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A Completely Sober Review of St. Paddy’s Day at the Clocktower Pub in Westboro

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What’s the most rational thing to do on St. Paddy’s Day for a guy who doesn’t drink and doesn’t fight? Go to a gastro-pub and listen to rowdy Irish music, obviously. The last time I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day was in St. John’s, where my night was a blur of green beer, green hats, free Miller t-shirts (because Irish) and two bars (I’m guessing on that last one). Of course, one of the fun parts about March 17th is that, when done right, you can never accurately compare this year’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: searching for Ottawa’s finest Caesar

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Sometimes, here at Apartment613, we’ve got to take on tough assignments. For the sake of our discerning readers, we’ve previously had to taste all the pizza, drink all the coffee and eat all the cupcakes. It’s not war reporting, but still, think of the calories. Anyways, this past weekend, the Hintonburg Public House invited us to judge their first annual Caesar contest. They assembled five cocktail enthusiasts and a whole bunch of Clamato juice for a Sunday evening of Caesars. The winning drink for the night came from the HPH’s own bartender,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa gets WinterBrewed

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Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy camera, courtesy of Francois Levesque.Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy camera, courtesy of Francois Levesque.

Judging by yesterday’s turnout at WinterBrewed, Ottawa’s insatiable appetite for all things craft beer related hasn’t dissipated over the winter months. Or perhaps people are just yearning for those summer days when you can’t leave your house without tripping over an outdoor music and food festival. Either way, thousands of people came out to sample craft beers from Ottawa and beyond this weekend. WinterBrewed is the first winter craft beer festival to be held in the downtown core (though it isn’t the first in the NCR), and this one is... | Continue reading article

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BREAKING NEWS: Imperial Food and Beverage is closed

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The brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupThe brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Apartment613 has confirmed that the Imperial restaurant on Bank street is now closed. According to owner Chris Edwards “they were unable to reach an agreement” with their landlord, forcing him to close the business. Our understanding is that the building is owned by the same folks as Barrymore’s. We’ve contacted them for a comment and we’ll be updating this story with any new information as we have it. Without a restaurant to run, Chris says that he’s planning to take a bit of time off now and perhaps do some... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Royal Wood reviews the Back Lane Café

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Photo courtesy of Trevor PritchardPhoto courtesy of Trevor Pritchard

Welcome to Foodie Friday at Apartment613 — a new feature in which we slice through the many layers of Ottawa’s food scene with the dexterity of a master chef.  Our first post  is particularly special: we got Juno-nominated musician Royal Wood to review the Back Lane Cafe, one of Ottawa’s most well-regarded new dining spots. And over the next year, we’ll be partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the new all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Next up: a review... | Continue reading article

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Winter Beerfest is back! Many porters expected at Château Cartier to welcome thousands of beer enthusiasts

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Originally published in Bulletin d’Aylmer. The 2013 Winter Beerfest organizers are expecting as many as 12,000 guests for their second edition at the Château Cartier, January 24, 25 and 26. That’s 8,000 more than last year. “In 2012 we were hoping for 3,000 guests and over 8,000 showed up,” Manuela Teixeira, Vice-President of the Beerfest organizing committee, told the media. “The site, which combines indoor and outdoor spaces, has been doubled in size to accommodate the guests,” said Joel-Marc Frappier, Executive Director at Château Cartier. Last year’s popularity meant some... | Continue reading article

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3 Brasseurs brings its tasty brews to Sparks Street

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As Ottawa’s love affair with the beer brewing industry rages on, hot and heavy, new brew pubs seem to be popping up every other day. Last year saw the opening of so many such establishments that to list them all here would be futile. Instead, take a gape at our beer map. Yup. There’s a lot of beer in Ottawa. But is there enough? I think not. Which is why I was pleased to see the opening of 3 Brasseurs’ first Ottawa location. The French brewer, whose beer has become... | Continue reading article

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Looking for a good shuck? Check out the Elmdale!

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I recently had the opportunity over the holidays to exchange emails with Peter McCallum and Joshua Bishop of Whalesbone Oyster House on Bank Street concerning their acquisition of the Elmdale Tavern in Hintonburg. Their joint ownership became official just after Christmas, though you may remember some hoopla a few months back when this purchase was first made public. There were some skeptics among the crowd who felt that the character of the Elmdale would be lost with the new ownership and decried what they saw as the inevitable loss of... | Continue reading article

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The Brewery Market coming to Ottawa!

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It was only announced 8 hours ago: the Toronto event series”The Brewery Market” is coming to Ottawa. The goal of The Brewery Market is to give you the chance to try out the best beers available in Ontario in a comfortable and relaxed setting.  This event is taking place on Saturday, October 13, from noon to 8pm. Folks will be able to taste the best of Beau’s, Beyond the Pale, Big Rig, Broadhead, Clocktower, HogsBack & Kichesippi as well as delicious food from local restaurants. The event’s set to take place at 1000... | Continue reading article

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So that happened: An Open Letter To ARBORETUM – From Rolf Klausener

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This past weekend, Ottawa witnessed the launch of ARBORETUM - the latest promising addition to our city’s cultural scene. The reviews are positive and our thoughts turn to what’s next for the festival and the team behind it. Rolf Klausener, the artistic director of the festival just posted an open letter the community and we thought you might find his sentiment and thanks to be both motivating and comforting. The full letter is posted below and available on the ARBORETUM website here. We look forward to hearing about your ARBORETUM experience in the... | Continue reading article

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