Last updated on September 15th, 2020
If you are trying to locate the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Ottawa we have all the info you need right here. This LGBT nightlife guide will also cover things like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the main queer bar area of town and more!
On top of that the best LGBT dating sites will be mentioned, particularly some sites for those who are more interested in hooking up than getting too deep into a serious relationship at the moment. We will even be covering all of the best LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about around the city.
Not all of you will be interested in going out to a lesbian or gay bar or nightclub to try and meet people near you so we will try to cover all the bases so that you can pick out which option you prefer.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Ottawa
In our opinion the best LGBT bars in Ottawa are:
- The Lookout Bar located at 41 York St, 2nd floor
- Babylon Nightclub at 317 Bank St
- Mercury Lounge at 56 Byward Market Square
- Swizzles at 246 B Queen St
- T’s Pub at 323 Somerset St W
Everyone is welcome at these fun bars and as you can see Lookout Bar puts on some fantastic drag shows. Mercury Lounge will be best on Wednesday nights but it is a common LGBT meet up spot throughout the week.
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
Swizzle’s and T’s Pub would be the main gay bars in Ottawa for men to meet men. We aren’t saying that these bars are only a meetup spot for gay men, but they are the most likely clientele to find inside.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Ottawa
At this time, we don’t know of any solely lesbian bars in Ottawa, if you do please mention them in the comments at the bottom of the page so we can add them to the list.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
We aren’t really to the point of having full on trans bars in Ottawa, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at Swizzles for their Thursday Night’s a Drag Show. Plus you have those drag shows at the Lookout mixed LGBT bar, or Mercury Lounge has their HUMP GLBTQ Parties on Wednesday’s.
We tried our best to differentiate between strictly gay bars and mixed LGBT bars, but we won’t claim that we did a perfect job of it. If you disagree, if any of the venues we have listed have closed, or if any new LGBT hot spots have opened up please use the comments to fill us in so that our lists can be as correct and up to date as possible.
Many of these gay or lesbian bars and clubs can be found in the LGBT nightlife area of ByWard Market district and around Bank Street. Go do your partying in that part of town and you will be able to check out the various venues and find out the right spots for your personal tastes.
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
We mentioned before that Mercury Lounge has their GLBTQ parties on Wednesday nights that you won’t want to miss. Of course there is also the Capital Pride Festival every June. We have also covered LGBT nightlife in:
Best LGBT Dating Sites
We are aware that going out to an LGBT bar or club is not for everyone. We don’t all enjoy the party scene, and these days many of us have become more and more introverted which we totally get.
Plus not everyone is fully ‘out’ at the moment and may not necessarily want to be spotted and get posted about on social media. Whatever your reasons or motivations are LGBT dating sites are a great way to meet people near you without having to get all dressed up and head to a gay or lesbian bar to do so.
The first sites we want to mention are mainly geared towards casual sex, they aren’t exactly dating sites. As the divorce rates keep climbing lots of people are enjoying the single life and aren’t looking for anything to serious at the moment.
Men Nation is a really good gay dating site for hook ups, and if you want to hook up with gay men in Ottawa you should definitely check it out. Lesbian Personals is a really cool lesbian hook up site, and they are both run by Adult Friend Finder. You have probably seen AFF ads around the web, probably on porn, sex, or other adult sites.
If you are gay and looking for guys near you to hook up with try Men Nation, if you are a lesbian and want to find lesbian women in Ottawa to hook up with then Lesbian Personals is your spot, and if you are bi look into Adult Friend Finder. One day a serious relationship might interest you, but if not just have a little fun and live your life.
These sites are a nice and discreet way for you to fulfill your desire without having to go to LGBT bars or clubs if you don’t want to. We also should tell you about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Ottawa is trending upwards at a rapid rate as more ts near you are finally comfortable being the person they always knew they were meant to be.
Alright then, we have told you all about the Ottawa LGBT nightlife as best as we can. You know where to go to find mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites. We hope you make the most of the information at hand.