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How To Plan Your St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl in Ottawa’s Original Downtown

March 15, 2024

There are many ways that various cultures throughout the world choose to observe St. Patrick’s Day. Gaelic tradition holds that participants attend a “cèilidh” (pronounced “kay-lee”) where they dance and sing all night long. Many cities, such as Boston and New York, have held massive St. Paddy’s parades spanning the length of their respective cities, traditions that have stood for centuries. Rest assured, you don’t need to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day; all you need is a willingness to have a fun evening out with family and friends!  

Looking for a fun way to feel Irish this year? We’ve already taken care of all the planning for you! Make sure that your Irish eyes are smiling in Ottawa’s Original Downtown this year and give our St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl a shot! There are seven different pubs for you and your friends to visit over the course of a single evening – think you can hit them all?

Use this map as a handy reference tool for your St. Patty’s Day pub crawl!

Stop #1: Clocktower Brew Pub

For almost 30 years, Clocktower has been one of the craft beers of choice in the nation’s capital. Treat yourself to their flagship “Kölsch” beer or try the latest addition to their roster of ales, the “Break of Day Hazy IPA,” all served in a cozy and comfortable locale situated right next to the Rideau O-Train station in Ogilvy Square. Meet up with your friends here, grab a beer and a couple of perogies for yourself before making your way to the next stop.

📍 140 Rideau Street

⏰ Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

📞 (613) 562-4878

🖱️ clocktower.ca

Start your pub crawl off with one of Clocktower’s famous in-house brews, including their flagship Kölsch beer picture here!

Stop #2: Aulde Dubliner & Pour House

What’s a St. Paddy’s Day pub crawl without a visit to a genuine Irish pub? Make your way to the William Street mall and stop in at this famous 2-storey venue overlooking the ByWard Market. Their extensive selection of draught beers and Irish whiskies will foster your Irish spirit and make you feel merry. Before you leave, be sure to also take a moment to appreciate their genuine Irish décor and atmosphere, with tables and chairs imported straight from Ireland and live Irish music all night long.

📍 62 William Street

⏰ Sunday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

📞 (613) 241-0066

🖱️ heartandcrown.pub/aulde

Aulde Dubliner has great drinks, great décor and great times, all centrally located in the heart of Ottawa’s Original Downtown.
(Image: Aulde Dubliner & Pour House)

Stop #3: Metropolitain Brasserie

Add a French twist to your St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl by stopping in for a drink at Metropolitain Brasserie! This authentic Parisian brasserie offers patrons a highly refined menu of food and drink options, including a vast selection of domestic and imported beers as well as elegant wines and stunning cocktails. And while you’re there, feel free to indulge in a few of their incredible Malpeque oysters – they’re a must-try for seafood fans everywhere!

📍 700 Sussex Drive

⏰ Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

📞 (613) 562-1160

🖱️ metropolitainbrasserie.com

Pair your drink with a platter of Metropolitain’s genuine Malpeque oysters for an authentic Parisian dining experience! (Image: Metropolitain Brasserie)

Stop #4: The Shore Club

It’s only a short walk from Sussex to Colonel By Drive before you reach The Shore Club, located in the same building as The Westin Ottawa! Choose from an extensive selection of beers, ciders, cocktails, whiskies and more when you stop in. Once your pub crawl is complete, make sure you also find the time in your calendar to visit them during their Low Tide Cocktail Hour, where you can pair your cocktails with some freshly shucked market oysters and other light eats.

📍 11 Colonel By Drive

⏰ Sunday: 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.

📞 (613) 569-5050

🖱️ theshoreclub.ca/ottawa

The Shore Club presents guests with a staggering number of drink options to choose from. (Image: The Shore Club)

Stop #5: The Albion Rooms

Make a quick trek underneath the Daly Avenue tunnel to the Nicholas intersection and stop in at The Albion Rooms for your next visit! Located within a historical, 150-year-old building formerly known as the Albion Hotel, The Albion Rooms is equipped with enough drink selections to satisfy any craving you might have. Give one of their signature cocktails a try, or order yourself an Irish coffee – in keeping with the season!

📍 33 Nicholas Street

⏰ Sunday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

📞 (613) 760-4771

🖱️ thealbionrooms.com

The Aperol Spritz, pictured here, is just one of the many cocktails and aperitifs that are on the menu at The Albion Rooms. (Image: The Albion Rooms)

Stop #6: Level One Game Pub

Venture down Besserer Street until you hit Waller, where you’ll find Level One Game Pub! This video-game themed watering hole is a fun haven for gamers of all kinds, with inspired in-house cocktails like the “Cherry Bob-omb” and “Vanellopeach Von Schweetz.” If you end up cutting your pub crawl short to spend the rest of your evening playing board games with your friends, no one will blame you!

📍 14 Waller Street

⏰ Sunday: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

📞 (613) 695-7529

🖱️ levelonegamepub.com

Fancy a game or two with your drink? Level One’s selection of drinks is matched by their vast number of games available to play with your friends.

Stop #7: Lone Star Texas Grill

But for those of you who are determined to stick it out to the very end, your final stop consists of a trip to Lone Star Texas Grill on George Street for drinks that evoke the feeling of the old American South! If you’ve never tried one of their incredible frozen margaritas, you’re missing out! They also have eight different types of “bulldogs,” which are made up of Sauza Gold tequila and an upside-down 207 ml Coronita. After you finish up here, spend the rest of your St. Paddy’s Day wandering the ByWard Market with your friends to celebrate your successful pub crawl!

📍 128 George Street

⏰ Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

📞 (613) 562-9865

🖱️ lonestartexasgrill.com

Grab yourself a bulldog at Lone Star to celebrate the completion of your St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl! (Image: Lone Star Texas Grill)

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