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The Price of Beer

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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  1. 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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    1. re: kpaxonite

      It's McKibbons fyi.

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

        1. re: C70

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

      1. re: kpaxonite

        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)

        1. re: sophie.brunet

          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.

          1. re: porker

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

            1. re: kpaxonite

              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.

              1. re: catroast

                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.

                1. re: Shattered

                  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

      2. 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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        1. re: Shattered

          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.

          1. re: Shattered

            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.

          2. re: Shattered

            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. 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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            1. re: porker

              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.

              1. re: EaterBob

                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.

                1. re: porker

                  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.

                  1. re: EaterBob

                    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.

            2. 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:

              and a review here:

              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

              1. 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.

                1. $6.50 for a pint at Sparrow

                  1. 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.

                    1. 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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                        1. 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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                          1. re: porker

                            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?

                            1. re: Ghostquatre

                              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.

                              1. re: porker

                                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?

                          2. 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

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

                                1. re: EaterBob

                                  We picked up smoked meat at Quebec Smoked Meat on Center in the Point yesterday for picnic today.
                                  Hit up Griffin Pub across street. This place started life as a plumber shop in the 50s, but has been a bar of one sort or another since the 60s.
                                  "Beer, we have Bud" the bartender says.
                                  Not necessarily the cheapest @ $4 a bottle, but I did notice an old-timer who paid for his Nth beer with a two-nie (and actually got change...).
                                  Maybe they have a non-advertised seniors special.

                                  1. re: porker

                                    I was sooooo sad! Griffin's pub is near where I live, a neighborhood with a rich irish tradition. First time I went there, they had bud or labatt blue. A shame I tell you. At diable a quatre they have a great beet selection, and Capri is still cheap, at least.

                                  2. re: EaterBob

                                    That list is riddled with errors, like most Mtl blog articles. Grumpy's pints are $6.50 and have been at least $6 for years. They never had $4 pints since I first set foot there 8 years ago, and it's $5 or 5.50 during the day. Still cheap for a strip dominated by fake Irish pubs, but not like the article says.

                                    For Bifteck, $10 pitchers are winter Thursdays only. Even daytime pitchers are $11. $12.50 after 8:30pm, and $6.50 pints, and those are small pitchers, not true 60 oz pitchers. So its sorta 'average' cheap, but scores of places within blocks are equally cheap.

                                    Those are just the two I know the prices of with absolute certainty, so I'll assume the rest are also daytime or once-a-week cheap nights specials, if not 10-15 years out of date. They're probably right about Crobar, but man, I love dives and even I wouldn't go to that dank depressing place.

                                    1. re: Shattered

                                      I think it was written more for entertainment "value" than informational purposes - kinda like that generic subway map of bars...

                                    2. re: EaterBob

                                      Also keep in mind that some of those places, like Casa del Popolo, that's a 14oz pint, so not a big regular size either.

                                      1. re: pkzilla

                                        That's not a pint at all, that's a glass. A pint is 20oz. A glass is 12-14oz, which corresponds with a bottle of beer at 12oz. It's pitchers that are a grey area. They should be 60oz, but many are closer to 50oz.

                                          1. re: C70

                                            correct, it can be 16 oz but at casa it's 14 oz and that's bullshit