Calabogie is a hub of the Ottawa Valley for adventure seekers, water paddlers, and nature chasers. In addition to the beautiful nature, there are a number of Calabogie bars, pubs, breweries, and even bottle shops that you can visit.
From local craft beer to Ontario wine and spirits, there is no shortage of options. And there’s nothing like a cold beverage after a long day enjoying any of these activities.
Whether you’re searching for the best Calabogie brewery, seeking a drink with live music, or looking to relax by the lake or an evening bonfire, here are some of the best bars (and other places to grab a drink) in Calabogie!
Calabogie Brewing Company
If you want to check out a truly local establishment for Calabogie beer, look no further than Calabogie Brewing Co. Located at the point where Calabogie Lake empties into the majestic Madawaska River, this place is the heart and soul of Calabogie.
This lively and welcoming brewery is located just a short drive from Somewhere Inn and features a number of approachable beer options and a small menu of classic snacks and pub fare.
Inside the brewery, you’ll find a traditional taproom with all the hallmarks of an Ontario craft brewery from big brewing vats to chunky wooden tables you can belly up to.
Their outdoor space features a nice grassy area with picnic tables and fire pits to be enjoyed as you overlook the Madawaska river rapids. That makes it a great place to stop in for a beverage after a long day of activities in the area.
If you’re looking to get going but want to shop local, you can also pick up a few beers-to-go from their shop. Calabogie Brewing Co. has some awesome beers with local-inspired names to choose from. Their Watermelon Gose sells out fast – so get yours when you visit before it’s gone!
Located 5 minutes from Somewhere Inn.
The love of the whitewater region and its famous rapids runs deep in this brewery. Brewed by friends, for friends is their motto and it keeps people coming back. The trivia and live music nights are a local favourite! are nights not to miss at this establishment!
The spacious rustic barn-style building with 20 foot high ceilings, antique canoe above the bar, and wooden tables gives you the true Ottawa Valley experience! Their brewing rooms are separated from the dining area by large floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can watch the brewmasters hard at work while you enjoy a flight of beer.
Whitewater’s selection of beers will quench your thirst and have you trying new things. Their rotating seasonal beers like the peanut butter shake is a combination nobody saw coming but everybody needed!
Sourcing local ingredients for whitewater is what they take pride in. They make all of their sauces homemade, yes even the ketchup is homemade! The menu selection has appeal for everyone: from vegan options, even meat lovers would love, to the tacos, burgers, sandwiches, and fish n chips! Hot tip: the Bahn Mi Fries are the best appetizer!
Located 35 minutes from Somewhere Inn.
Ridge Rock Brewery
This iconic building built in 1893 has history running through it. You can read all about the history through the many plaques around the building: it’s like a history class but with a beer in your hand! The wooden bar top and tables were made from local carp trees restored by the owners themselves.
Ridge Rock Brewery has up to nine different types of beers on tap for all the beer cynosures out there. They offer a great list of cocktails too. Hot tip: the sangria is a great option for non beer drinkers.
Ridge Rock Brewery’s menu checks all the boxes whether you’re just stopping in for some appetizers or there for a full meal. The cauliflower dippers and popcorn shrimp are always good starter choices. They offer many great main options such as their steak sandwich, buffalo chicken wrap (a cauliflower substitute is available), vegetarian butter curry, donair, and many more. It’s a menu that has a little bit of something for everyone!
Located 45 minutes from Somewhere Inn.
Square Timber Brewery
Square Timber Brewery is an independent craft brewery located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, Pembroke! This brewery has a cabin feel to it and is a great place to stop on an afternoon brewery tour!
The philosophy behind the beers is that they reflect the personality and souls of people in the area. They offer different selections of beers ranging from Honey brown ale, Pilsner, Lager, and Saison!
Located 55 mins from Somewhere Inn.
Neat Bar & Concerts
Located in Burnstown just a short drive from Calabogie, Neat Cafe is one of the best kept secrets for live music venues between Toronto and Ottawa.
