Steve Patterson begain full time stand up comedy in 1996 after being fired from his full time job as an advertising copywriter for shamelessly trying to inject humour into an ad for an amusement park. He has been described as a though provoking al around entertainer that connects very personally with every audience he faces. Steve has made several national television appearances on CTV's Comedy Now, CBC's Halifax Comedy Fest adn CBC Radio's Madly Off in All Directions and has tour several times in Ireland and the UK since 1999.
I give you the write up on Steve just to show that at Yuk Yuks you are going to get quality laughter, LOL! Also with Steve on the night of my visit were Derek Seguin and Mike Nemiroff two more funny guys.
This was my second visit to a Yuk Yuks performance. The other being in Toronto. This one was less provogative but still funny, hehe. Yuk Yuks in Ottawa is located in the Capital Hotel and for a night out, if you want to start the night off with some humour I highly recommend it.
It was interesting to compare Ottawa and Toronto in a sense. In Ottawa you can expect a lot of government overtones. I guess the comedians figure the people in Ottawa don't get enough of the government during their work days!
This nightclub has three levels for different vibes- the ground level has a large dance floor, two bars and tables set against the wall for dancing the night away; the second level is more loungey while the third level on the roof is quieter for when you need more air (though no more smoking in Ottawa, not even outside)
Dress Code: Casual going out.
This classy lounge and restaurant is located in a medieval, stone building in the Byward Market and is a great place for happy hour or evening drinks.
Dress Code: This is a lounge so business casual is what most people are dressed in but by no means required.
This is a new lounge/bar/restaurant located in the market with a good, older and stylish crowd and nice vibe. They have a small dance floor and a central bar in the middle of the lounge surrounded by tables and booths. Music is house and electronic and there are martinis galore.
Dress Code: Dress nicer!
Visiting the Crystal Garden at night is a must when coming to Ottawa in February. During the Winterlude activities. All these beautiful ice carvings are displayed at Confederation park and lit-up by colored lights that make the sculptures and carvings come alive. This is a very unique experience. The winterlude goes February 2 to 18.
Dress Code: Dress warm and cover your hands with gloves. Wear boots and a warm winter coat/jacket. Make sure you have a good charge on your camera's battery as the cold drains the battries quick.
D'Arcy McGee's interior was designed and handcrafted in Ireland, and brought to Canada by ship. It was then placed in a heritage building, steps away from the place where the real D'Arcy McGee (Irish born Father of Confederation) was assassinated.
This authenticity extends to the food (traditional pub with a twist), the excellent selection of beer and liquor, and, of course, the convivial atmosphere.
I can barely remember have a lot of fun at this place. I personally recommend it. I have had some people tell me since the yuppie types go there sometimes after work and stuff, so you have to get it at the right times.
However you won't miss I don't think with the Heart and Crown in the By-Ward market. I have seperate tip for this place :-).
Very popular among Canadians to going to a movie theatre to watch a good movie. There are several companies an Ottawa that run movie theatres. Out of those the three best ones are AMC, Silver City and the Colosseum. My favorite is the AMC Theatres in Kanata. This is at the west side/end of Ottawa.
Very easy to approach and parking is free. Once inside, you can see drink stalls small restaurants, popcorn vendors, candy stores, etc. Large & clean place with very friendly and helpful staff. To save money on tickets, go on Tuesday. We usually pay about $8- / ticket on a Tuesday when we go. AMC just like most larger theatres play several movies at once in different, smaller theatres inside.
Dress Code: No dress code, unless you are not dressed at all. Check out the web site for more information on Stadium seating, Surround sound and other conveniences in this great movie theatre. The picture I provided is not very exciting but at least it shows you what you have to look for when cruising around and looking for this place. It's a lot nicer at the inside! :)
Basic ticket Prices:
Child $8.00 (Ages 2-12)
Student $10.00 (Ages 13+ with Valid Student ID)
Senior $10.00 (Age 55+)
So you`re coming to Ottawa, or are planning on it, and would like to know more about our nightlife?
Don`t look any further!
Check this site out for the latest event listings.
(Mostly electronic music, no TOP40 meatmarket commercial crap here)
Surface(after-hours), Helsinki, MTL and Mercury Lounge are the best nightclubs to go to featuring amazing resident DJs as well as frequent big-name headliners.
Best day to party: July 1st Canada Day
Zaphod's is a the local Alternative hang out consisting of mainly college/university crowds and those goths who never grew up.
Located in the Byward Market, Zaphod's is close to many other bars and restaurants. So if the music sucks, or the place is packed then you can hit up another spot.
There's usually a small cover and coat check. The place can be very crowded so make sure to leave the 'tude at home and just chill out for a good time.
Dress Code: Anything you want,.
Thursday night, we all went to the theatre. We were given a few plays/shows to choose from, and different groups went to each show. I went to see a dance show by Le Groupe Dance Lab. It was a weird interpretive dance, but cool to watch. Other options included Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing", and a French play.
Dress Code: It's better to dress nice, since it's the theatre, but you don't have to dress in formalwear. For the girls, a nice dress or skirt with blouse. For the guys, dress pants with a nice shirt or sweater.
This is an adult spot. :-) A spot where you must stay when you've had some wine. The sunsets are great. Just stay put and sing, or tell some jokes.
Minutes from Ottawa but back in time, the Ottawa River flowing at your feet while you dream. Of how good it is to know such peace.
Many don't know how lucky they are... :-)
At night downtown is the place to visit. Restaurants and party places are open until 3:00 AM. Try Elgin street and around the Rideau Centre which is a big downtown shopping centre. If you find yourself on the street in the middle of the night, like around 5:00 AM, don't panic. Gas stations and convenient stores are open twentyfour hours and seven days a week. Many pubs in downtown have live music. Mostly amateur bands.
Dress Code: If you like to see naked ladies, there are places in Ottawa to see them. Places like the Silver Dollar at the west end or The Den at the east end. Please remember, NO TOUCHING!
Grace O'Malleys is one of those places that words do not do justice to. I'm not sure what creates those places, be it fate, chance, or shear luck, but Gracey's is one hell of a bar. Friendly waitresses, good food, tons of beers, and live entertainment. You can't go wrong here.
Dress Code: Pretty much everything, although on Friday and Saturday they clear some of the tables and make a dance floor..
The Heart and Crown is also a really good pub on Clarence street.. It's probably the largest one, in terms of the number of occupants (it does way into the back, and downstairs as well).. You'll usually be able to catch some live bands here during the weekends.
Dress Code: Anything goes..
There are many, many places to unwind in Ottawa. The byward market area is full of pubs. My favourites are The Heart and Crown (Celtic/Irish bar), Minglewoods (three level bar) and Patty Bolands.
These bars have a great atmosphere, and are full of friendly people. Beer isn't that cheap, but with no cover charge, you can't expect beer for next to nothing.
Dress Code: Completely casual.
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