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Speakeasy type bar in Montreal?

abco Aug 27, 2010 03:24 PM

Four of us will be in Montreal on a Saturday night in a couple weeks, and I was hoping to find a place that serves real old-fashioned cocktails.

Something like The Violet Hour in Chicago: the kind of place that has different types of ice and serves each drink in a different type of glass. I've heard of Velvet, but I've also heard it has a $10-15 cover. No thank you. Anyone have any other cocktail bar recommendations?


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    Maximilien Aug 27, 2010 04:38 PM

    If's the Velvet I'm thinking about, then it's a big LOL (sorry 'bout that), it's a swanky club.

    You best bet are hotel bars, but I'm not even certain where in montreal you can find such a place, maybe at the "Queen Elisabeth" ? or one of the newer "Boutique" Hotel ?


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      jellybelly25 Aug 27, 2010 04:56 PM

      I've been to the Violet Hour as well as places like Death&Co in nyc and unfortunately we don't have places of that caliber in Montreal. The best, that I can think of, that use fresh ingredients are Plateau Lounge at the W, Distillerie and Lab. I like Lab but I find their drinks too weak.

      Does anyone know of any fine dining restaurants that have creative cocktail menus? I know cities like Vancouver and nyc do but we're lagging behind. Perhaps it's because of our love of wine.

      1. porker Aug 27, 2010 07:03 PM

        I always had a soft spot for a properly prepared cocktail, especially the classics. I guess its a nostalgia thing and a seemingly lost art, but it seems to be making a comeback.
        There was an article in the Montreal Gazette awhile back about this very subject;
        Rereading it, there isn't much mention of specific places, but click on
        The cocktail hour: recipes
        which shows where the drinks were sampled.
        Not necessarily a cocktail bar (a restaurant with a bar), but they were doing innnovative drinks last time I was there, Barroco in Old Montreal
        Their website is speakeasyish... Nice cocktails, however, somewhat expensive.

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          wilmagrace Aug 27, 2010 07:55 PM

          ... the sunday lobster shack menu sounds interesting especially since sundays not always appealing in restaurantland, might give this lobster menu a try

          i think jellybelly is right, montrealers are more into wines

          1. re: wilmagrace
            The Chemist Aug 28, 2010 07:59 AM

            And beer too!

            La Distillerie has great drinks but it's not swanky. What about the Baldwin Barmacie? Drinks are good, prices are fair (more so that Le Lab). The decor is not really 'speak easy' but it's got it's own charm.


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

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          abco Aug 28, 2010 07:18 AM

          Oh well it was worth a shot, thanks for the info! Lab looks like a strong possibility, so thanks for that one!

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