The Best Small Music Venues in Ottawa

Ottawa’s music scene is notable alive in smaller venues all around the city.  Each hosting different styles of music genres and a variety of artists, both local and mainstream. These itsy bitsy rendezvouses calls for a more intimate performance by the artist that is more entrancing to a smaller audience.  On top of that, smaller venues are better hangouts for you and your besties not just for listening to music but also for chitchats and serves as a cozy place to escape day-to-day routine. Here’s a list of  small music venues in Ottawa that are equally engaging as their larger counterparts.

1). The Record Centre
1099 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y4, Canada

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If you’re looking for the best selection of vinyl and vintage audio equipment repairs, The Record Center is the right spot! It has been a favorite stop in Ottawa to talk music and indulge in one’s music addiction. With its great atmosphere it regularly hosts live music in-store.

2). LIVE! on Elgin
220 Rue Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L7, Canada

LIVE! on Elgin is the culmination of two years of discussions, debates, questionnaires, and polls all focused on the future of live theatre and music in Ottawa. It is a space that can be used by musicians, actors, and performers of all kinds. A place where people can gather for a night of entertainment without breaking the bank.

3). House of Targ
1077 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W9, Canada

Things are startin’ to heat up – #xmas parties are getting booked like its nobody’s business and the shows keep on comin’ – check out this week’s action below and join us!! #ottawa #pinball #perogies #classic #arcade #fun #handmade #food #wicked #shows #events #bands #music #wizard #community #love #nevergiveup Wednesday #EP #release THURSDAY #alt #indie #rock FRIDAY #VOTP #ska #dance SATURDAY #arcade #party SUNDAY #freeplay

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It’s a spot like no other, featuring the best in live music, pinball, old school arcade games and a delicious menu of handmade perogies. The House of TARG is brought to you courtesy of the most amazing music community/scene in the world – OTTAWA!!!

4). Bar Robo
692 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6P4, Canada

Come by tonight for some vibes. Robo Harb is on all night. No cover!

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By day, Bar Robo serves premium coffee and specialty baked goods; by night it serves classic and modern libations and delicious bar snacks. People are brought together with events, shows and parties. See for yourself in Chinatown, beside the Arch.

5). Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N, Canada

I woke this morning in the hurricanes eye #jesseroper #rainbowbistro #concerts

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Located at 76 Murray St. in the Byward Market, it’s known as Ottawa’s Legendary Home of the Blues… with justification. The Rainbow has built a solid reputation Internationally and throughout Canada as an excellent club to see favourite blues artists as well as being an outstanding venue and a “must stop” for musicians to perform at.

6). Irene’s Pub Restaurant
885 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W4, Canada

Tomorrow night at the pub! #SeinfeldTrivia

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A laid-back watering hole with a large whisky selection & a full calendar of live music. Opened originally as Cap’n Pinky’s in September of 1985, this iconic pub in The Glebe has been a spiritual home to artists and musicians for a quarter of a century. Those years have seen the pub host live musical events, art showing and special gatherings for the community. It’s always stocked with a variety of single malt whiskies and a wide selection of drafts on tap.

7). Cafe Dekcuf
221 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N, Canada

Big up James Park on this dope photo of the homie #CRB @connect613

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Cafe Dekcuf is made for small crowds. Its limited size is compensated by the ton of character with the variety of artists that Cafe Dekcuf hosts. The crowd gets really close to the bands making the performance more intimate. It’s a great place to discover some awesome music.

8). GigSpace

GigSpace is housed within the vibrant teaching community at Alcorn Music Studios. GigSpace Performance Studio is dedicated to creating inspired artistic performances, while providing an intimate listening room for discerning audiences. GigSpace seats 46 persons and is a not-for-profit organization with charitable status.

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