Business dinner & drinks: Old Montreal suggestions
Looking for a suggestions for a dinner with out of town business colleagues. I'm looking for something with Montreal charm - something that will gives upscale impression, yet remains casual. I'm not looking for cheap, but at the same time I don't want over the top (20-25$/main would be a guideline). We're a group of ten.
Obviously I'm looking for a quality dining experience, but also something that will please a diverse group of people of varying ages. I'd like to avoid the tourist traps if possible (even if the out of towners would probably fully enjoy...)
I'm also looking for a more "hip" place to enjoy cocktails after dinner - within walking distance would definitely be a plus (walking through old Montreal is always such a nice experience for out-of-towners).
All suggestions welcome, but I'm considering: Le Locale (but the walk around for after dinner isn't exactly full of sights to see), Holder, Garde-Manger (although I've never been and as such I'm weary)
Thanks in advance!
The first thing that came to mind when I thought of "trendy cocktails after dinner":
on Thursdays, the Vauvert (restaurant of the St Paul hotel) has what it calls "Bubbly Thursdays". The women get free drinks (wine, bubbly, mixes) from 5 to 7pm. There is a DJ and the place is packed from 6 to midnight, at least.
Second is Le Local, but just for drinks. On any night, you might end up screaming on top of your lungs to get heard by your neighbor (not so great for a business dinner, I gather).
Aszu : Wine bar, good food, good atmosphere
Version Laurent Godbout : More casual than sister restaurant Chez L'Épicier, but good food, trendy setting
La Garçonnière : ( near Place Jacques Cartier, on St-Paul) The newcomer.
Garde-Manger: Always lots of people, very trendy