Canada > Ontario > Ottawa
Beershine (695) The Sunshine State, Florida | June 10, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Comfy, cozy, and lively even on a Monday night. Great vibe that is genuinely reminiscent of an English pub. No real ales though. Friendly service and although the selection isn’t that hot, they have enough to keep it interesting.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | October 23, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Comfortable basement pub in Ottawa’s downtown. Well-lighted and while not quite classy, you could certainly not call it trash. Not very adventurous, but solid selection of draught craft microbrews mainly focused on Ontario’s best microbreweries and English styles. A sure place if you’re just in the mood for a good pint, but probably not the place to rock your world with a new discovery. Basically, do not make it a priority, but with a few days in town, this should be worth hitting.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 15, 2005
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Interesting little pub with an average beer selection, but excellent food. The chef really knows what he’s doing here, and the prices are very affordable as well. Atmosphere was a bit loud, but it was a Friday evening, so I wasn’t exactly expecting quietude. Not worth a detour I think, but a really nice place to have a meal with an interesting beer if you are in Ottawa.
JoeMcPhee (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | April 15, 2006
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Interesting, smallish place tucked away in the basement of an apartment building. Cool-looking inside with lots of copper and brass. Decent tap list with something for everyone. Might be a few local seasonals on as well. Short menu, but the lamb wrap I had was quite tasty. There’s not enough new stuff here to sustain a serious drinking session, but it’s a nice little place, with good, reasonably priced food, quality service and some interesting beer.
Lubiere (447) Ottawa, Ontario | November 13, 2004
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
One of the best burgers in town (barring the Works), with a huge patty , and huge wedgies. Had Creemore Urbock and Church Key Chocolate Porter on tap tonite. Friendly service, and good company (Tupalev et al.)!
jercraigs (259) Toronto, Ontario | October 25, 2006
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Cozy little pub walking distance from downtown. Emphasis on the little! It filled up surprisingly fast on a Tuesday after work. Has an atmosphere very much like I would expect in a small town local in the UK, not quite as shiny and new as some but with a lot of character. Had a pint of Church Keys West Coast Pale Ale that was in fine enough form that I ordered another. Tap list is on the small side [maybe my memory is off, or I mentally dismissed the less interesting options] , but has some decent local stars. If my pint is any indication, perhaps the shorter tap list helps ensure the beer is served at its best?
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | June 20, 2007
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Talk about cozy. Well-lit but not overlit low-ceilinged basement bar has a dingy, lived-in but lovingly cared for pubby feel, with old worn red velvet everywhere, copper bar tables, and a small bar. I stopped for lunch en route to parts west and found efficient, quick service, very solid and surprisingly healthy food options, and a couple of excellent pints of local and fairly uncommon beers. This place isn’t going to blow anyone, even an Ontarian used to crappy choices, away with its selection, but everything seemed well-chosen, little to no crap on tap, and the feel of the place is wonderful. I’ll be back.
Quevillon (216) Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec | August 29, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
C’est la tout première place en Ontario (bien qu’il y en a plus) qu’il y a plus de bière de micro ontarienne que tout autre place que j’ai visité, 6 sur 18, et pas de Labatt/Molson en plus. Le pub lui même est petit mais très confortable. Le gros point faible, mais ce n’est pas leur faute, le stationnement est à c**er!
CapFlu (194) Victoria, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated September 3, 2005
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
After-work and weekend brunch delight! Good supporter of local breweries, fun setting and great food. Limited food and drink menu is offset by friendly staff and clientele (January 3, 2004). I’ve been back numerous times recently and the selection of unique Ontario brewers has fallen - they are pushing more the Magnotta and Churchkey which I believe are far inferior to the Scotch Irish. Since I usually come here for a hi-hopped beer - I’ve had to settle for McAuslans Pale Ale which is from Quebec (December 2004).
pushkinwow (121) Ottawa, Ontario | November 8, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
A great basement pub with a great atmosphere as long as you don’t mind the lack of windows. Seating is a little tight and its always crowded, they don’t take reservations either; but of course that is all part of the charm and the great food and fairly good beer and decent scotch selection more then make up for it. A decent selection of locals and imports (St Ambroise, Kitchisippi, Churchkey) with rotating taps and seasonals on a fairly regular basis. Of course its the food and service that bring this place to the next level - Ottawa isn’t exactly well known for its pubs but this is probably the best one all around - a place that I would be more then happy to spend the day, evening or night.
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