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Oct 14, 2009 02:20 PM

Cheapest Guinness in Montreal?

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. re: porker

      porker you are reply to date.

      1. re: bistrobabe

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

      2. re: porker

        that was totally gonna be my response LOL

      3. 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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        1. re: Maximilien

          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.

          1. re: The Chemist

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

            1. re: The Chemist

              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.)

              1. re: Mr F

                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.

                1. re: Mr F

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

            2. 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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              1. re: bigfellow

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

                1. re: KzenCass

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

                  John is the name.

                  1. re: bigfellow

                    that makes sense... well welcome back then!

                2. re: bigfellow

                  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?

                  1. re: danodanilo

                    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.

                    1. re: Shattered

                      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.

                      1. re: Shattered

                        Pistol closed a couple of months ago. :(

                      2. re: danodanilo

                        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

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

                      4. 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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                        1. re: blond_america

                          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.


                          1. re: pyropaul99

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

                            1. re: danodanilo

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                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

                                  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

                                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...

                              4. 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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                                1. re: everyonelovessushi

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

                                  1. re: Shattered

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

                                    1. re: danodanilo

                                      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.

                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                        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.