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