what is avant-garde bar?

Avant-Garde Bar is a combination of Soviet constructivism and contemporary Western life. Avant-Garde bar consists of two main rooms: open space, shimmering with contrasting and distinct colours of the counter and cocktail glasses, reflected in interlacement of the mirrors, which transforms into a cozy lower room, radiating warmer and more intimate shades.
Walls of the bar are decorated with handmade artistic work, inspired by such great sculptor of avant-garde as Kandinski, and posters of Soviet epoch.
Music of Avant-Garde bar includes extravagant performers of Northern America and leading artists of Western and Eastern Europe.
Avant-Garde bar, in its essence, is simultaneously a place of a romantic rendezvous, as well as a place of open friendly atmosphere.

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Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue (Ottawa)
Friday, February 1, 5pm to 2 am
Tickets are $10(free access for anyone under the age of 19) and proceeds will benefit the handicapped children of Tsyurupinsk's orphanage.


Join us for an opening reception and silent auction featuring artwork by young artists from the Ukranian town of Tsyurupinsk, hors d'oeuvres and performances by the folk dancing troupe Peekaboo. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will benefit the handicapped children of Tsyurupinsk's orphanage. A free thematic after-party with the Ukrainian band Ukrainia and a display of additional artworks will start at 9 pm at Avant-Garde Bar & Gift Shop (135½ Besserer Street). The HeArts On Fire exhibition is from February 1 to 18 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Council for the Arts in Ottawa in the Arts Court at 2 Daly Avenue.

(613) 854-3295
Presented by Avant-Garde Bar in parntnership with Council For The Arts In Ottawa and Downtown Rideau BIA.

Ukan Kids Relief


An evening with HOUNDSTOOTH is classy and chaotic, exotic and excessive, gratifying and gratuitous. Their self-indulgent ixmprovisational style rips the audience off their chairs and gets them grooving to Latin beats and funky rhythms. If you like the sound of Acid Jazz mixed with Latin Soul, you won't want to miss this show!


River City Junction performing at the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 10, 2010.
Hosting Blues-Rock Jam every first Wednesday@Avant-Garde Bar. Players welcome!


RiverCityJunction CD RELEASE

River City Junction is a Blues/Rock band best defined as Modern Classic Rock. With performances ranging from traditional Blues pieces all the way to renditions of Voodoo Chile complete with behind the head guitar playing, live is where this band really shines.

RCJ's Web Store.
Help support Canadian music & buy our CD! Purchase direct from us through PayPal, through our online distributors at Indie Pool (Visa/Mastercard only) or through iTunes. (Coming soon)


"It's more than Avant-Garde, it's really cool.

Recently, a readers' poll served notice that an increasing number of local hepcats are finding that cache at a curious venue that sits unassumingly near the corner of Dalhousie and Besserer, promising the best espresso in town and announcing itself as 'the Russian place'.
Venture into the Avant-Garde Bar and Gift Shop and you'll immediately find that the latter claim, at least, is an understatement. The staff speak Russian; the favoured beer is a lager called Baltika, billed as a Russian 'classic'; the food menu prominently features Eastern European favourites; the walls are dominated by imposing, fascinating Soviet propaganda posters. " -- OTTAWASUN, Allan Wigney, Sun, April 9, 2006>>>


OIAF-2006 Ottawa 2006 International Animation Festival chose Avant-Garde bar- "this new Bauhaus-type art bar"- as a " Festival drinking hole and meeting place...As one local magazine put it, is as much a drinking and eating establishment as it is an ode to design, art and history... And we like it, too." The Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest event of its kind in North America and one of the most respected animation events in the world. They are a competitive film festival featuring cutting edge programming, catering to industry executives, trend setting artists, students and animation fans. Events at the OIAF include screenings, panels, workshops, parties and the only conference in Canada dedicated to commercial animation.


The year 2006 has greeted Avant-Garde Bar with an invitation to a DayTime Show on Rogers Television. We took the opportunity to show the process of making one of our dishes: Bliny with salmon and caviar and talk about the bar itself and some of its accomplishments. -- 01-26-2006>>>


"The Avant-Garde Bar is one hopping spot. When my friend and I visited one cold evening, things were heating up with a crowd of university students come to hear a poetry reading. Other nights you'll find live bands, DJS, or films. Posters done by the likes of El Lissitzky and Rodchenko give the first indication that the Avant-Garde Bar is owned by Russians, the second being our theatrical waitress with her beautiful Russian accent." -- OTTAWA MAGAZINE, DEC. 2005/JAN. 2006 >>>


"The Avant-Garde Bar, one of the newest and arguably coolest additions to Ottawa's predictably banal scene of Irish pubs, was conceived primarily as an art bar in Bauhaus fashion. Soviet-era propaganda posters and Kandinsky prints from Russia are scattered all over the yellow and red walls that mix art-nouveau curved mirrors and lines with constructivist straight edges. Along the back wall of the split-level bar, a row of painted women look over the few tables and couches in this cozy atmosphere. Designed by Yugin's daughter, Alyona Iouguina, the bar is as much a drinking and eating establishment as it is an ode to design, art and history." --THE CHARLATAN, Jasmin Legatos, 12 January 2006 >>>


We are proud to announce that Avant-Garde Bar has been included and honourably mentioned in 2005 Best of Ottawa Xpress Readers' Poll. According to our beloved and wonderful customers, we have managed to achieve an honourable mention in three categories: The best bar/lounge, The best bartender, and one of the best things to happen to Ottawa in 2005. We extend our deepest thanks to those, who voted for us, and all those who continue to support us, your comrades, in wintery magical terrains of Canada!

Tanya (Swizzles Bar and Grill, 246 Queen)
Honourable Mentions   Zaphod's staff (27 York), Avant Garde's staff (135 Besserer)

The Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Market)
Honourable Mentions   Aloha Room (323 Bank), The Avant Garde Bar (135 Besserer), Helsinki (15 George)

The War Museum
Honourable Mentions   The Rolling Stones, Dany Heatley, Avant Garde Bar (135 Besserer)

Ottawa Xpress


New Sections: Events and Upcoming
You may now find a listing of all the performers happening at Avant-Garde Bar in Upcoming and Events sections.

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