Brutopia

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3.58/5
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90 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.79
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1219 Crescent St.
Montréal, Quebec
Canada
phone: (514) 393-9277

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

My vocabulary for reviewing non-American establishments is rather limited, so please take this as a description of personal experience and not of the objective worth of the place.

Basically, it was a good, cute little joint with solid beer and food. Woody interior kinda like what you get when midwestern joints try to look like English pubs--steel tip darts, tall tables, a pleasant creekiness wherever you step.

The beer was nothing extraordinary, but everything I had was a solid (if pedestrian) example of the style. Beers tend towards the European, with dryer/spicier hop profiles and yeasty finishes leaning towards the heavy end.

Food is Montreal pub fare. This is the place where I learned that Canadians don't know how to differentiate between salsa and mariana sauce. The frites were good, as for some weird and inexplicable reason these people know how to fry potatoes better than we Americans do. Bar staff was all quite friendly.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Toujours une groupe sur-scène, des bières plusieurs, et des amis partout!

Photo of stpatty
3.64/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I love Brutopia. The beer is outstanding and I would recommend the place to anyone. The only thing that gets me is the lack of innovation. I doubt that has anything to do with the brewer(s). I'll assume their location requires them to pump out the same beers over and over again. That's alright but I wish they were a little more adventurous. Overall the place is great, laid back, and perfect for sipping on a pint.

Photo of jsco
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is my default pub in the downtown area. The atmosphere is a bit grungy, but the beer is excellent (their own), and the food, for pub food, is surprisingly good. Their IPA is a classic, and is consistent. They add new seasonal beers every once in a while, and the Dreadnought is superb. The food menu is varied, and relatively light (i.e., not everything is deep fried in stale burnt oil, which is typical pub fare).

Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Came here before the Habs game last night.

Very pub-like atmosphere, similar to an Irish one but with more light :)
Seats are sprawled over three floors. We found a place near the kitchen. We saw the Bistro part downstairs at the end. Seemed less jammed and more laid back.

The selection of beers as alright. The popular styles were represented. My stout was nice, my friend's IPA wasn't very hoppy unfortunately.

The food was good for pub grub but it took a solid 30-45 minutes for the food to arrive. I don't think it's there main focus though.

A good alternative to BMC bars when going to the game. I'll come again but will probably only have the beer.

Photo of dbexpert
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Not a bad place, not earth shattering. The beers were drinkable and much better than any where else in the immediate area. I would go here again. Not a must but a safe choice. Food was good but not great. Service was probably the best part of the expierence. The seem to have quite a bit of live music which is always a plus. So if your in Montreal and looking for a 'scapegoat' place, this is it. A few comments about the beers. They were good for the most part. They had a 'special' brew a 'dark' ipa. Which started good but definitely an unfinished beer. Unfermented sugars were clearly present and I beleive would have made this beer a stunner if fermented completely out.

Photo of charlesw
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I use "average" to mean just that - I'm not slamming the place by using this term/rating but rather I'm saying that it about normal for a bar. Normal. Average. Nothing to write home about. And I guess it's that last statement that makes me kind of sad that I went there. Sad because I only had 2 nights in Montreal and I feel like I wasted one of them by going to this bar. As in there are so many good and great places in Montreal that even were I to stay in town for a week and to go to a different place every evening I don't think that I'd hit this place if I did the places in order of how nice they are.

Sigh. This review sucks. I don't mean to come down on the place or to be harsh. Really, I don't! But if I can go to Dieu du Ciel and have their beers why would I want to go to Brutopia for theirs? To try something new and different, to go to a place I can walk to from the hotel, to branch out and be open to new experiences... But for the beer, ambiance, food? Well...

It feels like a local - like it would be happy in my old university district. Plenty of seating upstairs around small tables, on low chairs. It's easy to be there in a small group of friends and to just hang out and have a good time together. Downstairs you have a much smaller space with a couple of TVs and a bar. The downstairs is called a bistro so I assumed it was the only place you could get food (although I never verified this). My SO had a "burger" (it was sausage) and said that it was fantastic. I don't have a clue what I had to eat but it was OK, honest!

