29 Best Cocktail Bars in Ottawa

Citizen Tapas/Small Plates • $$$
207 Gilmour St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Burrata and Local Tomato Salad
Falafel with Beet Hummus
Seared Tuna Tartare
Town Meatballs
Beef Tartare

“Citizen is a restaurant offering a nice casual atmosphere and great cocktails, although a bit pricey. The menu features dishes like white fish appetizer, trout main, and pot pie special. The service is fantastic, with friendly and efficient staff. The food is amazing, with portions being quite small but filling. The place is cute and suitable for both fancy and casual dress.“

4.8 Superb52 Reviews
Gitanes French
361 Elgin St Unit #6, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

French Onion Soup with Bone Marrow
Foie Gras Ice Cream Sundae
Small Cold Bar Platter
Cold Seafood Platter
Duck Agrodulce
Caviar Service
Duck Au Poivre
Steak Tartare
Cacio E Pepe
Steak Frites

“Gitanes offers a great classy and private atmosphere, perfect for a date night. The food is absolutely loved, with dishes like lamb brochette, steak frite, beef tartare, crab pasta, and pork chop being highly recommended. The service is amazing, with the staff being friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. Overall, Gitanes is an exceptional dining experience that hits the mark across the board.“

4.2 Good203 Reviews
Stolen Goods Cocktail Bar Cocktail Bar •
106 Sparks St., Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake
Buttery Potatoes
Steak Tartare

“Stolen Goods Cocktail Bar offers an impressive experience with unique and well-balanced cocktails, according to visitors. The service, provided by the owner, is described as exceptionally warm and efficient. The atmosphere is cozy and intimate, with a fun touch in the bathroom design. Guests have the option to order "everything on the menu" and can request special arrangements for celebrations. While the famous "pig drink" is not always available, the cocktail prices are considered reasonable for the creative offerings.“

4.7 Superb119 Reviews
Le Poisson Bleu Cocktail Bar •
610 Somerset St W, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Glazed Dry Aged Salmon Collar
Steelhead Trout Crudo
LPB Fish and Chips
Fish Scotch Eggs
Lobster Risotto
Duo of Eclairs
Fish Beignets
Shrimp Toast
The Beignets
Crispy Rice

“Le Poisson Bleu is a go-to spot, serving unique dishes with fresh seafood and exceptional service. The bistro-like atmosphere is cozy, especially on weekends. Enjoy inventive cocktails, great wine, and superb seafood, with dishes like Spaetzli, all carefully crafted to provide a 10/10 dining experience.“

4.5 Superb139 Reviews
Thr33's Co. Snack Bar Cocktail Bar • $$
589 Bank St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Drumsticks with Peanut Sauce
Coconut Curry Prawns
Beef and Broccoli
Turkey Meatball
Gnocchi Supreme
Cake in a Jar
Salmon Tartare
Vegan Banh MI
Deviled Eggs
Walking Taco

“Thr33's Co. Snack Bar is a local favorite in Ottawa, known for its fantastic food, great atmosphere, and excellent service. The menu offers delicious dishes like gnocchi supreme, halloumi, and a current favorite, brisket stew. Their deviled eggs and coconut shrimp are also popular choices. The staff, including Noah and Ian, are praised for their friendliness and attentiveness, making it an ideal spot for gatherings or a quick cocktail. While the music volume is a common complaint, customers enjoy the overall experience and recommend Thr33's Co. Snack Bar for its tasty food and welcoming environment.“

4.6 Superb90 Reviews
Rabbit Hole Cocktail Bar • $$
208 Sparks St., Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Grilled Chicken Tomato Sauce Pizza
Chocolate Brownie with Caramel
Pizza with White Sauce
Charcuterie Board
Margherita Pizza
Truffle Chips
Oysters Pizza
Wagyu Burger
White Pizza

