Zaphod Beeblebrox, the original pub at the edge of the universe, is an intimate live music venue and dance club. Home of the world famous Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and other such exotic galactic cocktails, the nightclub has played host to an eclectic mix of performers including: Ben Harper, Alanis Morrissette, Cracker, Afghan Whigs, Broken Social Scene, The Trews, Corrosion Of Conformity, Ani Difranco, The Proclaimers, Sam Roberts Band, Nickelback, Southern Culture On The Skids, Jewel, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Yo La Tengo and countless others.
Originally located on Rideau Street, the club moved to it’s present location in March of 1992, and has since become an Ottawa institution.
Owned by Eugene Haslam, the club has continually been at the forefront of cutting-edge live entertainment and dance music. It’s staff and patrons exude a hip, laid-back sense of Ottawa culture which is why it is the National Capital’s best loved hangout.
Statement by The Honourable Mr. Andrew Cash (Davenport, NDP), Member of Parliament of Canada, March 13, 2012.
“Mr. Speaker, 20 years ago this month, live music venue Zaphod Beeblebrox first opened its doors on York Street here in Ottawa. Today, I would like to honour this extraordinary achievement and that of the club’s iconic proprietor, Eugene Haslam.
I performed in this long, narrow landmark many times over the years. Some nights we played to an empty house, some nights it was packed. But what never changed was the fair and respectful way we were treated as artists at Zaphod’s. In other words, Eugene Haslam, like so many cultural pioneers in this country, has done this for the love of it, the love of music and the love of community. To run a small business for 20 years and have it survive is tough enough, but to run a live music club in Ottawa, now that is a mission of mercy.
On behalf of all music lovers, geeks and punters, wannabes and has-beens, DJs, punk rockers and even legislators, thanks to Eugene Haslam and all the great staff at Zaphod’s for giving this city and this country 20 years of heart, soul, and rock and roll.”
In The News
July 12, 2012. – The Rolling Stones. 50 years of music history & part of ours.
CTV Ottawa: Katie Griffin on Zaphod’s anniversary
ctvottawa.ca Published Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012 5:05PM EST
Constantly mentioned as a must-visit by many locals bringing visitors to Ottawa, Zaphod Beeblebrox is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week.
The York Street venue is both a nightclub and a live music showpiece, named after a character in A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
“I think in those days it was closed one night a week and that was the only night a week that we weren’t here,” said Nicola Morry. “It was like all roads led to Zaphod’s.”
“They’ve always had an eclectic roster of bands and it’s been a great place to hang out too,” said Peter Hicks.
With a slogan of “Heard Before the Herd” it’s no wonder owner Eugene Haslam said he takes pride in bringing in soon-to-be-big acts to play, sometimes for free on Monday nights.
“Ben Harper, Jewel, Alanis Morissette, Nickelback, Yo La Tengo, so a lot of bands that play in here become hugely world famous after,” he said. “I don’t think at the time that I think so much ‘Oh my God’, it’s usually after.”
Perhaps the biggest act to play was certainly well-known at the time, as The Rolling Stones shot a music video there in 2005.
Those who have been a part of Zaphod’s since the beginning said Eugene is sticking to the idea he had in the club’s early days.
“I used to play when it first opened with Eugene and I remember painting the stools in the first one up at Rideau Street,” said Dave Balfour of Dog Day Afternoon, playing the club Sunday afternoon. “He had a vision back then and that vision has been true to this day.”
“This little tiny humble place is known worldwide and so people come here to see the Parliament buildings, the national gallery, the (Byward) Market and Zaphod’s,” Haslam said.
Anniversary celebrations continue all week.
