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Eye Spy: Local Micro Brewery joins Wonderful Waller St Businesses

Waller St is going from strength to strength.

First in, the Lunenburg Pub: a top retreat for craft beer, trivia, music, world-cup games, improv and more. There is always something going on in this pub tucked in the beautiful stone buildings at 14 Waller St.

Follow-suite The Loft which opened a few months ago in the upstairs space of 14 Waller. An airy and bright game board lounge with over 700 games to chose from as you sup a pint and enjoy tasty bites including the newly added locally-sourced Gluten-Free range of goodness.

Courtesy of WallerSt Website

Courtesy of WallerSt Website

Now add to the mix the neighbourhood’s own local micro-brewery set in the basement of this heritage building. The Waller St-Brewing company is set to open later this summer and we can’t wait to support this latest local venture. This brewing company gives it’s heritage home a significant nod with fine prohibition style branding and website.  Read more on this newcomer in the today’s Ottawa Metro.

So great to see entrepreneurs embracing and innovating while respecting the neighbourhood’s rich history.  Tucked alongside Nicholas St and Daly Ave favourites ArtsCourt, the Ottawa Art Gallery, SAW Gallery and the fabulous Albion Rooms there is no shortage of great nights out in Sandy Hill.

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Weekend Round Up: Sweet Spring in the Air

Lots going on this weekend so buckle-up for fun.  Pick of the weekend has got to be Sugarfest at North America’s only urban sugar shack – that would be the one in fun-loving Ward 12 of course!

Thursday – all day – get 50% off at Menchies in the Byward Market to celebrate their first anniversary. Given the lovely weather a family walk rewarded by dessert likely won’t go amiss this evening.

Autism fundraiserLater tonight in honour of World Autism Day (yesterday) the Lunenburg Pub is holding a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. The organisation that promotes the safety and well-being of those with Autism is Pay-What-You-Can.  This promises to be a great event with loads of live music and the opportunity on a night out to contribute to a great cause. Interested in advances in autism? Check out our recent post by Professor and Autism Expert Laura Cavanagh.

Opening Thursday and running until April 7 it’s the Edible Arctic Festival at the Museum of Nature featuring the creative culture and vibrant lifestyle of the Arctic North.  Much of the Museum’s collection is from the North yet little focuses on the life and culture – this exhibit of art, music, food and activities explores that human side.  Thursday night is free from 5-8PM and the schedule includes a movie at 6:30, storytelling, crafts and the Northern Lights!

Friday afternoon Chef Christine Cushing will be doing a meet and greet with Olive Oil tasting at La Bottega Nicastro.

Friday is opening night for a intriguing new production by Vacant House Theatre. The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine is their inaugural production and the play set in a basement apartment is literally set in the cramped basement confines of the Backpacker’s Hostel on York St. We’re looking forward to reviewing this production shortly – let us know what you think!

Over at Ritual on Besserer St it’s Toronto indie 5-piece The Wooden Sky supported by Dusted and the Wilderness of Manitoba.

Saturday is the Family bike ride to Vanier’s MuseoParc for the annual Maple Sugar Festival. The bike ride is a joint initiative put on by the Vanier & Overbrook Community Associations spearheaded by Sarah Partridge of Vanier a Velo / Vanier Cycles. Of course all comers – cyclists, pedestrians, public transport and drivers – are very welcome to the MuseoParc’s Sugaring Festivities… and did we mention FREE PANCAKES!!

Saturday night have a top meal or a quiet drink at The Albion Rooms or mix it up with the Brooklyn DJ Duo The Underachievers at Ritual.

AmayaframetasticSunday why not register yourself or your kid at a Capoeira class at neighbourhood studio Dende Do Recife – offering a 20% discount to all Sandy Hill residents. No better time to get fit whilst being immersed in this ever-more popular Brazilian cultural experience.

Weekend Round Up: Mid-March Fun

Too be fair it is a quieter time than we are used to around the hood but still lots to do if you’re looking for fun.

Today in honour of Pi Day our neighbours over at Boko Bakery on Elgin are offering FREE Pie-pops until 8PM.  Great offer and we’ll be sure to pick up a few extra bits to support their generosity.

Tons of great local’s for Friday night drinks. Personal favourites include the outstanding cocktails and stylish surrounds of The Albion Rooms. Fancy a craft beer & live music it’s got to be the Lunenburg Pub where the prices are great and the crowd is lively. With the wintery weather you might need a strong one and there is no better place to enjoy top quality bourbon than Hooch on Rideau Street.

Kick off Saturday with Cartoons & Pyjamas at the Mayfair theatre. Saturday Morning all you can eat Cereal Cartoon Party starts at 10AM – what a great way to start the day.

Saturday morning at 11am the St Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at Laurier & Elgin. A bit cooler than I’d like for the wearing of the green but it’ll definitely be full of warm spirit.

auntieloosSure, Urban Craft is located at the Glebe Community Centre, put this Saturday’s fair is worth attending given the presence of great Sandy Hill locals like Auntie Loo’s Treats – hosting Auntie Loo’s Kitchen and providing the opportunity to support ton’s of talent local artisans. Like the tag line says “Hip – Modern – Handmade”!

Eye Spy: Mid-Week Ice Bar Warm up at The Albion Rooms

The wonderful thing about downtown living is the remarkable events on our doorstep.

From Winter Bike Rides to Award Winning plays and now two glamorous nights of Oysters, Vodka & Stout within stumbling distance from home.

Dress up in your finest outwear and visit The Albion Room patio tonight and tomorrow for the outdoor Ice Bar event.  It is no secret that we are massive fans of this high-end quality venue.  Chef Stephen La Salle will be shucking on the patio all night while you warm-up by the fire and enjoy drinks in the comfortable stylish surrounds.

Details about the two night event, 11 & 12 Feb, can be found here Ice Bar: Oyster, Vodka & Stout

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