Vices & Versa

Vices & VersaVices & Versa
Vices & VersaVices & Versa
Bar, Eatery

6631 Boul Saint-Laurent
Montréal, Quebec, H2S 3C5
Canada

(514) 272-2498 | map
vicesetversa.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.32
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
56
pDev:
9.72%
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Reviews by Tut:
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Tut from New York

4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Sep 14, 2011
More User Reviews:
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Came here with a friend on my first visit; was flying solo the second time.

Had the following over the course of two sessions:
2015 Hill Farmstead Dorothy (bottle)
Les Trois Mousquetaires IPA Expérimentale (draft)
Dieu du Ciel! Le Petit Détour (draft)
Les Trois Mousquetaires Oktoberfest (draft)

The beers ranged from good (Petit) to mind-blowing (Dorothy), and the draft and bottle lists were impressive. Service was super friendly the first time and non-existent the second (bartender disappeared until I had to pay). Didn't eat on either occasion. Overall, Vices & Versa is a very good beer bar that is certainly worth visiting if you find yourself in Montreal.

Feb 14, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Sep 03, 2018
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Aug 03, 2018
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blisscent from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jun 11, 2018
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Astonishing range of beers on tap from one of the richest brewing regions on the continent. Also some bottles including rarities / limited edition bottles. Part owned by Brasserie Dunham. This place is not to be missed by any beer drinker in Montreal. Staff are knowledgable and helpful - food just snacks - but very tasty.

Dec 01, 2017
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eawolff99 from Minnesota

4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Oct 24, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Vices & Versa is a small bar not far from the Marché Jean-Talon to the west, and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel to the east (a 20 minute walk).

There's a very nice deck out back, and lots of wood and exposed brick in the small rooms inside around the bar. It can get a little bit tight, but the service is exceptional and you shouldn't have to wait long for a beer. In fact, with 32 taps to choose from, as well as up to 8 cask ales, it'll probably take you longer to decide what you want than it will for them to deliver it to you.

Besides the deck, the selling point for me is that all of the beers are local. As a non-resident I want to try the local brews and there's no where else in Montréal to do that. Sure, if you've got the time you can visit some of the brewpubs and breweries, but this is kind of a one-stop-shop.

Beyond that, they have food! Sausages, sandwiches, pizza, burgers, nachos and frites! And if you want to get a little fancier than that they've got excellent cheese and pâté plates. It can sometimes be hard to find food when you're "beer touring", and this is a nice stop. Highly recommended!

Feb 08, 2017
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This is a great place, easily one of the best beer bars in Montreal. It is a seemingly small bar that is stretched into an adjacent store front (or at least it seems that way). It looks like nothing from the street though. Inside is a bar and kitchen with interesting and diverse Quebec beers and dishes of all sorts. They have 30 some-odd taps, casks and a full bar with lots of scotch and whiskey. The service is excellent and the food is very good. Additionally they are very active in the scene and host a variety of different events throughout the year. An excellent bar, I just wish it was closer to my house...

Tourists, this is the best place to go if you want to try a variety of everything Quebec beer has to offer in one place. Close to delicious Little Italy food and whatnot as well!

Jan 09, 2017
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Ike-Jin-Park from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Nov 30, 2016
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Jotora from Canada (ON)

4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Sep 22, 2016
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Shanex from France

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Curiously this bar is very close to the brewery Dieu du ciel! It's at walking distance.

The bottle and on tap selection is incredible and the atmosphere really great too. I was there a couple times and if I'm ever back in Montreal will stop by again

Jul 05, 2016
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jjboesen from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This wonderful establishment can be found on the Boulevard St-Laurent (Bus 55) and is well worth the trip. It is a homey place with a bar/dining area along with a separate dining room and a patio out back. The beers are all made in Quebec and cannot be found anywhere else outside the province. The selection was excellent with a large variety of IPAs, saissons and a few bretts and stouts along the way. The service was great as was the food. If you ever had the desire to try Bison Burgers, this is the place. An all around great place to hit and without the hipster intensity found in the Latin Quarter.

Jun 16, 2016
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere: didn't really check out the inside too much but the back patio was very nice. huge patio with nice maple trees limbs hanging into it give it a nice backyard feel. overlooks a nice little park that had a pick up basketball game going on, would love to play some basketball and then drop off for a beer.

Quality: Looks like they represent all the Montreal breweries and a wide variety of styles

Service: pretty good service, they spoke English well and were pretty good about looking over our table. I knew the beers on the list pretty well so not sure how helpful they are if you have questions or need suggestions

Selection: I heard there is a good bottle list but I stayed on the taplist. 30 or so taps, covering a wide variety of Quebec breweries and just about every style. certainly easy to find something you enjoy.

Food: not a huge or crazy menu but the food I had was very well prepared and quite tasty.

Overall: a must hit in Montreal for the BAs. huge taplist nicely covers the things you will want to try when here. Look to bottle list for some rarities too I believe. Great food and great atmosphere

Jun 06, 2016
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doctorpepperguy from Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

May 24, 2016
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gphilli9 from Canada (QC)

3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Some of my friends love Vices & Versa; I am, however, not as enamored with this beer bar as they are. The vibe is quite relaxed and a nice place to have an after work beer. They have a very good selection of craft beer - mostly from Quebec. My real problem stems with its service. Their beer board is handwritten and sometimes hard to read. More problematic is the absolute apathy of their staff, who have mislead me on more than one occasion. Some of them simply don't know much about their beers on tap, and don't seem to care. Food is average.

May 20, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

One of the better bars in town, with attention to extensive tap and bottle list. Few lousy choices - they try to give the people what they want although 96% quebec.most dunham i have seen in town. Packed and everyone in their clique.

May 09, 2016
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QCHopper from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Mar 11, 2016
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Kvezeau from Canada (QC)

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Jan 27, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Boxing Day, 2015 at 1pm. The place is quiet as is most of the city.

Friendly and bilingual, meaning that English is freely spoken here. This is not alway the case in Montreal (I'm looking at you Brasserie du Ciel). The vibe is low key and easy going.

The selection is extensive and mostly "Artisanale Quebec"--32 beers on tap and only one is from the USA and one from Ontario.

The food was basic but very well made. The choices are limited but there seemed to be something for everyone.

Dec 26, 2015
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theDuck from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nov 28, 2015
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Ajlvt from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Oct 28, 2015
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CATVDK from Maine

4.71/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Oct 25, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a really nice spot that takes a taxi to get to from downtown as a tourist, but is worth the trip. Great atmosphere, excellent service and a nice variety of options on tap. A good representation of different Quebec breweries was available. Had the nachos to eat, which were very good.

Oct 03, 2015
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

May 24, 2015
Vices & Versa in Montréal, QC, Canada
Place rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 56 ratings