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In Montreal for work; place to eat at bar downtown?

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I am traveling to Montreal for work this Saturday and I am staying at the Fairmont on René-Lévesque Blvd in Old Montreal. I will be out all day and will probably want to eat near the hotel for dinner (within 0-1.5 km walking distance). I will be eating alone so I would like to eat at the bar. I am open to any type of cuisine. Since work will be paying for the meal, I would prefer that main courses be less than $30.

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  1. Just so that you aren't disillusioned by the area, the Fairmont is located in the heart of downtown and is a 1km walk from even the nearest extremities of what I'd consider to be Old Montreal. This means that some of Old Montreal will be out of your 1.5km radius.

    In any case, if I were on my own in that area/price range I'd probably head for Dominion Square Taverne, Racines (although I've actually not yet been), Nora Gray, or Le Serpent. Mains are mostly $20-$30 at each, with some exceptions.

    Even for a solo seat at the bar I'd probably aim to make reservations, as it's a Saturday night on a long weekend.

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    1. re: Fintastic

      Thanks, Fintastic! So if that is the case, Old Montreal would be fine and you can disregard my 1.5 km limit. More than anything, my limit is really "walking distance," and by walking distance I mean someone who lives in a city and is used to walking everywhere.

      1. re: LisaB55

        My restaurant recommendations are still the same - I just didn't want you to survey the neighbourhood around the Fairmont and think "THIS is Old Montreal?!?".

        1. re: LisaB55

          I really really enjoyed my meal at Racines, though the suggested amount is two or three dishes at 12-16$ each (they're small but really really well prepared, worth the price), so it might exceed your budget.

          Brasserie T and Taverne F are good as suggested, Dominion as well ,nice atmosphere.
          I also like Les Souer Grises for more a fancy Pub type if you like beer.

      2. Other options would be Brasserie T and Taverne F, both of which are maybe a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Or any of Fintastic's recommendations, all of which are pretty solid (except Racines, which I haven't tried either, so I can't vouch for it)

        1. I would second Dominion Square Tavern and if you want a place that is a little more happening there is Deville Diner Bar

          1. The little stretch on Beaver Hall just around the corner from the hotel is decent as well. Bistro Beaver Hall and Andiamo are both pretty solid members of the Europea group.