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Cheapest Guinness in Montreal?

danodanilo Oct 14, 2009 02:20 PM

Hi all,

I am a guinness lover, which can be quite expensive. I don't know the full Montreal pub scene yet, so can anyone suggest where I can get the cheapest pints of the black stuff?


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  1. porker RE: danodanilo Oct 14, 2009 04:06 PM


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      bistrobabe RE: porker Oct 21, 2009 09:43 AM

      porker you are hilarious...best reply to date.

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        porker RE: bistrobabe Oct 21, 2009 08:43 PM

        Yeah but I had to look it up to get the speling right...

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        TheSnowpea RE: porker Oct 21, 2009 04:41 PM

        that was totally gonna be my response LOL

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        Maximilien RE: danodanilo Oct 14, 2009 05:13 PM

        Can't you go to a micro-brewerie kind of place where they have their own style of local "black stuff"?

        for example Dieu du Ciel, or other places like that ?

        Other than that, I suggest trying one of the few english/irish type of bars downtown (for example McKibbin's)

        At some point, if it's imported, it comes with a premium price...

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          The Chemist RE: Maximilien Oct 15, 2009 02:02 PM

          Do any of the local places make a Guinness clone? It's different than a normal black stout; nitrogen is used in the conditioning process (I believe) to make it taste more horrible =D

          Never understood the appeal of Guinness... Is it one of those things that's better on tap than in the bottle? Lot's of beer is better in bottle and thus, the D_E_P_A_N_N_E_U_R would be the place.

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            mak2k RE: The Chemist Oct 15, 2009 02:24 PM

            or your local grocery (IGA, metro, etc) then you can buy a 6 pack! does costco sell Guiness in bulk?

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              Mr F RE: The Chemist Oct 15, 2009 02:31 PM

              No Guinness clones that I'm aware of, but St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is fantastic. And whether it's done via nitrogen or another process, on tap it has a similar creamy head and small, smooth bubbles.

              And yes, Guinness is far, far better on tap, though the cans with the "widget" do a pretty good job of reproducing the draft experience.

              If the Guinness brewed in Canada under contract by Labatt is still around... avoid at all costs. Have a Bud Light Lime instead.

              (Draft and can Guinness have nitrogen instead of the usual CO2, resulting in much smaller bubbles. Nitrogen and CO2 are flavourless; the difference is all in the mouthfeel.)

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                SnackHappy RE: Mr F Oct 17, 2009 06:25 AM

                St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout as well as their Cream Ale is always pushed with nitrogen. You can't get those tiny bubbles with carbon dioxide.

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                  The Chemist RE: Mr F Oct 28, 2009 07:14 AM

                  Yeah, I know about what the Nitrogen does, I just hate the effect of it =D

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              bigfellow RE: danodanilo Oct 14, 2009 09:24 PM

              Heathen!!!! Go to Oregan's on Bishop I think and order Murphy's Stout.

              Now did I ever tell all of you about my t-shirt inscribed " MY Ireland does not include Dublin".

              Cork rules!

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                KzenCass RE: bigfellow Oct 14, 2009 10:35 PM

                o'regans? who are you 'bigfellow'? i must know you as you seem to go to all the places i tend to frequent....

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                  bigfellow RE: KzenCass Oct 14, 2009 11:16 PM

                  I've only been back in Montreal for 10 months after being away for 35 years...

                  John is the name.

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                    KzenCass RE: bigfellow Oct 15, 2009 06:35 AM

                    that makes sense... well welcome back then!

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                  danodanilo RE: bigfellow Oct 15, 2009 07:26 PM

                  Hahah.. I preferred Cork to Dublin when we visited there last year. However while I like Murphy's, I'm still a Guinness Junkie.

                  I've been to O'Reagans, but it's th $8 price tag that bugs me. I know that's fairly standard, but in other cities (T.O, NY and my ex-home Winnipeg) there are at least occasional happy hours where you can get one for $4-$5. Which makes for a good opportunity to pound down about 8 of em and get my fix for the week.

                  I'll keep lookin'... I heard Le Pistol is supposed to be pretty cheap but haven't been there yet.. any idea of the price there?

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                    Shattered RE: danodanilo Oct 16, 2009 05:54 AM

                    Happy hours are against the law in Ontario, and I don't believe for a second that there's a cheaper pint of import in Toronto than Montreal. Cmon, man, most places in T.O. proper are up to $6/pint+ just for domestic and $6.50 or $7/pint for 'premium' domestic pisswater like Keith's! (iow, a full buck higher across the board - don't even get me started on pitchers that cost $20 tip-in)

                    Le Pistol: pints are pretty standard price-wise, but you need to order food with your booze.

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                      danodanilo RE: Shattered Oct 17, 2009 05:04 AM

                      Watermark on the harbourfront has $5 guinness and free oysters on Fridays. I don't know about the laws around happy hours, but maybe they have to rename it a "beer special".

                      $20 pitcher of decent beer is better than the $8 molson ex swill that's prevalent here.

