A Pub Crawl With A Real Local "Spirit!"
This is an excerpt from The Alternative Travel Guide – Ottawa which launched in May 2014. It is a map aimed specifically at young travellers and made by young locals. It features things that locals actually like to do in their city rather than the usual tourist hot spots. Below you will find the pub crawl that is recommended in the map.
- Union 613 (315 Somerset St W) is just past Somerset Street W and Bank Street. There are two reasons why you should visit Union 613. One is their excellent vegan food. And the other is their speakeasy - this instantly transports you back in time with the interior decked out as it would have been during the prohibition. Only issue is finding the entrance as there is no sign. Good luck after a couple of drinks.
- By now you should be ready to dance. At the weekend go to BABYLON on Bank Street to get your boogie on. You'll find all the cool kids wearing their favourite plaid shirts here on a Sunday. And if your feet get tired then you can grab a seat on one of their many pieces of eclectic furniture at the back. The rest of the week isn't massive in Ottawa so head to a late night pub. Try THE LIEUTENANT'S PUMP as it's normally pretty packed with locals and they do have some strong beer on offer for relatively cheap prices.
- Start the night off with some food in your stomach. There are a couple of places you can try in Chinatown before heading to the first pub – go to Saigon Boy Noodle House (648 Somerset St W) for the best pho in town or if it’s after 20.00 grab some dim sum at Oriental Chu Sing Restaurant (691 Somerset St W).
- Next stop is Pour Boy (495 Somerset Street W) for a selection of cheap domestic pints. Walking down Somerset Street W towards Elgin Street you'll see some pretty cool, vibrant street art outside The Daily Grind. There is a similar mural outside Pour Boy. There are about 8 beers on tap here for $5, all of which are extremely drinkable. Have some fun in this semi-hipster bar by counting how many of the (male) customers do not have facial hair – we think you'll get 2 at most! Don't try the Trivia Nights on a Tuesday – you'll be up against teams of locals who are regulars and already have a handicap at the start of the quiz!
- No night is complete without food. If it's still quite early then head to Boushey's Fruit Market (348 Elgin Street) for an outstanding and ridiculously cheap samosa (approximately $1.25 for a baked or fried samosa made in store). That, or wait in line to be served at the taco window of EL CAMINO (until 02.00).
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Ottawa Restaurant Review: Union Local 613
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