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Ottawa Jazz Clubs and Venues

Updated 10 January 2016

Want to know where to go to hear jazz at a formal concert in an intimate theatre-style space, or with a fine meal? OttawaJazzScene.ca regularly updates our list of jazz clubs and venues where you can hear live jazz of all kinds in Ottawa, Gatineau, and the National Capital Region.

"Jazz" covers a wide range of music, from quiet piano stylings to free avant-garde jazz to rock / funk / jazz mash-ups to creative, improvised music.

Want to find out what's going to be playing at each venue? Sign up for our weekly jazz events newsletter to get a comprehensive listing of what's on in jazz and creative, improvised music in Ottawa-Gatineau, within 100 km of Parliament Hill. For highlights this month, read: Hear both the roots and the future of jazz in February

Concert venues which have a more formal listening experience include (in approximate order of frequency of jazz concerts presented):

The Ottawa and Gatineau area restaurants, bars, and venues listed alphabetically below present jazz. They are grouped them by area.

Downtown Ottawa

Atomic Rooster
303 Bank Street
Ottawa
www.atomicrooster.ca/
Occasional

Avant-Garde Bar
135 1/2 Besserer Street
Ottawa
613-321-8908
www.avantgardebar.com/
Occasional

Café Nostalgica
603 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa
613-562-5800 ext. 3000
cafenostalgica.ca
Jazz on Wednesday evenings, except at Christmas

Chez Lucien
137 Murray Street (in the ByWard Market)
Ottawa
613-241-3533
Hugh O'Connor, dean of Ottawa Jazz musicians, with J.P. Allain on Sunday afternoon

Das Lokal
190 Dalhousie Street (in the northern part of the ByWard Market)
Ottawa
613-695-1688
Occasional

Festival Japan
149 Kent St. at Albert
613-234-1224
www.festivaljapan.ca
Saturday evenings

The Manx
370 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
613-231-2070
Nothing currently

Maxwell's Bistro
340 Elgin Street
Ottawa
613-232-5771
Jazz/swing/Latin on occasional Thursdays. A big band on Monday nights about once a month
Closing as of January 17, 2016

Mercury Lounge
56 ByWard Market Square (in the ByWard Market)
just north of George Street
Ottawa
www.mercurylounge.ca
Occasional

The Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray Street, in the Market
Ottawa
www.therainbow.ca
Occasional

Santé Restaurant
45 Rideau Street At Sussex
Ottawa
613-241-7113
www.santerestaurant.com
Every Wednesday evening, except in the summer

Vineyards Wine Bar & Bistro
54 York Street (in the ByWard Market)
613-241-4270
www.vineyards.ca
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday evenings

Central

The Arrow and the Loon Pub
Fifth Avenue Court
Bank Street at Fifth Avenue, NE corner (in the Glebe)
Ottawa
613-237-0448
First Sunday of each month, except in the summer

Black Squirrel Books and Tea
1073 Bank Street (across from the Mayfair Theatre)
Ottawa
613-600-3405
IMOO presents Sunday evening concerts there approximately biweekly. Other occasional Saturday or Sunday concerts.

Georgetown Pub
1159 Bank Street
Monthly jams organized by Jacquie Dixon on the first Friday of the month.
Ottawa JazzWorks Jams: third Friday evening of each month, except in the summer.
Occasional other evenings as well

Irene's Pub
885 Bank Street (in the Glebe)
613-230-4474
irenespub.ca

Most Sunday evenings. Other occasional shows.

La Roma Restaurant
430 Preston Street
Ottawa
613-234-8244
www.laromaottawa.com
Thursday evenings. Minimum food/drink order per person required.

