So, you and the girls are getting ready for a rare girls’ night out. You want to do it up right, with food, shopping, maybe a show and some holiday cocktails. Where do you go?
The Glebe of course. We’ve got it all – some of the most unique shops in all of Ottawa, some of the city’s best restaurants, a movie theater, live music venues, bars and possibly to most amount of chocolate shops in a one-kilometer radius in the city.
As part of our seven-week series on Glebe Spree gift ideas, here’s a guide to going out in the Glebe. Pack your night with some of these adventures and you’ll be designated as the official party planner for your crew for years to come.
Start with a drink
If you and your lady clan are going to last shopping all day, you’ll need some liquid courage to get the blood flowing. Join up for drinks at one of our many restaurants and pubs. Enjoy a classy, relaxed atmosphere with some of the best wines in the city at the 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar. They carry close to 25 wines by glass or bottle and serve snacks and full meals.
If you’re looking for more of a pub feel, hit up the Arrow and Loon in the Fifth Avenue Court. It’s the perfect spot for drinks with friends, where you can laugh, sing, dance and holler amongst fellow barflies.
Looking for some craftier drinks? Head to the Craft Beer Market at Lansdowne and enjoy Ontario’s largest selections of craft beers, with over 100 beers for you to choose from. Appys and meals are available too. The Clocktower Brew Pub in the Glebe is Ottawa flag ship brew pub and offers seasonal monthly brews and a private bar and party room if you want to take over the place. Farmteam Cookhouse & Bar is another casual spot, perfect for drinks before heading out to paint the Glebe red. Feel at one with nature in their rustic setting that evokes rich dark woods and rustic curiosities.
And if you’re really looking to mingle with locals, Irene’s Pub is the place to be. A night at Irene’s is what spending the evening at Cheers would be like. Craft beer and whiskies are the local flavour and there are always live tunes blasting out of the bar. The only problem with Irene’s is that it’s so good, you may end up staying all night.
Another perfect vibey spot is Local, where everyone’s your pal and you can catch the game or marvel at extreme sports on the big screen. Great prices for drinks and one of the meanest, spiciest casers in the Glebe. Don’t forget Pints and Quarts, right smack in the heart of the Glebe, serving all your pub favourites and more. There is always a good vibe at Pints and Quarts, especially if you down a pint and a quart.
Time for some grub
There are literally more than 55 restaurants to choose from in the Glebe, something for every taste bud in your group. Here’s a quick rundown of the types of restaurants we have in the Glebe.
SEN Asian Cuisine – Pan-Asian food at its finest. Locally owned, with a Vietnamese flare.
Teriyaki Experience – Looking for a quick meal before heading out, grab a quick noodle bowl and be on your way.
Eddy’s Diner – Get your classic fix with all-day breakfast, classic burgers and fries and milkshakes galore.
Isabella Pizza – Some of the best pizza in town. Also, serving wings, burgers and sandwiches.
Jack Astors – Not your average bar and grill. Taste your favourite classics with a modern twist.
Kettleman’s Bagel Co. – Step inside this delicious Bagelry and you’ll feel like you’re in Montreal. Open 24 hours a day, if you’re hungry late.
Olga’s Deli & Catering – Fresh and homemade meals since 1983. This place is a staple for anyone looking to grab a quick bite.
Pizza Pizza – The name says it all. Pizza and wings right in the heart of the Glebe.
Soup Guy Café – Warm up with a bowl of soup and a sandwich, then get back to your action-packed night out with the gals.
South St. Burger – Cooked-to-order burgers and fries, and one hell of a mean poutine.
Sunset Grill – All-day breakfast, burgers and salads, in the heart of Lansdowne Park.
Tamis Café – Gourmet meals and baked goods, all homemade, all delicious and just off the beaten track. The crepes are to die for.
The Works – Ottawa’s premiere burger joint. Choose from the wackiest burger combos you’ve ever seen. Amazing onion rings and delicious, hand-pressed beef.
Gourmet & Fine Dining
Erling’s Variety – Small plates and tapas at this seasonally inspired and locally sourced resto. Wine and food pairings and a creative, ever-changing menu.
Flipper’s Restaurant – Quality seafood, wine and other sections in the glebe for close to 30 years. Gone fishin’.
La Strada Ristorante – Authentic Italian Cuisine with an impressive wine list and the highest regard for food preparation.
