Let the good times roll at these Ottawa happy hour hotspots

Great deals and good times? It’s called happy hour for a reason, you know! Rare is the bar or restaurant that doesn’t offer some sort of happy hour deal involving discounted food and drink. If you’re looking to boost your mood, head out to any one of these Ottawa happy hour hotspots for a guaranteed good time.

Blue Cactus

2 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N 7A1

What's better than happy hour? Having access to a happy hour menu all-day, every day. At Blue Cactus, they offer their happy hour menu each and every day, serving up discounted cocktails and snacks. You can enjoy triples for just $10 and craft pints for $6.75. If you're hungry, there are four delicious yet affordable snacks to try: nachos, chicken wings, fajitas, or sweet potato fries with Padano cheese and chili-lime mayo.

Restaurant 18

18 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S6

This sophisticated steak and seafood restaurant is classy, providing a romantic atmosphere. They offer a stunning a la carte menu, as well as their chef's tasting menu. This five-course meal is inspired by seasonal, regional products, with the option to add a cheese course and wine pairings. If you're dining elsewhere but want to grab a quick drink or bite, they offer happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. You can enjoy a cocktail, pint or a glass of wine for just $6, as well as $2 oysters.

Somewhere Dine Bar

110 Murray St, Main, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M6

Known for their charcuterie boards, this well-loved spot serves Canadian cuisine that has been locally sourced. Throughout the week, they offer happy hour prices from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. On weekends, you can enjoy happy hour for even longer, as they serve up discounted food and drink from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Pints of draft beer are offered for $4, a glass of wine for $6 and an incredible charcuterie sharing board for $25.

The Metropolitain Brasserie

700 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 1K4

The Hill Hour menu at Métropolitain Brasserie is served from 4 pm to 7 pm, as well as 9:30 pm to close. It’s fairly extensive, offering PEI oysters for $1.50, chilled jumbo shrimp for $1, and larger plates such as beef tips and horseradish mashed potatoes for $14. Although this beautiful restaurant’s happy hour menu focuses on seafood and other irresistible dishes, you can still enjoy a cocktail, beer or wine at a fair price. They have over 20 unique cocktails to choose from – all for $10, anytime.


Fl Lower 18 York, Ottawa, ON K1N 5S6

Known for their tacos, Sidedoor also serves a number of international dishes and tapas. The atmosphere is chic and intimate – the perfect place to bring a date. Offering happy hour from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Sunday through Friday, you can experience some of their inspiring and well-loved tacos for $2 off, as well as drink specials. Whether you feel like fish, Korean pulled pork, or Szechuan lamb, all of these can be enjoyed inside a taco. Save room for dessert because they also serve irresistible donuts.

Clocktower Brew Pub

89 Clarence, Ottawa, ON K1N 5P5

Established in 1996, Clocktower Brew Pub now has four locations around Ottawa and a brewhouse. They serve up their own craft beer, offering a raspberry wheat and four other house selections, as well as seasonal options. When you visit this locally owned pub Monday to Thursday, you can take advantage of their happy hour. From 3 pm to 6 pm, appetizers are 40 per cent off and you can also enjoy discounted beer. It’s a great place to meet with friends to share good food and good beer.

SPIN Kitchen Bar

100 Kent St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7

This eatery is located right in the middle of the action, offering downtown Ottawa a source of wholesome food. Although they offer a large dinner menu, those who are looking for a drink and a small bite to eat can enjoy their Spin 6 menu. You have the choice between six “bar eats”, including samosas, ceviche, a dip trio, a pulled pork quesadilla, beef sliders and onion rings. There are also six beers and coolers, as well as six wines, all offered for $6.

Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro

54 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T1

This small but funky spot offers a European-inspired menu in a building that was built in 1875. Their dinner menu is incredible, featuring dishes such as fried camembert with blueberry compote and lamb chops with spicy red curry. Join them from 4 pm to 6 pm daily in order to enjoy their happy hour menu. Appetizers are half price and two drink specials are offered – $10 flights, allowing you to sample various beers and wine, as well as a bucket of three beers for $12. If you enjoy mussels, they also offer all-you-can-eat on Mondays for just $15.95.

For those who love meat, charcuterie boards are the perfect combination of cured and thoughtfully prepared meats. From salami and prosciutto to pates and terrines, these plates are devoted to meat. Whether you’re sipping on a glass of wine or aiming to try a variety of meats and accompanying condiments, these spots in Ottawa deliver stunning charcuterie plates.
There’s no denying Canadians love Caesars. Creating a good one requires attention to detail, unique garnishes, and quality ingredients. You can find standout Caesars at many Ottawa bars and restaurants and they are a great way to start your night, or, in some cases, your Sunday brunch off right!
Donairs, which are either Turkish or Greek in origin, are a firmly established part of Halifax's culture, and they offer a convenient and filling meal or late-night snack. They're often filled with vertical rotisserie-cooked meat and served in a flatbread, accompanied by fresh vegetables and sauce. Here are the top spots to fulfill your donair cravings.
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