I've had excellent experiences at Dieu de Ciel, it has a typical Montreal ambience and is very friendly.
I would advise a trip to Amere a Boire on St-Denis as well for its fine strong stout and Czech-style pilsener.
I also like Sergeant Recruteur, further up on St-Laurent, for its real ale and bohemian vibe. I am sure it is still going strong although I haven't been there in a few years.
I remain interested to follow the beers at the 3 Brasseurs chain. On my visit last year, the beers seemed lesser than I recalled, it may depend too which outlet you go to. Try the sampler and then decide what you like, I find the Brune reliably good and and the lager is very French-tasting, it's like the "comptoir" draft at the countless tabac and other bars in Paris, in fact better than those but both types share a typically earthy hop taste. (I think it is an Alsace or German hop which gives it that taste and some other Euro drafts have it too).
There are numerous other beer hang-outs in Montreal and none are bad but these in particular are always enjoyable and often superb IMO.
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