Ottawa After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

Ottawa After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

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Whether you need a place to dust off the day's trials or toast to a week well done, these businesses are serving up the best drinks in Ottawa.

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    This market hotspot stocks over 25 varieties of bourbon. Add that to a brilliant bar staff and you've got a recipe for a creative twist on classics like the mint julep, pimm's cup and negroni. Need something to nosh on after a couple of drinks? Hooch boasts a seafood and Southern-inspired cuisine sure to delight your tastebuds. After-work beverage turned into a late night on the town? Try their raw and late night menus served until 2 a.m.
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    The cocktail list here may be shorter than some of the other watering holes we've mentioned, but this Wellington West gem proves that size doesn't matter, it's the end product that satisfies. Each concoction is lovingly crafted behind the open bar by their charming staff, and ingredients like pumpkin spice cashew milk let this vegan restaurant shine. Made with all natural, unprocessed ingredients, this is a haven for any health-conscious cocktail lover.
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    The food is superb and the vibe refreshing, but there's more to this southern comfort-inspired restaurant than meets the eye. Find the magic book in the bookcase and your transported to a basement speakeasy that houses some of the best libations in the city. They make all their syrups, juices and infusions in house and have bourbon and whiskey lists that will satisfy any enthusiast. Check out their seasonal cocktail list for something to cool you off or warm you up depending on the time of year.
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    Moonroom's sister to the west, this tiny lounge has all the intimacy of the Little Italy gem with a few tricks all its own. Dim lighting, perfect music and wonderful staff make this the perfect place to land after a long day. Be sure to try Sarah's margarita, which has the added freshness of mint, paired with the traditional tequila and freshly squeezed citrus.
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    Hailed as one of the most romantic bars in Ottawa, this charming and somewhat magical spot serves up small plates and mixed drinks aplenty. The bartenders are brilliant at making a boozy concoction that tastes so good, it's hard to stop at just one. Try the pintxos: an amazing appetizer made with local and seasonal ingredients paired with a sample size cocktail. We recommend the Bee's Knees - a gin cocktail with honey, lemon and orange bitters.
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    The red walls feature Russian portraits and communist pop art set the tone for a memorable experience and their cocktail list is a trip all its own. Split into two sections, signature and premium, there's something for everyone.
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