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4 best rooftop bars in Ottawa [2020 update]

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Last updated: April 1st, 2020

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Which is the best rooftop bar in Ottawa? We will help you find out, with our complete guide, packed with all info you need about each venue: opening hours, dress codes, photos, maps and much more.

Ottawa is the capital of Canada, and while the climate is not rooftop-friendly year round, there are some cosy places well worth exploring during the warm summer months. Just scroll down and find the Ottawa rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Rooftop Copper Spirits and Sights at Andaz Ottawa Rooftop bar in Ottawa
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Copper Spirits & Sights at Andaz Ottawa

$$$$ | 16th floor | Byward Market
  • Highlights
  • Tallest in town
  • Trendy
  • Weekend DJs

Stylish rooftop bar that offers an Ottawa view like no other. Sixteen floors up, it is the tallest in the city, and up here you really get stunning views of the skyline and all the copper-topped buildings. Both indoor lounge and rooftop terrace, very trendy and modern lounge in decoration. Enjoy Copper signature cocktails, Ontario beer & cider, a large selection of whiskey and a smaller snack menu with some sharing plates.

Rooftop Atari rooftop bar in Ottawa
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Atari

$$$ | 2nd floor | Byward Market
  • Highlights
  • Playful cocktails
  • Resto-bar

A lovely resto-bar that comes with an equally lovely rooftop patio, perfect for summer enjoyment. Only two floors up, but the terrace still offers nice views over the surrounding area and all the way over to the Peace Tower. The Atari motto of “Play with food and drinks” means a nice food menu of different bites, but even more so an impressive and playful cocktail menu. Expect fun, vibrant and laid-back vibes.

Rooftop Fox & Feather Pub and Grill rooftop bar in Ottawa
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Fox & Feather Pub and Grill

$$$ | 2nd floor | Centretown
  • Highlights
  • Weekend brunch
  • Relaxed & fun
  • Sports bar

Located on a street filled with restaurants, pubs and bars, The Fox & Feather is the largest of the bunch. Set over three floors, the pub comes with an amazing second story rooftop terrace. Classic 'pubish' in decoration, this is a great and central spot to catch some sun and views over the action on the streets below. Upscale bar food is complemented with 34 beers on tap, a selection of wines, single malt scotches, homemade sangria and the Fox martinis and cocktails.

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Rooftop Westboro Barley Mow rooftop bar in Ottawa
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Westboro Barley Mow

$$$ | 2nd floor | Westboro Village
  • Highlights
  • Gastro Pub
  • Sports bar
  • Eventful

The Barley Mow gastro pub can be found at 9 locations around Ottawa, but it is the one in Westboro Village you should head to for sunny rooftop patio sittings. The spacious wooden decked terrace is not breathtaking, but offers nice views over Westboro and is a great spot for enjoying casual food an drinks in the sun. You can also enjoy lots of entertainment, from live music acts and trivia nights, to large TV screens where you can catch your favourite team in action.

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Rooftop bar Ottawa

Rooftop-grade: 5/10
Prime season: May - September
Residents: 1 million
Climate: Humid continental

The climate in Ottawa is here is humid continental, and there are four distinct season, with cold winters but quite warm and humid summers. Beacause of the climate, Ottawa is not a fantastic or year-round rooftop city, but there are some real gems for the summer season.

Many of the rooftop bars are quite low terraces, often on top of pubs. While this means less grand views, the do come with a very relaxed and laid-back vibe and are perfect to just sit back and enjoy the sun and the fresh air. Some of the rooftops are more stylish lounges, often located high up on more luxurious hotels.

About Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital of Canada, but only the fourth largest city in the country, with a poplation around 1 million. Located in the Ontario province, on the bank of Ottawa River, both English and French are large languages in the city. Ottawa can take pride in having the most educated population among Canadian cities, while a large part of the population also take pride in supporting the local NHL team, called Ottawa Senators.