Ottawa is home to so many talented independent musicians and bands – and our city also has some really great venues to see these bands perform. On any given weekend, you can see indie rock to jazz, Latin vocals to open mic events. Ottawa has music for everyone!
House of TARG
1077 Bank Street (613) 680-8274
It’s a spot like no other, featuring the best in live music, pinball, old school arcade games and a delicious menu of handmade perogies. The House of TARG is proudly owned and operated by Ottawa musicians Paul ‘yogi’ Granger, Mark McHale and Kevin Birger. The House of TARG is brought to you courtesy of the most amazing music community/scene in the world – OTTAWA!
750 Gladstone Avenue (613) 680-9294
This cozy pit stop with rustic accents features a menu of gourmet sandwiches & weekend brunch.
The Brass Monkey
250 Greenbank Road (613) 820-4889
Offering billiards & darts, this suburban Barrhaven watering hole serves pub grub & regularly hosts live bands.
56 ByWard Market Square (613) 789-5324
The lounge-style ambiance here makes for a more mature, relaxed vibe. Dim lighting and smooth live music make this Ottawa music venue an ideal hangout for adults of all ages.
27 York Street (613) 652-1010
Located in the heart of the Ottawa’s ByWard Market, Zaphod Beeblebrox—simply known as Zaphod’s to locals—is a prime stop for touring musicians and is probably the most well-known in Ottawa. The Rolling Stones shot their 2005 video for “Streets of Love” here!
Irene’s Pub Restaurant
885 Bank Street (613) 230-4474
Irene’s Pub Restaurant is an iconic pub in The Glebe that has been a spiritual home to artists and musicians for a quarter of a century. Those years have seen the pub host live musical events, art showing and special gatherings for the community.
Black Squirrel Books
1073 Bank Street (613) 600-3405
This cool used bookstore is much more than a bookstore or a cafe – it also hosts local Ottawa artists and musicians. It’s a great spot to listen to good local music!