Thursday, June 21, 2018

Flora Hall

Flora Hall was a newcomer to Doors Open this year, and for good reason, as it only opened last fall. This building started out its life in the 1920s as an electrical appliance repair workshop, this at a time when you sent such items for repairs instead of buying something new. It later became an auto shop, and for years stood empty and unused. A new use for it was found as a group organized to restore it and make use of it as a brew pub. It takes its name from the street it is on- Flora Street in Centretown, just off Bank Street. 

The interior preserves the industrial feel of the building's earlier use but adds in a lot of customized woodwork and other details, transforming it into a welcoming pub.

While I was in, the brewery side of things was filled with visitors. One of the staff members was giving a talk about the operations inside.

The pub is spread out over two floors, with a bar on each. This staircase leads to the upper floor.

I was chatting with one of the staffers about the process of opening this place up- I had seen the project's progress while occasionally passing by. He mentioned the siding on this staircase, commonly referred to as banker's mesh, and noted that every joint you see here is an individual weld. Imagine how long that takes.

Here we have views from above.

This is the upper bar area. Aside from being a craft brewery, Flora Hall also has a menu if you're coming in for a bite to eat.

This view looks down the stairs from above.

And I finish with the other bar on the ground level, a U shape that fits the space well.


  1. I feel like I could really know my way around Ottawa with all the photo you post! And regarding your comment on my blog today with the man in the hat, I added an update! Go see!

  2. Muito interessante este "Flora Hall" meu amigo.
    Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  3. Hello, looks like a great place. The Brew Pubs are really popular now. Enjoy your day!

  4. ...the industrial look is so popular!

  5. In a building with the name 'Flora Hall' I would not immediately suspect a pub-cum-brewery, but I think it's beautiful and I'd love to have a beer there.

  6. Never been to a micro brewery like that, inpressive

  7. Love to visit those breweries! And there is always a nice pint after!

  8. What a great way to rejuvenate an older building.... and then after visiting, rejuvenate yourself with a pint of the best!

  9. Looks like a great place to visit. If I never get there, I will have some oatmeal stout, please. :-)

  10. @Pat: thank you! I'll have a look.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Eileen: they certainly are.

    @Tom: it is indeed.

    @Jan: it makes sense given the street name, but if you don't know the street, it would seem odd for a pub's name.

    @Stefan: I'd passed by it on occasion when the work was being done inside, and wondered what it would end up as.

    @Bill: they have quite an operation.

    @Marie: this place looks well set up.

    @Shammickite: it's a good use of the building.

    @DJan: I'd have to give that a try sometime, though admittedly I don't drink.

  11. Neat photos, the pub looks like a nice place to hang out. I'm not sure about the strawberry rhubarb selection. The mango is a yes.

  12. Again somebody is smart enough to come up with a use for an old building.

  13. Somehow that seems like a perfect use for this building.

  14. Nice place to visit and enjoy a drink!

  15. Oh that's a little gem, William. I like the cropping and brightness in your last shot today!

  16. Maybe bit more off the top and bottom. But like being there

  17. It looks like a big operation!

  18. I definitely would visit this place and have a pint.

  19. I'd like a pint of the oatmeal stout, please :)

  20. @Maywyn: I'd be more inclined to try out strawberry rhubarb.

    @Red: this is an excellent use for the building.

    @Sharon: it does indeed!

    @Nancy: I think so!

    @Cloudia: I was taking that last one as I went. I should have gone for a horizontal rather than a vertical.

    @RedPat: it's a good sized one, that's my impression.

    @Bill: it seems to be a busy place.

    @Michelle: I decided to have a look around- I didn't know you could mix oats into a brew, but then I'm not a drinker to begin with.

  21. What a grand way to repurpose a building. That is the fanciest brewery I've seen. Of course, I haven't seen that many.

  22. Looks amazing William, very much like a brewery in Fremantle called 'Little Creatures'.

  23. Perfect for a new brewery. Many starting up out here---any empty shop will do

  24. What a fun place and great photos!

    Healing energy for all,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  25. we have some thirsty people. i bet they will have lots of folks stopping by. fun. ( ;

  26. Looks a good place to visit!

    All the best Jan

  27. This looks like a great use for a nice looking old building. Too bad you aren't inclined...the offerings sound good, and some sound quite interesting. That banker's mesh is actually quite beautiful.

  28. Nice to see a old buildings being used. Craft breweries seem to be popping up everywhere!

  29. @Mari: nor have I.

    @Jennifer: it was well done.

    @Grace: that doesn't surprise me.

    @MB: this one does quite nicely.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Beth: they would, yes.

    @Jan: I thought so.

    @Kay: I should stop in and at least have a bite to eat.

    @Klara: thank you.

    @Jenn: that's true.