By Brian Clarke
I’ve recently taking a good liking to scotch. I don’t know if it’s my taste buds becoming more sophisticated as I get older or an unconscious desire to appear classy or masculine (probably the latter!), but nevertheless, it has led me to search out a few local spots that specialize in scotch and provide scotch tastings.
Here are four places I have found that offer a good selection of scotch:
Located just outside the Byward Market, and across the street from the Rideau Center, the Highlander is probably Ottawa’s most convenient, well-known and popular scotch bar. As the name suggests, it is a pub specializing in Scottish food and drink – which unquestionably must include some scotch.
In fact, I have registered for a scotch tasting at the Highlander in early December (any other Carleton alumni who read this blog, I encourage you to come so we can meet!). I will certainly share my (amateur) experiences via another blog post shortly afterwards.
This cozy little pub on Elgin Street has the perfect atmosphere for drinking a glass of scotch. If I had to describe the atmosphere, I’d say it’s ‘relaxed’ and ‘musky’ – two words that go great with scotch! They have a good drink menu, that also includes many other types of whiskeys.
This is another Scottish themed pub, located in the Albert and Bay Suite hotel. So, if you’re a scotch drinker visiting Ottawa. you now what hotel to stay at! They boast a menu of nearly 50 types of scotches, which are the perfect complement to a relaxing vacation.
What are some other options for a good dram of scotch in Ottawa?