Trudeau once famously quipped that “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”. Of course, he never said anything about bloggers. Once again Apartment613 and Venus Envy are sticking our noses in where they don’t belong. The second annual Big Sexy O-Town Survey will get the intimate details of what really goes on in Ottawa’s bedrooms, bars and bordellos. Our goal: to satisfy our own voyeuristic streak to provide a safe and serious place to discuss sexual issues of great import, such as what’s your favourite Ottawa... | Continue reading article
The Gatineau Beerfest invites you to join its other guests for a big country party in May 2011. Our festival marks the arrival of warmer weather and family outings in nature. The Outaouais region is a strategic place to access all kinds of specialty beers.Its residents are served by four major distribution networks on both sides of river. They offer an impressive choice of flavors which are ever evolving. This wide selection of beer can now accompany most meals. . The phenomena of artisan beer production and the tasting experience... | Continue reading article
Gatineau’s first-ever winter beer festival, a follow-up to the successful Gatineau Beerfest held this spring, WinterBeerFest: The Winter’Ales of Gatineau promises to deliver a mouth-watering mix of artisanal beer, local hand-crafted food, music and fun, where foodies, locals and tourists visiting Canada’s National Capital Region can delight body and soul. Chateau Cartier offers the ideal setting for this event, offering urban flair in gorgeous, natural surroundings. A bonfire will keep festival-goers warm as they enjoy craft beer served from an ice bar to a backdrop of DJ beats, while inside... | Continue reading article
While the success of Beau’s Brewery has been driven by a great tasting brew with a charming brand, the team at Beau’s have also proven themselves adept at developing a community around their beer – and showing us all a great time while they’re at it. After a rough first start (when they ran out of food) Beau’s Oktoberfest has proven itself to be a great meeting of beer-lovers, food-lovers and the designated drivers willing to drive them back and forth to Vankleek Hill.
The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. A question came into the Apartment613 email inbox last night: Hello there…I am fond of your blog and am wondering if you can help me out by suggesting a place... | Continue reading article
Looks like the soon-to-be-opened Mill Street outlet isn’t the only major beer news bubbling in the nation’s capital. If this menu is to believed (and yes, I’m pretty sure we’ve never used a menu to support our reporting before) it looks like international microbrewery chain Les 3 Brasseurs has plans to open a location on the Sparks Street Mall. You’re probably familiar with Les 3 Brasseurs if you’ve spent any time in Montreal, but they’re actually a French chain of brew pubs that first opened in Lille in the mid-1980s.... | Continue reading article
It’s that time of year again: the Ottawa Folk Festival is back, this time a bit more centrally located at Hog’s Back Park. It’s a short bike ride down either by the canal or the river. The line-up looks great and, if this first evening is any indication, there seems to be a great crowd. The festival, after a tough year in 2010, has now been taken under the wings of the Ottawa Bluesfest. Extra resources have kept the festival afloat, and we’re hearing that the integration has worked well... | Continue reading article
Travis Boisvenue from MediaStyle has created an 8 minute documentary on one of everyone’s favourite local beer success stories. Get to know a bit more about the folks behind your after-work pint. This short documentary is also being presented on the MediaStyle blog and over at Open File Ottawa.
By Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline Are you looking for one last trip before summer runs out? How about taking your taste buds on a global, flavour adventure? Whether you’d like to savour a bit of the Dominican, explore what Peru has to offer, or get exotic with a little something from Burundi, Happy Goat Coffee has your one-way ticket to flavour paradise. This modest, out of the way coffee haven is, hands down, one of the best places in the city to grab a cuppa joe. Don’t let the... | Continue reading article
With Will and Kate arriving for Canada Day celebrations in the capital this week, it’s your chance to embrace your inner monarch and take in some truly royal experiences in the capital city. If following the official itinerary isn’t your style, we thought we could provide some suggestions of some other British activities you can take on in honour of the royals. Have a pint (or two) – there are no shortage of British-themed pubs in Ottawa and this is your chance to refer to drinking a Boddington’s as a... | Continue reading article