We’re a part of the Glebe, and as such, we’re going to dedicate some spotlight time to some of our neighbours. First up on the list, – the venerable Irene’s Pub situated at 885 Bank Street – directly across from us. Besides being one of Ottawa’s most dynamic lives venues for music (we pick up a rush of customers after most shows looking to get a 2 a.m. Super House Special), the pub has a rich and interesting history that deserves to be known. The pub was originally opened in 1985 by Irene Corey, and was initially called Cap’n Pinkey’s. It’s been an institution of sorts in the area as a result of its dedication to presenting music events, art showings, and community meetings since it’s inception. Former city councillor Clive Doucet called it the “only community center with draft taps”. To top it off, it has one of the most impressive selections of single malt whiskies you’ll find in the city and serves awesome local craft beers.
This is just an opinion – but Ottawa has definitely changed in the last 10 years. It’s (not deserved) reputation as a sleepy government town that had little going on musically or culturally has really been turned on it’s ear. Irene’s is one of the mainstays that has contributed to the city getting it’s due nationally. Check out a rundown of upcoming live shows here.