At night, this converted school house hits a truly unique tone as an intimate venue space that features various live artists across a number of music genres. Their stage has been graced by talents such as Tokyo Police Club, July Talk and the Trews!
For those wanting to grab a drink, it’s best to go in the late afternoon or in the evening to enjoy a show. There’s a small onsite bar serving local beers and all your favourite spirits. And if you’re hungry, you can indulge in their delicious stone-oven pizzas.
Outside, their picnic tables are perfect for letting the Calabogie day melt away. The friendly mix of locals and visitors makes for a lively atmosphere.
Tickets are available for musicians of all kinds – and some ticket combos include freshly-baked pizza!
Check out their website or Instagram for all the latest information like opening hours, menu items, or showtimes.
Located 12 minutes from Somewhere Inn.
On The Rocks
Get ready to enjoy an evening of beautifully prepared dinner features paired with fantastic cocktails. The cool as cucumber cocktail is one not to miss, and who could say no to the comfort of lobster mac n cheese, one of their most beloved menu options.
This establishment has the vibe of a moody and modern city restaurant nestled away in the small village of Calabogie with a mixture of seating at the bar, on couches, in a booth or at a table. The coolest part? The bar is literally built into the side of a 12-foot granite rock cliff.
This spot is the perfect place to enjoy a special moment with friends or a loved one. The sunset over the lake is sure to put a smile on your face (and is so Instagram worthy).
Make sure to check them out on Instagram to see those mouthwatering specials and modern design.
Located 3 mins from Somewhere Inn.
Black Donald Pub
If you’re visiting Calabogie in the winter with the intention to hit the slopes, Black Donald Pub is the place to get in your Apres.
Located at Calabogie Peaks Resort, this seasonal-only watering hole in a classic A-frame ski chalet is complete with tasty pub fare and local Calabogie beer on tap.
The large glass windows that overlook the ski hills let you take in your surroundings. On sunny days, there’s a big outdoor patio which is enjoyable even in the depths of winter!
The pub is just a short drive from Somewhere Inn so you don’t have to venture too far in the winter season to enjoy a beverage. Black Donald Pub is open Wednesday through Sunday during ski season which makes it perfect for the Calabogie ski crowd.
It’s located right at the slopes but offers affordable prices and a cozy spot to sit back with friends and family to swap stories about your day on the hill. Check out their website for all the latest information.
Located 5 minutes from Somewhere Inn.
Looking for a day spent roaming around outside a beautiful 47 acres Vineyard, look no further! Located just outside of Carp, this is a great spot to enjoy a day filled with exceptional wine.
The rustic outdoor atmosphere makes for a relaxing day sampling different wines. Their tasting area features tables made from old wine barrels and a beautiful pergola.
After a day spent touring the vineyards it’s always good to finish off with a delicious meal from their partner Joe’s Kitchen where wine and pizza make a great pairing.
Joe’s Kitchen specializes in wood-fired Pinsa which is pizza dough made with sourdough, rice, soy, and wheat flour. This mouthwatering style of pizza has many different options to choose from on the menu! They also offer a great snacking plate with cured meats, olives, and bread.
Located 45 mins from Somewhere Inn.
Bottle Shop @ Somewhere Inn Calabogie
For a top-notch selection of adult beverages, you don’t have to look any further than the curated Bottle Shop we have on location at Somewhere Inn Calabogie.
Our bottle shop is specially run by Gibson & Co – the masterminds of wine and beer over in Collingwood.
Our selection of curated Ontario and imported wines, local craft beers, and seltzers are unlike anything that you can get at the LCBO.
Whether you’re cracking a cold beer after a long hike or sipping a glass of wine by the evening bonfire, the Bottle Shop is a great place to stock up on your beverage of choice!
You can visit our Bottle Shop Online to check out our signature drink selection!
Here’s our hand-picked shortlist of the great bars and breweries in/near Calabogie. Try one or sip your way through them all when you visit – just remember to enjoy responsibly. If you have any questions, feel free to ask our Front Desk for additional information!
For even more breweries check out the Ottawa Valley Tap and Cork route.
See you outside,
Somewhere Inn Calabogie