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Mar 6, 2009 01:29 PM

Late night lounge/bar in Montreal?

Hey guys, was wondering if any of you knew of any nice late night (1-3AM) lounge-type places where a friend and I could get drinks. Something not too loud, not too dirty, and not too pretentious :P

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  1. i enjoy Le Baldwin, a loungy place on Laurier. it is quite cooler between monday-thursday when there are no crowds. the drinks are inventive and delicious.

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    1. re: alixium

      baldwin gets really really busy on thursdays after about 10pm

    2. If you're looking for a martini & cigar lounge, there's Stogies on Maisonneuve corner Crescent. But it is VERY Crescent and the prices go with it.

      1. Has anyone ever been to a place called "Le Lab"? Seems pretty nice...

        I'm thinking something maybe a little bit nicer than Laika, but with a similar vibe. Do those places fit the ticket?

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        1. re: sockhead

          yeah, Barmacie Baldwin fits the ticket. never been to the Lab, but should... they seem to have an impressive array of drinks! Baldwin has a smaller selection, but I enjoy that they make them with fresh ingredients. the djs are quite good too (akin to Laika, when I have been)

          1. re: sockhead

            I went to Lab this weekend. Very nice, not too loud music, awesome drinks. The bartenders were awesome too. When we walked in, they took the time to move tables together for us, and were really friendly and helpful the whole time we were there. The drink menu is pretty cool, something for everyone, but the bartenders also made things off-menu that were awesome.

            We were with a group of about 10, and there were maybe 5 other people there. Which is a little sad. I hope this place survives.

              1. re: LemonLauren

                No... well they have party mix at Baldwin. But no food at Lab. Unless you order the Cucumis Fizz and eat all the yummy alcohol soaked cucumber and mint they put in there. Mmmmm!

                1. re: LemonLauren

                  Baldwin has a grilled cheese that I like (with or without ham, i get the one with ham), served extra greasy, with cornichons. And they also have a forgettable mac and cheese (with or without hotdogs)

                  1. re: LemonLauren

                    Lab is great. It may, at some point, develop a more pretentious Plateau atmosphere, but the bar is still very new and its southerly location (across Rachel from Parc Lafontaine) is a comparatively "ordinary" and settled part of the Plateau. It's a little off the beaten path, I suppose, but don't let that dissuade you. The staff are fantastic and the service is absolutely top notch. Amazing people. They know how to make you feel at home. I have been treated like shit in other "hip" Plateau restaurants and bars—the common theme seems to be aloof, almost scornful service, which I'm not comfortable with—so Lab is definitely something special and they won my loyalty within five minutes of setting foot in the place.

                    Sometimes when I have, like, $30–$35 burning a hole in my pocket I go into Lab and just go for things at random on the menu and the chalkboards. I keep coming back to the Churchill Manhattan, though, which is very well suited to the weather. It's warm and complex and I won't spoil the surprise note.

                    I have seen food offered on the chalkboard here, but it was of the tapas variety and may have been a trial to see if it caught on. Just eat the mint leaves in the bottom of your mojito, that'll fill you up ;-)

                    1. re: Delmare

                      sounds great! hey, if i'm coming all the way from TO, i really just want pizza madonna or la belle putine after the bar anyway

                      1. re: LemonLauren

                        The good news is that Lab is this close to La Banquise for your poutine fix after drinks.

              2. Just got back from Baldwin. You guys were right, it got PACKED after around 10:30. Drinks were nice, tried their pharmacienne, the citronade, and the bourbon punch drinks. The citronade wasn't anything special, tasted like lemonade. The pharmacienne was nice, the bourbon punch was too sweet. I liked the vibe, though the music was a bit too loud for me to hear my date. The bar was packed solid as we were leaving, so much so that we could barely squeeze out the exit. I'm going to try the Lab next time, hopefully it's less busy (and more loungey!).