Had another great weekend in Montreal, as usual. Thought I would post a couple of updates:
Made it up to the new brewpub Brouehaha as mentioned earlier. We walked up from DDC and it's definitely walkable although a bit cold this weekend. Took about half an hour along Laurier then up.
It's certainly a locals bar - there's not much else immediately around but it was welcoming inside. It's a large bar, with a open space with tables in the front (much like DDC) and a large back room. They have a couple of projectors and I believe show the Canadiens games whenever they are on.
Although it's called a brewpub, there was only one house beer available when we went (the Blanche Soleil). All of the other taps were various beers from Quebec micros - Ho.st., DDC, Trou du Diable, etc. About 16 beers on tap or so, a pretty diverse selection.
Overall a place I would go to again, but would walk when it's warmer!
Now a bit closer to DDC, we checked out a couple of places that are either new or we didn't know about them.
First was a new brewpub on Bernard Ouest (about 10 minute walk) called Helm.
Helm was an upscale looking bar, it reminded me a bit of College Street. But unlike College, the beer was good. They had 6 house beers - Blonde, Blanche, Rousse, American Pale Ale, Cream Ale and Stout. The beers were "easy drinking" (unlike some Quebec beers which can stray to the extremes) and it was a nice spot.
Lastly was a place literally right around the corner from DDC called Bond. As the name suggests, Bond is a bar dedicated to James Bond.
It's quite a funky place, not too big so it could probably get quite crowded on a busy night. There were Bond movie posters everywhere, and a LCD TV above the bar constantly showing Bond movies.
Certainly a theme bar could be a bit much, but I liked Bond and it didn't go too overboard. Now what also made it a good visit was that it had about 5-6 Hopfenstark beers on tap including a seasonal. Ho.st. beers are always good and it's great to find them so close to DDC.
One more thing on the accommodation front. Certainly DDC is always my first choice, but we ran into a couple during the weekend who told us that Casa del Popolo (just down the street on St Laurent) was now renting rooms in their building.
Checking out their site, sure enough they do. And for rooms as low as $40/night (shared bathroom) to $60/night (private bath) that's definitely affordable. Worth checking out if DDC is booked as it's great to stay in the area rather than in the hotel district downtown IMO.