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                        Keramel RE: Shattered Oct 21, 2009 11:46 AM

                        Pistol closed a couple of months ago. :(

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                        The Chemist RE: danodanilo Oct 28, 2009 07:17 AM

                        Ex-Winnipeger here too, and man I can't stress enough the importance of going out to the local brew-pubs here... You pay more for imports here than in winterpeg, but the local beers make up for it 100 times over =D

                        Now, Vietnamese food, that is another story =D

                      3. re: bigfellow
                        danodanilo RE: bigfellow Oct 15, 2009 07:29 PM

                        ps. but I must say that Doolin was my favourite stop. Great tunes, great pubs...

                      4. blond_america RE: danodanilo Oct 15, 2009 03:14 PM

                        Irish Embassy in the downtown has pints of Guinness that are $6.50 from 11am to 7pm. That is hardly cheap but for the downtown it is the going rate. I love me a pint of Guinness every now and then and that's usually where i get it. Though the St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is really really good and you should try some if you get the chance.


                        Anyways there is the price list from the website.

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                          pyropaul99 RE: blond_america Oct 15, 2009 03:23 PM

                          There used to be a bar in that shopping mall at La Cite corner of Parc / Prince Arthur I think that had Guiness for $4.38 a pint when it was over $6 everywhere else. It's been years since I went - maybe it's still a good deal.


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                            danodanilo RE: pyropaul99 Oct 15, 2009 07:30 PM

                            oohh that sounds like a hot lead! I'll check it out.. thanks.

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                              Shattered RE: danodanilo Oct 16, 2009 06:01 AM

                              If pyropaul means the resto/bar that took up the large front space facing Parc, on the right when you went in the main doors, it's been closed over a year and still empty. (can't think of another bar there)

                              1. re: Shattered
                                pyropaul99 RE: Shattered Oct 16, 2009 06:52 AM

                                Yeah, that's the place I meant. Perhaps they went under because they were selling Guinness below cost! There wasn't much atmosphere there, but a few pints of sub five buck Guinness soon made up for that.

                                BTW, the Guinness served in Montreal tastes quite different to that I used to drink back in the UK (where it was more bitter tasting). Isn't it the case that all the draught stuff here is brewed under license? I think I read somewhere that there are more than 20 varieties of Guinness on tap - each different depending on their local market. One thing's for sure, Real Ale fans do not like Guinness as it's not real ale (i.e. keg conditioned) by any stretch of the imagination but is mass produced pasteurized and filtered crap - about as far from Real Ale as you can get.

                                The stout that used to be brewed in the Sergeant Recruiter was pretty good, pity they closed as well - I found their brews more authentic tasting than anything in Dieu de Ciel.

                                And as for nitrogen, all the cans with "widgets" are pressurized with nitrogen to give those creamy small bubbles ... the same bubbles that give divers the bends.


                                1. re: Shattered
                                  Mr F RE: Shattered Oct 16, 2009 06:58 AM

                                  I guess you're thinking of Boccacino's?

                                  There's also the place down a few steps from ground level but not in the underground mall, with the sunken terrasse in good weather. Nasty-looking Tex-Mex place, if memory serves.

                              2. re: pyropaul99
                                mak2k RE: pyropaul99 Oct 16, 2009 06:58 AM

                                I believe the place you are referring is Coasters, and as far as i know (i've never been but my friends go there once in a while), it's still very open and apparently have good burgers

                                1. re: mak2k
                                  pyropaul99 RE: mak2k Oct 16, 2009 07:40 AM

                                  That's the one, Coasters! I never ate there, just drank their cheap Guinness :) As I said before, it's been many years so I'm sure the prices are different now - but back then it was significantly cheaper than anywhere else.


                              3. re: blond_america
                                danodanilo RE: blond_america Oct 15, 2009 07:29 PM

                                I have tried the oatmeal stout, and it is quite good...

                                But Guinness on the nitro tap is my poison. And I agree that the cans do a decent job of replicating the effect. Sometimes a pub atmosphere is nice though...

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                                everyonelovessushi RE: danodanilo Oct 15, 2009 07:49 PM

                                If you're talking Dep stuff, Boreale Black is a stout that's quite nice and undercuts all price wise, in the Mileend area anyway. 6.99 a 6 pack at Delphi. It seems more available everywhere than before, and with the change in season is my go to beer.

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                                  Shattered RE: everyonelovessushi Oct 16, 2009 06:03 AM

                                  Boreale Black is pretty good, and only $5 on tap at Bifteck.

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                                    danodanilo RE: Shattered Oct 17, 2009 05:10 AM

                                    are any of these other beers served on a nitrogen tap? The texture is one of the main things I like about Guinness

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                                      SnackHappy RE: danodanilo Oct 17, 2009 06:45 AM

                                      I haven't had Boréale Noire in a long while, but AFAIK it's pushed with carbon dioxide. Personally, I don't like Boréale beers. I can stand the Blonde or even the Blanche on tap when it's cheap, but I really dislike the Rousse and the Noire.

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                                        everyonelovessushi RE: SnackHappy Oct 17, 2009 06:28 PM

                                        I really dislike their Rousse as well. Sleeman's is way better. I don't like the Blanche either if I remember it properly (does it have the fermented residue still in the bottle?). Cuivree is only good for a quick buzz. You have to really chill it down to kill the taste. Like all super high alcohol content beer (6.5 or higher in my opinion) the taste is awful.
                                        I like the Noire though, a nice Fall beer.

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