Hello from Ottawa – Darcy McGee’s on Sparks Street: An Irish Pub with a Bit of History

When travelling to a new place, you might as well combine history with a unique dining experience and good food. So literally steps away from our temporary home at the Lord Elgin Hotel, we found Darcy McGee’s, which refers to itself as “Ottawa’s Authentic Irish Pub”. Darcy McGee’s is located at the intersection of Sparks and Elgin Streets, just a stone’s throw away from Parliament Hill and all of Ottawa’s major sights.

Actually, Thomas Darcy McGee was a prominent Ottawa politician and one of the Fathers of Confederation. What made him famous were his stirring speeches, which helped unite this fractured new country called Canada. On April 7th, 1868, he was assassinated in front of his Sparks Street boarding house, just minutes away from where the pub is now located.

When we entered the pub it was absolutely packed, every seat was filled, and the areas in front of the bar were filled with a stand-up crowd. I found out later that a concert was scheduled for 8 pm with Lyle Lovett in…

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