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EaterBob May 6, 2013 06:16 AM

Shattered's comment led me to think that it could be possibly useful to have a survey thread of who charges what for beer.

Off the top of my head...
Brasserie Cherrier, $7 for a pint of Creemore
Cafe Pi, $7 for 2 bottles of Boreale

As I do more "research" I'll add to the list. If nobody else finds it useful then I guess I'll just be talking to myself...

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    kpaxonite May 6, 2013 09:55 AM

    At Mcgibbons Newcastle pints must be about 8 since my cc says 9.42

    If it hasnt changed bottles of boreal are a dollar on thursday (?) in the architecture basement at Mcgill..

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      catroast May 6, 2013 10:56 AM

      It's McKibbons fyi.

      It is pricey but they have pretty good happy hour specials.

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        C70 May 6, 2013 11:47 AM

        actually, it's McKibbins.

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          porker May 6, 2013 02:06 PM

          Actually its really McKibbin's
          Hehe {;-/)

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            C70 May 6, 2013 02:41 PM

            I'm calling the oqlf right now!

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        sophie.brunet May 7, 2013 08:41 AM

        No more café in the architecture basement since Mcgill closed that down a couple years ago :/ They also tightened alcohol permits on campus so I doubt they do the one dollar bottle deal (it was in the engineering building)

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          porker May 7, 2013 11:18 AM

          I returned to Concordia's "Reggies" a few years after graduation - its a pub that was located off the cafeteria but then moved into the lobby area of the Sir George Williams campus.
          Its kinda wierd being the oldest guy there amongst only students...not worth the cost of cheap beer IMO, but thats me.

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            kpaxonite May 7, 2013 11:21 AM

            thursday is the cheap night i think its 2 dollars a beer

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              catroast May 7, 2013 11:39 AM

              Sleeman pints are $2.50 until 7PM everyday and then the bottles and PBR cans are on sale until closing. Definitely worth being an old guy at Reggie's. However, the bar tenders are usually complete idiots. Last time I was there, they hadn't turned the keg refrigeration on and they were pouring out pitcher after pitcher of head. They would pour 10 pitchers at a time to let the head settle. Eventually they caught on and an hour later there was cold beer.

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                Shattered May 8, 2013 07:18 AM

                Bwahaha sounds about right for university 'staff' (read: friends and sycophants of students' council).

                Thanks for the tip on the pints! Worth being an old guy for.

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                  catroast May 8, 2013 07:34 AM

                  tip: insist on a glass instead of a plastic cup. you will have to sit at the bar but it's worth it. they also have a bunch of unibroues on tap

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        Shattered May 6, 2013 08:43 PM

        Bifteck: $5.75, $4.50 (I think) before 8:30. Pitchers are only $12 weekends, $11 other nights. Thursday $5 pints & $10 pitchers all night.

        Vol de Nuit: $5 pints all the time
        3 Minots: $6 pints
        Brutopia: $6 pints

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          Shattered May 12, 2013 08:39 PM

          Club Espanol du Quebec (4388 St-Lo): $5 pints. You can drink without ordering food (although tapas are only $8-10). Huge terrace out back, and not facing walls or someone's kitchen window, either. Methinks this would be a terrible place to meet a gal, but a great place to bring a gal.

          Copacabana (the Main dive): $6 pints. $16.75 pitchers - yowch! (pro: one of the few dives with hot food)

          Blue Dog: 2 bottles of Sleeman for $8 or some such special any given night (mixed drink specials most nights, too). No cover, and better music (mostly old school hiphop) and more chill crowd than the mainstream cheeseball clubs.

          Korova: Pros: Stupid cheap all the time.
          $5 whiskey shot + PBR quart before 11pm. $6 quarts after 11pm
          Cons: Disgustingly hot even in winter. Notorious for jackets getting stolen here. Now charge $6 cover Fri's and Sats (at a dive club - lame... although I hate the music those nights so no loss for me). But biggest con of all: If you're over 21, you're old.

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            Shattered Jun 4, 2013 09:39 AM

            Correction /update: Club Espanol pints are $6. (Maybe they went up in price when it got nice enough to open the terrace?)

            Copacabana: the $16.75 pitchers are large ('true') pitchers. The small pitchers are $11.75, which is in line with Bifteck.

