Like arriving at school naked, going to school in a bustling bar is something that usually only happens in dreams. However, in BartenderOne’s signature MasterClass, that dream becomes a reality as students try their hand behind the bar at a variety of nightlife hubs during mobile, hands-on classes, taught by head bartenders from across the country. This class is just part of the school's unique offerings, which were created by the school’s founders, who surveyed 14 bartending schools on five continents before founding BartenderOne. They wanted to offer their students a preeminent bartending education, so they fused the best of the curricula they saw and left out archaic practices, such as memorizing lists of outdated recipes. The resulting classes—held in active bars to provide real-word experience—run the gamut from full bartender training to workshops on specific skills, such as martini-making, whiskey pouring, or balancing another bartender on your nose. The school is run by people who own and operate bars and restaurants, and they guarantee internships for all of their graduates.
Lunenburg Pub & Bar nourishes clientele with its extensive menu of delectable pub grub and a full bar brimming with copious brews, wines, and cocktails. Customers can savour pizza slices or juicy burgers while nestled within the three-level restaurant's main lounge area, or imbibe a pint in its lower-level bar or on the all-season outdoor patio. A stonework interior shelters more than 15 flat-screen televisions, and the eatery boasts an abundance of maritime-themed tavern decor, such as a pirate-ship wheel and the employment of servers found among nearby ship wreckage. A spacious upper level houses a dance floor and concert venue for live music.
Although those who wear masks typically do so to hide their identities, the players of Odyssey Theatre do so to transform altogether. They use disguises to play up archetypal roles, from the ruddy cheeks of a comic foil to the wide eyes of a performer who has forgotten his lines. In the summer, they don their faces under the stars in Stathcona Park, priming audiences for theatrical revelry with the open air and neighboring Rideau River.
Now in its 38th anniversary season, the Great Canadian Theatre Company is recognized as the oldest independent theatre company in Ottawa. The troupe brings the thought-provoking works of up-and-coming Canadian artists to the intimate 262-seat house of the Irving Greenberg Theatre, which is powered by green technology and conduits that drain the peaking emotional energy from their audiences.
Yuk Yuk's is one of the world's largest stand-up comedy chains, delighting guests with laugh-inducing shows and uncensored stand-up comedic performances. The club's notable alums include Jim Carrey, Rick Moranis, Howie Mandel, and local export Tom Green, among others. For patrons whose bellies are bellowing louder than their laughter, Yuk Yuk's kitchen staff is ready with a menu of humour-fuelled fare and luscious laugh libations (not included with today's deal).