Vices & Versa
Taps: 36 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A totally ass kicking beer bar! An 'amazing' selection of outstanding LOCAL breweries in various styles! I came to Montreal on business and was looking for a good local beer experience. This place totally knocked my sox off! With a chalkboard of 33 local Quebec beers that's updated daily, and a simple but high quality food menu, you couldn't ask for a better place to spend your after work hours! If you're a beer lover who lives in the greater Montreal area and haven't been here before.... you're definitely missing out on a GREAT experience!
03-16-2011 02:23:31 | More by Likemall
4.44/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This was the first stop on a pub crawl through some of the brew pubs in Montreal back in November. For some reason it was smaller than I was expecting - and less trendy - which was good.
It feels very much like a neighborhood pub. Its cozy and there was a real mix of people from younger to older all enjoying a quiet pint and conversation.
The beer selection was outstanding. 30 some micros up on a big chalkboard. Samplers are available and come labelled so you know what's what.
Service was good. Polite and quick. None of us tried the food. After the crawl was over we all agreed that it was our favorite spot (DDC included). Highly recommended.
12-18-2010 20:40:42 | More by Ralphus
4.15/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in while in town for Mondial. My second time here, and as a visitor to Montreal I love this place. It's in more of a residential neighborhood, and not in Montreal's 'tourist zone.' Just a short walk from the Beaubien Metro stop. FYI - they don't open until 3pm.
The atmosphere feels like a pub to me (not the cafe feel the Montreal native observed), including the wooden bar, tin ceiling, huge chalkboards listing beers, and the tree-covered beer garden/patio in the back.
During our two trips here, my wife and I have ordered many different beers without issue, so quality is good. Service has always been helpful, despite the fact that we don't speak French.
Selection was awesome for a visitor to Quebec, with 33 Quebec beers up when we were there. Great variety of styles as well.
Food is only OK. It tasted good but selection was limited: small pita bread pizzas, sausages, cheese samplers.
06-11-2010 21:03:12 | More by Philby11111
3.6/5 rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Like any brewpub (okay not really a brewpub but close) I really wanted to visit this place. As soon as I stepped inside, something felt weird. It looks like a great place to grab coffee but didn't really have that pub/beer place feel to it. No matter, I took a seat at the bar and ordered.
Lots of beer here, I'm pretty sure all from Quebec but for some reason tasting them on tap wasn't so much better than bottled. The food was of good quality but not delicious and a little expensive.
Staff is generally knowledgeable and knows/can suggest most of the beers on their 30+taps. That's always a good thing.
They are quite anal and annoying about their ''no tabs'' thing though I did manage to get one going on one occasion.
Only visited this one twice but stayed for about 4 hours on both occasions. After my first visit, my girlfriend who enjoyed it a bit more than me asked if I'd be returning to which I answered: ''I have very little desire to do so but maybe one day''.
A couple months later I got invited for a business meeting and realized I did not want to return a third time. On the second trip I tasted some of the worst beers I've ever had (especially their house APA). So selection is hard for me to rate: Big selection with a considerable amount of bad products.
-Looks very good and has a terrace out back but has a weird coffee shop vibe.
-Good quality food and beer but no real effort in preparing it.
-Staff knows beer but is not the friendliest and kind of snobby.
-I found it more expensive than other brewpubs in the city.
-They played Canadiens hockey games during playoffs (good thing)
I think this place is great for Quebec beer and other people (and other reviewers) seem to really like this place so I won't say don't try it but I'd rather just buy bottles from the featured breweries and try them at home and go to any other of Montreal's great brewpubs for great beer on tap.
Also... both times I left and went go to Dieu du Ciel which is real close... just sayin'
05-28-2010 18:28:32 | More by Yoonisaykul
British Indian Ocean Territory
4.66/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Awesome bar on the edges of Little Italy. Arrived right at opening, and ran into the owner of Hopfenstark, Frederick delivering his kegs. Despite being exhausted he took the time to talk beer - really wish we could've took him up on his invite to the brewery. Next time. Really wish we had places like this at home. A must visit.
Hopfenstark LouLou Porter
TM Weizen Bock
Hopfenstark Post Colonial IPA
Hopfenstark Ostalgia Blonde
Brassiere ? Blanche Gingembre
TM Sticke Alt - one of the most unappealing beer I've had in a long time.
