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Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa

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Zaphod Beeblebrox was a ByWard Market nightclub in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada featuring live band performances.


It was themed after The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with drinks like the Pan Galactic Gargleblaster and other cocktails, and the Zaphod Beeblebrox style, which is described as "...the worst dressed sentient being in the universe, and even though he didn't try to be cool, he was."
Eugene D. Haslam originally opened the venue on Rideau Street on August 1989, but was shut down on January 1991 when Bell Canada purchased the club's property for its telephone facilities. Haslam reopened Zaphod Beeblebrox on York Street on March 1992. Haslam later acquired and reopened Barrymore's, an Ottawa live music venue in 1996, and opened another short-lived club on Bank Street which was named Zaphod's 2.


The club introduced Electronic Mondays in July 2012, a free-admission event hosted by DJ Lowpass featuring many generes of electronic music.
Zaphod's hosted many artists who would go on to international success such as Alanis Morissette, Jewel, Bif Naked, Ani DiFranco, The Philosopher Kings, The Sheepdogs and Nickelback.
On August 29, 2005, the Rolling Stones shot the music video for "Streets of Love" at the club.
During the week of March 4–10, 2012 Zaphod's celebrated its 20th anniversary with week-long concerts and DJ sets.
On May 1, 2017, it was reported that the club would be closing within two weeks. It closed its doors for the last time on May 14, citing "uncertain economic times".
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  • Even though this place closed down, it gave me and my friends some of the best memories during high school and uni. This is where you got to meet David Usher, Mother Mother, Jewel, Amos the...  more »
  • Zaphods has changed hands, but they still bring in the best live bands and play an eclectic mix at their 'Electric Ballroom' after 11. Security is vigilant but not overbearing or obtrusive, making...  more »
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  • RIP Zaphods! You were the only fun place downtown. Where else can I dance to 90s punk rock hits in a club? You will be deeply missed.
  • Great place to go if you like a lively venue that still has a cozy vibe to it. One of the best places in the market for sure. You can go here with a huge group, and whether you want to chill in the booth and talk with friends or dance the night away, you can get away with both. Not too loud, music is always a great selection, and great drink deals. Would get 5 stars from me if venue had a little more decoration, the black walls and dim lighting would be a real downer if it weren't for the awesome crowds that pack the place on the weekend nights.
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