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This landmark watering hole, better known as The Laff, is one of the last traditional taverns in Ottawa. Opened in 1849, the bar has undergone a number of renovations but is still in the same Byward Market location it has occupied for over 150 years. Although the kitchen serves up a limited menu of hamburgers and sandwiches, its main reason for being is cold draft beer served directly from the tap. The main bar also features live entertainment on most nights.
The warmth of the Irish spirit (and spirits) flows through this roomy Irish pub. Have a nip of Bushmills whiskey or a pint of Guinness. It's hard to choose where to enjoy your beverage: at the glossy hardwood bar, in the Snug Pub near the big screen TV, in the cobblestone courtyard or on the outdoor patio. For Irish expats, many of the big Gaelic football and hurling matches are shown on weekends. When you do get comfortable, be sure to order some food - the menu incorporates most of the Irish pub favorites, including a mix of great fish and chips with a special recipe tartar sauce. There is live Celtic music every night, and a non-smoking room is also available.
After the rolling success of The Clocktower Brew House, the brand went on to establish three other outlets where people of Ottawa can enjoy their innovative craft beers. While this one is put up at Byward Market, on Clarence, the other two lie in Westboro and New Edinburgh. Apart from their regular signatures such as Clocktower Red, Raspberry Wheat, Kolsch, Wishart's ESB and Bytown Brown, the place also serves seasonal ales. But beers are not the only thing that Clocktower Brew Pub does well - their renditions of classic American comfort food are also quite popular - except wings, burgers, fries, poutine and such here. If you visit during the season, try The Clocktower Pumpkin - comes highly recommended.
Step down from trendy Elgin Street to the Lieutenant's Pump for a delicious pub meal. Main dishes draw in the crowds. At Lieutenant's Pump, you'll find a wide range of culinary creations, from Thai green curry chicken to veal, liver, bacon and onions. The decor is typical pub style with lots of wood paneling and brass. For the gamesmen there is a shuffleboard court. During the summer months, the patio is a popular spot for relaxing with a beer and watching the world go by.
With as many as 150 beers sourced from different parts of the globe including Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Ukraine and British Columbia, Central Bierhaus is one of the best places to go for a pint in the whole city. Along with stouts, lagers and IPAs, the bar also offers a selection of beer-based cocktails like the Shotgun which is a mix of Innis & Gun beer with Jameson Whiskey. The ever-changing food menu consists of perfectly-cooked gastropub fare including big and small plates and a range of appetizers and sides. The huge flat screen TVs and the lively ambiance makes this pub one of the best options for a game night.