“Rabbit Hole is a restaurant that offers a memorable dining experience with its stellar food, ambiance, and service. The pizzas, such as the Red 6 and White 4, are savory and perfectly cooked, especially when paired with their delicious garlic sauce. For those with a heartier appetite, the Wagyu burger is a must-try, as it melts in your mouth and is accompanied by well-seasoned fries. Their cocktails are both boozy and fruity, presented beautifully. The staff is commendable for their kindness and willingness to accommodate requests, even if it means going the extra mile, as shown by the homemade dill pickle dip made for a customer after hours. While the prices can be steep, the unique atmosphere and friendly service make up for it. However, parking can be challenging and it is not the most kid-friendly or wheelchair-accessible establishment. Overall, Rabbit Hole provides a delightful and memorable dining experience.“

4.3 Superb163 Reviews
Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop Cocktail Bar • $$
135 Besserer St, Ottawa

“Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop is a versatile music venue that caters to a wide range of musical acts. The intimate space features live performances from various bands, creating a lively and welcoming atmosphere. The owner is praised for their friendly and attentive service, making it a popular destination for music enthusiasts.“

4.4 Superb38 Reviews
10Fourteen Cocktail Bar • $$
1014 Wellington St. W, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Fidel Sandwich Pulled Pork
Jerk Chicken Nachos
Charcuterie Board
Glass of Bacon
Pizza Pockets
Soft Pretzel

“10Fourteen offers fabulous food, excellent drinks, and an amazing atmosphere, making it a great spot for couples and groups of friends. Enjoy good prices, board games, and great service in this unique and lively bar.“

4.4 Superb38 Reviews
Nan's Parlour Cocktail Bar • $$
73 Clarence St., Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Coconut Cream Pie
Shrimp Cocktail
Blueberry Hill
Lavender Sour
Halloumi Fries
Cheek Pincher

“Nan's Parlour offers a charming experience with its granny chic decor, creating a cozy atmosphere both indoors and on its summer porch. The bar serves unique and visually appealing cocktails, with prices considered reasonable. Friendly staff provide excellent service, making it a worthwhile visit.“

4.2 Good69 Reviews
The Belmont Tapas/Small Plates • $$
1169 Bank St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Famous Trini Doubles with Slow Roasted Pork
Crispy Pork Belly 20
Piri Piri Chicken
Charcuterie Board
Huevos Rancheros
Roast Cauliflower
The Full Belmont
Devilled Eggs
Whipped Feta
French Toast

“The Belmont in Ottawa offers delicious food and exquisite cocktails prepared by a masterful bartender. The staff is courteous, pleasant, well-informed, and fast. The family-style option with dessert is highly recommended, with refreshing octopus carpaccio and juicy piri piri chicken. The Trini Doubles, tartare, mushroom on toast, and patatas bravas were outstanding choices, although the chicken was not as special as expected. Overall, The Belmont exceeds expectations and is recommended, especially for seafood options.“

4.6 Superb179 Reviews
Starling Restaurant and Bar Cocktail Bar •
54 York St ground floor level, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Classic Steak Frites
Chicken and Waffles
Impossible Burger
Starling Breaky
Calamari Fritti
Beef Tartare
Eggs Benedict
French Toast

“Starling Restaurant and Bar in Ottawa is a fantastic find with fun ambiance and fantastic food. The novel flavors impressed even those in the food industry. The ceviche, shrimp pappardelle, risotto, and burger were delicious. The cocktails like the Bird Watcher were unique, and desserts like the flan and semifreddo were spectacular. The service was friendly and attentive, making it a must-visit for anyone looking for a great dining experience.“

4 Good146 Reviews
Rosebowl Steak & Seafood Fine Dining
228 Preston St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail
Signature Burger
Lobster Ravioli
Seafood Medley
Grilled Salmon
Seafood Tower
Salmon Fillet
Chocolate Cake
Steak Tartare
Rack of Lamb

“Rosebowl Steak & Seafood offers an excellent dining experience. With a great location on Preston, the restaurant serves delicious food with professional, thorough, and courteous service. The staff is excellent, with attentive servers like Holly, who ensure timely service. The menu features tasty dishes, including the seafood medley, and presentation is beautiful.“