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Katie Griffin
See the video here: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/zaphod-beeblebrox-celebrated-as-it-turns-20-1.776960
A collection of on-line articles about Ottawa’s favorite night spot:
• November 5, 2009 – Hometown Hero – The Fulcrum, Ottawa
• February, 2009 – Ottawans carry Zaphod’s to Top 10
• November, 2008 – The Nightclub at the Edge of the Universe Gets It | Alternate
• November 14, 2003 – Chart Attack
• November 13, 2003 – Voir Magazine
• July 30, 2003 – Globe and Mail
• April 6, 2003 – The Ottawa Citizen
• April 3, 2003 – The Charlatan
• March 3, 2003 – The Ottawa Citizen
• July 5, 2002 – ChartAttack
• June 2001 – Exclaim Magazine
The Rolling Stones shot the music video for “Streets Of Love” on August 29, at Zaphod Beeblebrox. We were honoured and thrilled to welcome them…
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• August 30, 2005 – The Ottawa Sun
- The Rolling Stones use Zaphods for a Video Shoot
• Oct. 17, 2005 – The Ottawa Sun - Stones video makes TV debut
On March 13, 2009 LOS MONDO BONGO celebrated the music of the legendary Joe Strummer @ Zaphod’s. The band was comprised of the Mescaleros’ Pablo Cook and Smiley, together with Simple Minds’ bassist Derek Forbes plus Gary Numan’s guitarist Steve Harris and the incomparable Mike Peters of The Alarm on vocals. Ray Gange, from the CLASH movie “Rude Boy” DJ’d before and after the show.
Voted Best in these categories in the 2004 XPress Readers’ Poll
• Ottawa’s Best Bartenders,
• Ottawa’s Best Saturday Night,
• Ottawa’s Best Dance Club,
• Ottawa’s Best Place To Meet A Straight Male,
• Ottawa’s Best Place To Meet A Straight Female,
• Honourable Mention: Ottawa’s Best Place To Meet A Gay Female.
Today’s Internet allows us the ability to share photo collections with friends and family. If you have a photo set related to Zaphod’s and wish to share it, let us know and we’ll publicize the link.
Happy Birthday, Zaphod’s!
Jason Rose, The Fulcrum. March 7, 2012.
ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX, THE self-proclaimed “bar at the end of the universe,” sits quietly in the heart of the ByWard Market—yet on the inside it is anything but quiet as the iconic bar is gearing up to celebrate its 20th birthday. Having seen the rise of grunge, hip-hop, boy bands, and recently dubstep, owner Eugene Haslam has done his best to keep Zaphod’s in Ottawa’s spotlight.
According to Haslam, the success of the bar lies within the raw and honest approach the Zaphod’s staffers, and Haslam himself, take to work every day.
“Mainly we do what we do because we believe in what we do,” he says. “I guess people of all ages get that and think what we do is pretty interesting and different from what they are usually offered. We’ve been doing this for 20 years now and for some reason, we get people … from all walks of life. This is one of the things that sets us apart.”
As motivated as ever, Haslam knows the importance of this anniversary for his nightclub, but isn’t ready to look in the rearview mirror just yet.
“Today!” answers Haslam, when asked about his favourite moment running Zaphod Beeblebrox. “The fact that we can still be here 20 years later is a testament to doing something right and appealing to Ottawa for many generations.”
As for keeping pace in the Ottawa music scene, Haslam is confident his crew at Zaphod’s has a game plan to keep fresh among an audience with constantly changing demands. With new music booked, a smart phone app on the market, and a revamped website, Zaphod’s has managed to stay a step ahead of the game.
“If you check out our new website and look back at some of the shows since 1993, you’re going to say, ‘Wow, really? They played at Zaphod’s?’” says Haslam.
“We do stuff before the world knows about it. With the addition of the new Zaphod Beeblebrox app, we’re staying current with the times and making it easy for people to find out what is going on.”
A large part of Haslam’s confidence in Zaphod’s popularity comes from how he challenges audiences to grow and develop musically, outside their regular confines.
“One thing I think is really important is to have a broad base of music and in some ways entice the audience to lift the bar that high, so that they will experience and discover new music.”
For those wondering where the name Zaphod Beeblebrox stems from, Haslam answers the mystery.
“Zaphod Beetlebrox was a character in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and he was a pretty interesting dude who just drifted about,” explains Haslam. “Wherever he went within the galaxy he seemed to fit in and just be happy living his adventure. So I guess with us, in the quadrant that is Ottawa, we are just living our adventure.”
The Ottawa Citizen: Zaphod Beeblebrox celebrates 20 eclectic years.
The friendly pub with an eclectic lineup of live music celebrates 20 years.
By Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen March 3, 2012 2:31 PM
One night about 22 years ago, Eugene Haslam was sitting in a bar when suddenly he blurted out to the stranger on the next stool, “Zaphod Beeblebrox!”
The stranger looked alarmed, but Haslam was elated. He had thought of a name for the nightclub he was soon to open on Rideau Street. Though that starter club closed after a couple of years, it was 20 years ago this month when Zaphod Beeblebrox opened in its now familiar space at 27 York.