But in beers, well, it wasn't all that. We had 3 different thin and watery beers and then the Dreadnought. The Dreadnought was like a light IPA - light in color, flavor, aroma.

Liked:
- friendly, helpful staff
- food was decent
Didn't:
- all beers tried seemed thin and weak...

Edit:
Listen... The Dreadnought was a pretty good beer! It still felt thin and weak but it was clearly an IPA and well and away the best beer we had there. It would make me change my comment, above, perhaps - it's almost worth going to try this beer! And it is a decent place but, hey, if you're only in town for a few days it's not where you want to go...

Photo of Tut
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Brutopia has been around a long time and makes some decent beers but I never go there anymore for several reasons.

First is it's location. Rue Crescent is downtown and is one of the least typical areas in the city. It's near numerous hotels and tourists and business people staying nearby swarm into the cheesy bars and fake Irish pubs that line the street. Rue Crescent provides no sense of the unique character of Montreal that makes it one of the best cities in North America. It's a long way, in both distance and ambiance, from the Plateau, Mile End, or even the Latin Quarter - areas that are among the best in the city. Many visitors leave the city thinking the Rue Crescent scene is what Montreal is about, which is sad.

There's nothing really wrong with Brutopia, but the pub itself makes me feel like I'm in a bar in Toronto. Staff and customers all are English speakers and the look of the place is somewhat shabby and uninteresting compared to the other great brewpubs - Benelux, L' Amere a Boire, Le Cheval Blanc, Dieu du Ciel, and Reservoir. I don't go to Montreal to have a Toronto experience.

Brutopia is easily the best option for beer in the downtown area and it's worth stopping in if you're nearby, but I'd never make it a destination for even part of an evening, especially if you only have a few days in Montreal. The other good brewpubs and the great beer bar, Vices et Versa are more enjoyable and in much more interesting locations.

11/10/11 - The reviewer below and some other Americans seem to think a basic knowledge of French is needed in Montreal. This is a misconception. Virtually everyone in Montreal that works with the public is bilingual and quite happy to speak English as needed. They don't expect Americans to know French, but the use of some polite phrases/words is always appreciated.

Photo of watthree
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Based on recommendations on BA, I decided to make this the first stop on my Montreal pub crawl and almost didn't want to leave. Went early in the afternoon and sat at the bar. Had the IPA which was very good and then the bartender gave me some samples. They had a special beer with ginger that was really good.

Service was friendly, as were the other patrons, both locals and visitors. They all took a look at the places I had marked down to visit and gave me some additional recommendations. It was getting crowded as I left and a band was setting up so I know it will get really loud if someone's playing, but I liked this place a lot..the vibe, beer and service. Would definitely go back. Plus, didn't have to use my very fractured French here, which was a plus.

Photo of jrstacy98
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Small place, more like a small bar, we were confused if we should seat ourselves or not. Waitress was super helpful but we asked difficult questions as we were in the mood of Chicken Wings and they didn't have was we Americans (one from Buffalo) considered Wings. They have us a sample of a Maple beer - not a fan but I like seeing the willing to take a risk and brew outside the box.

We saw the beer menu and ordered from it, we didn't realize they had a chalk board menu of about 5 extra beers.

I would go back, just not for wings!

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of the things I enjoy most about trips is going to local hangouts and talking with the locals. Being an anglophone only, this was one of many places that shot down myths that Montreal was a stuck up city. I thought the service was very good, and while it wasn't a wild atmosphere, I was an enjoyable and relaxing night in what I will now know as the dignified yet accomodating city of Montreal. Thought their IPA was good, as was told so by a frequent local. Debated around politics and history as well, a nice vacation from the typical sports bar. I had one particular ale that to me tasted like freshed baked bread in the morning. Do remember the style or the name, but probably with good reason. There were three levels to this place, ground level, the basement and upstairs. The upstairs was more lively, as they had a band playing there. Went back again and would probably do so if there weren't so many other breweries I missed in the shining city in the north called Montreal.

