The Clocktower Brew Pub
Fish and Chips at The Clocktower Brew Pub
The Clocktower Brew Pub
Fries at The Clocktower Brew Pub
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Wings at The Clocktower Brew Pub
Tuna Sandwich at The Clocktower Brew Pub
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Foods from The Clocktower Brew Pub

2011 Mar 13
My wife and I decided to go to the Clock Tower Brew Pub on a whim last night. She had the french onion soup (as did I) and a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with brie and cranberry sauce.

The service was good, but the food unfortunately was sub par. The soup tasted powdery and the sandwich bland (couldn't taste the cranberry).

French Onion soup is one of my favourite soups - it's very easy to make and I was really disappointed by how bad it tasted.

Overall, beer good - soup and sandwich not good.

Atmosphere 8/10
Service 8/10
Food 2/10
Beer 8/10

2011 Jan 5
Don't forget that the Bank location has cask conditioned beers. I had a cask brown the other day. very good!

2010 Nov 7
I went to the Clocktower for brunch this weekend for the first time (I didn't realize they served brunch until my wife suggested it while driving by).

Overall, it was pretty good. I just had a regular breakfast special with scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, and hash browns. I found the serving size very generous. I could have sworn that the menu said that the regular breakfast included 2 eggs but it seemed like a heck of lot more, and the sausages were three very large links. The hash browns were real potatoes and not "breakfast fries", which was great.

My wife had the breakfast burrito, which had a good amount of cheese, cherry tomatoes, and other fillings which have slipped my mind. When comparing it with the one from the Lieutenant's Pump, she said that this one was about $2 more expensive but that the Clocktower's was significantly larger (the one advantage for LP, though, is that they include guacamole in the filling).

Each plate came with a good variety of fresh fruit (slices of cantalope and honeydew melon, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit). They were all perfectly ripe.

The one negative bit was the fact that coffee was not included in the price of the breakfast. At $2.75, it seemed a bit expensive. At least it appeared to be a bottomless cup (the waitress politely offered to top up my mug numerous times, but I limit myself to one cup per day).

There weren't too many people enjoying brunch there while we were eating so I guess word hasn't spread very far yet. If you're looking for a new place for breakfast, I'd certainly recommend it.

2010 Sep 29
Love their bytown Brown!!!
Plus who's looking forward to the pumpkin beer!?!?

Their Pumpkin beer is out - and it's officially delicious!

2010 Aug 11
I've been to the Market location twice recently. Both times the beer was excellent, but the food was sub-par.

The first time, I ordered the chicken fingers with fries (I wanted a salad, but apparently the kitchen was too busy to make the substitution). The fingers were just barely average, and not very large or plentiful for the price I paid. The fries were ok, but they looked better than they tasted.

My friend had the veggie burger, which to me tasted bland and factory-made. The texture reminded me of grocery store veggie burgers that had been frozen for a little too long. Even the fixings on top were more or less tasteless. The menu description sounded delicious, but it didn't come through at all.

The second time, we just shared a plate of nachos. The toppings were skimpy and kind of unnoticeable as far as taste went. I've had nachos in a lot of places, and these were definitely in the lower tier.

I should mention that the service has always been friendly.

The reason to go here is the beer, which is reason enough for me, as I don't have a long list of places in the Market with a nice beer list, location, price, and atmosphere (but I'm open to suggestions!).
If I want good food, though, I'll likely go elsewhere (although I still have to try their wings).

2010 Apr 29
After having a craving for burgers and deciding we were too hungry to wait 35 minutes for a table at the Works, my boyfriend, a friend and I all went over to the Clock Tower (Glebe). I was pleasantly surprised! The burgers (one supreme and one smothered) were fantastic - nice, thick and juicy. I had a generous serving of sweet potato fries with mine which were cooked perfectly, and just the right thickness. My boyfriend had a Caesar salad, which he claims was okay, but nothing fantastic (3 out of 5 stars). We split a side order of beer battered onion rings which were absolutely delish! Although it was packed, our server was on the the ball. She was very friendly and efficient and was able to hold her own again my jokester boyfriend and his pal, who really wouldn't stop joshing the poor girl! Other than the Caeser salad, the meal was great! We'll definitely return next time we are having a craving for burgs.

2010 Mar 20
THUMBS UP! I went to the Byward Market location with a couple of friends for the first time. It had great service from all those that worked there, decent prices, and food and beer were awesome. And it had a nice unpretentious atmosphere there. You could tell the staff were well trained and super friendly even though the place was packed and busy Friday evening. I definitely want to go back again.

P.S. The meatloaf was so damn good.

2009 Dec 9
Ok call me a skeptic (everyone else does).

When the original post went up in July, I made no comment... afterall I haven't been to The Clock Tower Brew Pub and I also knew that it had a decent following of OF Regulars. So I expected to wait and hear their comments on the Review. And to date there has been little input to state that those original accusations could hold any water.