The name is from the character in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, among other dubious achievements, invented the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, a drink you can order at Zaphod’s bar. Haslam has a long explanation for why he chose the name for his club, but it comes down to this: he liked it. That was enough for the thirtysomething bank employee who rolled the dice on his dream of owning a club.
He says he had learned about “stability and being focused” while banking — otherwise a career he “wasn’t cut out for,” which is no surprise considering his signature dreadlocks, and enough rings and bangles to please a gypsy Keith Richards. (The metalwork is recently gone because, he says, removing it all at airport security has become too much of a bother. Haslam travels a lot, to Lebanon and Buenos Aires in the past few months alone, with a family trip to Paris coming up.)
Haslam was abroad when Keith Richards was in Zaphod on Aug. 29, 2005. The Rolling Stones, having played Lansdowne Park the day before, took over the bar to shoot a video for a new (forgettable) song. The street was blocked by security and thronged with lookyloos. It seemed the only person not there was Haslam. “I was quite relieved,” he says, “because I was getting bombarded with ‘hey old buddy, old pal,’ from everyone.”
He was there for many acts that played the club before they hit the big time — Nickelback, Ben Harper, Alanis Morissette, Ani DiFranco, the Tea Party, Our Lady Peace, Jewel, the Dandy Warhols and the Hold Steady, to name a few. There were also shows by the Sheepdogs, the Saskatoon band that made the cover of Rolling Stone last year and is now on bigger stages. Haslam, bemused, mentions the come-lately fans who had no interest in the band a year or two ago. “Just the other day somebody came in and asked me if we’re going to have the Sheepdogs. Uh, go through our schedule and see how many times we’ve had them play for free on a Monday night.”
There have been free shows on Monday for several years, one of Haslam’s innovations to attract crowds in a city not known for late-night parties. Most every night at the club has a DJ theme later on, with live bands on stage earlier and always done by 11 p.m. — another adaptation.
“We live in a government city. How are we going to get people out if the band goes on at 12:30 a. m.?” he says. “I came up with this radical idea of actually formatting it so people knew that consistently (the earlier shows) would happen.” People can be home at a reasonable time if they have to get up early the next morning, or, if not, they can go see another, later show at another club.
“If you make yourself available as a space, people kind of look at how they can work within what you’re doing,” he says, citing as other local examples Raw Sugar or Avant Garde, or the Black Sheep in Wakefield. “We came at a time when there wasn’t anything like this around,” he says, the “we” referring to three partners who have since moved on, “so we were appealing to like-minded people.”
He wanted a club that was local (“As global as we can be, we still have to be local, because that’s who we depend on”) and eclectic. It’s what he saw on tours of England’s pubs, and at shows by genre-busting bands, most notably the Clash.
“I had taken everything I knew about pubbing and put it into live music, so there was the sense of knowing the customer, knowing everyone,” he says. People liked the variety of music, he says. The lineup for the anniversary week demonstrates a typical Zaphod mix:
— The weekly Trailer Park Bingo on Sunday, with dabbers, drinks and “all the slick tunes;
— Eugene as DJ on Monday, playing “whatever I’m into now;
— Industrial Strength Tuesdays — “We don’t expect it to be full like a Friday or Saturday, but we do it because it’s the kind of music that nobody’s giving any time to, and I think it’s a valid type of music;”
- Wednesday with Big Jeezus Truck, the seasoned Ottawa punkabillies. “They embody so much of what we do,” Haslam says, “in sticking out in Ottawa because you’re good. You don’t have to move elsewhere;”
- Thursday with the Polytones, the decade-old Ottawa band that brings to mind a slightly poppy Sonic Youth; (Our Correction: Orienteers filled in for The Polytones who could not play due to drummer’s health issues).
— Friday with Sound of Lions, one of the most distinctive and promising young bands in the capital, with a sound that reaches from hip hop to the expansive sound of Coldplay;
— Saturday with Bourbon & Spice Burlesque, which is exactly what you saw in your imagination when you read the name.
You can follow all the shows on Zaphod’s new app, another change in the club’s presence. Less present is Haslam, who for years could be found most every night in his “office” at the end of the bar. He was seriously ill a year ago — “I was looking at my own demise” — but he’s feeling better. He’s resumed booking the music, and he’s back at the bar a couple of nights a week.
