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Great cocktail spots by Ottawa neighbourhood

Whether you’re on a date, meeting friends or flying solo, you can easily find the perfect place to have drinks in Canada’s capital. And when local craft beer and refined wines aren’t cutting it, why not stir things up with a killer cocktail? From chic restaurants to trendy lounges and cozy pubs, check out our suggestions for great cocktail spots in Ottawa, grouped by neighbourhood and ordered roughly by distance from Parliament Hill.

Sparks Street

ByWard Market

Downtown Rideau

  • Zoe’s Lounge at the Fairmont Château Laurier (chandelier-bedecked spot for martinis)

Elgin Street

  • The Standard (rustic-chic nightspot with elevated spirits)
  • Charlotte (Buzzy lounge with midcentury decor serving craft cocktails)

Somerset Street

Just further down on Bank Steet:

  • Fauna (seasonally driven and locally inspired drinks)

In between

Enjoy great drinks at these other cocktail spots throughout the area:

If you prefer the amber nectar over killer cocktails, check out Ottawa’s Hopping Craft Beer Scene for all you need to know about local brews.

During the warmer months, discover the many great patios within the urban core, in the suburbs and in rural areas for countless streetside terraces, rooftop spots and quiet hidden gems.

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