Leopold George Duncan Albert was the eighth child and fourth son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Ladies and gentleman… He was the Duke of Albany damnit!
We named this little joint in honour of him and the quasi famous street that is a stones throw away from our front door.
It is a fact that it was proposed to name our fine city after the duke and call it Leopold Saskatchewan but it never happened. In 1882 Leo’s sister Princess Louise named it Regina (Latin for queen), after her mother, the Queen.
The site of Leopold Crescent was also once occupied by a sulky half mile race track and the first location for the Regina golf club which started in 1897 and still exists today.
To this, we raise a pint to the legends of yesteryear and the history that is about to unfold….
Leopold’s Tavern opened with little fanfare in the spring of 2013 in Regina, Saskatchewan. The beat down building at 2330 Albert St. near Leopold Crescent in the midst of the downtown, Cathedral and Crescents neighbourhoods had been a bit of a revolving door of café’s, food joints and bistros. Along came a group of friends with nothing to lose. What they did have was a goal of creating a classic juke box dive bar atmosphere to be enjoyed by friends, community members, strangers and the unaccustomed alike.
Perhaps the founders had very little design skills or were too busy testing the draught lines but all they could come up with in terms of décor was to “put a bunch of junk on the walls” and open the doors. And when it came time to open the doors there wasn’t quite enough junk on the walls so they said “let’s ask our customers s to put their junk on the walls too. It didn’t take long to realize that these items weren’t junk but rather a collection of memories, experiences, the odd accomplishment, some jokes, some tears, all strewn up among the walls and ceilings for the customers to enjoy in their local pub. A story held in each item.
So what exactly is Leopold’s Tavern you might ask?? It’s open to interpretation…it’s whatever you want it to be. It’s your local haunt, your clubhouse, a place to celebrate, your second home, your getaway, a part of your community or even your place of work. Please come down and see for yourself – plug the juke, enjoy our menu of tasty homemade comfort foods and our local, domestic and craft beers. More importantly, enjoy the assortment of friends, family, regulars, misfits and the curious alike that work here, eat here, drink here and play here.
2330 Albert St, Regina, SK S4P 2V7