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BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Cocktail and Wine Bars

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Cocktail and Wine Bars

After over 20-years writing about life in Ottawa, we think we have
a pretty good idea of the best of what this city has to offer.
In this weekly summer series, we’ll share our picks with you - 
our top hotels, live music venues, local brews,
bands and more. Check, share and discuss
#OLMBest every week!

Photo courtesy of The Moonroom

The Moonroom - 442 Preston St. 

The Moonroom is a gorgeous cocktail spot right in the heart of Ottawa's Little Italy. Located in an old house that has been restored, the Moonroom offers a cozy, yet still high-class atmosphere, making it perfect for a date night. Their cocktails are stunningly crafted–served in sleek, modern glasses that make for the most Insta-worthy shots for all you bloggers out there! They also offer a menu of delicious snacks–we recommend their mouthwatering truffle parmesan popcorn to go along with your drink.

Photo courtesy of Amuse Kitchen & Wine

Amuse Kitchen & Wine - 500 Eagleson Road
If you're looking for a great place to grab a drink that's outside of the downtown core of the city, Amuse is the place for you! Located in Kanata South, this spot is your go to place for reasonably priced drinks and high quality, fresh tapas. Some of their standout cocktails include the vodka-based Electric Lemonade and their Spanish sparkling wine concoction Rock the Cava. Besides the cocktails, their wine list is also very impressive with a generous variety of whites, rosés, reds and sparkling. If you're craving a salty treat to go with your drink, we recommend an order of their warm olives!
Photo courtesy of The Albion Rooms

The Albion Rooms - 33 Nicholas St.

The Albion Rooms, located in the Novotel Ottawa, is a gorgeous cocktail bar specializing in craft cocktails and farm-to-table bites. The drink menu is vast, consisting of various local craft beers, popular commercial beers, spirits, and of course a plethora of delicious wines and beautifully concocted cocktails. If alcohol isn’t really your thing, they also serve up a great selection of kombucha and old-fashioned soda. A great spot to spend the evening with some good company.

Photo courtesy of Union Local 613

Union Local 613 - 315 Somerset St W.

Union Local 613 is a vibrant and exciting cocktail spot focused on homemade ingredients and community. And by homemade, we mean even down to the fruit juices and syrups they use in their delicious mixed drinks. If you’re overwhelmed by the selection when you get there, no worries! Union Local 613 offers a taster option, so you can try before you buy. The relaxed and communal atmosphere makes this spot ideal for a casual meeting or catch up with a friend.

Photo courtesy of Trio Bistro and Lounge

Trio Bistro and Lounge - 307 Richmond Rd.

Trio blends art, food and of course drinks for a unique and chill evening experience. This small and intimate lounge, located in the heart of Westboro, is perfect for date night as it is relatively quiet and utilizes a lot of gorgeous candlelight to create a romantic and sultry atmosphere. Trio offers a drink menu of both classic and innovative craft cocktails, wine and beer, as well as a mouth- watering “New Canadian” tapas menu.

Photo courtesy of Copper Spirits and Sights

Copper Spirits and Sights - 325 Dalhousie St.

Mix good views and good drinks and you get Copper Spirits and Sights! Located on the rooftop of the gorgeous Andaz hotel in the ByWard Market, this bar is city luxury at its finest. Serving a variety of high-end cocktails, ranging in price from $14 to $16, this is the ultimate “treat yourself” spot. They also host an amazing cocktail brunch every Sunday if you want to take in the sights during the daytime. So, want to sip a Copper Skyline, while looking out at the skyline? Copper Spirits and Sights is the place for you!

Photo courtesy of Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro

Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro - 54 York St.

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a wine cellar? Well, the beautiful Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro is literally in the cellar of 54 York Street! Vineyards showcases and serves a variety of top-notch wines–want to have a taste before purchasing a whole bottle? Vineyards has you covered with their “wine flights” program where you get to sample three different wines. The bistro also serves the most mouth-watering oysters and often hosts live jazz performances, so definitely drop by!

Photo courtesy of 10Fourteen

10Fourteen - 1014 Wellington St W.

10Fourteen offers a unique experience since the wine list is ever changing–no matter when you drop by, there will always be something new to taste. Another aspect that makes this bar stand out is its casual and spunky aesthetic; instead of a fancy, classical feel, this bar often plays 80s music and even has a pinball machine! It’s a great spot to socialize and have a casual hangout.

Photo courtesy of Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop

Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop - 135 Besserer St.

Avant-Garde is the best, and possibly only, Russian bar in Ottawa. They offer an array of Russian vodka, beer, cocktails and more. Avante-Garde also hosts a variety of events regularly like cocktail nights, live band shows so it’s definitely a spot to check out on a Friday night. Also, don’t forget to order an authentic Russian snack like pelmeni dumplings or borscht from their amazing food menu to go with your drink!

Photo courtesy of Bar Laurel

Bar Laurel - 1087 Wellington St W.

Bar Laurel is actually under the same ownership as Fauna, but is unique in its own right. It has a similar, sleek aesthetic to Fauna, but is Spanish-influenced so both its drink and food menu is completely different. The drink menu consists of a variety of both Canadian and Spanish wines and expertly mixed cocktails. The food menu consists of Spanish-influenced tapas like queso and chorizo and Spanish cheese platters that pair perfectly with their high-quality wines.