04-10-2010 03:02:24 | More by CBA
4.36/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
a real treat to go into a place not being from the area and seeing 33 taps with nothing you've ever had on them. most were really fantastic and extremely local. almost every from quebec breweries or brewpubs. the service was quite nice. samples were pricey but they didn't want you having something you didn't like. i told them i was from out of the area and didn't know where to begin and they started pouring sips without question. the sampler was 11 buck i believe... 6 five oz glasses. a tad pricey like i said but it seems to be the consensus for the better beer bars around montreal. there was a back patio with tons of sitting and a nice cool night so that was a must. if you don't know anything about the montreal or quebec beer culture this is a great place to start. the website is quite helpful too.
i highly recommend anything by hopfenstark.
oh... also... don't come here for bottles. they had 4 i think. so that was a minus.
the pretzels were expensive to say the least but they came with a good djion mustard.
08-16-2009 18:28:04 | More by rtepiak
4.83/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited during the 2009 NHL Draft. Worth the visit alone and an easy reason why Crescent Street needs to be avoided.
My friends complained the whole walk out there...its about 4km from downtown and I didn't plan on which metro stop to take. I think its two past Laurier and about 4 blocks from the exit in a neighborhood that reminded us the area around the Map Room in Chicago.
Our waitress didn't speak much and we didn't ask about which was best, we just had three flights of six and both agreed on the cask conditioned Post Colonial IPA from Hopfenstark.
They had a flight of cheese with french bread, almonds, olives, onion, pear, and butter. I went with a nice gourmet hot dog with honey/mustard/corn and a large spinach salad. Our total bill with 20% tip came to $US88 with four pints and three flights and food.
We got there about 3pm (after rounds 2-7) and there were two others. I could understand if there were waitstaff and waiting issues if we went during the busy hours.
06-30-2009 22:35:42 | More by Niniimaa
4.53/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I stopped in here during a long weekend in Montreal last month. Contrary to some reviewers, we thought it was extremely easy and convenient to find from the metro. It has a bit of a hole in the wall look from the outside, but once past the doors, it's much more inviting. This place is very much a comfy hangout for locals, despite the many beer tourists who stop by. Behind our table, a backgammon game was going on; at the bar in front of us, a writer was putting together a rather interesting magazine article on his laptop. Our waiter, Janie, was super attentive and efficient and also very knowledgeable about beer - even wrote us a short note of introduction to a couple of brewers at Dieu du Ciel.
We had a couple of tapas style snacks that were very good (love those nicoise olives in every dish!) and a stupendous cheese plate of artisanal Quebec cheeses.
And the beer... they serve exclusively Quebec beers, 33 on tap. Sampler trays are available, with the curious caveat that they must be in numerical sequence from the chalkboard! There are some treasures on tap (including lots of Hopfenstark and DDC), as well as a couple of clunkers. The clunkers are forgiven; I applaud their determination to serve only local beers, and as many of them as possible.
If you're planning to visit Montreal without stopping here, just stay home.
06-07-2009 22:31:34 | More by skivtjerry
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Based on the reviews, I wanted t make sure to pay this place a visit, but getting there wasn't all that easy. Other than giving me the address, the French-only website wasn't helpful to me, and a phone call to inquire about how to get there via the metro only got me a French-language answering machine. After guessing (poorly) we ended up taking a $15 cab ride from the St. Laurent Metro station to get there. Thankfully, it was well worth the trouble.
We sat outside on the busy patio on a beautiful spring evening after a loooong day of sightseeing. A chalkboard featured 33 drafts, all from Quebec, most of which I was unfamiliar with. Knowing Hopfenstark only by reputation, I ordered a Baltic Porter and an IPA from that brewery, both of which were excellent. I also had a IIPA from another brewery (I never did figure out which one) which was also enjoyable.
We ordered a cheese plate that came with a warm loaf of multigrain bread, some olives, almonds (both Montreal beer bar staples, I have learned) and some other bread garnishes. Awesome!
The waitstaff was patient with my lack of French language ability and offered to translate any menu items or beer info that I couldn't figure out. A relaxing scene, even though it was full of people. We didn't spend any time in the pub itself, which looked OK on the walk-through.
I loved this place and wish I had more time to hang there during my brief Montreal visit. BTW, take the orange line to Beaubien and walk a few blocks to get to Vices Et Versa. You'll be glad you did.
05-22-2009 17:24:42 | More by andylipp
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
If your not from Montreal like myself, this is the place to go. There are 33 local Quebec beers on tap, with one cask & two house beers. I live one and a half hours south in Burlington, VT and have never had any of the 33 beers. Cool coffee house feel, dark wood, good lighting. You have to pay as you go, no tabs, not a big deal but a bit of an unneccessary nuisance. Service is ok, not overly friendly but efficent. Didn't order any food but sat near the kitchen and it smelled real good. Outdoor patio section was open but it was a little to cold for me. Will be making a trip back in the summer to enjoy that patio and some new Quebec beers.
03-17-2009 02:58:16 | More by scottg
Vices & Versa in Montréal, QC, Canada
95 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.