“I’m 56 years old, and I have a family so, yes, I’ve pulled back. But my soul is in it, and I have a good staff running it.”
Zaphod’s celebrates 20th birthday
By Denis Armstrong, Ottawa Sun
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
•When: March 4, Dog Day Afternoon (3pm); March 7, Big Jeezus Truck + Andy Snap & The Loose Canons; March 8, Orienteers + Your First Lover + Brennan Pilkington; March 9, Sound of Lions and Exeter; March 10, Bourbon & Spice + Sons Of Stone. Showtimes are at 8 p.m.
Zaphod Beeblebrox is celebrating a milestone few saloons ever see.
On March 13, the club that likes to call itself the club at the end of the universe (a nod to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) turns 20.
For an Ottawa saloon, that’s ancient history. Over the last decade, the Canadian capital’s become a tough market for places that sell intoxicating drinks. Many don’t make it.
But Eugene Haslam’s club on York St. isn’t like any other club. A former partner in Barrymore’s on Bank St., Haslam opened the original Zaphod Beeblebrox on Rideau St. in 1989 with the bright idea of presenting the best local and international bands between 9 and11 p.m. instead of midnight, so all those hardworking bureaucrats could see live music without staying up half the night.
He had to shut the club down on January 1991 when Bell Canada purchased the club’s property, but reopened Zaphod Beeblebrox in its present location on March 1992. And so it goes, even today. Live music until 11 p.m., when the DJs and the dancers take over.
“One of the first things we did was to format shows that suit the customers, not the other way around. I didn’t want people waiting around all night to see a band when they had to be at work the next morning. So I scheduled shows to fit their schedule.”
Haslam later acquired and reopened Barrymore’s, an Ottawa live music venue in 1996, and opened another shortlived club on Bank Street which was named Zaphod’s 2.
The 56-year-old club owner’s seen a lot of musical talent, which he books himself, come and go over that time, but his most memorable concert was Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac (because he’d never seen anyone play with so much energy), Jonathan Richman (he’s such a meticulous songwriter and a little eccentric), the Philosopher Kings and an unknown singer and songwriter named Ben Harper, because of his passion, and they both had dreads at the time.
Haslam was also one of the first to present Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill show to her hometown fans.
“I thought the club would explode,” he recalls.
From the beginning, you could count on Zaphod’s to present bands that would headline Bluesfest today. Lowest of the Low, Moxy Fruvous, Lynn Miles, Andrew Cash, The Rheostatics, Skydiggers, Junkhouse, Tom Robinson.
The biggest night was the night the Rolling Stones shot their Streets of Love video there on Aug. 29, 2005. Haslam, who loves to travel, wasn’t in Ottawa at the time. He may be a music fan, but he has other priorities as well. Politics, family.
“What sets Zaphod’s apart is the wide variety of music we have because that’s what I’m about. I love all kinds of music and like to mix it up. Our audience is different every night. I need a big menu of music. We’re not copying any here. Zaphod’s is unique. It’s why we’ve lasted so long, and why we’re considered a destination for tourists”
justmytwocents71: Eugene is the reason for Zaphod’s sucsess – He’s been an amazing owner and promoter and has helped so many bands along the way. The Ottawa music scene is always in your debt for being a visionary and giving chances to bands that some may pass on. Thanks Eugene and always a good show at Zaphod’s!!
smallbizperson: It seems you overlooked the part about Eugene being the most prolific promoter of local talent in the history of Ottawa. The twenty years he has devoted to providing local artists an opportunity in a commercial venue far exceeds that of any other local businessman that began when he did. Eugene is all that and as well as being a warm and inviting person. Congrats.
Yammy_Fan: Way to go, Eugene! I have played at both Zaphod’s locations, as well as Barrymore’s. Great venues, run by a great guy!
Antagonizer: Anybody who’s met Eugene knows he’s a great guy. And he treats performers better than any other club owner as well. Rock on, Eugene!!!
Zaphod Beeblebrox’s 20th Anniversary: The Bar at the End of the Universe
Not one to ever look back, Eugene Haslam traces the trajectory made by Zaphod’s 20-year journey in the galaxy
by Cormac Rea | March 1, 2012
In Douglas Adams’ famous sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the two-headed, three-armed, eye-patched character Zaphod Beeblebrox was voted by readers of the fictional magazine Playbeing as “owner of the hippest place in the universe.” Meanwhile, on planet Earth in the Ottawa quadrant, Eugene Haslam – the dreadlocked, bespectacled owner of downtown club Zaphod Beeblebrox – has been a well-recognized gadabout in the local galaxy for several decades, with his bar taking top spot in many an XPress Best of Ottawa poll, and its take-a-chance-on-me programming launching the careers of hundreds of bands. For Haslam, Douglas’ quote “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be” rings true to life, a maxim that still guides the bar owner on the eve of the club’s 20th anniversary.
