The Laff, located in the heart of the ByWard Market, has gone through many different names over the years.Starting off as the Grant's Hotel, the bar eventually became the Johnson House until acquiring its current name, the Chateau Lafayette - the locals just call it The Laff, though.
The bar is actually older than Ottawa itself, which was named in 1855. The Laff, which opened six years earlier in 1849, served up drinks for workers building the Rideau Canal, Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd and it's even rumoured that Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, drank a cold one here. Even Queen Victoria is rumoured to have been in here, according to the bar.
Ottawa is a city of tradition and The Laff is all about respecting that heritage. The Laff is all about simplicity - no entrees, no fancy drinks. Just beer and a few appetizers (all made in the tavern). Bless the deep fried cheese curds.
The Laff serves plenty of affordable draught and is also keen about supporting local breweries. You'll find terrific local 613 brews, such as Clocktower Red and Kichesippi on the menu.
You can find the bar at 42 York St. in the Market right across from Luxe. If you're lucky enough to be celebrating Canada's 150th in the nation's capital, there's no more appropriate place to celebrate than at the city's oldest bar. For the most genuine Laff experience, check out Lucky Ron playing at the bar on Saturdays at 4pm. The legend himself has been performing at The Laff since 1999.
It is time to stop and smell the flowers. Did you know there is a path you can follow to the best gardens in Ottawa?
The Garden Promenade is a walking route that will take you to over 75 gardens in the National Capital. There is a handy map, and walking routes you can follow will lead you to the most spectacular blooms in your neighbourhood.
Here are some of the top spots you won't want to miss:
Address: 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Outside of the National Gallery of Canada, you can find a sunken garden with flowering crab-apple trees.