s and '90s hits. On Sunday, it hosts a "Dimanche We Party" event. Music includes mixed genres, and the dress code is casual chic-no hats, athletic wear, or branded wear.
Le Volt is a popular student club located in Gatineau. Le Volt features a large rooftop patio, in addition to the dance floor and bar. Weekly events are held from Wednesday to Saturday, including "Unpredictable Wednesdays," with other events including country nights, soaking-wet foam parties, "Student Thursdays" with drink specials, "Fresh Fridays," and "Sexy Saturdays." Music is typically Top 40, with a dress code that ranges from casual chic to semi-formal at this 18-and-up club.
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La Maison is a student bar located on campus, featuring regular pub food at student fare. Well-known for its poutine, which comes in more than 10 creative varieties, La Maison is usually packed with students at night.
194 Somerset Ave. E
The Highlander is located at ByWard Market and features a Scottish atmosphere. A full menu is available for lunch and dinner at this 19-and-up bar, in addition to regular bar food. The Highlander also features trivia nights on Tuesdays and live music Wednesday through Saturday.
The University Tavern is a student bar located on campus and offers a full menu in addition to regular bar food. Pizza and pasta are offered at student-friendly rates.
196 Somerset St. E
Pub 101 is a student pub located in ByWard Market, featuring a street-front patio and regular bar food with daily specials. Open for lunch and dinner every day, "pub packages" are available to accommodate sports events and include guaranteed seating and coat check.
101 York St.
Downtown - ByWard Market
Heart & Crown and Peter Devine's
Located in ByWard Market, the Heart & Crown features an Irish atmosphere stretching one block in size (earning the nickname, the "Irish Village") and consists of six patios belonging to five pubs under one roof: the Heart & Crown itself, the Snug Pub, the Mother McGintey's Pub, the Black Rose pub, and the Peter Devine's Club. In addition to a full menu served at lunch and dinner, breakfast is served at the Heart & Crown and Peter Devine's on weekends and holidays.
The Aulde Dubliner
Located in ByWard Market, the Aulde Dubliner features an Irish atmosphere with décor imported from Ireland and two patios that encircle the bar on either side. Live entertainment is presented every Friday and Saturday night at this 19-and-up bar. In addition to a full menu, breakfast is served on weekends and holidays.
The on-campus student bar 1848 is managed by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). Located on the second floor of the University Center, 1848 offers bar food at student rates and is a favorite during sporting events. It also features pool tables, foosball, games, and music with DJs. There are nightly drink specials, most famously, "Toonie Tuesday."
Father & Sons
A wildly popular student restaurant and bar located on campus, Father & Sons features regular bar food at student prices. It is a favorite during sporting events. The breakfast special is quite popular among students, too.
112 Osgoode St.
Blue Cactus is a restaurant and bar that serves up "contemporary favorites" in its full menu and features an all-day happy hour. Sporting events are showcased in the bar area, and every Friday and Saturday night is hosted by a DJ. Blue Cactus also supports many charities and hosts many events for charitable organizations.
What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?
The legal drinking age in Ottawa is 19, with Gatineau/Hull being 18. If you are under 18, you can opt for a residence party instead!
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