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We were planning on going to Dieu du Ciel on Friday, but we only got into Montreal just past midnight. Brutopia was only a minute walk from our hotel so we figured it would be worth it to check the place out instead of spending our time cabbing it to DDC. Pretty lively atmosphere, with a live band. A few people were dancing, lots of people standing near the bar area. There was an upstairs too, but I didn't go up, so not sure what that area was like. Beer list is mostly the house beers (the 3 I had were all nice), plus some guest taps that were mostly other micros with a couple macros mixed in too. I didn't eat, so can't comment on the food.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Its right next to my favorite irish pub in montreal so i decided to switch it up and go here. The atmosphere is pretty cool its a slightly cramped little place with rustic decor. The crowd is friendly and lively and there is typically loud music.

The quality of their micro brew is pretty good i'd say and they have some interesting options they do a particularly good raspberry ale and a good wee heavy

Slightly unnatentive but the servers were friendly

They have a good selection of macros to supplement their craft brews

for montreal the prices were quite reasonable i'll go here again

Photo of hammerhead24
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

In town for the NHL All-Star Game, I was excited to try this place. Had read several favorable reviews about this place and the tales of a colleague that basically lived here the previous spring when Boston was in town for the first round of the playoffs.

Sadly, for me, it did not live up to the hype. We were able to get a big table downstairs for our group of 6 and settle in near a TV showing the Canadiens game (in French). Service was a bit slow, despite the fact that it was not crowded.

Their were eight house-brewed beers on tap, but none stood out. As I understand it 5 or 6 are standards and the other 2-3 are seasonal.

I stuck mostly with the IPA, which was mediocre at best. But, I also tried the Nut Brown, which was a little short of a Newcastle, which seemed to be the note that was tring to be hit.

I was as excited about the food as I was the beer when we arrived. But, that was also far short of my excitement level. There were several items on the menu that included chorizo, which is one of my fave all-time foods. This chorizo, though, had almost no spiciness whatsoever.

We'll still had a good time, but not as good as I hoped. We were in Montreal for 4 more nights and we never went back to Brutopia.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3

We showed up here too late for happy hour, and too early for live music, but found the atmosphere very pleasing. We didn't even know there was a basement until hitting the bathroom before leaving, but realized we should have sat there all along, since it was spacious and chill, and the vibe seemed best. We ended up by the back door next to the counter that the smokers all use, since upstairs was full, and that was the better-situated of two open tables on the main floor. Music was almost all from the early-mid 90's, which was cool by me. I heard a lot of tunes I haven't heard since high school. Although we didn't eat or check the menu since we had recently eaten, the food smelled good, and the plates being carried past looked tasty. There was a short list of their own brews, and a handful of other local/regional brews. Although I would try this place again in the future, it'd be for the vibe and to check out the music and try the food, since I was not impressed by the beers. I was hoping to try the chocolate stout (I'm pretty sure that was the name) before leaving, or else order some Cheval Blanc, but was not in the mood for another beer after our first round. The service was good, the waitress pleasant, and the clientele a mix of students to middle-aged from all across the professional spectrum. Worth checking out for the atmosphere, but far from the best microbrew on-tap in town.

Photo of unincorporated
4.13/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I would say this: don't let the location fool you. Even with the very commercial/touristy feel of Crescent St, this place was still really down to earth and "kept it real". The lighting and ambience made it feel like it had been there a long time, with lots of local flair throughout. I was in Montreal for the Forumula One race and even with the madness of the street being closed down, the service was still decent. It wasn't as busy as I thought it would be, but it was a Sunday night. The people were friendly and the IIPA was a quite good, though lacking carbonation it would seem. The people were very friendly, even towards the end of the night when I couldn't complete sentences. Their selection included local favorites as well as their own brew and even some west coast beers. The jukebox rocked too.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Been here a couple times, enjoyed the atmosphere of the place the most. It is rather small though so seating can be difficult at prime hours.

