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May 14, 2013 09:32 AM

Bar with Poutine plus good beer/cocktail selection


I will be in Montreal with some friends and I am wondering if anyone can recommend a bar with good poutine as well as a nice beer selection and/or well-made cocktails? I hesitate to use the term gastro-pub, but that may help some get my meaning. If they also had a good burger and/or other solid pub food, that would be a plus.

I am picturing the group potentially hanging out for a couple hours having drinks and some bar food. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I don't know where we are staying yet, so I can't help there, but we'd be willing to travel via taxi or public transport.

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  1. Your best bet is Le Banquise, which is the main haunt for poutine in the city. They have a good selection of beers and it is a bustling atmosphere. It is also 24 hours. After midnight there is a line up out the door and they even have a bouncer. Nearby are a number of good bars with Quebec brews on tap. Also close by is Le Lab which is pretty much the only bar in town with mixologists - the cocktail situation here is terrible. You may need to make a reservation for le Lab as it can be insanely crowded on the weekend.

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    1. re: catroast

      Despite some fads, I don't get the impression that cocktails are a big part of our imbibing culture. People seem more interested in good beers and wines.

      1. re: lagatta

        and shitloads of whiskey in some quarters

        1. re: lagatta

          Lamentably, this is true. Quebec does not have a cocktail culture. (This makes me sad. So so sad.) However, Quebec beer can be AH-mazing.

          My rec would be focus on the good beer and go with what the other 'Hounders are telling you in terms of food.

        2. re: catroast

          Right next door to La Banquise there is a bar called La Quincaillerie, which has a good selection of beers, decent cocktails and let you in with poutine from banquise next door. That could be a good compromise

        3. We've got Le Pourvoyeur near the office and it's a favourite among staff. Their poutine is pretty good, and they've got other food as well. http://lepourvoyeur.com

          Another popular spot nearby is Vices et Versa: http://www.vicesetversa.com

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          1. re: chefjeannine

            + 1 for Vices et Versa (pourvoyeur does not have good beer)

              1. re: unlaced

                Yes. Their online menu is not current, it seems.

                1. re: jptimbaud

                  +1 Vices et Versa, nice microbrewery, great selection. Their food is really good too, a hard thing to find in a pub!

                  Yes they will have poutine.

          2. Taverne Urbaine sur Duluth has good poutine and I think they might have some micro-brewery beers, cocktails, happy hour between 4 - 7 ... they do have solid pub food too. It's new, only been open a few weeks. Poutineville on Ontario has good poutine that is a bit gastro-pub-like but not sure how complex the drinks are.

            There are a few other places that are like bars with snackfood these days, Mauvaise Reputation and Josephine come to mind. I prefer the first two I've mentioned.

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            1. re: Plateaumaman

              Just a note to say they have 10 microbrewery beers and a nice wine list at Taverne Urbaine sur Duluth. Just enjoyed the stout, a pint for $5 at happy hour (only mid-week).

            2. if you are willing of going in the west (NDG), there's typhoon lounge that has a bit of everything. it may not be the best (more around good-acceptable). it's a nice place to hang around as it's not too loud

              1. What do people think of Benelux? I don't believe it meets the poutine or cocktail criteria, but I hear it is good for beer...

                And thank you for all the suggestions so far, they have been great.

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                1. re: ebone

                  There are no poutines at Benelux. There are no fries at Benelux. There are 2 things you can eat there:
                  with various nibbles like olives or almonds etc..

                  They make cocktails at Benelux. It's really a local place which lets the staff adds their personal touch, so your drinks might depend on the bartender.

                  1. re: SourberryLily

                    Is that an endorsement or not? I can't tell by your response. I realize it doesn't quite meet my original question, but is this place good for hanging out and drinking some beer?

                    1. re: ebone

                      benelux has a nice patio and above average beer
                      it's not the greatest bar, but there are a lot worse.

                      1. re: ebone

                        It's great if you can get a spot outside. The inside feels like a cavern, not in a good way.

                        1. re: ebone

                          I endorse it fully for what it is! I go there all the time.

                          It's really good for drinking strong beers on the terrace. Nice vibe, good beer, good prices. It's really good in the afternoon with friends. Not good for meeting people since people generally go there as groups.

                          Just that the selection of food is limited.