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Bank Street and The Bank Street Village

Boasting of over 500 fantastic shops, services, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and so much more, Bank Street offers an experience that you won’t soon forget. Located south of Parliament Hill and stretching 15 city blocks, this trendy Ottawa area has just what you need. No matter whether you’re in the mood to shop for home décor products, today’s latest fashions, great new electronics or anything else, you can be sure that the Bank Street Promenade has what you want and so much more.

The Bank Street Village neighbourhood is the closest thing Ottawa has to a ‘gay’ village, being the home to over 35 gay and gay-friendly businesses and service organizations.  You, literally, can get everything you need without leaving the village...from accommodation to health care to groceries to sex toys...all are within a short walk!  That being said, the area is not clearly designated as gay so check out our Dorothy’s Closet GLBT map of Bank Street to get the ‘who’s who’.

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Speaking of closeted neighbourhoods, Bank Street is also home to an important GLBT initiative spear-headed by an organization called ‘The Village/Le village’.  The goal of this non-profit group is to work towards the creation of a visible gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-friendly Village in Ottawa's downtown core, roughly covering a six by two block area surrounding Bank Street, from Nepean to James Streets (north to south) and Kent and O'Connor Streets (west to east).  To find out more about this initiative, check out their web site at www.villageottawa.com.  

Bank Street Business Directory

After Stonewall Bookshop
370 Bank Street 613-567-2221 GO
AIDS Committee of Ottawa
251 Bank Street #700 613-238-5014 GF
Ambiance Bed & Breakfast
330 Nepean Street 613-563-0421 GO
Babylon live music nightclub 317 Bank Street 613-594-0003 GF
Breathless adult private club - alternate lifestyles 318 Lisgar Street
Bridgehead Coffee Shop
366 Bank Street 613-569-5600 GF
Bridgehead Coffee Shop
109 Bank Street 613-230-8548 GF
Bruce House HIV/AIDS housing services 251 Bank Street #402 613-729-0911 GF
Cafe Paradiso restaurant and jazz club 199 Bank Street 613-565-0657 GF
Cafe Supreme
270 Bank Street 613-234-9888 GF
Capital Xtra Ottawa's gay & lesbian newspaper 251 Bank Street #502 613-237-6651 GO
CCI Impressions reproduction, printing, finishing 203 Catherine Street #5 613-567-1860 GF
Cell Block leather bar 340 Somerset Street 613-594-0233 GO
Centretown Community Health Centre
420 Cooper Street 613-233-4443 GF
Centretown Pub gay bar 340 Somerset Street 613-594-0233 GO
East India Company restaurant 210 Somerset St. West 613-567-4634 GF
Gay Zone Gaie gay men's sexual health testing & info 420 Cooper Street 613-563-2437 GF
Hartman's Grocery
296 Bank Street 613-234-8692 GF
Herb & Spice health food, organic groceries 375 Bank Street 613-232-4087 GF
Inn on Somerset
282 Somerset West 613-236-9309 GO
One in Ten sex shop 216 Bank Street 613-563-0110 GO
Pink Triangle Services LGBT community services 251 Bank Street #301 613-563-4818 GO
Santosha Yoga
205 Catherine Street 613-235-5378 GF
Sauna 63 gay men's bathhouse 63 Bank Street 613-237-2284 GR
Savana fusion restaurant 431 Gilmour Street 613-233-9159 GF
Second Cup Coffee Shop
290 Bank Street 613-236-4316 GO
Shanghai Restaurant restaurant and queer community events 651 Somerset St. West 613-233-4001 GF
Silhouette piano bar 340 Somerset Street 613-594-0233 GO
Steamworks gay men's bathhouse 487 Lewis Street 613-230-8431 GR
Swizzles Bar
246B Queen Street 613-232-4200 GR
The Buzz  restaurant & bar 374 Bank Street 613-565-9595 GO
The Edge gay bar 212 Sparks Stret 613-237-2284 GR
The Groomer all-breed dog grooming 508 Bank Street 613-236-3647 GO
The Ink Spot tattoo & body piercing studio 429 Bank Street 613-237-1331 GF
Venus Envy education-oriented sex shop & bookstore 320 Lisgar Street 613-789-4646 GO
Wicked Wanda's retail shop - fetish wear & toys 382 Bank Street 613-820-6032 GF
Wilde's men's-oriented adult shop  367 Bank Street 613-234-5512 GO

*Gay Rating: GO (gay owned) | GF (gay Friendly ) | GR (gay run)


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