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Ottawa Jazz Clubs and Venues

Updated 13 July 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: The Ottawa and Gatineau jazz scenes strut their stuff in August

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

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

Café Nostalgica
603 Cumberland Street
University of Ottawa
613-562-5800 ext. 3000
cafenostalgica.ca
Wednesday jazz evenings

Centretown Royal Oak
318 Bank Street at MacLaren
613-232-1057
second Friday of the month, early evening (5:30 p.m.)

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

Das Lokal
190 Dalhousie Street (in the northern part of the ByWard Market)
613-695-1688
www.daslokalottawa.com
Occasional

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

Live! on Elgin
220 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor (at Lisgar)
www.liveonelgin.com
Occasional

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

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

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)
613-237-0448
First Sunday of each month, with the Glebop Trio

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

Georgetown Pub
1159 Bank Street in Ottawa South
First Friday of the month: Monthly jams organized by Jacquie Dixon
Third Friday evening of each month (except summer): Ottawa JazzWorks Jams

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
613-234-8244
www.laromaottawa.com
Friday evenings

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

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

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

Wellington West Royal Oak
1217 Wellington Street West (at Hinton, near Holland Avenue)
613-728-6661
Second Tuesday of the month, early evening

East End

Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa
1481A Innes Road (near Cyrville Road)
613-842-8388
ottawasteinway.ca
Occasional

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/
Very occasional

Le Petit Chicago
50 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Québec
819-483–9843
www.petitchicago.ca
Jazz Monday jazz jams with rotating monthly host bands, 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

other parts of the Outaouais (further out)

Bistro Ambrosia
100 rue Principale
Gatineau, Québec (secteur Aylmer)
819-682-5333
Thursday evenings
Closed its doors as of July 13, 2016

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

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
Occasional Friday evenings

Kanata Royal Oak
329 March Road
Ottawa (Kanata)
613-591-3895
Sunday afternoons

Ironstone Grill Restaurant, The Marshes Golf Club
320 Terry Fox Drive
Ottawa (Kanata)
613-271-3370
www.themarshesgolfclub.com
Friday evenings

Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel
525 Legget Drive
Ottawa (Kanata)
613-271-1800
www.brookstreet.com/options_music.php
Every evening plus Sunday brunch
Thursday jams with the HML Trio

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

Most Saturday evenings and occasional other evenings

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

South End / Rural

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