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44 Sparks St
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5A8

(613) 230-4433

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June 10, 2015


Established in 1996

D'Arcy McGee was an Irish Nationalist and a father of the Canadian Confederation. He became the minister of agriculture, immigration, and statistics in the Conservative Government in 1863. A few years later he was elected to the 1st Canadian Parliament in 1867 as a liberal-conservative in Montreal. On April 7, 1868; while walking down Sparks St. after a... more

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3.5 star rating
Pat Vack August 12, 2010
Love It! Great Location

We were visiting ottawa for the day (from Montreal) when we came upon this little Irish pub. Service was awesome, we had some snack food which was also good. We ended up having to book a hotel so we could come back and continue the party! Only 'problem' is that our bartender wasn't allowed to have a shot or drink with us (company policy)

3.5 star rating
Rob F Update February 28, 2009
Should be better

The menu is more varied than most pubs and the food quality is above average. I recommend the lamb shank with garlic mashed potatoes. The seasonal menu additions and specialty beers are a plus. There is an excellent selection of draft beer. The location is ideal for anyone working near or visiting Parliament. The seating can accommodate larger parties but it is best to call ahead. Avoid being seated at the bottom of the stairs during the winter unless you enjoy dining with your coat on. The patio is extremely popular in the summer.

On the downside this is an extremely popular spot. The long term staff members provide good service but the newer members (seems to be a lot of turnover) do not always keep up and during the busiest times. Friday's after work, you may have trouble moving because of the bar crowd. My last such visit my group decided to leave after finishing our meal and waiting 15 minutes to order drinks. We received the wrong bill twice over the next twenty minutes before having to go to the front desk and asking for the proper bill. That, combined with the poor managerial response to inadvertently cancelling our reservation for a group of 14 (offering three seats at the bar) make it difficult not to give a poor rating. However, if you go at the right time you may be rewarded with an enjoyable meal.

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3.5 star rating
Arsene Lupin Gatineau August 25, 2010
Pub sympathique et plaisant!

Je suis un habitué de la place car ma conjointe adore les pichets de daiquiri aux fraises à partager avec ses amies. La bière et l'ambiance est tout aussi bonne.

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3.5 star rating
August 18, 2015

Location location location! Very close to the parliament hall. After watching the light and sound show, we came there to grab one drink. Waiter waiter waiter! Can you image a super handsome waiter guiding you to the bar with 100% powerful smile? Oh my lady gags. Just because of the good looking waiter, I would say you should come here to have a look. Not mention the great selection of beer and... more

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3.5 star rating
July 25, 2015

In Ottawa visiting from Toronto. Tried several places in / around the market. This place was the best of what we sampled. The server was very attentive and polite (Victoria)... The food and drinks were great. Have the ceasar it life changing

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3.5 star rating
July 15, 2015

If there's one thing we should all learn in our 20s, it's to never get anything other than sammys and burgers OR straight bar food. This place proves it all.

The wings (with sauce on the side) were the highlight of the dinner, all considering that I ordered a steak frites. It was overcooked, whadduya know.

The drinks were weak, but I definitely recommend their decadent summer special drinks.... more

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3.5 star rating
November 28, 2005

Bonne place à se retrouver entre amis

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3.5 star rating
February 07, 2005

Nice atmosphere and delicious shepard's pie. The drinks are expensive compared to other places, but that's because the pub is frequented by politicians.

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3.5 star rating
June 19, 2003

Best fish and chips on this side of the pond. Good late night place for a group! Often have great bands as well.

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Business Description from the Web
May 30, 2014

Traditional pub favourites as well as fresh, new flavours are highlights. Beverage choices include wine, cocktails, Irish whiskies, single malt scotches, bourbons, ports, and cognacs. Live music Thursday to Saturday at downtown location. Outdoor patios at the downtown, west end, and Orleans restaurants.

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August 07, 2013

D'Arcy McGee's Irish Pub offers these services: bar, restaurant, pubs.

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June 24, 2011

Named for one of Canada's founding fathers—who was assassinated on nearby Sparks Street in 1868—this massive pub manages to maintain a cozy, intimate feel. It features comfortable booths that are separated from one another by beautiful stained glass windows. Try one of the daily pub fare specials or an Irish breakfast on the weekends. The pub often draws large crowds on Wednesday through... more

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