Bateau de Nuit


275 Rue Saint-Jean
Québec, Quebec, G1R 1N8

(418) 977-2626 | map

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Bateau de Nuit is my favorite place in Québec, but it's not for everyone.

There's no sign outside, but it's atop the restaurant Angkor Siemreap. You enter to the left, go up the stairs, and then through the door on the right. You'd think it was someone's apartment except for the beer and music posters in the hallway.

Once inside it's quite divey. There's a nautical theme, and there's rock music playing. It could be anything including Scorpions, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Slayer, Megadeath, to more intense stuff like thrash, death, or black metal.

The bar is central and small, offering 10 taps which are all local. There's a stage to the right, and they do host shows, and tables and chairs in front of that. There's no food, and no table service, but you'll want to go up to the bar and chat with the guys anyway.

It's unlike any bar that I've ever been in. The only two that I can think of which would be even remotely close (and are not!) were C.B.G.B's in NYC and the Khyber Pass in Philly during the late 80's/early 90's. It's the perfect combination of atmosphere, friendly staff, and great beers.

Feb 14, 2017
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Low profile, almost hidden entrance, and a small place. Decorated with wood and themed like the interior of a ship with related artifacts, yet simplistic and heteroclite, but still charming. Was there a busy saturday night and it's easily heavily packed. The mood are metal heads, metal music, and sexy beards, so we felt right at home. The locals were open minded and pretty friendly. 8 different taps of rotating micro beers from Quebec, mostly high quality stuff, sometimes super high quality stuff. They also have a menu with a selection of around 100 international beers, but I doubt their inventory. Everything is reasonably priced. The staff (Sebastian and Vincent) are really friendly and highly knowledgeable. You can sample before ordering and they treat their customers with respect. We really liked the experience and I highly recommend it for those looking for a Metal bar (not for the faint of heart). The flaws: they don't have proper glassware for some beers, and they rarely pour a nice head. (which is why I hate tap bars)

Dec 10, 2015
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MetalCath from Canada (QC)

4.85/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Best bar in Quebec City for any beer enthusiastic !

They've got a wide and always changing selection of local microbrewery beers everyday.

As a local, this is hands down my favorite place to hang out.

Feb 26, 2015
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tendermorsel from Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Wow this place is great. To be honest it is a bit divey but that is part of it's charm. Heavy Metal and Quebec beer! The staff and the patrons were heavily tattooed up with death metal shirts but were amazingly friendly, and knowledgeable. Great selection of Quebecois beer. Better than any bar I have been to in the. province. Lot's of Belgian beers to. Lambic was available. I would highly recommend the Night Boat!

Aug 12, 2014
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Retemnav from North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Incredible place in Quebec City, especially after you've been stuck in the touristry Old Port for a couple of days!

Went on a Tuesday night and it was full, but not crowded. Maybe 20 people or so, and we grabbed a table easily. Taplist was full of small QC micro-breweries across a range of styles. Bartender/owner Sebastian was EXTREMELY nice and helpful, he loves and knows his beer. Our only issue was that he would sometimes disappear downstairs, who knows where, for 10-15 minutes at a time. Only a problem if you'd just finished your beer!

Beers were cheap (by Old Port standards), ranging from $5-6.50 a pint. Sebastian was apologetic that he did not have any casks on, his distributor had not delivered them yet, and he begged us to come back the next night for an IPA event he was having, but we unfortunately had to get back to Montreal for our flight home.

Just a perfect, college-type dive bar with a great tap list and friendly people. We ended up closing the bar down while talking to a group of locals who were backing the Quebec Seperatist movement. They were very interested in our take on the American Civil War, since we were from the South. Got a cab home at 4:30 in the morning for $6 for a memorable end to a great time in Quebec City!

Oct 01, 2012
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Luk13 from Canada (QC)

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very cool place, nicely decorated. I like the atmosphere, very quiet place as it is not very crowded (10 people max.). The owner/bartender is very friendly without being intrusive either. Selection is as good as it gets for Quebec city with 8 rotating taps of Quebec micros at all times with some simili exclusive offerings, they had Charlevoix Saison multigrain and Triple du St-Pub which were very good. Very recommended place if you're in the area. I wish there was a place like this in Trois-Rivières.

Aug 12, 2011
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CBA from British Indian Ocean Territory

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Well we tried to find this place without using a street address which was clearly a mistake. Directions from 5 different people, a hand drawn map, finally going on google street view and two days later we found the place. We are idiots. Well worth the effort though. The best bar that I've been to in Quebec City. Feels like you're in a friends unfinished basement in high school while set adrift in some old saliors derelict yacht. Excellent tap list (6 or so) plus a hand pump (unfortunately not working when we were there). Knowledgable and friendly service. The owner who is apparently from France speaks no English, but the bartender and other locals were able to fill in the blanks. Lots of Belgian imports in bottles, but you're really there for the local biere en fut. At the end of the night we asked why they no longer had their sign up that would clearly assist in finding the place; the owner with some translation from the bartender walked over to an old sail that was hanging on the wall and pulled it back. Behind it was the bar's sign that used to be outside. That was our only explanation...apparently it's not to be found easily. No sign, no name, no address, up a flight of stairs and through a curtain you'll find a great place to have a beer. Highly recommended.

Dec 31, 2010
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Tim2000 from Canada (QC)

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Small bar above a restaurant on St-Jean street in downtown Quebec City. 10 minute walk from the Old City.

The place has a nautical-theme going on and it's definitely on the dark and dingy side. It's mostly a student hang-out with bands playing occasionally in a corner of the room.

Several taps with a variety of Quebec microbrews and a large selection of bottles. They also privately import beers from 6 of the Trappist abbeys and some gueuzes. Top quality stuff.

Service is exceptionally friendly and you can taste any of the beers on tap before ordering a pint, if you're the risk-averse type.

No food.

Prices are around $5-7 for pints and $10-15 for a bottle of the high-end imports.

Jan 17, 2010
Bateau de Nuit in Québec, QC, Canada
Place rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 13 ratings