Ottawa's Babylon Nightclub Is Up for Lease
A realty listing indicates the beloved venue is up for lease
Published Mar 29, 2021Ottawa's arts and entertainment scene appears poised to lose another venue in Babylon nightclub. While the bar's current owners have yet to publicly comment on its future, a listing from Zinati Realty indicates that the property is up for lease.
UPDATE (3/30): When reached for comment by Exclaim!, Babylon owner Adam Kronick shared, "the future of Babylon is undecided."
Located at 317 Bank Street in the capital's Centretown neighbourhood, Babylon occupied the main floor of the building, while billiards bar Cue & Cushion was found upstairs. Babylon also sits next door to Barrymore's, a historic Ottawa club that has recently made headlines for an eviction dispute and safety violations.
Zinati Realty's listing makes no mention of either aforementioned venture, billing the property instead as an office that "offers a work-live-play lifestyle for a wide range of diverse tenants." However, an Instagram post from the realtor finds plenty of viewers singing the venue's praises as a bar and live music space.
Babylon's official website is currently unreachable, while its social media channels have remained dormant since last year. The venue's most recent posts, made through Twitter and Facebook, advertise a Choclair concert that took place August 7, 2020.
Established in 1998, Babylon played host to local festivals and talent, resident theme parties, and artists including METZ, the Dirty Nil, Dear Rouge, Freddie Gibbs, Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus, Every Time I Die, Protest the Hero, Dragonette, the Jerry Cans, Madchild, Rich Aucoin, Think About Life, We Are the City, the Souljazz Orchestra, New Swears, Iceage and many more.
Babylon is also where A Tribe Called Red launched their monthly Electric Pow Wow dance party in 2007, ahead of releasing their self-titled debut album in 2012.
Exclaim! has reached out to Babylon nightclub ownership for comment.