The main attraction of this place is that it brews its own beer. I usually sit in the back room behind the bar, they have a couple large tables right next to the brewing equipment so you can check out their setup. I only remember having a blonde and red ale, both of which were sub-par and not very rememberable. But I'm a sucker for brewpubs so whenever I'm in Montreal I'll make sure to visit.

Service is hard to judge since I always went to the bar to fill up my pint, but those behind the bar were always quick and pleasant.

Photo of altgeeky1
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located 2 blocks from the Sheraton Le Centre, this is the best brewpub in downtown Montreal. Sure, like all the downtown joints it's made for tourists... but it's cozy, and you get the feeling it is independently operated (note: I do NOT know if this is the case, just contrasting it with places like Les 3 Brasseurs). Unlike most pubs in downtown, it's not 8 bucks for a pint. Clientèle is college age mostly, and after September gets pretty crowded). The live music is an attraction not just background. Been here on 2 visits and found myself starting the night there even if I planned to end up somewhere else. The food is above average pub fare, but mostly appetizers. The beer is excellent... 10 to 12 taps from wheat to stouts to honey and fruit beers. I didn't see an option for growlers tho. :/

Photo of rbowser
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I have been here 2-3 times, usually escaping while my family or friends, who are engaged in a shopping spree on St. Dennis. It is a multi-level bar that you reach by walking up a small set of stairs. It is very cozy on the inside and has a lived in, almost dive feel, and I don't mean that in a negative way. Once inside, all the hub bub of the outside street scene fades away in the music of this pub and through the small window view from inside this dark lair.
I believe, they have the best US style beer this side of St. Laurent. If you want to do better, you really have to travel up to Little Italy above the Plateau.
The bartenders have always been friendly and the beers (from a stout to an IPA) are fresh and delicious.
They seem to have bands at night but I tend to stay away from the Crescent street scene at night. I would recommend this place to anyone who is in this area.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I was recommended this brewpub by a few employee's when I ate at Frite Alors earlier in the day. Crescent Street is home to many bars, and this sits near the south edge. It's not just close to downtown, it's also close to the hostel I stayed at.

You walk in and have the choice of taking a flight of stairs or sitting on the main floor. I found an open table between a stage where bands play and the bar. I couldn't decide what to get, so my waitress threw me several samples of their brews. She was very friendly, knowlegable, and even offered to throw an extra coat on me with the light load I was wearing in freezing weather! The sample brews were all pretty good, but none spectacular. Being winter at the time, they had thier Winter Warmer available, and since I didn't sample it, I took a chance with a pint of it. Spicy, ginger, warming sensation...oh, sorry, back to the place. I was surprised to see my house brew poured into a Guinness pint glass. No Brutopia pint glass? Whatever.

It's not world class, but more of a "taste of Montréal" brewpub.

Photo of celebrator
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The ONLY Hops (esb ipa) in Montreal, Several other bars featuring Local beer featured Blond. Amber and Red / Dark versions of thier brew, Several times over.
This was the only place with Esb AND Ipa on tap, Went to the 100 item indian buffett down the block near an internet cafe, so did not eat here. Who said this place was small ? The place holds 200, several small rooms, about 8 sit at the main level bar, Large 2nd floor with more room than the 1st floor. a basement. back and front patio easy to have a party, Full pints filled to the top.

Photo of slyke
3.98/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We made a couple of stops at Brutopia during our week in Montreal. Staying only three blocks away made it easy. Lots of small rooms make this brewpub an intimate experience, sometimes a nice change from the usual.

During our stops, we ordered the sampler of beer - eleven two ounce samples - it helped me find my favorites, the IPA and the Scotch Ale. Service was a little slow, but not the slowest we found on our journeys.

The food was excellent. We (two of us) ordered appetizers one night and found them to be very flavorful. The portions were smaller than many places, but we didn't mind with the quality. We had the samosas and the mushroom quesadilla - I'll be trying the mushroom quesadilla in my own kitchen.

