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Irene's Pub

$$ - $$$
The Glebe / Dow's Lake
Bar, Pub, Canadian
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885 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3W4, Canada
+1 613-230-4474
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11:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Ottawa
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Sit down at Irene's and you really get the feeling that you're ensconsing yourself in a well-varnished clean yet storied part of Ottawa's musical and bacchanalian past. Utterly unpretentious, well-stocked with beer and above-par bar food, a locus of the local music scene, Irene's is a gravitational hub of the community. It stands in stark contrast to the soulless, cavernous,... More 

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Ottawa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I'm biased because I actually live down the street from this pub, but I love to go to enjoy fish and chips or their amazing veggie burger. Lots of great local music. Wonderful brunch but be forewarned they only open at 11am. If you're a coffee conasuer like me, I think Irene's serves the best coffee in the city. Each... More 

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Ottawa
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120 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We've eaten at Irene's a few times and have enjoyed it every time. Typically, we're there for brunch on a Saturday, and we've tried a variety of meals. All were very good, from standard bacon and eggs to burgers to sandwiches. The service is very good. Usually, because it's quiet at noon on Saturday, there's just the bartender taking food... More 

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1 Thank JimTaggartOttawa
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I have been out of the country for 15 years but upon my return I went to Irene's right away. It's a proper, unpretentious pub in the heart of a neighborhood full of snazzy new spots without any soul. I am happy to say I enjoyed it as much today as ever. The food was all delicious and reasonably priced,... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Irene's has a relaxed atmosphere with a secluded outside deck. There are often concerts on Wednesday at 8 p.m. On Thursday there is an open blues stage with free admission. On weekends there is entertainment after 9 p.m., with a varying cover charge.

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Ottawa, Canada
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128 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Irene's is something of a local legend in Ottawa, home to live music some week nights, trivia nights and the like. It boasts old wooden table tops carved with past drinkers' initials and messages - nothing elegant about this joint. But the beer selection is strong and the food surprisingly good. We recently decided that the very best burger in... More 

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1 Thank David L
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We stopped by Irene's to grab a quick bite before attending an event at TD Place, just a couple blocks away. We were able to find a seat but it was crammed, and the tables were very close together. Though it took a while for someone to come by with menus, once we ordered the food came relatively quickly and... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Dropped in with a bunch of the Bytown Boys Supporters Group before an Ottawa Fury FC soccer match at Lansdowne Park about 3 blocks away. Great food and a quick pint before the match but the atmosphere was very nice, service top notch and we were all made to feel very welcome.

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

The best music venue in the city. Great atmosphere, good food. Great place to just hang out and listen to some really great music and enjoy a bite.Very friendly sraff. A gas.

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Ottawa
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

A place where locals come and hang out. Some great talent, some just playin' fun. Every half hour or so someone with a guitar walks by. Local art for sale on the walls. This is a great little hang-out. I think one guy was in his p.js.....

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, Canadian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 02:00
Monday
11:30 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 02:00
Thursday
11:30 - 02:00
Friday
11:30 - 02:00
Saturday
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 885 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3W4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > The Glebe / Dow's Lake
  • Neighbourhood: The Glebe / Dow's Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 613-230-4474
Description
Well-known local venue for live music. Irene's has been in business since 1985. Fully accessible with accessible washroom on ground floor, just ask anyone in bar to help by positioning wheelchair ramp at entrance for access. We also have a secret patio out back open during warmer weather, car and bus exhaust free and private. Great food and kitchen open till midnight.

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