The live music. Irish whiskey. Warm ambiance. A slice of American Heritage.
Irish pubs are not just ordinary places to drink and hold small talks with your friends. They come with a unique traditional aura that cannot be faked.
If you are looking for a pint of Guinness and heart-warming Irish food on the next St. Patrick’s Day, you should visit the core of Irish culture in Ottawa. To spot the authentic Irish pubs you do not have to go all the way to Ireland as there are amazing ones in strategic locations in the heart of Ottawa. Here are the best Irish Pubs in Ottawa, where you can get a feel for the Irish culture:
1. Aulde Dubliner & Pour House
62 William St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7A3
With their picturesque patio sitting area, you can have an authentic experience at this Irish pub with a loaded bar menu for your delight. Their draughts features the domestic variety which includes the Budweiser, Labatt Blue, and others, the Super Import comes with the traditional Guinness which Irish pubs are known for. You also have the option of asking for the featured regional draught on the tap from your waiter if you are open to experimentation. Their food menu offers a wide range of delicacies.
2. D’arcy McGee’s Irish Pub
260 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa, ON K1E 3P4
Here, you will find a wide selection of beers, wine, cocktails, whiskies, and spirits for that hip night hangout with friends. They usually have a fun live entertainment on most nights to go with your dining and wining. It is no wonder they refer to themselves as the official sunblock of Ireland. There are also daily featured pours at $4.50 for 14 oz; on Mondays, it is the Steam Whistle Pilsner, Wednesdays come with the Alexander Keith’s Ipa and on Saturdays, it is the Barking Squirrel Amber Lager. They cater to personal tastes and have custom offers such as the handcrafted sangria.
3. Heart & Crown, Byward Market
67 Clarence St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5
This is the signature location to have an amazing experience in an Irish pub as Heart & Crown is one of five pubs under a roof in the famous Byward Market. The open patio setting makes it stand out and at the same time serene as something cast on the page of a classic novel. There are daily live music and entertainment, indigenous food and local and international sporting events. Their craft beer and signature cocktail are favorites among returning customers.
4. Patty’s Pub
1186 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 0W6
If you are looking for a combination of the old school plus the Irish pub experience, Patty’s Pub is just the perfect spot for you with its rustic ambiance and dining on a budget features. Their Guinness is imported right from Dublin and they have other imports from England, France, and Belgium including Sir Perry’s Cider, Kronenbourg Blanc, and Stella Artois. For the basic domestic feel, you can stay on the Ashton local craft beer varieties. There is also a nice selection of scotches and wines. During the day, they offer basic breakfast and lunch menus and flourish into a lively bar scene at night.
5. Heart & Crown, Preston Street
353 Preston St B, Ottawa, ON K1S 1V6
It imbues a traditional setting with its distinct mahogany wood design and its circular copper bar area. This pub often endears an older patronage but that’s not to say the younger generation will not find the bar scene lively and entertaining. If you love live music and want to listen to the hottest and trendiest bands in Ottawa, you can find them here on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Apart from the bar menu, they offer authentic Irish food menus. It is also a great spot to host your events.
6. Connors Irish Pub
2401 St. Joseph Blvd Ontario, Ottawa
While this quaint Irish pub may not have as many varieties as other pubs, they major excellently in the bar menus they offer. Their crafted and premium beers are lightly coupled with a smooth finish. However, they may be more popular for their homemade-like cocktails including the Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada and Marguarita among other selections. The wooden interior is simple and cozy and the exterior has a dreamy ambiance to it. They also serve original Irish homeland recipes.
7. Quinn’s Ale House, Bank Street
1070 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3X3, Canada
At Quinn’s you will find a nice selection of Ashton craft beers on tap with other imported draught selections; with the Guinness and Kilkenny notably from Ireland. The pub is quite small but it gives you a homely feeling even when you are hanging out away from home. The rustic atmosphere also gives an authentic Irish feel to the place and the patio provides a nice sitting area during summer. They also offer a nice food menu featuring burgers, chips, fries among other side bites to take with your drink.
8. Liam Maguires
1705 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1G 3V4
This is another great Irish pub with adequate outer sitting area and a cozy interior with comfortable wooden chairs and tables. For a pub, they have quite a large and varied food menu and mostly get higher rated reviews on their Irish menus than the drinks. They offer appetizers that include Lobster Dip, Nachos, Onion Rings, Quesadilla among others. There are also soups and salads, sandwiches and burgers and other side additions to the main dish. They serve beers on tap and other cocktails. There is usually live entertainments on some public holidays such as the St. Patrick’s Day.
9. James Street Pub
390 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Y5
This pub has a more modern twist to it with its sports-focused tavern showing many games on TV and its casual patio sitting area. It is a favorite hangout spot to follow current happenings on the English Premier League, especially on Saturdays. And if you are up to some karaoke action, there is a Rock Star Karaoke event on Tuesday nights. They offer daily pub specials and have a misting system to keep you cool during your stay there. They serve a variety of crafted local and imported beers on taps including cocktails.
10. Black Irish Pub
15 Selkirk St, Vanier, ON K1L 6N1
You will find mainly drafted Irish beers and indigenous flavored foods in this serene setting. There is also a fair selection of wines to choose from. They pride themselves in offering the best of Ireland’s favorite cider. At present, they have turned to offering a lunch menu and also hosting private events. Their beer menu consists of the Harp Lager, Guinness Stout, Smithwick’s Red Ale, Kilkenny Cream Ale and other varieties from Ireland and a few from Spain, Germany, and Canada.