So who or what is TARG, and why are we going to their house?
TARG is a video game from 1980. We are going to the House of TARG because it is the newest and best (and only) live music venue/classic arcade/perogie joint to hit the Quiet City. The Glebe and Old Ottawa South are not exactly known for their bumpin’ night spots, and with punk shows, snacks and a monthly zine (complete with colouring page), House of TARG makes for a refreshing change from the standard pub atmosphere.
$8 gets you a plate of 6 perogies with in-house sauerkraut, beet salad, and dill sour cream. It is worth it. I eschewed my usual beer for “One of Those”, a cocktail with pineapple and rum that pretty much ruled my night. I was with a group of four, and there were conveniently four menu options. Three remain static during the season, and one rotates each week. The fourth, rotating option is vegan. They are all delicious. I highly recommend the Kale Them All, which is stuffed with kale and smoked gouda, blended with potato. The bartenders, known as “wizards” are all too happy to keep the libations flowing, and there is even a “valet” service for your drinks while you go crush out a round or two of Burger Time.
As if the pinball and perogies weren’t enough, House of TARG is also an excellent live venue. Playing host to punk, metal and indie bands from Ottawa to Japan and back again, they manage to bring a sweet house-show vibe to their Glebe basement space. Sundays they host a DJ night, TOUGHEN UP with the machines set to freeplay mode. You should probably go. I’ll see you there. The kitchen’s only open until 10:30, so eat early (and eat often– seriously, I’d eat here every night if I could) Hours are Thursday-Sunday, 5pm-2am.Tags: house of TARG, ottawa, perogies, pinball, targ, where to eat in ottawa