Ottawa's Oldest Tavern

Since 1849

Château Lafayette

Serving Ottawa since before it was even Ottawa — over 168 years! Ottawa’s original Dive bar.

“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.” ~ Playboy Magazine (2010)

Our personable and relaxed atmosphere is home to some of Ottawa’s best 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 John Carroll on Tuesday nights


Lucky Ron, local Ottawa legend

Every Saturday at 4:00 (ish) since November 1999. He’s never missed a Saturday!


DJ Jon Deck

Every Sunday ABOVE THE CLOUDS 10pm-Close! Jon Deck • Founder & Formerly of A Tribe Called Red • M’ikmaq/Dene • Redbull 3style finalist.

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 and a snack!