Montreal has a lot of very old, historical restaurants, taverns and inns. Just to give you an idea, Schwartz’s has been open since 1928 and the Montreal Pool Room opened way back in 1912.
While it is impressive for a restaurant to be open for more than 100 years, there's one Montreal establishment that puts all the rest to shame. I'm talking about Auberge Saint-Gabriel.
As I was saying, if you were impressed by a 100 year old restaurant, let's see what you think about the Auberge's 300 years of history.
It was built in 1688 by a French soldier and is considered by some to be the first Inn in North America. Although this is still being disputed, one thing is for sure, it was the first Inn to obtain a liquor license in 1754.
Auberge Saint-Gabriel once housed the printing press for the Patriote newspaper.
Photo cred - todayinottawashistory
In case you were wondering, yes that Swastika/Cross combo is meant to be there. This newspaper was founded by Adrien Arcand who published and edited several anti-Semitic newspapers at the time.
The area where the Velvet night club now stands used to be a fur trading post. The building was turned into a townhouse in the 1800's, but in 1914 it became an Inn once again. Today, it is owned by the former CEO of Cirque du Soleil Guy Laliberte, Singer Garou , and Marc Bolay.