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On any given occasion venturing out in Old MTL, perhaps without realizing it, you likely frequented one of the establishments controlle...

On any given occasion venturing out in Old MTL, perhaps without realizing it, you likely frequented one of the establishments controlled by the Antonopoulos family's Experience Vieux Montreal group of hotels, bars, and restaurants. In fact, there's a good argument to make that yearly tourism, particularly during the warmer months, wouldn't be the same without their portfolio of thriving businesses, one in which refitted historic stone buildings  are transformed into some of the old town's most lively addresses.  

Make any mention of Le Place d'Armes, Hôtel Nelligan, Vieux Port Steakhouse (going strong after 30 years!), or Kyo Japanese Bar to name a few, and you're bound to hear about an exciting time with friends, intimate date, or convivial family get-together. 

What you haven't heard though is that several of the Group's well-known destinations hold secrets that up their 'special' factor and promise an even more memorable night out. Well, here they are, the little-known tidbits from 3 surefire places, guaranteed to help you make the most of Montreal's cobblestone quarter.

Bevo Bar + Pizzeria

A favourite of the city's media and restaurant industry night players, BEVO delivers on fine Italian cuisine, cocktails, and a lively atmosphere any night of the week. Snag a seat on their unique European-style 'terrace under the stars' on St.Vincent St., an offshoot of St.Paul that starts buzzing with pedestrians and artists as early as 4pm.

For a happening Thursday 5-7, opt for their 'Bières, Bulles, et Bouchées', and unwind with a variety of local beers at $6 a pint and glasses of Prosecco for $7. A DJ helps with the vibe, as do the fine Italian canapés (arancino, polpette di casa, pizza, etc...), all compliments of the house!

We've often bemoaned our city's lack of decent late-night (2 or even 3am) eats that isn't junk food, so we're glad to report that Bevo invites one and all to 'eat late and great' with their wood fire pizzas until 2am every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, along with signature cocktails and sounds of a local DJ.

Their pies, among the best in the 514, feature a perfectly blistered crust, a crisp bite, and just the right amount of resistance in the chew, all hallmarks of a winning dough recipe. Psssssst...for your next birthday, corporate function, or entertaining evening with friends, plan to host your very own private 'pizza party', where everyone is invited behind the counter to create and wood-fire their own custom pizza with the help of master dough thrower Giovanni Vella. Delizioso!

410 rue St.Vincent

Taverne Gaspar

De la Commune East is ever-bustling in the summer, and the 70-seat street-side terrace of Taverne Gaspar is just the place to be part of the scene. People-watch as a mix of locals and tourists stroll by, on the way to or from Place Jacques-Cartier and all of the animation offered this year on the quays.

There's no hope if you're not able to find your drink of choice on the accessible menu with something for all: local beers on tap, classic and creative cocktails, a wide selection of spirits and handpicked wines, and exceptional bourbon - all of which go down easy on an for 5-7, particularly when paired with...wait for the reveal.....fresh oysters at 1$ each, Monday to Friday. Yup, you heard us right....oysters at 1$ each!

Our French content editor Guillaume baring his pearly whites for a portrait artist at the Taverne Gaspar press evening.
89 rue De la Commune East

Terrasse sur l'Auberge

Now that's service!
Old Montreal counts several rooftop terraces, but none quite so well-positioned as Terrasse sur L'Auberge to offer the two contrasting vistas that so define the city's historic district. On one side, a panoramic view of the Port and the majestic St. Lawrence River, on the other, the lay of St.Paul Street and the surrounding rooftops - seemingly so close to each other that you could almost start your own parkour course. Once firmly seated though, we suggest a smattering of their fresh seafood while sipping a glass of bubbles as the best way to enjoy.

Refreshing berry panna cotta at Terrasse sur L'Auberge.
As word has spread, the patio's popularity has shot up making seats here très in demand, particularly on fireworks competition nights at La Ronde. The secret that the city's most socially informed try to keep is that there's no better place to take in the bursting light show than a perch up here, although expect a minimum (but oh-so worth it) tab to be a part of this prime roof real estate.

Île Ste.Hélène in the background.
97 rue De la Commune East

Bonus Scoop:
Maria Antonopoulos, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Group, let us in on their next hotel venture, across the street from Bevo (maybe you've noticed the construction?). There's a working name and rumour has it slated for a 2016 opening, but 'tis all we know for now. Of course, we'll keep you posted in real time as more is revealed!


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