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Cocktails in Montreal

onif74 Nov 9, 2009 10:51 AM

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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    westaust RE: onif74 Nov 9, 2009 12:09 PM

    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.

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      Maximilien RE: onif74 Nov 9, 2009 12:25 PM

      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.

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        mak2k RE: onif74 Nov 9, 2009 12:29 PM

        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. Foie Gras Lover RE: onif74 Nov 9, 2009 12:40 PM

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


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            tombombadillo RE: onif74 Nov 12, 2009 09:43 AM

            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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              mainsqueeze RE: tombombadillo Nov 12, 2009 10:20 AM

              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.

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                carswell RE: mainsqueeze Nov 12, 2009 10:44 AM

                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.

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                  mainsqueeze RE: carswell Nov 12, 2009 11:31 AM

                  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.

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                    onif74 RE: mainsqueeze Nov 20, 2009 02:50 PM

                    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!

            2. Mandarine RE: onif74 Nov 20, 2009 04:27 PM

              I heard that the drinks were good at Joe Beef, but my Lemon Drop Martini wasn't exactly what I had in mind the other night. Not quite sweet enough....

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