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Great night out if you roll with it.....

Went for open mic night, and although things got off to a very slow start, later in the night we... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
One of the best spots in Ottawa for live Blues

I've been here half a dozen times during my stint living in Ottawa. Usually a great live Blues band... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
Ottawa, Canada
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30 Jun 2018
“Not good”
29 Mar 2018
“Awesome live music venue”
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76 Murray St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5M6, Canada
Byward Market Area
+1 613-241-5123
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

Been there in the past, was great, what happened? A band named Wailing Hues were playing, can’t believe we had to pay a cover charge! Off key, generally awful, please don’t give up the day job people. It’ll take another few trips to Ottawa before...More

Thank Takeatrain
Reviewed 30 March 2018

You never know what you are going to get here. Juno winner one night, local band the next. Small dive bar feeling place but you have to love it! Go past the plywood door and avoid the cigarette butts and go upstairs to a friendly...More

Thank Pandem
Reviewed 26 November 2016

I had a couple of hours to kill, so looked for a Blues Bar nearby to the Fairmont Hotel. Friday afternoon was quiet, the was a really good band playing for about and hour, and no cover charge too. Very friendly bar and clientele, made...More

Thank Tarquinjones
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Went for open mic night, and although things got off to a very slow start, later in the night we were glad we had stayed. To be honest, our expectations were not high, especially as we had been warned it was a little seedy, but...More

Thank AngelaC8215
Reviewed 3 July 2016

I've been here half a dozen times during my stint living in Ottawa. Usually a great live Blues band on stage and reasonably priced beer. Not a small venue, so intimate location for live music.

Thank Gregsky
Reviewed 29 May 2016

The place is the quintessential hole-in-the-wall. No food, but you can bring in whatever you want to eat. I went to Fiazza's, just next door, and brought back a pizza and a chicken Caesar. Our server, Jordan, was always at the ready and joked with...More

Thank Rob O
Reviewed 20 January 2016

Looking for a place to dance on a Sunday night led us to the Rainbow. Known for blues but this night the band was rock, mostly original but including a few oldies from Zepplin and the Beatles. As the only gray haired folks in the...More

Thank edsachs
Reviewed 26 July 2015

If you are looking for a good place to go with a group to have a few pints and take in some good live music, this is the place (be warned the music can be loud on the main floor (or maybe my ears are...More

Thank Caroline C
Reviewed 17 July 2015

The Rainbow Is a place that I would think of as quirky. It has many characters and because of that we didn't mind the Open Mic Nite starting later than described in the events calendar. The bartender was friendly and kept us happy with drinks...More

Thank Krystyna F
Reviewed 30 June 2012 via mobile

The phone message said the afternoon show started at 4:00, perfect after walking around Ottawa all day in 30+ degree weather. I got there are at 3:45, the place was empty. I should have guessed something was up. The bartender said the band actually played...More

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