Ottawa’s Best Cocktail Bars
Tired of hitting up the same spots for afterwork drinks? Ottawa has some amazing cocktail menus waiting for you to try. From the elegant and modern to mid-century and contemporary, these lounges and bars offer their own unique atmospheres and cocktails that are sure to provide you with a whole new experience for your night out.
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Bar Laurel – 1087 Wellington W.
Spanish-inspired kitchen and bar Bar Laurel is a recent addition to the Hintonburg restaurant scene. Their menu includes many small sharing plates, a selection of over 15 different wines, and a cocktail list that perfectly suites the bar’s cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere. The cocktail menu adds a tasteful spin on many classics, including their Mule 2.0, which features Absolute vodka, pink peppercorn, ginger, absinthe, grenadine and lemon.
Common Eatery – 380 Elgin St
At night, Common Eatery becomes a craft cocktail bar known for its advanced techniques. Their extensive cocktail menu features some delightfully crafty mixes including their Thyme 4 a Sidecar; with Hennessy, cointreau, honey, burnt thyme, fresh squeezed lemon juice, in a smoked thyme glass. It’s a super trendy spot to get your (cocktail) drink on in the heart of Elgin street.
The Albion Rooms – 33 Nicholas St
The Albion Rooms, known for their farm-to-fork inspired cuisine and old-world hospitality, brings that same inspiration to their signature cocktail menu, which features 8 locally influenced cocktails and two mocktails (for the driver). It’s the perfect spot to grab drinks after a day of skating on the Rideau Canal, just one block away.
Prohibition Public House – 337 Somerset St W
Prohibition is a trendy New York style Gastropub on Somerset, the perfect spot to hang your hat for some evening drinks. Their list of unique cocktails are all prohibition-inspired twists on the classics. It’s the perfect atmosphere for a J.Edgar Hoover (aka an Old-Fashioned) or a Tommy Gun (aka a Sicilian Mule).
Charlotte – 340b, Elgin St
Nestled in the heart of Elgin Street on the second floor of Pure Kitchen is Charlotte, a contemporary, mid-century inspired cocktail lounge that is a trendy and relaxing spot to enjoy craft cocktails made with fresh ingredients. Their menu includes 12 cocktails, including 3 Tiki-inspired drinks. Charlotte uses only the freshest of ingredients, including their organic orange juice and house made syrup to bring out the flavour in their cocktails.
Riviera – 62 Sparks St
No list would be complete without a nod to Riviera, Ottawa’s trendy fine dining restaurant in Sparks Street’s old bank. The restaurant itself is a destination, with the bank interior being refined into an elegant dining space with high ceilings and marble furnishings. Then comes the cocktail menu. Their extensive list offers over 9 different Negronis, 20 + spins on your classics and a separate list of drinks inspired by Riviera’s Master Mixologist, Stephen Flood. If you are looking to try something new – something perhaps made especially for you – this is your place.