Proudly holding the title of ‘Ottawa’s oldest tavern,’ Chateau Lafayette, also affectionately known as The Laff, technically pre-dates the confederation of Canada itself, having first opened its doors in 1849. During this time, it has unsurprisingly changed hands and names many times, and the current owners proudly mark its role in the city’s rich history through the multitude of historic objects displayed on its walls. The atmosphere is relaxed, with a good range of drinks on offer and various forms of entertainment throughout the week, including Tuesdays’ open mic night.
Chateau Lafayette, 42 York Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 241 4747
Tucked away in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood, The Moonroom should be your first pick for evening cocktails in a fun, lively atmosphere. The softly lit interior has a cozy, intimate feel thanks to the strings of lights hanging from the ceiling and authentic chalkboard menus. The drinks list is extensive and the food is tapas-style, perfect for sharing.
Moonroom, 442 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 231 2525
With three popular locations across the city, The Clocktower Brew Pub is a great place to try for those with an interest in more unusual craft beers. With five main varieties on offer, there is something to suit all palates and the knowledgable staff are happy to share extra information with those looking to increase their repertoire. The venue often hosts beer-themed events, such as the Beer Barley and Food Festival, which draws local chefs and brewers from the surrounding area.
As its name suggest, Hooch Bourbon House is truly a must visit for Bourbon lovers. With over 20 different varieties to sample, there are a good number of more unusual bourbons, alongside amusingly named and delicious cocktails, such as The Ugly Sweater (Buffalo Trace bourbon, maple, bitters and lemon zest). Staff are knowledgable and are happy to offer recommendations for drinks or from the small but eclectic food menu.
Hooch Bourbon House, 182 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada, +1 613 798 1821