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Nov 9, 2009 10:51 AM

Cocktails in Montreal

Trying hard in vain to find a high-end cocktail lounge... That understands a martini could be wet or dry. A place where I do not need to buy a bottle of Vodka to sit down and where the only thing people care about are their designer shoes...

Does this place exist here in Montreal... any takers?

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  1. Hotel bars are usually a good place, not uber trendy hotels like the W or Opus, but classier ones like the Sofitel which has an realyl nice bar, seating is plentyfull and drinks are good.

    1. L'assomoir (in Bernard St. and now on Notre-Dame St. in old Montreal) could fit the bill; I've been to the one on Bernard St. a few times, it's nice, they have a good selection of drinks and could do pretty much everything.

      There's also "Le Lab" on Rachel St. but I've never been.

      1. The barmacie on laurier will fit that profile, suite 701(in the old port) works too. Unfortunately, it gets quite loud so if you want to talk, it's not the place, but the drinks are quite nice. Le "lab" is one of my favorite place since they mix their own creations and the bartenders are really fun, plus Jenga.. how can you NOT like janga!

        Baldwin Barmacie
        115 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montr, Montreal, QC , CA

        1. You may like the Bond Lounge Grill. The only thing is that you need to eat food (they do not have a bar licence).

          1. Are cocktails served differently in a club then at a restaurant?
            I had a vodka matrini, at 2 high end restaurants, Bonaparte, and Chasse et Peche, and it was served with ice cubes and in a cordial glass.

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            1. re: tombombadillo

              Ha! I've found that in a lot of restaurants they have no idea what they're doing behind the bar. I went to jolifou once and one of my dining companions just wanted sweet vermouth as an aperitif. The waiter was confused, so my friend specified the brand Martini. He came back with a martini glass filled to the brim with dry vermouth.

              I cannot tell you how many times I've tried to order a negroni or a manhattan at a restaurant and they have no idea what I'm talking about. Another peeve is when I order bourbon and I'm served Jack Daniels.

              1. re: mainsqueeze

                Surprising, isn't it? I once made the mistake of ordering a dirty martini at Le Margaux; they were clueless, even after I told them how to make it. An order for a Campari soda threw Anise's normally unflappable staff into a tizzy. And so on. Fortunately, there are some exceptions: Ferreira's bar, for example, is first class all the way.

                1. re: carswell

                  I'm sure there are exceptions. One day, I will try Ferreira. Until then I will get my cocktail fix at Le Lab. The bartenders there are really passionate about cocktail preparation and ingredients.

                  1. re: mainsqueeze

                    Thanks for all your help... Tried L'assomoir... good... and Le Lab is my next step... but the best place for a filthy martini is still in my kitchen!