Ottawa's Oldest Tavern

Since 1849

Ch√Ęteau Lafayette

With a reputation as “the bar you went to in university,” we’ve been serving Ottawa before it was even Ottawa — over 166 years! We are Ottawa’s original Dive bar.

As defined by Playboy Magazine (2010): “A [dive bar] is a church for down-and-outers, and those that romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows – bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. It’s a place that wears it’s history proudly.”

Our personable and relaxed atmosphere is home to some of Ottawa’s performing artists:


Local artist and icon John Carroll

every Wednesday evening since November 2004


Open-Mic night

featuring live music by talented, local musicians, hosted by Birdie Whyte on Tuesday nights


Lucky Ron, local Ottawa legend

every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. since November 1999


Sundays with Birdie Whyte

every Sunday from 6-10pm, since May 2013

We have a digital internet jukebox, which has access to almost any song you might want to hear.

We’re a simple bar that people have been coming to for years. We’re casual and unpretentious; a place where people can be themselves. So, if you’re much the same, drop by for a pint!