You’ll find this popular Brewery right in the heart of the Byward Market. Here are 5 reasons you need to visit for yourself:

  1. Two Patios

Lowertown Brewery is home to Ottawa’s largest beer garden. It offers two patios; one at the rear, and another at the front of their York Street entrance. It’s a great spot to meet up with friends or colleagues and enjoy a cold beer on a hot day.

Lowertown Brewery
Photo @lowertownottawa

Stop by and try their seasonal Blood Orange Belgian Wit. They also make some great Caesars. Mark your calendars because in late September, the Brewery will be turning into an Oktoberfest style beer hall complete with lederhosen and a German inspired menu!

2 ) Plenty of History 

Formerly known as the The Commercial Tavern Hotel, the Brewery boasts a ton of history. It was originally built in 1837. It survived buckshot and ball, fighting and frolic for 145 years but was burned down in a fire in 1982. You can read tidbits of the history displayed around the restaurant.

Commercial Tavern Hotel

3) Great Menu


The Lowertown Brewery is the only restaurant in Ottawa that brew’s its beer on site. Order one of their beer flights so you can sample all different types. The best part is that you can also purchase beer to go when you purchase a meal so you can enjoy their brews at home. They also have some great cocktails like their refreshing Basil Bourbon Lemonade.


Lowertown Brewery
Photo @LowertownOttawa


Lowertown Brewery
Photo @LowertownOttawa


The Lowertown Brewery features a variety of their brews in a many of their recipes (e.g., braised, sauces, desserts). The food is delicious and they offer some great options such as their Lowertown Poutine with Pickled Jalapenos, hand-crafted sandwiches. Also popular is their Peanut-crusted Maple Bacon and Hickory-smoked Chicken Wings and more! Their braised and smoked wings are bringing back the old style of uncut wings that made wings night famous in the 90s. The Brewery also have 5 delicious in-house made sauces. If you’re a fan of smoked meat, you have to try Lowertown’s house-smoked meat, a rival to the popular Schwartz’s.

Lowertown Brewery
Photo @lowertownottawa

4) Great Events

Lowertown hosts some great events. Yoga On Tap is every second Monday. Participate in a yoga class while enjoying one of their beers. You can find a class schedule here. Make sure to reserve your spot!  Brewery Bingo will be resuming in the fall. You have the chance to win some great prizes while enjoying some beer and bites. It’s hosted by comedian, Greg Houston so you’re sure to get a few laughs. Stop by for the DJ on the weekends. They’ll also host live bands. Keep posted on social media for upcoming acts. They also have a pinball arcade that you can play at any time you’re in!

Yoga On Tap
Photo @yoga.ontap

5) Host of our Book Launch 

On August 10th from 6pm-10pm we’ll be launching our new book on Ottawa, An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital and you’re all invited! Best part, this event is FREE to attend. Here’s the official event. It’s going to be a great time featuring live music, photographs, silent auction, live art and more. The mayor will also be there to show his support for the book along with Ottawa Tourism, NCC, and more. You will also have the opportunity to be one of the first in Canada to own the book by pre-ordering it at the launch. These special copies will be signed by the authors themselves, pretty cool! Hope to see you there 🙂

An Insider's Guide to Canada's Capital
An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital


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