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By TERRY RYAN For this issue of Bounder, we


thought it only fitting to feature one of the few remaining old taverns in the city. Of course, we mean the Elmdale


House Tavern. The building itself has been


around since 1909. It first operated as a dry goods store and became a railway man’s hotel and tavern in 1934. It has gone through many changes between now and then, but I am happy to report that today it is still a tavern with quite the following. It is located in Hintonburg at 1084


Wellington Street W., and there is lots of parking available. (Bus service is very good if you have had a few too many.) The tavern still has the two


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separate rooms, although they are no longer used as gentlemen-only or ladies-and-escorts. Walking into this establishment


will most certainly bring back some great memories of “back in the day”. There are no frills, nor menu (however, I firmly believe pickled eggs can constitute a good meal), a great atmosphere, live music, and cold beer – still served in quarts! Do you need more? I think not. The ’dale has live music pretty


much every night of the week. The proprietors, Nathalie (Nat) and Bruce Myles, support the local music scene by offering the tavern to local bands to stage their shows. The bands keep any cover charge collected as their


including Indie, Roots, Rock, Blues, Rockabilly, Surf, Psychobilly and Country. Check out the website for the schedule of upcoming events: http://www.elmdaletavern.com. This provides new bands a great opportunity to show off their stuff while we get to sit back and enjoy a few cold ones (and don’t forget the pickled eggs). If a band wants to book a show,


they contact Nat by email only (they will not return phone calls) at: elmdaletavern@me.com. I have caught a couple of bands there, and it was well worth the trip. I think it can safely be said that the ’dale has become one of the best spots in Ottawa to catch good, live entertainment. There is also a good bunch of


folks who drop in throughout the day. So take a trip to Hintonburg. Drop in and visit. You’ll probably stay awhile.


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