“In so many ways, The Hitchhiker’s Guide has provided a parallel to life,” explains Haslam. “Douglas Adams, for some reason, seems to be the guy that encapsulates so much of what I think. And it’s certainly true, I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I certainly ended up where I needed to be. You don’t really know at the time; you have goals etcetera, but they morph into something else, and Zaphod’s has morphed nicely.
Twenty years ago, Zaphod’s opened its doors on a very different looking Bytowne Market. Haslam would make his impression quickly on the hardscrabble local bar scene with a mixture of oddball programming and a special ear for up-and-coming talent. Over the years, Zaphod’s has broke a variety of emerging bands and established acts alike, with high-profile groups like Radiohead, Ben Harper, Yo La Tengo, The Commitments, Burning Spear, The Pogues and Broken Social Scene gracing the stage, but local (or even out-of-town) acts with little cachet have always had their place as well.
“Normally I don’t look backwards. People ask me what the best band we ever had was, and I never know – I’m always excited by what is coming. We’ve had some nights that ran their course too, like Bingo Jet International,” reveals Haslam. “It was getting to the point where you can’t light fires inside a nightclub, and keep burning or bashing TVs, so we gave that a rest for a long time. Our industrial DJ night just might be the longest running in the galaxy. We’ve actually emailed Guinness [Book of World Records] to find out.”
Haslam, who recently ran for a position as city councillor, also suffered a debilitating stroke, which caused him to step back from operations at Zaphod’s for the last year. However, with the approaching anniversary, not to mention an improved bill of health, he’s back on the scene as helmsman of the good ship Beeblebrox.
“It’s something I’ve tried to wrap my head around now that I’m back booking,” he adds. “The first thing was to stop and say to myself, ‘Do I want to do this anymore?’ There have been times when I’ve thought… when you’re looking at the end of your life, and I don’t want to get morose about it, but it’s when your obituary is in the paper that people show up. When something is ending, people show up. I want to evangelize to people that you need to be a part of something while it’s around. Zaphod’s has had a great run of success and, looking at it 20 years later, it’s about representing people, representing your community. At one time, people even likened us to a galactic “Cheers.”
“Basically, there’s a lot of talk about what alternative music is, but we’ve always tried to be an alternative club, and really only one of many in town. I think, at Zaphod’s, it’s always about the basics, about being hospitable. We actually have a club philosophy posted on the webpage, and I haven’t seen that anywhere else in the universe.”
The Nightclub at the Edge of the Universe Gets It
Posted on November 29, 2008 by Susan Murphy
On Thursday night after my lovely birthday celebration with friends, Greg and I decided to make a stop before we headed home to one of my favourite places. Zaphod Beeblebrox, the nightclub at the edge of the universe, is an institution in Ottawa’s club scene. Not only is it the venue of choice of some of the best live music in the city, let alone the country, it’s just a really fun place to hang out.
I’ve known the club’s owner, Eugene Haslam, since about 1992 when he moved Zaphod’s to its current location downtown in the Byward Market. He’s one of the smartest businesspeople I have ever met. I mean, this is a guy that totally gets it. He packs the place every night of the week. That’s unusual for Ottawa, since we tend to roll up the sidewalks at around 8pm most weeknights. I’ve been thinking about what makes Zaphod’s work. Here’s what I’m feeling about it…
Zaphod’s has live music 6 nights a week. And not just any old live music, either. Eugene only books in bands that are edgy, fresh, and fantastic. Any night you can show up and know that you WILL be entertained. But the best part is, the bands go on at around 8pm and finish up at 11pm, at which time the most talented DJ’s in town start spinning tunes for those who want to dance their faces off. The thing about the early shows is, you can still go out, see a great band, and be back home in bed early enough that your 8am meeting won’t be painful. This makes the live music scene accessible to the average working person all the time. As a result, Eugene’s got lineups at the door nearly every night.
It’s Got a Theme.
