The Rainbow Bistro is located in Ottawa's own Byward Market, in the Downtown district. It's more commonly known as Ottawa's Legendary Home of the Blues and that title doesn't come undeserved. For the last three decades since it opened its doors, Rainbow Bistro has been featuring both national and international Blues artists, as well as the finest local talent that Ottawa has to offer.
Not only is Rainbow Bistro known throughout Canada and internationally as a spot to see all your favourite Blues artists, but it's also renowned as must stop spot for musicians to perform for the buzzing crowds that frequent Rainbow Bistro.
The atmosphere of the Rainbow Bistro is not one that people would really expect of a bustling live music joint; it's comfortable and relaxed and almost Chalet like. It features a fireplace, rustic exposed stone and brick walls that are complimented by the real wooden beams, skylights and large sliding windows to look out onto the always vibrant Byward Market. Its two stories are filled with features that make this place feel like a truly relaxed environment, complete with bar and pool table. No matter when you visit, you will always be in the company of great people.
Weekly Shows and Free Matinees
Mondays at 9pm
Open Acoustic Mic Night
Anyone can participate, different acts each week
Wednesdays 4:20 Matinee
Dr. Dave's Jazz and Blues Ensemble
Thursday 4:20 Matinee
Bi-Weekly Rotation with
Linda Maria and Open Acoustic Mic Jam
Reggae Night with Roots Movement
Friday 4:20 Matinee
Classic Rock with The Frank James Band
Saturday 4:20 Matinee
Open Jam or Featured Bands
Open Blues Jam
Free! For those who are going to be performing
$3 Cover For those who are coming to enjoy Ottawa's longest running blues jams show!