Montreal Food Tours: Bar Hopping in Old Montreal

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Montreal Food Tours: Bar Hopping in Old Montreal, May to October, Fridays 5:30-7:30PM
Photo : Laure Juilliard

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