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.
Crackup Comedy Festival
Crackup Comedy Festival
Multiple live comedy shows in Ottawa, Cornwall, and Pembroke will help you put a little spring in your step and a smile on your face.
Escapade Music Festival
Escapade Music Festival
Escapade Music Festival is the first festival of its kind in the NCR.
Latin Sparks Festival
Latin Sparks Festival
Don’t just watch as Ottawa turns into a night in Havana - be there! Join the thousands at Latin Sparks Festival for a night entrenched in Latin Culture.
Ottawa Fringe Festival
The Fringe Festival is a celebration of the arts and an opportunity for local, national and international artists to showcase their original work.

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Nightlife hotspots in Ottawa

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 this casino located just minutes from downtown Ottawa in Gatineau, Quebec.
Charlotte Ottawa
This contemporary lounge on Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa invites you to kick back on retro-style sofas while enjoying drinks from around the world, innovative bar snacks and DJ beats.
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.
Heart & Crown
Heart & Crown
Relax and treat yourself on one of our many patios which stretch a block.
Queen St. Fare
Queen St. Fare
Enjoy some of the best local food, drinks and music in a casual, large dining hall located near downtown hotels and within two blocks of Parliament Hill.

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