Vices & Versa
Taps: 36 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
4.83/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited during the 2009 NHL Draft. Worth the visit alone and an easy reason why Crescent Street needs to be avoided.
My friends complained the whole walk out there...its about 4km from downtown and I didn't plan on which metro stop to take. I think its two past Laurier and about 4 blocks from the exit in a neighborhood that reminded us the area around the Map Room in Chicago.
Our waitress didn't speak much and we didn't ask about which was best, we just had three flights of six and both agreed on the cask conditioned Post Colonial IPA from Hopfenstark.
They had a flight of cheese with french bread, almonds, olives, onion, pear, and butter. I went with a nice gourmet hot dog with honey/mustard/corn and a large spinach salad. Our total bill with 20% tip came to $US88 with four pints and three flights and food.
We got there about 3pm (after rounds 2-7) and there were two others. I could understand if there were waitstaff and waiting issues if we went during the busy hours.
06-30-2009 22:35:42 | More by Niniimaa
4.83/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.8/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went to this place after reviewing it on BA and thought this would be a great place to go on my beercation in Montreal. If you are staying in Montreal its a few blocks away from the subway station. If me and my girl did it in the snow and 10 degree weather, then its worth the trip.
There is a small sign outside so try to look for it closely. When you first walk in there are tables and a bar is towards the back. There is another small room to the right that has a few more tables in it. I sat at the bar to look at the chalkboard. This place had 32 beers on tap and 1 cask beer. The list was overwhelming because I did not reconize any beers on the list, which is great.
The bartender was polite and very talkative. He gave us great recomdations for beer and even told us about all of the other great bars in the area. The service was top notch and the beers where equally excellent. They seem to really care about the beer and serve very few macros from the area.
The place was lively and had a young energetic feel but was not crazy. I wish I had more time to spend there.
I suggest anybody going to Montreal for some great beer try this place out.
01-16-2012 16:19:40 | More by buyBinboaVodka
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4.66/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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
4.66/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Vices et Versa is the best beer bar(it's not a brewpub) in Montreal - period. It features 30+ draught beers from Quebec craft breweries that are unknown to most Americans or even to Canadians from other provinces. They aren't distributed outside Quebec but are as good as any I've had in North America. How often does one get to explore a beer list containing 33 unfamiliar craft beers?
The interior is appealing with exposed brick walls and a really nice terrasse in back during good weather. The place is mellow, relaxed, and doesn't feel like a typical bar. It's location is a good way from downtown and a little north of the Mile End area, but can be easily reached by the frequent St. Laurent bus. This keeps it free from tourists.
They only serve light snacks but there are plenty of restaurants nearby(it's on the edge of Montreal's little Italy). I've been here many times and have always found the staff friendly and helpful with no hint of the snobbiness a previous review referred to.
I highly recommend making the effort to get to Vices et Versa and spending a lengthy session. It can easily be combined with a trip to Dieu du Ciel and I often come here when I tire of the large crowds that flock to that brewpub.
09-14-2011 16:54:47 | More by Tut
4.53/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
If your not from Montreal like myself, this is the place to go. There are 33 local Quebec beers on tap, with one cask & two house beers. I live one and a half hours south in Burlington, VT and have never had any of the 33 beers. Cool coffee house feel, dark wood, good lighting. You have to pay as you go, no tabs, not a big deal but a bit of an unneccessary nuisance. Service is ok, not overly friendly but efficent. Didn't order any food but sat near the kitchen and it smelled real good. Outdoor patio section was open but it was a little to cold for me. Will be making a trip back in the summer to enjoy that patio and some new Quebec beers.
03-17-2009 02:58:16 | More by scottg
4.45/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$$
loved this place! 29 beers on tap - all from quebec. had never previously tasted anything on the entire draft list - where else can you say that about 29 beers?? not only that, but the freshest tasting beer i've ever had as well - all local which is key. i'm in philly where you can get great local beer all over the place - but the freshness at vices et versa is unmatched in philly. perhaps a combination of the product and the taps? anyway, big plus there.
we sat in the back courtyard patio - saturday afternoon into night - very cool spot to drink some great beers.
our waiter in the afternoon was great - very helpful with suggestions and answering our questions about different beers - but once the next shift came in, our waitress was much less helpful and rarely seen (she was the only one working the very busy outside - so i can understand why the service dropped off). either way, not a deal breaker at all.
food, i must say, was nothing special - although a little more adventurous than the other beer places we visited. one thing i learned while in Montreal is that all the good beer places there have pretty simple "bar" food -i.e. nachos, chips, small appetizers. not like in philly - where pretty much all the good beer places have very good food as well (if you don't have good food and a great burger, you will not survive in philly). but again, not a big deal - we went there to drink.
surprisingy, my favorite beer that i tried was the hopfenstark framboise (8% abv raspberry beer) - i'm not one for fruity beers in general -but this was the best i've ever had by far - not sweet - a bit tart like a sour ale - delicious. also had a couple good ipa's, a saison, brown ale, belgian white - everything was good. they had about 5 ipa's, 4 belgian whites, 4 red ales, 3 brown ales, saison, ginger beer, stout - something for everyone.
all in all, no doubt the best beer bar we visited in Montreal -(others visited: Dieu Du Ciel - loved it but not this good, Cheval Blanc -really cool space and good beer, L'Amere Boire - not impressed, Le Sergent Recruteur - not impressed).
If you go to Montreal this is a must stop!
09-15-2008 20:34:19 | More by gvatz
4.45/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Based on the reviews, I wanted t make sure to pay this place a visit, but getting there wasn't all that easy. Other than giving me the address, the French-only website wasn't helpful to me, and a phone call to inquire about how to get there via the metro only got me a French-language answering machine. After guessing (poorly) we ended up taking a $15 cab ride from the St. Laurent Metro station to get there. Thankfully, it was well worth the trouble.
We sat outside on the busy patio on a beautiful spring evening after a loooong day of sightseeing. A chalkboard featured 33 drafts, all from Quebec, most of which I was unfamiliar with. Knowing Hopfenstark only by reputation, I ordered a Baltic Porter and an IPA from that brewery, both of which were excellent. I also had a IIPA from another brewery (I never did figure out which one) which was also enjoyable.
We ordered a cheese plate that came with a warm loaf of multigrain bread, some olives, almonds (both Montreal beer bar staples, I have learned) and some other bread garnishes. Awesome!
The waitstaff was patient with my lack of French language ability and offered to translate any menu items or beer info that I couldn't figure out. A relaxing scene, even though it was full of people. We didn't spend any time in the pub itself, which looked OK on the walk-through.
I loved this place and wish I had more time to hang there during my brief Montreal visit. BTW, take the orange line to Beaubien and walk a few blocks to get to Vices Et Versa. You'll be glad you did.
05-22-2009 17:24:42 | More by andylipp
4.44/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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
Vices & Versa in Montréal, QC, Canada
95 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.