Small cellar bar. I had the Wellington County Arkell Best Bitter which I could not make up my mind whether it was off or not. Visit marred by the poorest pub performer I have ever come across, which was made worse by massive over-amplification. I visited on a Monday: perhaps he only performs then.
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.
Stopped in here yesterday for a laid back pub crawl with a fellow beer geek my age. Need little place, subterranean, with lots of high wooden chairs. Has a very cramped feel to it, though it didn’t bother me much. Some might call it intimate. Menu looked impressive in terms of culinary creativity and genuine quality, though I only had a sample of some delicious crab cakes. Bar is full of Ontario craft stuff, with some good offerings you wouldn’t find outside of the Ottawaish area. Service was rushed but not unfriendly, the place seems to be super busy almost all of the time. Music would have been a really nice touch, though I understand that they often do have a DJ come in. Prices were reasonable considering it’s Ottawa. Over-all I enjoyed my visit and would come back for sure.
A cozy little bar that feels like a bunch of friends hanging out in someones basement. Always extremely friendly service and for the most part knowledgable about the beers on tap. Food is excellent and relatively inexpensive, and although the selection is limited, it does change daily. Not a huge beer selection but they typically focus on microbrews (mainly Ontario based)
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.
The selection I found was lacking here. There were LOTS of macros on tap, this i did not understand. I did enjoy my Church Key West COast IPA, but really the amount of macros was a HUGE let down, i wasnt expectiing Keiths in this place after all the hype people had spoken about. The food thought was AMAZING!
On our first trip to Ottawa last weekend we arrived around 2-ish and headed to The Manx for a late lunch and a pint or 2. They were serving brunch so I got a breakfast burrito and the beautiful bride got an omelet or something. Both were decent. Service was solid. A few taps 5 - 6 - we opted for the McAuslan stuff - an oatmeal stout for me and a pale for the BB. Nice tight funky little old-style English pub scene. Decent music, friendly neighborhood crowd. I liked it a lot - we’ll hopefully make our way back there sometime soon.
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.
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?
Small basement pub, I was there in the afternoon it was quiet. The beer selection was very good from the view point of micro breweries, good choices. The service was friendly. The only bad thing was not their fault, it is the ******* parking.