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Hopping Beer: The Best Brews in Ottawa’s Original Downtown  

April 7, 2024

It’s no joke that Ottawa is the top destination when it comes to local breweries and brew pubs. But don’t take our word for it try them for yourselves today on National Beer Day!

Whether you are looking for something smooth, light blonde, or a full-bodied stout, you can enjoy brews of all sorts here in Ottawa’s Original Downtown.

Clocktower Brew Pub

If you’re looking for a quality selection of curated and in-house craft beers that range from tastes and mixtures, check out Clocktower Brew Pub. With a laidback pub atmosphere, Clocktower offers a divine assortment of gastro pub-inspired food that naturally pair well with their craft beers. We recommend their top seller brew, Kölsch is their lightest beer and is perfect for those who are beginners. Pair it with their Brewhouse Burger and you have the perfect pub grub.

📍 140 Rideau Street

⏰ Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

📞 (613) 562-4878


Aulde Dubliner & Poor House

As you stop by the Aulde Dubliner &. Poor House, you will be transported to the Irish streets of Dublin from the look and feel of their two-story pub, which offers immaculate views of the ByWard Market and William Street Mall. In the spring and summer, this buzzing pub is the perfect place to grab a brew, and it so happens, that they offer a wide variety of imported and locally craft beers.

📍 62 William Street

⏰ Sunday to Saturday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM

📞 (613) 241-0066


Tavern at the Gallery

In the summer, the Tavern at the Gallery is the place to be as they offer craft beer produced by Calabogie Brewing Company and a selection of artisanal pizzas and curated charcuterie boards. Whether you finished a tour at the National Gallery of Canada, or walking along the streets of Ottawa’s Original Downtown, grab a cold beer and refresh after an amazing day!

📍 380 Sussex Drive



Level One

Board game and video gamers unite! Level One is the only place in the nation’s capital that offers walls and walls of vintage, nostalgic board games and video games for everyone to release their inner kids while indulging in brews and gastro-inspired food. You need to try one of their outrageously delicious burgers or wraps and pair it with Dominion City’s Hazy IPA.

📍 14 Waller Street

⏰ Monday: 4:00 AM to 12:00 AM

⏰ Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday: 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

⏰ Friday and Saturday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM

📞 (613) 979-7529


The Albion Rooms

If you’re looking for upscale gastro pub food, head over to The Albion Rooms right in the heart of Ottawa’s Original Downtown. The Albion Rooms offers a unique craft beer selection from all over Ontario. Make sure you head down during their signature Happy Hour that features Matron Brewery and Dominion City pints for either $5 or $7.

📍 62 William Street

⏰ Monday to Friday: 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM

⏰ Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

📞 (613) 760-4771


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