4.6 Superb168 Reviews
Jabberwocky Supper Club Cocktail Bar • $$
315 Somerset St W, Ottawa

“The Jabberwocky Supper Club is a restaurant that offers a cozy and comfortable atmosphere with sturdy seats and a moderate music volume. It is located upstairs, making it not accessible for people with stair-related mobility issues. The restaurant is known for its rich and generous food portions, including a variety of mains and a chili cake dessert that is large enough to be shared. They offer a selection of cocktails, including one with a smoky flavor. The Jabberwocky Supper Club has received praise for its top-notch servers and excellent food, offering complex flavors and textures in every course. It has a reputation for being an indulgent dining experience. Vegan options are typically available in every course, making it a great option for those following a plant-based diet. Overall, the Jabberwocky Supper Club is a must-try restaurant for both locals and visitors coming from other great foodie towns.“

4.1 Good17 Reviews
ALORA Ottawa Wine Bar •
34 Clarence St., Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Grilled Saffron Chicken
Poke Bowl with Wild Rice
Pasta Prima Verano
Crispy Crab Cakes
Salmon Poke Bowl
Sharing Platter
French Fries

“Alora Ottawa offers a wonderful dining experience, with excellent staff and cocktails. The food is good, with some dishes receiving high praise. While the acoustics can be loud, the restaurant is ideal for special occasions or splurging.“

4.7 Superb111 Reviews
One Up Cocktail Pub Cocktail Bar • $$
1 Beechwood Ave. 2nd floor, Ottawa

“One Up Cocktail Pub offers a great dining experience with a relaxing atmosphere, often featuring live jazz music. The menu features good Bistro cuisine, including the delicious Windsor Chicken sandwich with fries, and decadent Skor Cheesecake for dessert. The friendly and efficient wait staff ensure a pleasant visit.“

3.9 Good9 Reviews
Tavern at the Gallery Cocktail Bar • $$
380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Chicken Pesto Poulet Et Pesto
Seed to Sausage Gallery
Seared Tuna Poke Bowl
Sesame Chicken Salad
Margherita Pizza
Mushroom Medley
Mushroom Pizza

“Tavern at the Gallery offers a charming and romantic outdoor dining experience in Ottawa. The cozy atmosphere with fire pits and blankets makes it perfect for a lovely date night. The food, like the mushroom pizza and Brie/Pear pizza, is delicious with generous portions. The service is friendly and attentive, ensuring a great dining experience. The patio has a nice vibe at night, making it a great spot to enjoy tasty dishes like the Margarita Pizza. Reasonably priced and with impeccable service, this restaurant is a must-visit for anyone looking for a relaxing meal.“

3.8 Good80 Reviews
Montgomery Scotch Lounge Lounges • $$
750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Flight of Hard to Pronounce Scotches
Salty Rubbery Cheese Sticks
Scottish Whisky Trail 1
Desmond's Ploughmans
Scotch Lounge Gorp

“Montgomery Scotch Lounge is a restaurant and entertainment venue known for its live music and friendly staff. The lounge offers a variety of scotch and a menu with high-end, well-prepared dishes, although it tends to cater more towards snacks. The service is exceptional, with standout staff members including Tara and Matt. The noise level can be high, but the ambiance is described as having a great vibe. There is a $15 per person charge, making it a pricier option, but overall, it is a recommended spot for a special occasion or to enjoy live music and a cocktail.“

4.5 Superb114 Reviews
Speakeasy Tapas Lounge Tapas •
55 York St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
Old MacDonald Sliders
Scallops & Roots
Dessert Trio
El Diablo

“Speakeasy Tapas Lounge offers a memorable dining experience, with excellent service and unique entertainment. The menu features delicious dishes like beef tataki, scallops, and mushroom baguette. Their $1 oysters on Sundays and happy hour specials are popular choices. The interior is cozy and dimly lit, with a great playlist and friendly staff. A magician on Mother's Day and personalized recommendations from servers like Elody add to the enjoyable atmosphere. This new favorite is perfect for family parties and gatherings with friends.“

4.5 Superb94 Reviews
Paper Tiger Noodle Bar Ramen • $$
1091 Bank St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Beast Ramen w BBQ Pulled Chicken
Creamy Fried Brussels Sprouts
Vietnamese Garlic Noodles
Edamame with Fried Garlic
Spicy Garlic Edamame
Black Mushroom Udon
Dan Dan Noodles
Chicken Karaage
Tuna Crudo
Vegan Ramen