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            Shattered Jan 20, 2014 05:24 PM

            Prices continue to creep up at Bifteck. Pints are $6, pitchers $12.50 Fri & Sat, $11.50 Sun-Wed, and those are small 2L jug pitchers, not true tall pitchers. Thursdays $5.50 pints/$10.50 pitchers. Happy hour (before 8:30pm) is $4.75 a pint. Not bad, but regular pints and weekends aren't really a deal anymore.

            Prices at a couple nearby nicer pubs...

            McKibbons St-Laurent: $6.50 domestic pints (better beer, too: McAuslan vs. Boreale at Bif).
            $4.50 pints all Sunday after 4pm (!), and happy hour (4-7pm) every other day.

            Ye Olde Orchard Prince-Arthur: $7 domestic pints, but $5 all Monday and Tues-Sat 4-7pm. No happy hour prices Sunday... but see McKibbons.

            The cheapest place remains Vol de Nuit with $5 pints all the time. The downside is, it's a hole inside. The patio is the main draw. On the upside, they've finally got something on tap aside from the just-passable hemp beers. Creemore was only $6 a pint last time I was there, fantastic deal. But that was mid-October.

          3. porker May 7, 2013 12:22 PM

            Not quite on-topic, but not too far off...
            I remember a story my dad used to tell. He was working on the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 50's. A group of 6 of them stopped into the Lachine Hotel after work for a beer. They pooled their money, $2 each, for a total of $12.
            They handed it over to the waiter ordering 100 glasses of draft. Oh, and keep the $2 as tip.
            The draft was 10c a glass and a $2 tip was a big deal in 1955 Lachine.
            The waiter was more than happy, but asked, "Can I bring them out 20 at a time? I don't think we have 100 glasses..."

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              EaterBob May 7, 2013 12:27 PM

              If he's still around I'm wondering if he remembers who got the extra glasses. 6 times 16 equals 96. And if I remember correctly myself, four glasses to a pint.

              And a very nice story.

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                porker May 7, 2013 02:10 PM

                He passed away in '96, but -
                I had questions myself when he told the story such as the 6x16, when did the waiter bring another round? was it when everyone finished everything? did somebody cack out before everything was finished? etc etc.
                He smiled and laughed. I don't remember his exact words (he told me this sometime in the '80s...almost 30 years ago), but it seems things started to turn fuzzy after the third and fourth round. Nothing really mattered after that point.
                He did say there was a young guy from out west who was boarding at the hotel while he worked on the seaway. He was so flabbergasted when the waiter brought the first round of 20 glasses, that he had to run upstairs to his room to fetch his camera. He never saw so much beer at one time, he wanted to take a picture.

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                  EaterBob May 7, 2013 08:45 PM

                  Thanks. That's an awesome story. I hope that you were able to get a bunch of others as well, with or without insane amounts of beer involved.

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                    porker May 8, 2013 03:42 AM

                    Well, if I can indulge...
                    Still barely on-topic of cheap beer (it WAS the 50's)...
                    Before the plumb seaway job, times were tough for my dad, but this didn't seem to prevent him from having a good time. He hung with 4-5 friends, most were his brothers-in-law. Of the gang only one of them had gainful employment (@ Dominion Bridge in Lachine).
                    As my dad recounted: Saturday would roll around, they'd pass the hat, and go buy 2 cases of quarts. Once the 2 cases were done, they'd drive to the store and pick up 2 more ON CREDIT. The one guy who worked signed for it.
                    Sunday would be a repeat of Saturday. Sometimes there'd be a third run on credit.
                    Heres the kicker; when Christmas rolled around, Dominion Bridge doled out the bonuses. The guy buying the beer on credit would drive to the beer store and sign over his entire Christmas bonus cheque.
                    This practice went on for YEARS.

                    Seems things were quite different in those days, for better or worse.

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              EaterBob May 15, 2013 07:01 AM

              For anyone interested in the history of beer, over at ETS they have an exhibit called " Dites donc Dow! L’histoire d’une brasserie d’ici." Details here:
              http://pacmusee.qc.ca/fr/medias/communiques-de-presse/pointe-a-calliere-est-fier-de-s-associer-a-l-ets-pour-la-presentation-de-l-exposition-dites-donc-dow-l-histoire-d-une-brasserie-d-ici

              and a review here:
              http://zeke.com/2012/06/dites-donc-dow-at-the-carrefour-dinnovation-ingo/

              Then there is also "Pour boire il faut vendre. La publicité et la bière Black Horse au 20e siècle" which is at l'Entrepôt
              Details here
              http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/pa...

