Brasseries. To the French, they're a nice restaurant. To the French-Canadians, they're a nice restaurant, a dive bar, and a brewery, and they're far more awesome than each of those things -- so put on your sneakers, jeans, and reasonably nice shirt, and check out our list of the best eight brasseries in Montreal.
1. Le Saint Bock
The great thing about brasseries like Le Saint Bock is that they adore beer so much, they often cook with it. Case in point: le burger caramélizé à la bière Trappiste. Translation: beef marinated in beer, smothered in beer cheese, topped with beer-caramelized onions, and put on a bun -- it'll probably give you a hangover... over your belt.
2. Vices & Versa
There're too many good things to say about this place, so we’re just going to list 'em: pulled pork poutine, a huge garden terrasse, 35 Quebec-only microbrews, pulled pork poutine, and gourmet hot dogs.
3. Les Enfants Terribles
They may be slightly more upscale than your average brasserie, and a little more focused on food than beer, but their salmon tartar is no joke (it's half-smoked, and comes with fresh jalapeños), and that's not to mention their white Parmesan mac & cheese.
What does Helm mean, you ask? It’s an acronymic recipe for beer. That’s how obsessed the people behind this trendy Mile End microbrasserie are with their barley pops, brewing seven varieties on-site. They're also fixated on food (they have a grilled-cheese laden "Comfort Food Menu") and ping-pong (they have a table).
5. Bières & Compagnie
The beer menu here is probably longer than the last book you read (there are 100 plus), and is definitely longer than their food menu, but with all-you-can-eat mussels, an extensive menu isn’t exactly necessary.
A no-nonsense, downright delicious brunch spot by day (homemade donuts, anyone?), and a brewpub by night, they've got seven taps pouring out their own Pilsner, wheat brew, and seven percent Scotch Ale.
7. Brasserie Capri
If you’re looking for an authentic brasserie experience then you’ve found it here. This is the least pretentious place on the list, with the most decent prices while not compromising quality. Their menu boasts traditional Quebecois classics like fall-off-the-bone pig’s feet and knuckles.
8. Burgundy Lion
The Burgundy Lion’s definitely a shade more pub than brasserie, but their dozen beer taps and high-level food earn them a solid place on this list. Besides, if the culinary gods from Joe Beef drink and dine here, you definitely should.
1. Le Saint-Bock1749, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
2. Vices & Versa Bistro Du Terroir6631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
3. Les Enfants Terribles1257 Ave Bernard, Montreal
4. HELM273 rue Bernard O., Montréal
5. Bières & Compagnie4350 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
6. Réservoir9 rue Duluth Est, Montréal
7. Brasserie Capri2172 St-Patrick, Montréal
8. Burgundy Lion2496, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
If it wasn't for a helpful/knowledgable staff, it'd probably be pretty tough to pick just one beer from their selection of more than 20, many of which are house brewed. And their food? Yeah, you're gonna want to try that too, considering some of it is cooked with said beer.
VIces & Versa offers many local beers and ciders as well as local seasonal food. Wash down pub grub like pulled pork poutine and fries served with Imperial Stout-infused mayo with their 33 craft beers on tap. In the summer, the outdoor patio is the perfect spot in Montreal to soak up the sun and grab drinks with your friends. The seating is set up as long communal tables, so you can drink, eat and make new friends at the same time.
With its full bar, seasonal patio, and fine selection of French-inspired comfort food, this place is anything but Terribles. The sidewalk seating is heated as well, so you don't have to worry about your Enfants freezing while you eat.
The people at HELM are solely focused on three things: beer, food, and ping pong. And that is a winning combination.
B&C has this brasserie thing down to a science, busting out an assortment of beers, both imported and locally brewed, which they also use to cook a number of their dishes.
One of Montreal's finest brasseries, Reservoir has a full bar with a handful of specialty beers, in bottles and on tap, and they also serve some killer brunch items and snacks. This microbrewery also has a killer rooftop terrasse, which overlooks one of the most beautiful streets in the Plateau. The menu is entirely vegetarian, so there's bound to be something for everyone to choose from while sipping an ice-cold just-brewed beer.
Pork knuckles. That's all you need to know about Brasserie Capri. They're a Quebecois tradition, and you should order them!