“Paper Tiger Noodle Bar is a bustling spot with a lively atmosphere. The menu offers a range of options, including the popular duck breast tartare, beast ramen, and Vietnamese garlic noodles. The tartare stands out for its unique flavors, while the ramen and noodles are also delicious. While the noodles have a great texture and the broth is sticky and oily, the overall flavor might not be perfect. Despite this, the restaurant is well worth a visit, especially for its unique raw menu options. The staff is also super helpful and attentive, making for an amazing experience.“

4.3 Superb110 Reviews
Lexington Smokehouse & Bar Barbecue • $$
344 Richmond Rd, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Fork and Knife Chicken Plate
Brisket Burger and Tots
All Cocktails Serve 2
Smoked Chicken Wings
Pulled Pork Burger
Full Rack of Ribs
Brussels Sprouts
Brisket Sandwich
Mac and Cheese
Brisket Stack

“Lexington Smokehouse & Bar offers a great atmosphere and delicious food. The brisket is cooked to perfection, and the pulled pork is a must-try. The Fork and Knife Chicken is a highlight, with a sweet and salty mix that is unparalleled. The portions are generous, and the prices are reasonable. The service is fast and friendly, even for takeout orders. The menu offers a variety of options, including mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts, and cornbread with maple butter. Overall, Lexington Smokehouse & Bar is a great choice for barbecue lovers.“

4.2 Good202 Reviews
Trio Bistro and Lounge Bistros • $$
307D Richmond Rd, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Coconut Breaded Tiger Shrimp
Korean Fried Chicken Fried
Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts
Chorizo Sausage Pizza
Trio Adventure Board
Crispy New Potatoes
Trio Quesadillas
Pierogi Special
Trio Poutine

“Trio Bistro and Lounge in Westboro is a hidden gem known for its great food and ambiance. The menu offers handcrafted cocktails and tasty snacks, with a special mention of the salami/tomato/cheese sandwich that customers love. The staff, especially Jenna and John, provide excellent service, making guests feel welcome. While some reviewers mention that the prices are reasonable for the classy lounge setting, others feel that the experience doesn't quite live up to the hype. The charcuterie board, though a bit light on the meat and cheese, is still delicious, and the kung pao brussel sprouts are a standout dish. The atmosphere is described as "Westboro chic," with friendly and efficient service from staff members like Walter. Overall, Trio Bistro and Lounge is a good choice for a night out, offering allergy-friendly options and a comfortable setting for guests to enjoy drinks and snacks.“

4.5 Superb33 Reviews
Meow! That's Hot. Cocktail Bar • $$
519 Bank St, Ottawa

“Meow! That's Hot is a unique restaurant in Ottawa that offers handmade hot sauces and live music. The decor is fun and the owners are very hospitable, making you feel like a regular. The pizzas are a standout, with the handmade sauces taking them to the next level. The hot sauces, like Manx Mangler and Persian Pyro, add a delicious kick to dishes. The service is exceptional, with the owners going above and beyond to ensure a great experience. The only downside is that it can get quite warm inside during the summer. Overall, Meow! That's Hot is a must-visit spot for tasty food, live music, and a welcoming atmosphere. Just be prepared for limited parking nearby.“

4.8 Superb14 Reviews
Copper Spirits and Sights Cocktail Bar
325 Dalhousie St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Haskap Berry Cheesecake
Charcuterie Board
Beef Tartar
Beef Tartare

“Copper Spirits and Sights, located on the 16th floor of the Andaz Hotel, is a chic lounge known for its ambiance and panoramic views of Ottawa's downtown. The location offers a beautiful setting, especially during sunset. The service is attentive and the music creates a pleasant atmosphere. The food is decent but on the pricier side. However, the drinks menu, particularly the Rosemary Gin Fizz, is a highlight. For a memorable experience, try to reserve a table during the 'Les Grands Feux du Casino Lac-Leamy' fireworks in August. One suggestion for improvement is to lower the music volume for easier conversation. Food options could also be expanded.“

3.5 Good140 Reviews
LOCAL Public Eatery Lansdowne Burgers • $$
107, 825 Exhibition Way Unit 107, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Blackened Chicken Curry Bowl
Blackened Chicken Sandwich
Malaysian Curry Bowl
Fried Chicken Ramen
Fully Loaded Nachos
Mexican Fish Tacos
Pinche Beef Tacos
The Local Burger
Cheese Perogies
Huevos Rancheros