Rosie’s Southern Kitchen & Raw Bar – The best fried chicken in Ottawa. Other southern favourites like ribs, steak and catfish. Raw bar and scallops.
Milestones – Classic vibes with gourmet food. Brunch, lunch and dinner everyday.
The Pomeroy House – Gourmet, modern comfort food, just like mama used to make. Great wines and local craft beer. Dare to try their Hot Chicken sandwich…you’ll never eat another bologna sandwich again.
The Rowan – The best British fare the Glebe has to offer. Yorkshire puddings, pork pies and shepherd’s pie. Cheers, mate.
Von’s Bistro – Pulled pork and beef tacos, Steak and Fries, lamb, duck and mussels…all made with quality and friendly atmosphere and staff.
Light of India Restaurant – Buffet-style, authentic Indian food, located in the heart of the Glebe.
Taj Mahal of the Glebe – Exquisite Indian dining in and elegant and intimate setting.
Anthony’s – Wood fired pizza at its finest.
Crust & Crate – Your neighbourhood pizza pub with Al Forno Pizzas, fish tacos, and burgers and beers.
II Negozio Nicastro – Fine Italian food shop, featuring sandwiches, produce and fine Italian cheeses.
Industria Pizzeria & Bar – Modern pizzeria offering a fusion of authentic and modern Italian fare. Sharing plates, authentic pies and beer and wine. Eat. Drink. Laugh.
Burrito Shack – You ladies don’t have time, but you’re hungry. Grab a quick burrito at Burrito Shack and chill in their funky atmosphere before you’re ready to hit the town.
Feleena’s Restaurant – Authentic Mexican cuisine in an upbeat atmosphere. Tacos, nachos and all your Mexican favourites under one roof.
Quesada Burritos and Tacos – Another quick stop for tacos and burritos. Quesada carries an extensive array of hot sauces that will tickle your taste buds, or flat out burn your face off.
Jericho Lebanese Food – Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine at its best. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while taking your taste buds on a trip around the world.
Hareg Café & Variety – Looking for a vegetarian spot? Stop at Hareg and enjoy exotic Ethiopian and Eritrean. Enjoy a sweet Ethiopian coffee afterwards.
Time for a bit of shopping?
Over 170 retailers to get you dressed, get your hair done, get your jewels on and everything in between. Way too many to list here, but check out our online directory here and get your shop on. But there are also some one-off events this weekend where you can snag some deals.
The Glebe Centre’s 41st Annual Bazaar
Saturday, 10 a.m.
The Glebe Centre
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping, or treat yourself at the Glebe Centre’s Abbotsford House. You’ll find everything from handcrafts, home baking, jewelry, children’s toys, books and everything in between. More information here.
NEWFOUNDLAND coast to coast…An Art Exhibition
Join long-time Glebe artist Jaya Krishnan at his Second Avenue studio for the opening of his newest exhibit, featuring images of familiar Newfoundland landscapes. More information here.
Anne Sportun Holiday Trunk Show
Sunday, 11 a.m.
Take advantage of 15% off the entire Anne Sportun collection at Magpie Jewellery on Sunday.
Time to party
So, you’re full, you’ve got a few drinks in you and you and the ladies are ready for your night out. But what’s happening? Too much to think about. Here’s a list of stuff happening this weekend in the Glebe to get you and your clan moving and grooving.
Destiny Funk @ Irene’s Pub
Friday, 9:30 p.m.
Get your funk on with Ottawa’s highly talented event band and orchestra. It will get loud at the Glebe’s most active music venue.
The Glebe Centre’s 12th annual Resident Art Show and Sale
Friday, 6 p.m.
The Glebe Centre
Pick up some local art, listen to some local live music and brows everything from abstracts to scenic paintings and everything in between. Support local art. More info here.
Ottawa 67s vs. Windsor Spitfires
Friday, 7 p.m.
TD Place Arena
Are you ladies hockey fans? The Ottawa 67s battle the Windsor Spitfires at the Arena at TD Place. Watch the NHL’s future stars right here in the Glebe. Get your tickets here.
There you are, ladies, it’s always a great weekend out in the Glebe. Check out our entire offering at www.intheglebe.ca and don’t forget to bring your Glebe Spree Passport for your chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree in the Glebe.
Tune in next week for Week 2 of our Glebe Spree Gift Guide, where we focus on the Guys’ Night Out.