Even if you’re lucky enough to have a summer job, living in Montreal can get expensive. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay the expensive prices in bars to get a decent brew. Here are the 10 Best Depanneurs for Beer.
If you’re looking to rep Quebec, this is the dep for you. The small Rosemount store exclusively carries beers brewed in the province. Despite the geographic limitation, they’ve amassed an impressive selection of brews ranging from wheat beers to stouts. If you want a meaty compliment to your beverage, stop by Le Queue de Cochon, the artesian butcher next door with some of the best sausages in the city.
Sometimes avoiding the bars isn’t enough—you need the cheapest stuff you can find. If that’s the case, stop by this dep for great deals on 6 packs and 12 packs on a regular basis. Even better, you won’t have to compromise with taste—these guys sell over 300 different brands of beer.
This dep is known as “Le Paradis de la Bière” for a reason. They carry over 500 kinds of delicious beer from around the world. For a special treat, try one of their unique Paradisiac beers, bottled at local breweries from in-house recipes.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is just a normal dep when you first walk in and see the cigarettes and gum. But keep going and you’ll find an amazing collection of local and imported beers, all organized by brewer. The knowledgable staff will help you to make sense of their intimidating collection.
After you’ve picked up your Fairmount bagels, stop by this dep. They’re short on space and long on beer selection. Their aisles and fridges are densely packed with brews from around the globe. They focus mostly on artisanal beers, but you won’t have any trouble looking for that 40 of Molson you’re in the mood for, either.
It’s not a bad idea to have some food in your stomach before you drink, and this dep’ll help you build up your tolerance in style. They compliment their extensive beer selection with tasty sandwiches like roast pork and brie paninis, garlic-rosemary chicken wraps, and a damn good bacon egg and cheese. At under $5 for every sandwich, you’ll still have plenty of money left to get drunk with.
You won’t find much space to walk around here, and a big reason why is that their shelves and coolers are crammed beyond belief with delicious beers. Like Rahman, they’re also known as “Le Paradis de la Bière,” and it’s clear from the wide range of their selection that they’ve earned the name wholeheartedly. We won’t weigh in on who deserves the title more, and, thankfully, we can shop at both.
With the high cost of living in the Ghetto, you might not have too much money left after you pay your rent. If you still want to get drunk, though, this dep is here for you. They don’t boast the most interesting selection, but you’ll have no trouble finding a decent brew. You certainly can’t argue with how cheap and cold it is.
If you’re looking to get a little drunk and make your Schwarz’s sandwich taste that much better, stop by this dep. It’s not cheap, but they do carry a solid selection of craft beers from around the province. Don’t worry if you’re not yet well-versed in the many Quebec beers—the knowledgable owner will be happy to give you advice.
Okay, you probably won’t find anything you haven’t heard of here, but you will find a good selection of local and other beers at reasonable prices. If you look hard enough, you might even find a beer that’s been discontinued by its bottler.
Only a few days after a large number of Montrealers called out mayoral candidate Denis Coderre's proposal to ban park drinking at night, he himself flip-flopped on the issue.
Coderre, whose suggestion to impose an 8 p.m. drinking ban in parks has been intensely scrutinized and even mocked by fellow mayoral candidates, had said that this move would "help citizens regain a sense of calm."
In a statement posted to Twitter on June 2, Coderre deplored the "violence on the territory of Montreal, particularly in the parks and in the streets" and criticized Plante's administration as "laissez-faire."
"Police need tools," he wrote. "Temporary measures should be advocated until Montreal gets back to normal."
On Wednesday, MTL Blog asked Coderre's team whether he thought the drinking curfew proposal would deter young Montrealers from voting for him in the next election but did not receive a response.
Montreal mayoral candidate Balarama Holness called out Coderre's drinking curfew plan as a "discriminatory policy that would disproportionately affect young people, marginalized folks, and low-income or unhoused populations in Montreal."
In a statement, Holness said that "the rationale behind Coderre’s proposed ban — to 'make sure everybody feels safe' — elides histories of racial and social profiling in the city that were made abundantly clear in the OCPM’s report on systemic racism and discrimination in Montreal."
Quebec City's beer garden pool, La Cour arrière du Festibière, has announced it's reopening its terrasse for the season on May 28, and it might be the coolest spot to get a drink in the province — literally.
As Narcity Québec reports, the pub features chairs and tables in a shallow pool where patrons can sip a beer while dipping their feet in the water.
Though everyone living here already knew this, Verdun was officially named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Time Out. Ranked among neighbourhoods in Hong Kong, Berlin, and Paris, Montreal's humble little riverside borough stood head and shoulders above those stereotypically "cool" neighbourhoods in cities like Amsterdam, Bangkok, and Dublin.
Time Out Montreal's Jean-Pierre Karwacki said that "despite renewed lockdown restrictions hitting the city in October, Verdun’s continued rallying cry of local flavours, sights and sounds in the face of uncertainty demonstrates how Montreal – and cities everywhere – can and will get through this."
Indeed, if the spirit of the neighbourhood and its local residents makes Verdun stand out among the world's best, its the neighbourhood's hidden gems that make people stick around.
Verdun is blessed with local businesses run by hardworking families and young entrepreneurs. From beer stores to cafés, you can find everything your heart desires in Verdun.
Why You Need To Go: Maltéhops is a tiny shop with one of the largest selections of Quebec-made beers, ciders, and snacks you'll ever see. The owners are lovely people who will gladly help you find the beer you've always dreamt about.
Why You Need To Go: If you've always wanted to try some fine bistro meals but are worried about the damage to your bank account, look no further than the quaint and wonderful Bistro Entre Ciel et Terre.
In normal times, the bistro is usually packed with people thanks to amazing food and its huge hidden terrasse.
Why You Need To Go: I'd be remiss if I didn't include one of the best deps in Montreal. Owned and operated by Roy — who's lived in Verdun since the dawn of time and the literal embodiment of the neighbourhood's spirit — the dep is a one-stop-shop for not only chips and beer but for learning about the rich history of this incredible neighbourhood.
If it's a quiet afternoon, stick around for a chat with Roy and discover what the spirit of Verdun is all about.
Website? LOL, just go there.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Narcity Media.