Ottawa has a variety of publications (print and web-based) that offer the latest scoop on the various goings-on around town. Xpress (www.ottawaxpress.ca) is the city's free entertainment weekly, found around town in cafes, bars and bookstores. Try www.ottawaentertainment.ca for additional info and check out Thursday's Ottawa Citizen (ottawacitizen.com) for club and entertainment listings.

Nightlife venues generally cluster in three zones: the ByWard Market, along Bank St in the Glebe neighborhood, and down Elgin St about halfway between the Queensway and Parliament Hill.

Gay & Lesbian Venues

Ottawa has a small but thriving gay scene, although it's less happening than that of its neighbor Montréal, two hours up the road. Check out the Ottawa section of Capital Xtra (www.xtra.ca) for listings.