First stop on the impromptu scotch tour of Montreal, the Whisky Cafe is a pretty classy joint, although the website is a little mid-last-decade (music-playing Flash splash page, eh?). The music is definitely part of the atmosphere of the cafe, low lighting and many, many bottles on the walls and behind the bar. There is a Cigar Lounge as well which I will definitely check out next time I’m in town.
We went early on a Saturday night and had the place pretty much to ourselves. Montreal is a later city than Ottawa and The Festival of Lights was wrapping up, so the crowds may simply have been elsewhere. As a result, we got amazing service, discussing bottles and brands of Scottish, Canadian, Japanese and Indian single malts with their very informed staff.
However, expect to pay for the knowledge and the selection. Whisky Cafe prices were higher than comparable glasses at other bars, and other than a few liquor & food pairings, there wasn’t much in the way of eats. This isn’t necessarily a complaint or a strike against the place, its just to let you know what to expect.
All in all, loved the atmosphere, the service and the selection. I’ll definitely be back. If you go, do it with a full belly and a full wallet.
Whisky Cafe – 5800 St-Laurent Boul, Montreal – 514 278 2646