Vices & Versa
Taps: 36 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
4.05/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Atmosphere: Quite a long ways away from the Downtown/Plateau area, the only way to get here is to take the St-Laurent street bus northbound and get off at St-Zotique street. Vices et Versa is half a block away from Montreal's little Italy, and that seems to reflect on the décor inside. You can tell this used to be a quaint little Italian café. Nice wooden bar, local artists exposing on the walls, terrasse in the back that I haven't had the chance to visit yet but looked nice from the quick glances I took.
Selection: This Beer bar seems to be the Montreal outlet for Québec city Micro-COOP la Barberie. They have 5-7 Barberie Beers on tap. They also have quite a few non-Beer products, like ciders, honeywine, booze made with maple syrup, all Québec-made and most quite excellent, if you have to bring along someone crazy enough not to like Beer. Vices et Versa is a "Bistro du terroir", which basically expresses their commitment to Québec-made products. I wasn't able to convince my tasting partner to try any of the food, so I can't give it a score. However, I did check out the menu and everything looks great. Craft-made cheezes, desserts, etc. Next time I'll make sure not to eat before I go.
Service: Great, the waitress was friendly, curteous and knew her menu well. She tasted everything they had, and it showed. It didn't take her long to pin me down as a Beer freak and took the time to go into more details about what they had on tap, and even offered me a free sample. The place wasn't packed, so service was fast.
Quality: The Beers offered are mostly "crossover" type beers, with one or two more complex offerings. During my last visit I sampled a molasses Brown ale that had subtle hints of molasses and malty flavour, not too sweet and low in ABV (4.5% the website says). Perfect to break the old stereotype that brown ales taste too strong, but I personnally like my brews with a little more oomph.
This is a nice quiet place to hang low, bring a date, and maybe initiate someone into the wonderful world of craft Beer.
I finally tried the food...wow, I had the large cheeze/paté plate and it was suberb, served with nuts, onion jam and hot fresh bread. And the kicker? A chocolate truffle, that I matched up with the Imperial Stout they had on tap. A match made in heaven.
05-10-2004 22:02:58 | More by Goldorak
Vices & Versa in Montréal, QC, Canada
95 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.