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HI-Ottawa Jail
75 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N7B9

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MUGSHOTS - Ottawa's only jail bar


You may be in jail for your stay here at HI-Ottawa, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good time behind bars!  Mugshots is Ottawa's only jail bar, and the only place in the world you can grab a cold drink underneath the last working gallows in Canada. We take full advantage of the bright Canadian summer, hosting numerous dinners and activities in our large outdoor courtyard, and serve an ever-changing flavour adventure of great quality local beers.

When winter arrives, we move the excitement into the former jail chapel for hot drinks, laughs, and even more fun activities!  Always be sure to check our event board to see what sort of trouble will get us locked up next!

Please note that as of July 2015, the bar is only open to guests staying at the hostel.