Live an urban lifestyle in an area that holds 100 years of history! Whether you refer to it as part of Wellington West, or simply “Hintonburg”, the well-developed district dates its roots back to May 30th, 1919. On that day, a lot auction was held in a circus tent at Holland Avenue and Wellington Street to set bids for each lot south of Wellington…. and so it began. Over the years, the area has evolved immensely, especially within the last decade. New, world-class restaurants, cocktail bars, boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops continue to pop up, demanding steep competition and repeat clientele, making Hintonburg one of Ottawa’s most exciting, unique and bustling ‘hoods to live in! Kitchissippi Times adds it is one of the safest, and most desirable spots in Ottawa to live in. We call it the best part of Ottawa to live! Strolling through its winding and weaving streets might make you feel like you’re a tourist in your own city with it’s distinctive, historical architecture and modern splashes intermittently scattered throughout, adding to its mosaic charm. Amongst the up-and-coming new-businesses lie a handful of 30, 40 and even up to 80 plus year old businesses that have become landmarks and institutions for many of its visitors and local residents.
Enjoy a nostalgic pint in an old-school tavern, a mere 10 minutes walking distance from Hintonburg Connection. Try the 80-year old Carleton, or the 83-year old Elmdale Tavern with its modern, updated menu including fresh-shucked oysters – thanks to new ownership in 2013 by the Whalesbone Group who KNOW their oysters! For decades, both have been neighbourhood staples for all walks of life. Today, they continue to please thirsty and hungry local crowds alike, while little has changed to the buildings interior and exteriors.
The Elmdale, with its deep, red exterior and rustic interior maintains an old-school character despite the new ownership and modern libations. The tavern gets its name from the early days when the district was simply referred to as Elmdale. You can find this place rockin’ and jam-packed with live music on weekends plus a DJ every Saturday night until 2am. Bonus? It’s stumbling distance from Hintonburg Connection. No Ubers, no DDs or taxis required.
The Carleton remains family-owned and operated, and is one of the very few places in Ottawa that you can still enjoy a shameless quart of Labatt 50. You can sip while playing darts and listening to live music, minus a cover charge. If the finest of cheap domestical ales doesn’t jive with your taste buds, a respectable pint of All-Natural Beaus Lugtread, an alternative local craft beer favourite is available on tap too. You can chow down on simple yet classic greasy-spoon breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the cheap-and-cheerful regularly. This could easily become your new unpretentious watering hole! Luckily, there are more than just bars to maintain a well-rounded lifestyle in Hintonburg.
Longstanding businesses such as Lauzon Music, who opened its doors in 1945, continues to showcase stunning Steinberg pianos, gleaming guitars on its plush red carpets and is a music lovers dream! Not feeling confident enough to channel your inner rockstar? No problem. Take lessons with in-house expert musicians to brush up your skills or start your musical journey. It’s that easy!
Other legacy small businesses include, Morris Home Hardware, Hillary’s Cleaners, The Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli, Herb and Spice Shop, Wild Willy’s Flowers, and Won-Ton House to name a few more 30 plus year old businesses that continue to servicing local demographics, year after year, time after time. This stability has been providing a strong sense of community and connection between residents and commercial entities, prompting a desire to become a part of the action.
If you’re a real history buff and want to know even MORE about the area and how it has developed over the last 100 years, get the full scoop here. An area that continues to evolve – you will never be bored in 100-year-old Hintonburg!