Mr Chips - Your post (your first one I might add) comes 4-1/2 months after the original comment by User 1972 and the same amount of time since anyone else here spoke of "the incident" you referenced. So I am skeptical, perhaps not so much as to your words, as much as I am of your motives in bringing this up again.

And as such have marked your comment as Questionable.

2009 Dec 9
I was there the night of the incident described by New User 1972, and sadly it was not exaggerated. I am not sure the proper title of the person who spoke with us, but he did present himself as a manager. Several of us wrote letters to the Clocktower about this incident, and never heard back from them.

2009 Nov 12
The fish and chips are delicious and huuuuuuuge.

The Bytown Brown is the best go-to beer. I also had a great seasonal beer. It was some sort of pumpkin pie beer with a dash of cinnamon. Solid performer.

The wings are pretty good too. Solid value during happy hour or wing night.

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2019 Jun 2
What can I say? They continue to make some extremely good beers. Go for the beer. Go for the food. Unless you are keto :-)

$5 house beers before 5 any weekday - that's a pretty sweet deal right there folks!

2015 Nov 27
So the oyster stout is back and delicious.

2011 Jun 10
Went with my Dad to the Clocktower tonight to watch the game with him. We delved into the beers there. He had a cask-conditioned red, and a bytown brown, while I had the Kolsch and the Raspberry wheat. Now, more the matter, I love dark beers with full flavour, and don't much like lighter coloured beers. So....yeah, shouldn't have ordered the Kolsch and Raspberry wheat. That being said, if you like lighter beers, I would recommend them, because, even though they were not to my taste, they were still pretty good. My Dad generously let me have a sip of his beers, and they were steller. The Bytown brown was hearty and had a nice coffee pre-taste, which means that the next time I go back, I will order nothing but it. So, to summarize, really really enjoyed the beer.

2010 Jul 16
Just got back from a Brewers' lunch at the Bank Street location. Had the new Organic Wheat, which I think is only a seasonal for the summer. It is fermented with a "normal" yeast, so does not have any of the funky flavours associated with Belgian or Bavarian Wheat beers (and their respective special yeasts). So it classifies as "American Wheat". It was an extremely good beer - very quaffable on a hot summer day. Crystal clear. Kudos to Patrick the brewmaster - very well done. It was so good that I had to have a 2nd :-P

EDIT : Oh, and got to meet Orleansfoodie for the first time (waves)

2010 Feb 18
Was here for lunch today. The Koelsch (sic) and Wishart's Bitter were both absolutely fantastic! Their beers have really improved since they hired a real brewmaster - go Patrick!

2008 Oct 13
I have to agree with Zym: The Kölsch here is a deadringer for the yummy Dom Kölsch which you get in Germany...Köln specifically. Might be my favourite beer. Then again, anyone from Köln will tell you that Kölsh stands alone.


2008 Sep 28
Went in for a quick beer and burger yesterday while my kids were in an activity nearby. The Koelsch was a dead-ringer for the ones I've had in Cologne - in particular I'd say Dom Koelsch with it's slight sweetness. For those not in the know, this is the same type of beer that Beau's is brewed after, so anyone who likes that, should love the Clocktower Koelsch.

2008 Jan 21
Just last week I had the ESB and the Brown and I enjoyed both. The ESB was especially flavourful. As far as brew pubs go, it's them and the Draught Horse out in Navan, and that's it to the best of my knowledge. But fortunately a lot of places these days are carrying micros. Click "Beer" on this site for some of my recommendations.

2008 Jan 21
It just wasn't good beer. Not flat to style, but flat as in stale. If you can recommend some good brews they make I'm always willing to give them a chance.

Frequenting brew pubs in Montreal Boston and Toronto for the past decade and a half I had high hopes for Ottawa. Are there any other brew pubs in Ottawa I can try? Localish breweries whose products I love are Millhouse, McAuslen, Heritage. From the New England area, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Dogfish. I lean towards complex hopped beers.

2008 Jan 21
Just curious which beer you had Shamus. If it was one of the cask beers that would explain the flatness since cask beer is often flat (by design)



2012 Jan 14
Confession: I haven't eaten a burger in...hmm, probably 8+ years. It's not that I've made a point of avoiding them, we just haven't crossed paths - i.e. maybe I need to get to more barbeques.

Last Thursday, I was here (Bank Street location) with a couple of friends, both burger enthusiasts, for dinner. They often speak of the excellent burgers here. I read the description of the Angry Goat Burger and it also spoke to me: Herbed goat cheese, banana peppers and spicy mayo. I chose the side of salad: a generous amount of mixed greens with grape tomatoes and balsamic & olive oil dressing (on the side) with a bottle of San Pellegrino - they have a nice 500 ml size.
The burger was hugely delicious and perfectly done. So good, I was back Saturday evening with my sister eating the same. Again excellent. Service was friendly, quick and efficient. I really like this place.

2010 Feb 18
Another absolutely perfect burger today! That will be all ...

2008 Sep 28
Absolutely perfect! Served on a scrumptious kaiser bun with pickles, lettuce and onion. Big burger, and very flavourful. Tough to imagine a better burger.

