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Bar with Poutine plus good beer/cocktail selection

ebone May 14, 2013 09:32 AM


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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    catroast RE: ebone May 14, 2013 09:37 AM

    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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      lagatta RE: catroast May 14, 2013 08:40 PM

      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.

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        Shattered RE: lagatta May 14, 2013 09:11 PM

        and shitloads of whiskey in some quarters

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          Peaches to Poutine RE: lagatta May 15, 2013 05:02 AM

          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.

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          westaust RE: catroast May 15, 2013 06:30 AM

          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. chefjeannine RE: ebone May 14, 2013 09:57 AM

          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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            jptimbaud RE: chefjeannine May 14, 2013 11:35 AM

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

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              unlaced RE: jptimbaud May 15, 2013 05:54 AM

              Does Vices et Versa have poutine on their menu though?

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                jptimbaud RE: unlaced May 21, 2013 07:09 AM

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

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                  SourberryLily RE: jptimbaud Jun 4, 2013 11:14 AM

                  +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.

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            Plateaumaman RE: ebone May 14, 2013 07:46 PM

            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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              Plateaumaman RE: Plateaumaman May 15, 2013 04:43 PM

              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).

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              twinkie83 RE: ebone May 15, 2013 07:27 PM

              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. ebone RE: ebone Jun 4, 2013 10:52 AM

                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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                  SourberryLily RE: ebone Jun 4, 2013 11:16 AM

                  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.

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                    ebone RE: SourberryLily Jun 4, 2013 12:07 PM

                    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?

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                      catroast RE: ebone Jun 4, 2013 01:49 PM

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

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                        Shattered RE: ebone Jun 4, 2013 06:02 PM

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

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                          SourberryLily RE: Shattered Jun 5, 2013 06:20 AM

                          You should try the new Benelux.

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                          SourberryLily RE: ebone Jun 5, 2013 06:21 AM

                          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.

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                      Shattered RE: ebone Jun 4, 2013 06:05 PM

                      You could also try a new microbrewery: Taverne Urbaine sur Duluth, 451 Duluth est, just east of St-Denis.

                      Full menu including poutines, and good beer.

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                        ebone RE: Shattered Jun 5, 2013 08:00 AM

                        Has anyone been to Taverne Urbaine sur Duluth? The website makes it look appealing...

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                          Plateaumaman RE: ebone Jun 7, 2013 05:05 AM

                          Yes, as I noted above, I've been. It's very nice, pleasant food, good selection of beer. They also have a great terrace. It used to be Spaggio's.

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                            SnackHappy RE: Plateaumaman Jun 7, 2013 06:28 AM

                            That's good to know because the signage outside the place is a bit gaudy and that's really turned me off.

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                              ebone RE: Plateaumaman Jun 7, 2013 07:02 AM

                              Yes, you did. Sorry about that. Without looking I thought it was a new suggestion.

                              It looks like a nice option, I will pitch that to my group. Thanks!

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