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Vices & Versa

Not Rated.
Vices & VersaVices & Versa

Taps: 36 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

6631 Saint-Laurent Blvd
Montréal, Quebec, H2S 3C5
Canada
phone: (514) 272-2498

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mfunk9786

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-02-2014 15:41:41 | More by mfunk9786
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Aisha

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-03-2013 15:12:28 | More by Aisha
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Niniimaa

Kentucky

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
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Likemall

California

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
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buyBinboaVodka

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I went to this place after reviewing it on BA and thought this would be a great place to go on my beercation in Montreal. If you are staying in Montreal its a few blocks away from the subway station. If me and my girl did it in the snow and 10 degree weather, then its worth the trip.

There is a small sign outside so try to look for it closely. When you first walk in there are tables and a bar is towards the back. There is another small room to the right that has a few more tables in it. I sat at the bar to look at the chalkboard. This place had 32 beers on tap and 1 cask beer. The list was overwhelming because I did not reconize any beers on the list, which is great.

The bartender was polite and very talkative. He gave us great recomdations for beer and even told us about all of the other great bars in the area. The service was top notch and the beers where equally excellent. They seem to really care about the beer and serve very few macros from the area.

The place was lively and had a young energetic feel but was not crazy. I wish I had more time to spend there.

I suggest anybody going to Montreal for some great beer try this place out.

01-16-2012 16:19:40 | More by buyBinboaVodka
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mbonugli

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-17-2014 19:48:10 | More by mbonugli
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Tut

New York

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

Vices et Versa is the best beer bar(it's not a brewpub) in Montreal - period. It features 30+ draught beers from Quebec craft breweries that are unknown to most Americans or even to Canadians from other provinces. They aren't distributed outside Quebec but are as good as any I've had in North America. How often does one get to explore a beer list containing 33 unfamiliar craft beers?

The interior is appealing with exposed brick walls and a really nice terrasse in back during good weather. The place is mellow, relaxed, and doesn't feel like a typical bar. It's location is a good way from downtown and a little north of the Mile End area, but can be easily reached by the frequent St. Laurent bus. This keeps it free from tourists.

They only serve light snacks but there are plenty of restaurants nearby(it's on the edge of Montreal's little Italy). I've been here many times and have always found the staff friendly and helpful with no hint of the snobbiness a previous review referred to.

I highly recommend making the effort to get to Vices et Versa and spending a lengthy session. It can easily be combined with a trip to Dieu du Ciel and I often come here when I tire of the large crowds that flock to that brewpub.

09-14-2011 16:54:47 | More by Tut
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CBA

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
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skivtjerry

Vermont

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
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scottg

Vermont

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
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Vices & Versa in Montréal, QC, Canada
95 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.