Pressed
750 Gladstone Avenue (at Arthur Street, just west of Bronson Avenue)
Ottawa
www.pressed-ottawa.com
Occasional

Stella Luna

1103 Bank Street (near Sunnyside)
Ottawa
slgelato.com/
Some Sunday evenings

Shanghai Restaurant
651 Somerset Street West, near Bronson Avenue
Ottawa ON
613-233-4001
www.shanghaiottawa.com
Occasional

Raw Sugar Café
692 Somerset Street West
613-216-2850
www.myspace.com/rawsugarcafe
Closed as of December 21, 2015

Salt
345A Preston Street (Little Italy)
Ottawa, Ontario
613-693-0333
www.saltottawa.ca
Some Thursdays or Saturday evenings, but not in the summer

The Savoy Brasserie
334 Richmond Road (Westboro)
Ottawa, Ontario
613-695-7330
www.savoybrasserie.com/
Some Friday evenings

Wellington Eatery
1008 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, Ontario
613-729-6692
Tuesday evenings for the Beeched Wailers' jams

Gatineau and other locations in the Outaouais (Québec)

secteur Hull
(just across the bridges from Ottawa, only a few-minutes by bus or bike or car from downtown Ottawa)

Les Brasseurs du Temps (BDT)
170 rue Montcalm
Gatineau, Québec
819-205-4999 ext 1
www.brasseursdutemps.com/
Occasional

Le Petit Chicago
50 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Québec
819-483–9843
www.petitchicago.ca
Monday jazz nights, and occasional other evenings

Sterling Restaurant
835 Jacques Cartier Road
Gatineau, Québec
819-568-8788
www.sterlingrestaurant.com/english/nousjoindre/index.php

Jazz piano on Friday and Saturday evenings

secteur Aylmer

Le Bistro Ambrosia
100 rue Principale
Aylmer, Quebec
819-682–5333‎
www.bistroambrosia.ca/
Sunday evenings year-round, and some Thursdays in the summer

other parts of the Outaouais (further out)

The Black Sheep Inn
753 Riverside Drive
Wakefield, Québec
819-459-3228
www.theblacksheepinn.com/
Occasional

Café des Artistes de la Lièvre
408 avenue de Buckingham
Gatineau, Québec (secteur Buckingham)
819-281-1987
cdadelalievre.com
Occasional. Buckingham Buzz Jazz festival in November.

Kaffé 1870
715 Riverside Drive
Wakefield, Québec
819-459-3943
kaffe1870.com
Occasional

La Grange de la Gatineau
80 chemin Summer, Cantley, QC
819-827-3164
www.grange.ca/
Occasional special weekend concerts

Terrasse Radisson
721 Riverside Drive
Wakefield, Québec
819-720-0110
www.terrasseradisson.com
Saturday evenings
Stopped operating as of October 8, 2015

Wakefield Mill Inn (Le Mouin)

60 Mill Road
Wakefield, Québec
819-459-1838 or toll-free 888-567-1838
www.wakefieldmill.com
Occasional Fridays or Saturdays

West End / Rural

Gaia Java
1300 Stittsville Main Street
Stittsville, Ontario
613-836-5469
www.gaiajava.ca
Some Friday evenings.

Kanata Royal Oak
3
29 March Road
Ottawa (Kanata)
613-591-3895
Every Sunday afternoon.

Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive
Kanata
613-271-1800
www.brookstreet.com/options_music.php
Seven days a week, plus Sunday brunch

Zolas Restaurant
2194 Robertson Road (Bell's Corners)
Ottawa
613-721-0227
zolas.ca

Saturday evenings. Other shows have occasionally been scheduled for other evenings.

The Queen's Hotel
142 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, ON
613-257-1366
www.thewaterfrontgastropub.ca
First Thursday of each month.

The Waterfront Gastropub
12 Bell Street
Carleton Place, ON
613-257-5755
www.thewaterfrontgastropub.ca
Second Saturday of each month.

The Swan at Carp
108 Falldown Lane, Carp
613-839-7926
www.theswanatcarp.ca
Occasional

Cheshire Cat Pub
2193 Richardson Side Road
Carp
613-831-2183
www.cheshirecatpub.com
Occasional

South End / Rural

Branch Restaurant
15 Clothier Street East
downtown Kemptville, ON
Reservations and directions: 613-258-3737
www.thebranchrestaurant.ca/
Occasional

East End / Rural

Hanoi Pho
4312 Innes road (corner of Lanthier, between Jeanne d'Arc and Tenth Line)
Orleans (Ottawa), ON
613-590-1000
www.hanoi-pho.com
Occasional Saturday evenings, but not in the summer.