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Old times - Memory lane.

I remember going when I was a student. I enjoy the vibe and alternative music there. I played the... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2015
Sudbury, Canada
Great place to see great bands

Went to see John Ottway here and wasn't disappointed.Lead in group, Belle Regards was excellent as... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2014
Lorne R
Ottawa, Canada
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  • Excellent17%
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  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible29%
Mar 12, 2018
“Nostalgic review”
Aug 9, 2016
“A Weird, Safe and Inclusive Night Out”
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27 York St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
Byward Market Area
+1 613-562-1010
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

Even though this place closed down, it gave me and my friends some of the best memories during high school and uni. This is where you got to meet David Usher, Mother Mother, Jewel, Amos the Transparent, and other local bands. After, everyone would head...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed August 9, 2016

Zaphods has changed hands, but they still bring in the best live bands and play an eclectic mix at their 'Electric Ballroom' after 11. Security is vigilant but not overbearing or obtrusive, making this a drug-free and safe environment in particular for women and also...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 4, 2015

I remember going when I was a student. I enjoy the vibe and alternative music there. I played the table top video arcade game and pinball too. It was more like a visit to memory lane for me, but surely it's a cool bar with...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Sudburyismyhome
Reviewed October 2, 2014

Doormen and bouncers seem to be on power trips. They are very aggressive and intimidating even before you get in to the bar. Bar staff range from aloof and condescending at best to extremely rude at worst. Overall an unpleasant experience.

Date of experience: February 2014
Thank Billie D
Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'd heard about thus place many times and was very excited to go along with my friends. The outside looked in need of a fix but we went in anyway. A huge mistake, the inside was worse than the outside, the staff were unpleasant and...More

Date of experience: July 2014
4  Thank Jenny W
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Went to see John Ottway here and wasn't disappointed.Lead in group, Belle Regards was excellent as well. High energy, fun and great music. Sound and lighting were good but could have used a little more seating. Friendly spot, good array of refreshments. There was a...More

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank Lorne R
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Went there two times. First was "Towel Day", which if you don't know, is an event related to the H2G2 novels by Douglas Adams. We thought it would attract many people to the bar but, around 10 o'clock on a saturday evening, the place was...More

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank FannylaChipie
Reviewed March 23, 2013

I've visited Zaphods on several occasions during my time living in Ottawa and have never had a problem here. This place is a much better club than most of the others in this city, and especially those in the Market. I am never bothered by...More

Date of experience: March 2013
Thank jnnrss
Reviewed March 15, 2013

what started as a fun evening ended in us leaving after being assaulted by the security staff. also they charge for water. the cover charge is minimal and the music was good. but like I said laying hands on a 120lb girl without asking her...More

Date of experience: March 2013
2  Thank IanSchwede
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Agreed with some review that this is clearly a local hang out but what wrong with that? We love EDM and tried to find a place to go and shake our booties on a Monday (a challenge in any city) and came across this place...More

Date of experience: March 2013
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