Brutopia is on the west end of downtown and an easy walk from McGill University so if you don't speak French, you will be very comfortable here. I wish I had a local brewpub with the charm and menu of Brutopia, plus it beats the other options on Rue Crescent. Definitely worth a stop.

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My second visit to Montreal’s Mondiale de le Biere Festival provided me another chance to sample the well-crafted British ales served here. A short ten-minute walk from Gare Windsor, the festival’s venue, brought me to this multi-leveled brewpub.

Brutopia consists of a front terrace, a small dining area on the main floor with several tables and a corner stage for entertainment and a few windows overlooking Crescent Street; the main floor has a small bar in the back - it seems that most of the bars in Montreal are rather small - that seats about fifteen people.

But the beers are very good, very fresh and frequently rotated; my choices during this visit: IPA, a Nut Brown and the seasonal, Scotch Ale. Brutopia also offered Imperial Stout, but I tried it at the festival. Also available on the food menu is an eclectic variety of international dishes (I recommend the Cuban Sandwich with an order of Belgian frites – I did say “international”).

Brutopia has excellent service, a relaxing environment, a reasonable Happy Hour ($3.95 pints) and is surely worth a stop if in Montreal – be it for the Mondiale de le Biere or anything else. It’s also a great place to go when you can’t get served at Hurley’s next door (see Review).

Photo of gixxerman
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I went here with a 'Brutopia expert'. A lifelong Montreal resident, and co-worker of mine, who went to college 3 blocks away from Brutopia and used to visit it 3 to 4 times a week back in his university days.

Ok, so after a small flight of stairs we entered into a pretty narrow hallway. There are steps going up to the left and a short hallway which leads to a bar on the right. The bar itself is very small, probably only seats 5 or 6. there are tables in room in front of the bar and another room off to the side. The place wasn't crowded, but we had to go upstairs to sit in a 'balcony' overlooking the main bar. There is another bar upstairs, but the whole section was gated off. My co-worker told me that they usually open the whole place up on their busy nights, Tuesday is not usually a busy night.

I tried the ginger beer. I had never tried ginger beer before, but I really liked it. There was more ginger in the nose than the palette. It was tasty, a little lighter taste than I am used to, but a good beer with a bit of a tart finish. I was told it is a favorite among local asian restaurants.

Service was so-so, they only had one barmaid working, so we had to travel back down to the bar, and try to squeeze in to get a refill. It would have been nice to have roving waitstaff, since the majority of patrons were not sitting at the bar.

I was also told that during the warmer months they open some outside terraces, which improve the space constraints this place seems to have.

This place is alot better than the chain brewpub at the end of the block, so if your downtown near Cresent it is the best choice. The beer I tried was above average and although the place has a strange layout, that only lends to the personality of the establishment. I didn't have a chance to photo the chalkboard, but they had at least 8 beers available. I did notice the chocolate stout and raspberry blonde.

I would visit this place again, especially before or after dining downtown, or before or after a hockey game. The Bell Centre and plenty of Montreal's best restaurants are withing walking distance of this one.

Photo of sellthesedownfal
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

My boyfriend and I went to this place our first evening in Montreal when we realized that it was around the corner from our hotel.
It was a one-beer evening and I had the chocolate stout (which I loved) and he had the honey brown (which he definitely enjoyed).

We returned the next evening to try some more of their beers, and we realized that their honey brown was literally half a glass of their honey beer and half a glass of their brown ale mixed together. We liked the combination better than either of the two on their own.

This is definitely not a "classy, get dressed up for" place, it's a place where younger-ish people go to hang out with friends. That said, we (22 yrs old) loved it and ended up going 3 nights out of the 4 that we were in town. Monday night is trivia night!

Since we were there over the New Year's holiday, the other brewpubs in town (du Ciel, Le Cheval Blanc, L'amere a Boire) were closed.

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Brutopia in Montréal, QC, Canada
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.