Irene's Pub is a great place to listen to live local bands. Live music every night, around $10 to get in is the norm.
Relaxed atmosphere, and enjoyed by locals, both the young hipsters and the neighbourhood old timers.
Dress Code: Casual dress
With the great success that the bar was having hosting a retro 80s night, they decided to start a retro 90s one as well! So every Thursday, the same atmosphere and energy can be felt at Barrymores for those wanting to experience something different, RETRO 90s music! hahah
After this night you will feel some nostalgia as the music you grew up (if you are as old as i am that is :P ) with will bring back a lot of memories. Same great venue, and great crowd but with different music. Barrymores Retro 90s Thursdays are not to be missed! Check it out.
Dress Code: Anything!
Best Club night in the city by far.. if you are in Ottawa on a Sunday, and want to go out and party Barrymores is the club for you. This concert hall is known city wide for having the best party on a Sunday night. Even if you do not like 80s music that much (like me) you will still have a good time.
The vibe of this place is awesome, people are friendly, everyone dances and everyone enjoys themselves. You must check it out! A note, try to get there before 10 PM as the line tends to build after that.
There is no cover charge and drinks are very reasonably priced. Plenty of seats to chill and relax as well. If you are going to hit up only one bar in Ottawa, make this it!
Dress Code: Anything goes!
The Arrow pubs are a small chain in Ontario (only three locations) that serve up some of the best beers in all of the Province. The specialize in cask-conditioned ales and have three English style hand pumps to boot. I had been unable to get my cask Wellington County on this trip at the Woolwich Arms in Guelph so was happy to see that this location had it and a couple others ready for my waiting lips.
Dress Code: Certainly casual, though the girls look smart in their summer outfits.
Barrymore's has been around since the late 70's. It used to be an old theatre and is very large inside with high ceilings and gold ornate moldings all around. There is a bar and dance floor on the main level and a projection screen and then several platforms up, antoher bar on the top level and a small dance floor on the next level down from that.
It features taped and live acts and has always been reknowned for it's rock acts often featuring the best of local and Canadian music. Sunday nights are 80's night, at least it was when i was there in June 2001, with a dj and older movies silently projected on the screen. . Very class seing Planet of the Apes against music from Billy Idol, Duran Duran, Nine Inch Nails and Wham
Dress Code: casual
Barrymore's is a concert hall turned bar located on Bank Street. It's a great place to see shows: I saw Gob here, Treble Charger, Kilt, and Eve 6.
Sunday night at Barrymore's is 80's night, and it's very popular. Line ups start eary in the evening.
Dress Code: Typical bar clothes.. If you go on 80's night, make sure you throw on some 80s clothes!
Sunday nights at Barrymore's are the best! There's no cover charge, and they play a really great selection of 80's music which is just WAY too much fun. It's in a converted old theatre with beautiful ornate ceilings and huge mirrors on the walls (which are actually a little disorienting if you're drunk). Also an excellent live music venue with a large capacity.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything goes. The most fun is seeing the people who haven't realized this is RETRO 80's night -- meaning the 80's are over. I loved the guy in acid-wash jeans and a grimy wife-beater tank top with scraggly long hair, headbanging away... ;-)
On Sunday nights, Barrymore's, a night club on Bank Street, is kind of fun - they play 80s music.
Dress Code: Sometimes it's disco night!