As soon as they opened up in the summer of 2020, Verdun Beach immediately caught fire. No wonder: Owners Charles Garant, Marc Frandon and Philippe Jacquelin have some serious mileage in Montreal's hospitality industry that show in every visit, and Frandon's importing experience brings in the best bottles of wine (see: over 100 bottles from thirty different winegrowers) to enjoy in its surfhouse décor—don't skip on their house cocktails and beers either. We'll always miss Balconville, the ones who held the lease previously, but we're glad to know it's been replaced by a formidable arrival.
Editor's note, October 2020: Bars are having a tough go of it with the pandemic forcing their closure. However, some bars you'd assume closed until further notice are still keeping their kitchens open. If you have a spot you love, check and see if they're serving takeout and help keep them afloat in these trying times, pick something up, take a pic and post it with the #LoveLocal hashtag.
The scene for Verdun bars is small, but that's only because the borough had a ban on Montreal's taverns, nightclubs and cabarets banned since 1965. In 2010, the taps were turned back on, and the handful of names the Wellington Street thoroughfare now boasts are booming. It's taken under 10 years for the area to sport some of the best cocktail bars and best beer in Montreal. However, given the ongoing ready-to-burst status of neighbourhood, we've opted to include every name that can provide frothing pints, tasty cocktails and robust wines. Lucky you: They're all worth a shot as solid spots to grab a drink.
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