Nightlife in Ottawa

Ottawa comes alive after the sun goes down with a vibrant nightlife scene including live music venues, nightclubs, cocktail spots, pubs and restaurants that are open late. Here are the best ways to experience nightlife in Canada’s capital region.

Ottawa nightlife inspiration

Heart and Crown dancing crowd
Nightlife in Ottawa's ByWard Market
Canada’s capital awakens when the sun goes down! If you’re looking to go out in downtown Ottawa, the ByWard Market neighbourhood is where you want to…
Heart and Crown live music
9 of the best live music spots in Ottawa
Experience the best of Ottawa’s live music nightlife scene at these eight bars and music venues.
Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market hotel
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.
Sip and Savour: Discover Ottawa's Top Wine Bars
Must-try wine bars in the Ottawa area.
ALÉA Nightclub
Dance the night away at Club Aléa in Casino du Lac-Leamy
Experience the ultimate nightlife at Club Aléa.
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa’s summer 2024 music festivals
See big name music stars or up and coming talent at world-class festivals, free events and local happenings during Ottawa’s warm seasons!

Upcoming events in Ottawa

Canada Day Fireworks Boat Party
Canada Day Fireworks Boat Party is here! Enjoy three hours sailing and see the city like never before. There will be live DJs, a dance floor and more.
Capital Pride
Capital Pride
During the third week of August every year, you can join in diverse celebrations of Ottawa's 2SLGBTQ+ community in parks, streets, clubs and other sites across the city.
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Crackup Comedy Festival
Comedy festival featuring top comedic talent with events in Ottawa, Cornwall, Pembroke and Smiths Falls.
Disco Inferno Live at Sala San Marco
Get ready to boogie the night away at the hottest disco party in town! Join in on Friday, June 14, 2024. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting…
Escapade Music Festival
Escapade Music Festival
Escapade Music Festival is the first festival of its kind in the NCR.
GOOD2GO at Irene's Pub
GOOD2GO at Irene's Pub
GOOD2GO Live at Irene's Pub - With influences ranging from The Rolling Stones to Blondie and beyond , GOOD2GO kicks out the jams at full throttle and…

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Nightlife hotspots in Ottawa

Nightlife, Nightclub
56 ByWard
Three unique lounge and nightclub venues housed in one building in the heart of the ByWard Market.
Speakeasy lounge and listening bar with music curated by some of the capital's most prominent music selectors.
ALÉA Nightclub
ALÉA Nightclub
Located in a spectacular structure overlooking the Casino Lac-Leamy gaming area, ALÉA is the destination nightclub par excellence to appreciate the best in nightlife.
Casino du Lac-Leamy
Casino Lac-Leamy
Enjoy gaming, live entertainment, great food and much more fun at the Loto-Québec entertainment resort located just minutes from downtown Ottawa in Gatineau, Québec.
City At Night
City At Night
Underground electronic music venue programmed and hosted by the capital's most prominent DJs and promoters.
Escape Manor
Escape Manor
Choose a themed escape room to get locked into with friends and try to puzzle your way out of it—before the clock runs out.

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