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Good place to get drinks around Parc and Bernard in Montreal


I am trying to plan my Saturday night around the Grumman 78 taco truck.

I want a taco. I want to go drinking with a bunch of friends. So this is my question: given that the truck is scheduled to be parked outside of Nouveau Palais (Bernard near Parc) starting at midnight, where can I drink nearby ( max 5 minutes walking distance) with a bunch of friends that is not crappy? I've been to Helm a few times out of desperation. I don't want to go there. I would prefer a place that has decent beers on tap and that is a bit more . . . fun. I also don't want to have to get dressed up (i.e. I would like to wear running shoes).

Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Why not grab some drinks at Nouveau Palais? In case you didn't know, you sit in the resto and order the tacos at the table (they make them in the kitchen).

    1. The Sparrow. Is Dieu du Ciel too far?

      1. I second Sparrow. They have delicious cocktails, beers on tap and prosecco by the glass. They also have snacks if 12 a.m. starts to feel far away.

        1. Romolo across the street but a little bit more dive. There's also the new "Waverly" on St Viateur and St. Laurent.
          L'Assomoir and Whisky Cafe on Bernard if that's your thing.

          1. Helm. They make their own beer - the rousse is spectacular - they have a mighty nice selection of bourbons, and Carlos is a great bartender.

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              1. re: Auguste Gusteau

                The OP specifically said they didn't like Helm. Sparrow is pushing it for within 5 min walk, I'd say it's ten. You'll look dressed-down in runners at L'Assomoir... Romolo is my pick.

            1. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

              This is my first post on Chowhound and you've all been really helpful.

              It's true that I'm not a fan of Helm. I don't particularly like any of their house beers and, without that, I find that there's not much that that place has to offer. That's a personal opinion though.

              The suggestion that has most appealed is Romolo. Anything that is characterised as 'a little bit more dive' is up my alley. I tried to search for reviews and only found two that really didn't say much. Do you have any specific information? Do they have beer on tap? Is there enough room for, say, 12 people?

              Thanks again.

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              1. re: captain_vegetable

                romolo's beer selection is not any better than helm's - they have boreal on tap and a number of bottles. i'd say your best bet is drinking in the alley

              2. If you're willing to go up to 10 minutes away (or a very short bixi ride away), you have Dieu du Ciel which has incredible beers at Laurier/Clark, and Baldwin Barmacie which is more of a trendy cocktail place at Laurier/St-Urbain.

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

                1. Please tell me about this taco truck. When is it there? I too, want tacos.

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                  1. re: The Chemist

                    The taco truck is galled Grumman78 and they're at the Nouveau Palais on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from something like midnight- 3 am:


                  2. (off-topic-ish, but there's beer and taco)
                    I was at the Festibière de Gatineau (aka festibouètte de Gatineau! :-) ) and the grumman gang was there with a stall selling taco.

                    They were good, 1 asian pork oriented taco and one veggie taco. (don't remember the details, sorry, too much beer)

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                    1. re: Maximilien

                      they do get around their taco truck on site at cultural festival in old montreal this weekend we just need more of these trucks to get around the barriers to street food