Bar Laurel is named after Calle del Laurel in Logroño, Rioja, a street that is famous for pinchos, tapas and wine.
Jon travelled to Spain for the first time 10 years ago, fell in love with its food and culture, and didn’t want to come home. After returning to Spain a few times, Jon started to think about opening a Basque/Spanish influenced restaurant in Ottawa. The menu for Bar Laurel is inspired by recent trips to the Basque country and the Rioja region: lots of small bites (pintxos), tons of wines by the glass, sherry and vermouth based cocktails, secreto iberico and seasonal vegetables cooked on charcoal and ribeye and chickens cooked in the wood fire oven. Ingredients are sourced locally when possible.
Wine Director Jenna Portelance has put together a wine program that focuses heavily on low intervention wines from Spain, France, Italy and Canada. 15 to 20 wines are available by the glass every day.
Jenna has also crafted a strong Sherry program with up to 20 different options available all which are a perfect match for our tapas and desserts.
The cocktail and Vermouth program were created by Matt Millard features Sherry and Vermouth based updates to classic cocktails.
The space was designed by owners Jon and Kate Svazas. They worked with friends The Modern Shop, Uproar Interiors, Bill Wiseborough, Chris Snow Photography and Interversion to create a fun, modern space for guests to eat and drink. Doublenaut designed Bar Laurel’s rad logo, they did an amazing job and we’d recommend them highly to anyone looking for graphics work.
1087 Wellington W.
Mon-Sat: 5:30pm - Late
There is street parking on Wellington and surrounding streets (Sterling, Sherbrooke, Melrose)
We are accessible by many bus routes but primarily the #11. We recommend checking with OC Transpo for bus schedules.