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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
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
Bar
“Inventive off the wall cuisine and Ottawa’s most progressive wine list. Love having lunch or dinner at the bar. ”
  • 32 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
Brewery
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“Excellent craft brews made in house - 200 feet from the door - so you can stumble home after a few beverages.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Comedy Club
“Have a laugh and a drink at the nearby Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club. Shows every night except Monday.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“On the pricey side but perfect for a special occasion or a fanatic of fine cuisine. This place has a special place in my heart since I got engaged after dining there. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Trivia night on Sunday nights. You need to book morning of or earlier to reserve a table.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pub
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“Karaoke Tuesday and Saturday. Live music Thursday and Friday's . Great staff”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Pool Hall. One of my favourites. My buddies and I love to play pool here sometimes, they also have a plethora of televisions to watch sports in the background. The prices for beer are reasonable. The pool is a little expensive. If you don't arrive early on the weekend nights you will wait for a pool table. The pool tables are nice though and the atmosphere is great.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This year's People's Choice winner for craft cocktails. You have to go hear if you want a perfect drink. They also have great food and gets a little loud later into the night.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Friendly neighbourhood bar, where everyone knows your name. Great spot to sit at the bar and chat w locals. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Bar is like hanging out in one of many differently themed living rooms. Upstairs above Pure Kitchen. Cocktails, loungy, DJ and healthy appetizers served. Good place to go before or after a meal at Pure Kitchen downstairs.”
  • 7 locals recommend