Room 104 opened back in February. It was introduced as a Vegas-style shot bar with over 100 $4 shots to choose from, arcade games to play, no cover, and hours of operation running everyday from 8pm until late.

Since it's opening on Clarence St. in the ByWard Market, the bar has attracted people from all over the city including local Ottawa celebrities such as Jamie Fine, Elijah Woods, and Karl Wolf. There are different DJs for different nights with music ranging from hip-hop to rock ultimately attracting a pretty diverse crowd. As one would assume, the busiest nights are normally from Thursday to Sunday and because of the small size of the bar, even when it's not too busy, it still feels lively.

Thursdays πŸ‘€πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

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Now, I've been to Room a couple times; enough to form an opinion on the spot but it wasn't until this past weekend that I was finally able to come to a verdict. The first time I went was underwhelming; it was the opening night, I didn't have any intent to drink, and it wasn't too busy. That being said, a lot has changed since my initial visit. I've gone on Sunday's where the bar has been absolutely packed and it was insane to see. As a previous bartender, being in that environment was overwhelming, even for me, and it reminded me exactly why I quit bartending (among other things - creepy, drunk guys are not a wave!) Regardless, from what I've been told, the staff hired to work at Room are absolute superstars at what they do so they seemed to manage all the people wanting a drink just fine.

Asides from my initial visit, every time I've been to Room has been a good time. I'm not a huge arcade games fan but it's still fun to see other people play and get competitive. In fact, the entire front side of Room 104 opens up and creates a sort of outdoor patio. If you're like me, you'll definitely enjoy sitting there because you're right beside the fuse ball table so you can enjoy the Summer weather, a drink, and watch people play. Speaking of drinks, as I previously mentioned, the bar has over 100 different types of shots in addition to buckets and bottles that you can order, such as $104 Ciroc bottles.

Games. Shots. Music. See you tonight for THIRSTDAY πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

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One of my favorite parts of Room 104 is the decor. It's themed back to the 90's so you'll find images of Christina Aguilera, Aaliyah, Mike Tyson,Β Kelly Kapowski, and more on the wall. You'll also most definitely run into their infamous cartoon wall featuring PacMan, Pokemon, Zelda, and other popular video game characters from the 90's. One of the coolest parts of the bar is the neon sign in the back that says 'Smile More'; for my ladies, don't worry, it's IG worthy.

In addition to that, the bar has just the perfect layout and ambiance to make you want to drink. Due to the small size, it's easy to make friends by the bar or maybe you're just looking for someone to buy you drinks - I won't judge, I've been there, done that. In between drinks, you can take the time to play a quick video game and the options are endless, from PacMan, to Pinball, to air hockey, they've pretty much got something for everyone; just make sure to bring out your crack change.

Love this photo πŸ™ŒπŸ». Hey it’s THIRSTDAY!! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

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All in all, I don't really have any recommendations for the Room 104 staff. I think it's perfect just the way it is and clearly what they've been doing has been working. The only suggestion I can even think of would probably be to just have more themed parties or something along those lines.

If you're in the market, make sure to stop by Room 104. Whether you're just going for a pre-drink before the club or because you plan on staying there all night, it'll most definitely be a great time!