It’s a big year of expansions for Old Montreal’s Venice — first, owner Charles Manceau opened a big second location for the Californian restaurant on Beaver Hall. Now, he’s added a bar, Boho, next to the original restaurant.
Boho is right next door to Venice on Saint-François-Xavier, and Manceau says he wants it to be a casual spot. That is, the sort of place locals can go for a relaxing drink, as compared to some of the clubbier establishments around the area.
Cocktails are a big part of what’s on offer, with reasonable prices for Old Montreal — there’s a clear Californian feel to the offerings with plenty of bright, fruity flavours, and an eye towards neighbouring Mexico in some offerings, like the mezcal-based Clandestino. There’s beer on tap and a few wines by the glass (sparkling included), too.
Food from Venice’s menu is available in Boho — tacos, poke bowls, and the like — up until Venice closes each night (11 p.m.). Inside, the decor is not distant to the woody and green design of Venice, but with a more nocturnal style to it. Take a look at this very small peek inside, and note the delightfully retro green leaf wallpaper.
Manceau isn’t done the expansions for the year: now Boho is open, a takeout counter for the Old Montreal Venice is coming in just a few weeks — it will be on the same side of the building as Boho, but facing the street (to access Boho, you enter through a smaller front room where the takeout operation will be). Once that’s ready, the final addition will be a tequila and mezcal bar beneath Boho: that one will be a much more subdued affair, focused on tasting imported liquors from Mexico.
STATUS — Boho is open nightly (except Mondays) at 436 Saint-François-Xavier in Old Montreal.