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Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop

#967 of 2,280 Restaurants in Ottawa
€€ - €€€, European, Russian
135 1/2 Besserer St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6A7, Canada
+1 613-321-8908
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
1 May 2017
“Eclectic atmoshere”
14 Nov 2016
“Great little unspoiled bar in the center of Ottawa”
Bar, European, Russian
€€ - €€€
135 1/2 Besserer St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6A7, Canada
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Live music most weekends with friendly staff. It is a smaller venue so not very good for larger groups but a nice place to have a drink and catch up with friends. Across the street from Les Suites and not far from Novatel.

Thank J1124YJsandraa
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Good for live events and the general quirky atmosphere which unusual in the centre of Ottawa. It is family owned, they have a good collection of eastern European spirits and vodkas. Not expensive. Their finger food is quite nice too.

Thank jamious0
Reviewed 31 January 2016

I can't speak for the food, but the drinks we had there were reasonably priced and special. A very good selection of vodka which is served with a side of sliced pickles. The bar itself is pretty basic and not flashy. The atmosphere is very...More

Thank Olga T
Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Only bar in Ottawa that is unique and womderful. An honest bar with great local acts. Good beer selection with Baltika and Steam Whistle and more.

Thank David M
Reviewed 3 June 2014

An authentic Russian bar in downtown Ottawa - try the cool cocktails (exquisitely made) and try the vodka kept in the freezer. Fun live music (a bit off the beaten trail) and a quirky environment.

2  Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 14 January 2012

A-G was for several years my favorite downtown bar in Ottawa featuring good food, drinks, service and prices in a fun atmosphere for inviting friends. Sadly after the past two or three times it has become clear that it has little to recommend it anymore....More

3  Thank J P
Reviewed 10 March 2010

Excellent bar that stimulates great conversations and debates about art, design, history, and everything in between. Not only has the most delicious borscht I have ever tried, but its drink menu is super impressive with unique cocktails and wide assortment or spirits (specialty - vodka,...More

3  Thank g3st4lt
Reviewed 18 November 2009

I like the food here, and the prices, but I can't really handle too much of the giant screen playing 80s music all the time. Don't get the Thai iced coffee....

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Moncton, Canada
Reviewed 18 June 2008

this oddity is pretty interesting. all russian. was that legal absinthe i saw them drinking? i dont know..

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Reviewed 2 February 2008

Wicked great arthouse bar.

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17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
17:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 1/2 Besserer St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6A7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-321-8908
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