“LOCAL Public Eatery Lansdowne is a highly recommended restaurant and bar in Ottawa, known for its delicious food, great service, and lively atmosphere. The staff, including Bella and Marina, are praised for their attentiveness and excellent drink recommendations. Notably, LOCAL offers gluten-friendly options, making it a suitable choice for those with dietary restrictions.“

4.1 Good106 Reviews
The Moonroom Lounges • $$$
442 Preston St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Bacon Wrapped Olwes 5
Bacon-Wrapped Olives
Truffle Parm Poposrn
Shishito Pepperse
Fireside Potatoes
Truffle Popcorn
Tuna Melt

“The Moonroom offers a cozy and intimate atmosphere, with a great vibe that makes it suitable for date nights, business meetups, or casual visits. The bartenders are attentive and knowledgeable, crafting custom cocktails that consistently impress. The food menu features a delectable tapas selection, with dishes that are consistently delicious. The staff provides excellent service, ensuring a fantastic dining experience. Overall, The Moonroom is a pricey but worthwhile destination for those seeking quality cocktails and a memorable ambiance.“

4.1 Good76 Reviews
Feleena's Southern • $$
742 Bank St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Vegetarian Enchiladas
Appetizer Platter
Our Famous Fajitas
Blackened Salmon
Regular Nacho
Nacho Platter
Steak Fajitas

“Feleena's is a restaurant known for its delicious food, generous portion sizes, and fun atmosphere. The service is reported to be excellent, with staff going above and beyond to accommodate customers. The margaritas have been specifically praised as phenomenal. While there may be questions about the authenticity of the Mexican cuisine, it is consistently described as delicious. Some reviewers have noted that certain vegetable choices, like green beans in a fajita, seemed out of place. The restaurant's character, both inside and out, has been highlighted as a charming feature. Despite being a small place, Feleena's has been able to handle large groups efficiently. Overall, Feleena's is a recommended spot for a lively and enjoyable dining experience.“

4 Good101 Reviews
Charlotte Lounges • $$
340b Elgin St, Ottawa

“The Charlotte is a cozy and welcoming drinking lounge with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. While the food menu is limited, their drinks are highly praised. With a mid-century modern vibe and comfortable seating, it's a great spot to catch up with friends, especially during less busy times.“

3.9 Good76 Reviews
Banditos Mexican • $$
683 Bank St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Fish Taco Gorditas Pulled Pork Tacos Jerk Chicken
Mexican Street Corn
Jerk Chicken Nachos
Tacos Al Pastor Taco
Chips and Guacamole
Pulled Pork Nachos
Nashville Chicken
Our Famous Nachos
Jerk Chicken Taco
Tater Tots

“Banditos is a renowned restaurant that offers a delightful dining experience. The food is consistently delicious, with the tacos receiving high praise from customers. The staff are known for their friendly and attentive service, creating a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant's Californian-inspired decor adds to the overall enjoyable ambiance. Banditos caters to dietary restrictions, offering gluten-free and dairy-friendly options, making it a popular choice for a variety of diners. Whether you're a local or visiting, Banditos is a must-try destination for its exceptional cuisine and hospitable atmosphere.“

3.9 Good89 Reviews
33 Nicholas St, Ottawa

Customers` Favorites

Pastrami Duck Breast
AR Burger & Frites
Charcuterie Board
Hour Short Rib
Beet Salad
Duck Wings
The Albion

“The Albion Rooms Restaurant offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it perfect for any gathering. The menu features local ingredients in inventive dishes, including vegetarian options that defy the stereotype of bland vegetarian food. Standout dishes include the duck and the Marcus Brutus take on a Caesar, with fantastic flavors and garnish. The service is warm and hospitable, with friendly staff who make guests feel at ease. While the service can be a bit slow at times, the quality of the food and the atmosphere make up for it. Desserts, such as the Black Forest, are a delightful finish to the meal. Overall, The Albion Rooms offers a wonderful dining experience with delicious food and a cozy atmosphere.“

3.9 Good100 Reviews

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