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Top bar recommendations from locals

Taco Place
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“Fast, tasty tacos that are incredible, plus the best guacamole I’ve ever had. There are two locations - one on Elgin St and one in the Byward Market.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“315 Somerset Street West - www.union613.ca - Union specializes in Southern cooking. The dishes are weighty and rich and flavours are full-sized. Service is warm and utterly unpretentious. Our favorites include the buttermilk brined fried chicken and the cast-iron skillet cornbread.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“Best little pub in the downtown Ottawa Byward Market. Not easy to find but once you have experienced the amazing french Canadian burgers and fries, you will want to come back again...tomorrow! Amazing menu, friendly staff, great value for the plentiful portions you will get. Please note...this is a small pub for locals, so you must go early especially on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Bar
“My personal favourite spot for a night at the pub, some casual drinks with friends, or surprisingly, great breakfast with gluten-free options!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pub
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“art lined subterranean watering hole with a globally inspired pub-grub menu and occasional live music $$ Great breakfast as well”
  • 62 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Amazing place with worldly hand-picked wines from the owners' travels, with a great selection of tapas and frequently a tartare or carpaccio on the menu. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Pub
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“Best scotch bar in Canada. Live music from Wednesday to Saturday. Trivia night on Tuesdays. They wear kilts!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“ The food is cheap as hell, but this is definitely a very loud very active place!”
  • 16 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“A lovely spot for happy hour drinks and snacks (their happy hour menu is good also) or a meal (lunch or dinner) inside on the lovely courtyard patio. A little more upscale, but not too. Its a large place with some cozy nooks. They are also accommodating of food intolerance and allergies.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Night Club
“Hip, great dj's, live music, dancing, all ages, small bar in basement called OVERKILL & nightclub on top floor. Say hello to Claudia at the door!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Tavern on the Hill Ottawa is a seasonal outdoor patio + bar offering fun & delicious food + drinks with a killer view of the city's best sites.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Typical Irish Pub! The Heart and Crown has been around since 1992, it stretches a full city block. With 6 bars within the building, it's as if you're touring an Irish Village. They provide standard Irish fare as well as some Canadian classics. It is a great place to people-watch on the patio during the day as it is in the heart of the market. By night it has a lively crowd who can enjoy live entertainment 7 nights/week. They offer breakfast on the weekends and show various sports events throughout the day (rugby, soccer, nhl, etc.).”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“For the mid-20 to late 30 crowd who love good music, dancing and socializing.”
  • 10 locals recommend
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“Legendary watering hole dating from 1849 featuring live music, and board-game menu & a lively ambiance. Great place to gather after cheering on our Senators! Don't forget to go see Lucky Ron perform on Saturdays; he hasn't missed a Saturday in 19 years! Cheers!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Craving Steak? The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is one of the best steakhouses in town. Great Keg steaks, a casual atmosphere, and friendly, knowledgeable service are the proud trademarks of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. Every location offers a truly comfortable and satisfying dining atmosphere accompanied by a fun and casual bar setting. Each is a welcoming destination on its own, and together they create an energetic and inviting, uniquely gratifying restaurant experience. Outdoor Patio in the heart of the Byward Market. ”
  • 9 locals recommend