Man alive! There is nothing Ottawa likes better than a pub. Unless it’s a pub that is brewing its own beer and serving up some pretty decent food. Though we will also take a pub that sells regular beer and the only food is potato chips but you are allowed to bring in your own meal from the burger place next door.

Mill Street Brew Pub is one of the newest shiny additions to the Ottawa Pub scene. I checked it out the other night with some friends and I dare say I’m a fan. It’s a pretty big place, nicely decorated but no need to get too gussied up. We went in our after work attire – read jeans and t-shirt/sweater and fit right in. They’ve got TV’s to watch the game, but they are easy enough to ignore if that’s not why you are there.

Flavourful and succulent, it may not be the best taco in Ottawa but it makes a good companion to my beer!

And why would you go?? The food is pretty decent. I took advantage of a great Monday deal that saw your choice of one of five appetizers for $5 (after 8pm) to try the Carnitas, sweet potato fries and calamari. The regular menu is good. Upscale bar food – think Clocktower Brew Pub. A good variety and average prices. Appetizers between $6-$18 (if you aren’t there on Monday) and most mains hover around the $13-$16 range. The food is good – but it’s the price, quantity, quality and variety that I can find in most pubs in Ottawa. What makes this place special is the beer.

The real star of the Mill Street show… beer. They have a store on site, so if you aren’t interested in sitting down for a pint, or just want a keepsake, you can take some to go. They have three varieties that they only make and serve at this Ottawa location including a lovely little Irish Red Ale. They also serve several varieties not found in the LCBO.

Decisions, decisions.

Can’t decide what to try? Not to worry – 6oz and 8oz beer flights are available so that you can try up to 4 different kinds at a time.

All in all, the Mill St. Brew Pub makes a wonderful addition to our collection of pubs and I look forward to my next visit! 4 out of 5 stars.

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