Ottawa/Gatineau has had a large and thriving queer bar culture until very recently. Bars became an important place for our community to socialize, meet romantic/sexual partners and friends, and mobilize politically.
When spaces that were queer-friendly closed or changed policies to shun gays, such as the Honeydew beside Union Station or the Lord Elgin, new places opened specifically for the LGBT community, such as Shades and the 166B.
This list showcases all the known gay bars in the nearly 50 years of LGBT liberation. Only three bars remain: The Lookout (41 York); Swizzles (246B Queen—bias-free); and T's Pub (323 Somerset W).