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INSIDE OTTAWA

Gay Ottawa: Laid-back charm amid queer history

The capital of Canada, Ottawa is located along the scenic Ottawa River and is just a two-hour drive west from Montreal and a five-hour drive northeast from Toronto, two of the largest cities and most exciting gay meccas in Canada. Gay Village Nowadays, an organization is lobbying to establish a six-block... More

PERENNIAL FAVORITE

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Swizzles

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Bias-free bar with popular karaoke, live music and (yes!) poetry nightsRecently redecorated with comfortable booths and tables. Often really mixed crowd, older/younger, men/women, queer,... More

WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING

"fun place but not for club kids"

MissGraves

"This is MY Bar."

jarvisjones

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OTTAWA ACTIVITY

  • It's a shame that it's the only saunahouse in town.
    I went to this saunahouse this summer a couple of times. I don't think of wasting my money again. The men are really older and out of shape. I understand that not everybody is a model, but people there really need to take better care of themself. It's not a trendy and fun crowd. My room was dirty and the floor was sticky. I could not complain because there was only one staff member who was never at the front desk. This saunahouse really feels like a retirement home for nudists. The music was really bad and the wet sauna smelled like cigarettes. If you want to cruise, this is not the place. Bars downtown are much better. For tourists, I would not advice this place because it is really far from downtown and the crowd is not representative of Ottawa's LGBT community.

    July 20

  • Glad to see you are still around
    This has been for me quite an experience in my gay life when we had many gay clubs in both Ottawa and the Hull area. I also been an employee of Club Ottawa and always found the patrons and other team to be there for one another. The respect always been something to count when entering one of my shift ... sitting down to unwind with patrons ... chilling and where I also was part of a ground of Team Members that were at the time if not still all doing drags in the region to promote awareness and fundraising events for HIV/AIDS ... been now 2 years since my partner died and to date have not went out on about and planning to do in the next few weeks and see where I plan on taking once more my gay life. I know I will be stopping by to see all the changes done in the club ... glad you always stood up for all the politics and remained open for all to have a place to meet and as well be in a safe location while visiting the region. much ♥♥♥ around to you all xox keep up the great work

    July 20

  • Boring place, too expensive and not worth it.
    We went there my boyfriend and I a couple of times. The men there are much older. We like older men, but the crowd was not really fun and attractive. The men were too aggressive and they would not leave us alone even if we said very politely that we were not interested. The staff was ok, but very absent. We wanted to ask if the knocking on doors was acceptable for their sauna (personally, we consider that to be very rude), but the guy at the front desk was never there. We would not recommend this place. The gay bars downtown are much more interesting and exciting.

    July 19

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OTTAWA EVENTS

No cover SATURDAYS @Barrymores

Every Saturday that Barrymores does not have a Show or private bo...

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POPULAR RESTAURANTS

1. Atomic Rooster (2 fans)
Bias-free pub with the cocky name

2. Buzz Restaurant, The (1 fans)
Good food, great martinis on Wednesday

3. Bridgehead Coffee
Hot coffee

4. Shanghai Restaurant (3 fans)
Good food, great queer atmosphere and home of China Doll

5. Royal Oak (Bank/Gloucester)
Downtown Oak