Sure, there are lots of bars that have a theme. Some have an Irish theme. Some have a maritime theme or a Mexican theme. But Zaphod’s has the coolest theme of all, and it’s the way that it’s implemented that makes it work so well. I’ll admit – I’m a huge fan of The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’ve read the book about 427 times and I even liked the movie version. Zaphod’s has a great theme. But it’s subtle, and that’s why it works. Sure, the place has a definite futuristic, other-galaxy feel to it. The drinks have catchy names like Slartibartfast and Bambleweenie. But you don’t go there because of the theme. You go because of the great atmosphere and terrific music. This means that even those who are not necessarily Douglas Adams fans will still have a good time. And even if you don’t know how bad Vogon poetry really is, you can still belly up to the bar and get yourself a Pangalactic Gargleblaster and fit right in.
There’s a Human Being Behind It.
There would be no Zaphod’s without Eugene. This man is completely and intensely passionate about music. It’s like he invites hundreds of people into his house every night for a show. More nights than not, Eugene is at his club, and he’s just as in to the music as everyone else. When you’re around Eugene, it’s impossible to be in a bad mood. He also loves his city and is very involved in the community, raising money and doing lots of good things. Anyone who is thinking of starting a business needs to know that the single most important thing is to BE YOUR BUSINESS. We are all human beings, and we need to stop hiding behind labels and brands and start being the human face behind everything we do. When people think of Zaphod Beeblebrox they don’t think of it without thinking about the man behind it.
It Knows Its Audience.
When we went in to the bar on Thursday night, it was jammed. The band had already finished and it was “Full Flavour Thursday”. Two DJs were spinning tracks, a meld of hip hop and funk. Zaphod’s has probably one of the most diverse clientele I have ever seen in a bar. You get the after-work business crowd, the twenty something college students, and the spiky-haired and heavily pierced all in one place. This diversity works because Eugene knows how to cater to his audience. By melding the theme, the great live music, and the wicked dance party every night, he’s able to create an environment where everyone feels at home. I can’t say it enough – knowing your audience is absolutely key to success.
For anyone who owns a business, or is thinking about starting one, these are 4 essential points you need to put some serious thought into. Maybe you should consider doing this from a nice comfy booth at Zaphod’s with a Pangalactic Gargleblaster in your hand. If you are in Ottawa, and haven’t been to Zaphod’s, you are missing out. If you are coming to Ottawa, give me a call and I’ll take you there myself.
ZAPHOD’S FUN FOR ALL
Reprinted from Marche, December 1996
By Joel Sloan
For the past five years the Byward Market has been home to a world-renowned nightclub destination.
Yet locals like myself take for granted that not every city is spoiled with a place to go that offers the atmosphere and energy of Zaphod Beeblebrox (a club that gets
its name from a character in the celebrated “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”).
Ask any non-Ottawan where they go for their night-clubbing experience and they’ll give you a unanimous answer: Zaphod Beeblebrox. Zaphod’s, as it’s more commonly known, is an increasingly popular destination among night-clubbers in Ottawa and its surrounding area.
But it has also earned a reputation that spans the globe.
After talking about this with one of Zaphod’s co-owners, Eugene Haslam, this became very apparent.
To illustrate the point that Zaphod Beeblebrox is known worldwide, Haslam tells stories of being to exotic places around the world – a club in Florence, or an airport in Amsterdam, and being stopped by complete strangers and asked, “Aren’t you the guy from Zaphod’s?”
But, at a more regional level, Zaphod’s is well liked among people who are weekend-tripping to the city as well.
Dawn Mount, a patron from Waterloo, had this to say about Zaphod Beeblebrox: “It’s intimate and is really the only alternative atmosphere (in Ottawa)”.
Zaphod’s is recognized as the place where people from out of town can accurately take the Ottawa night scene’s temperature. Because of the club’s attentive nature, it is indicative of what Ottawa’s nightclub enthusiasts are into at any given time.
There are a number of reasons for Zaphod’s precocious popularity. Zaphod’s is located in the western side of the Market in close proximity to many popular taverns and restaurants. Many take advantage of the latest music that can’t be found anywhere else in the city, and enjoy the high-energy atmosphere.
Also, Zaphod’s has been showcasing musical talent from around the world, at moderate prices.
The club’s success can be attributed to any combination of these benefits and services. When asked about Zaphod’s future, Haslam can only reply, “More of the same.”