2008 Jan 15
Once again a very wonderful burger!

2007 Mar 13
Had the "Black and Blue" for lunch today, with blue cheese on it. Mmmmmm, stinky cheese! Everything about it was great except I'm not sure if this was the "black" part or not, but the burger was charcoal black on the outside. Luckily it did not taste really burnt so it was still yummy. I'll try it again next time I'm there and hopefully it won't be so charred. Yummy pickle on the side, served with lots of onion and tomato and lettuce.

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2016 Apr 2
The kimchi fries are indeed a pretty awesome snack, been meaning to mention them here for a while :)

2016 Apr 2
Kimchi fries at the Elgin St location. Great fries and combo of kimchi, mayo, sriracha, chicken and garnishes. All this dish was missing was something pickled (onions, hot peppers). I enjoyed this during appy hour so for $7 I thought it was a great deal and paired nicely with their bitter.

2010 Feb 18
Once again, perfect french fries.

2008 Sep 28
Another 2 strong thumbs for their fries. Perfectly crisp on the outside, tender on the inside.

2008 Mar 3
Had fries (w/a burger) here on Friday and I'm still thinking about them -- they were very good. Home-cut fries are so rare these days.

2007 Dec 23
The home-cut fries I had yesterday were absolutely perfect!

2007 Mar 23
Was back at lunch today and this time had the fries with my burger instead of salad. They appear to be home-cut and were very yummy. Nice and crisp on the outside and tender inside. Good job clocktower!

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2013 May 9
As posted above, the Tuesday wing special is now 6.25 for 10. Very good quality wings.

2010 Jan 27
I paid a visit to The Clocktower Brew Pub (Glebe) last night for their Tuesday night wing night (Reg $9.75, Tuesdays $4.95). The Clocktower has a good range of flavours, all the heats, including Malaysian (suicide), Sweet Chilli, Hot & Honey, Spicy Maple BBQ, Honey Szechuan, Jerk, or Cajun Dusted. I decided to try the Spicy Maple BBQ for something a little different. They're sufficiently saucy and have a hint of sweet maple and BBQ flavour, they are not spicy though. I was a bit surprised that no carrot sticks, celery or sour cream came with the wings (sour cream is extra), but this would only really be an issue with the hot wings for me. In any case, its definitely worth a visit on wing night, and at the Bank St. location at least, go early! We hung out near the bar for about 30mins before finding a seat in the bar area and ate there - a seat in the dining area didn't come up. The Clocktower has a good selection of their own microbrew as well as other beers, so waiting isn't an issue, trying to stay out of the way when there are no seats is.

To note: My friend had the 5 spice chicken - his review was that it was alright, the veggies seemed to be the best part though.

Wing Size: 7.5

Sauce: 6.5-7.5 (6.5 for advertising them as spicy, 7.5 because they're still good)

Recommended Beer: I had a Fenien Red, which is a little sweet and went nicely with the sweet wings, as well as a Wisharts Bitter which had a nice contrast to the sweet...I wouldn't actually recommend alternating though. Pick one and stick with it.

2008 Jan 22
Best wings in the city.
Cheap on Tuesdays...

Today is Tuesday, allllllllright.



2008 Apr 11
There are 2 types of veggie burgers : those that try to look and taste like a hamburger, and those that don't. In my experience the ones that do try are often pretty terrible, while the ones who do not try are often pretty spectacular. Unfortunately, this was one of the ones that tried to look and taste like a hamburger, and while it was not terrible, it was not very good either. I certainly won't be having another. It tasted like soy sauce. Yuck.

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2007 Mar 13
Had a very nice side tossed-salad with my burger today, instead of fries. The veggies were all fresh. They had a choice of maybe 5 different dressings, I chose the blue cheese which was delicious.

I'll order it again.

2007 Apr 26
I am excited to announce that the Clocktower (on Mackay) has changed/added to their menu! As a frequent customer to this pub, I pretty much have their menu memorized and stick to the same old, same old.
So, here is the tuna...I don't think I have the name right but it's the only 'tuna' item on the menu. This was the first time I've actually had a tuna steak, so I really have nothing to compare it to but I really, really, enjoyed it. They serve it on pumpernickel bread (grilled, I think) with some nice wasabi mayo. Such a nice treat having unique choices at a pub. They serve it with either fries or salad...I got the salad which is their standard salad that goes with all the dishes...mixed greens, red onions, grated carrots, chunks of tomatoes, and a honkin' pickle. Dressing is usually on the salad, but I get it on the side!

Can't wait to try the other new items! I'll let you all know of course....

Fresh Foodie: Do you think there should be two separate tags for each Clocktower location? I'm pretty sure that zymurgists' reviews are from the location on Bank, while mine are from Mackay.

2018 Sep 1
$16 got me a metal dog food bowl filled with delightful chips, good creamy coleslaw, thick and tasty tartar sauce, and two chunks of crispy battered haddock. The fish was a little on the dry side but I'll take that over undercooked any day. Overall a pretty decent FnC experience!