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                Shattered Jun 4, 2013 06:07 PM

                Taverne Urbaine sur Duluth (451 Duluth E at Rivard, just east of St-Denis) has $5 pints from 4-7pm. Think they're $6.50 regularly.

                Full menu, courtyard patio, good selection of beers, really nice place.
                http://taverneduluth.com/

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                  EaterBob Jun 13, 2013 05:27 PM

                  $6.50 for a pint at Sparrow

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                    EaterBob Aug 20, 2013 07:19 AM

                    At Monsieur Smith on Ontario and Pie IX they have happy hour pints at $4.75 until 8 pm. Regular prices are between $6.25 and $7.75 and pitchers are $12 or $15 depending on the label.

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                      EaterBob Aug 27, 2013 06:41 AM

                      At Le Capri (upscale renovations not withstanding...) A Pint costs $5.60, A Quart $7 and a Pitcher $16.85.

                      However on Sundays a pint is $4 and a glass of beer is $3.

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                        porker Aug 27, 2013 06:56 AM

                        Hehe

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                        EaterBob Sep 12, 2013 04:42 AM

                        Some cheap places to drink
                        http://www.nightlife.ca/sorties/les-b...

                        1. porker Sep 23, 2013 02:30 PM

                          Theres a newish VLT bar on St. Laurent in Chinatown (east side above La Gauchetierre) called Macao.
                          Bottled bud, bud lite, etc., a whopping $2.50 plus 38c tax = $2.88 total.
                          Mixed drinks $2.25 + 15c tax = $2.40.
                          No atmosphere to speak of and a bartender who is always on her cell, but a bottle of beer and a mixed drink (for Mrs. Porker) at $7 tip in, nothing to sneeze at...

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                            Ghostquatre Sep 23, 2013 04:24 PM

                            I've always wondered what it would be like to have a bar in Chinatown, I've never gone into that pool hall before it became Nudo.

                            Do they serve food?

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                              porker Sep 24, 2013 07:32 AM

                              I always wanted something similar to Club Obi Wan - the Shanghai joint from Indiana Jones - in Chinatown...but instead, rinky dink joints always come and go.
                              I sometimes pass this idea of a 1930s Oriental themed bar to my friends who live/work in Chinatown. Their take is that their Chinese customers would not be interested in paying good money for drinks. I'd point out that it wouldn't necessarily be targeting the Chinese customers, but mostly a non-Chinese clientele. Still they were not convinced at all. I figure if this was their mind-set, then so too, would it be the mind-set of any potential Chinatown club owners.....
                              (then again, it may be ME who is completely off-target).

                              There IS the Holiday Inn bar, but its a *hotel* bar...

                              The pool hall (Bistro GLOW) was a lifeless place which had little to no effort put into the bar side of things.

                              This newer place (Macao) is two doors north and is pretty much lifeless in its own right. No food, just two banks of VLTs along the wall, separated by two bars and a bartender who has better things to do (smoke cigarettes on the sidewalk and talk on her cellphone).
                              They have a 42" hi def screen behind the bars playing RDS...
                              I'm thinking the owners are solely interested in cash generated by the machines. The bar is installed as a requirement, and hopefully, cheap drinks can coax more $ into the machines.

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                                Shattered Sep 24, 2013 09:08 AM

                                I'll pop in for the cheap booze but I won't flush my money down the toilet on those stupid machines.

                                There was a discussion a while back about why there's no deps selling booze in Chinatown, and I'm curious why there aren't really any bars either. A friend of mine who's of Vietnamese descent and grew up in Montreal told me the area was controlled by gangs until the early 90s, with alot of violence in the 80s. I wonder if there were drinking establishments in those years but the authorities shut them down by official or unofficial means to avoid trouble, or because they were fronts?

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                            EaterBob Nov 2, 2013 03:09 PM

                            Piranha Bar, 680 St Catherine St W. $5.50 Pints / $14.50 pitchers

                            Pub de la Place, 1475 St-Hubert. Sleeman pints $4.25, PBR King cans $3.50 Silver Creek $3.75

                            Cafe Pi, 4127 St-Laurent. 2 Boreale bottles $7

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                              EaterBob Dec 22, 2013 08:30 AM

                              Chez Baptiste sur Masson: $5.25 pints before 9 pm. $6.25 after, with $14.75 pitchers.

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