Do you grab a drink or go on a city tour? No more dilemmas: The thoughtful folks at Montreal Food Tours have just launched a new tour that hops you to snacks and libations all around Old Montreal…
The Bar Hopping in Old Montreal tour starts the evening at 5:30 pm with a tall glass of Boréale beer (made in Québec, bien sûr) mixed with a sparkling apple juice into a refreshing concoction perfectly suited to the homemade chips that accompany it. Did we mention they were fried in duck fat? Both are a specialty of Boris Bistro, whose gorgeous interior courtyard is an oasis of peace on bustling McGill Avenue.
Your guide will regale you with local lore on the way to your next stop (did you know that Old Montreal used to be walled? And that Sainte-Hélène Street is the only one in the city whose lamp posts are lit with natural gas?): Accords. This tasteful wine bar has the greatest selection of vintages stored in a dispenser that uses argon gas – which preserves the wines at the perfect temperature.
To accompany a small plate featuring a crispy piece of veal sweetbread, sip a crisp glass of seyval-chardonnay by Les Pervenches, a winery in the Quebec town of Farnham. The honeyed tones of this biodynamic wine reflect the auburn woods of the beautiful wooden bar.
The final stop takes you on a stroll past the Pointe-à-Callière museum, a few feet from the spot the city was founded, right next to Communion. This hip restaurant with a standout terrasse is designed on the principle that everything tastes better shared. They specialize in large communal dishes you and friends can all enjoy together (come back to their brunch – it’s fabulous!). During the tour, you’ll enjoy a scrumptious – and potent – apple cocktail called the Adam and Eve, made from ice cider, brown rum, white rum and calvados. And to go with that, how about a slice of goat cheese cheesecake topped with berries and a side of sorbet? Share it with your new tour friends, and it’ll taste even sweeter.