Beer bible is awesome. Could do without some of the mainstream beers that you can get anywhere. Great selection of Belgian Trappist beers. Equally good selection of Canadian craft. I would highly recommend it to beer enthusiasts.
Nice enough tap list for Ottawa, lots of bottles, but nothing someone scouring the LCBO couldnít get, and very overpriced. Food has been hit and miss.
BreWedge (7) goose bay, Newfoundland | March 23, 2013| Updated April 7, 2013
Funky Abbey-like atmosphere with plenty of kitschy stuff to look at. Very compartmentalized throughout. Friendly staff. The beer selection was fairly extensive but not organized in a way beer geeks would appreciate. For example "coolers and lambics"???? Of the beers available, there were a few nice selections and a number of local crafts but the bulk of them were mass-produced stuff you can get at the LCBO.
I rarely say things like this, but, I have absolutely no idea why this place is popular on Ratebeer. When we were there, most of the taps were only mass marketed international beers (Kilkenny and friends) and some C-grade Ontario micros. Doesnít really have a special atmosphere, either. Much preferred the Manx for that. For beer, though, gotta go to Gatineau.
Pub Italia is without a doubt the greatest Pub in the city of Ottawa. A selection of specialty beers that absolutely cannot be beaten. Good food, but a little pricy. Better than the average bar food though.
Can be busy and sometimes the hours may thow you off a bit. Typical pub atmosphere. Fairly good service. Food can be hit or miss but one of the better selections in Ottawa. Micros and Imports. Prices are about what you would expect. One of the few Ottawa places you may be able to enjoy Westy 12. Parking can be a chore. Even if you come when this place is packed or clsed there is some good Italian eats on Preston.
Donít ask the waitressís any advice they really donít have a clue. Everytime its their first day., The best beer selection in Otttawa. Little expensive but Iíll never get board of this place. Food is cheap and really tasty.
The styling and feel of this pub is definitely one of the more interesting and enjoyable that Iíve seen. It has quite a mix of your standard "pub" stylings with Italian and Abby influences throughout.
I came for the beer. They had Westy 12 @ $40 a bottle and the 8 and 6 for $30. The bottle list was pretty extensive and lots of quality beers on tap.
I went to the little Abby corner tucked away by the bathrooms to see what was in the cooler and not on the menu. These bottles appear to be priced quite high. Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus was $40. Buyer beware at those prices.
In summary, loved the place and I will remember it as the site of my first Westy 12.
Probably the best place in Ottawa proper for beer. 30+ taps that combine local, Canadian and US and other (mostly Belgian and Britain). Bottle list is fairly extensive - the owner has good connections with distributers out of Toronto and gets good stuff as long as he thinkg it will more (e.g. Westy, burlywine) but doesnít seem to have an appetitite for the more exotic stuff like Cantillon, Mikkeller etc - with a very good selection of Belgians and other tasty treats (make sure to walk into the abbey and look in the "special fridge" to see what they have thats not on the menu. Atmoshphere is great, combines a pub and a church, although it can get quite noisy when crowded - patio is nice. Food has gone down hill quite a lot over the past couple of years - probably better to eat elsewhere on the street since you are in the heart of Little Italy. Service can be hit and miss depending on how you get. All that being said if you donít want to cross into Quebec, or you just want some good beer, this is the place to go in Ottawa.