Hochelaga Irish pub Le Trèfle is set to get a sister pub on the island, with a location on Wellington Street in Verdun preparing to open imminently.
It should be a neat boost to the fledgling Verdun bar scene: this isn’t the kind of Irish pub that boasts Guinness on tap surrounded by a small selection of ho-hum beers from megabreweries. The east-end location for Le Trèfle and its daddy pub by the same name in Trois-Rivières both boast substantial numbers of beers on tap (24 and 32, respectively), and many more in bottled forms, including house-brewed blonde and red options, and selections from Quebec microbrewery Les Grands Bois.
In terms of food options, Le Trèfle Verdun should offer similar pub fare to its forerunners: burgers, nachos, fish and chips, and so forth — it’s nothing groundbreaking, but hey, it’s pub food, and the kitchen offerings at the Hochelaga location have been quite well received over the years.
The pub also has some local star power behind it: one of several principals is actor Rémi-Pierre Paquin, known for his work on Radio-Canada show Les Invincibles and beyond.
Trèfle’s arrival means that Verdun’s drinking options are up to the record number of four establishments — with the exception of brewpub Benelux (courtesy of a loophole), the borough only began issuing bar permits in 2014, and only three have been issued since then: Bar Palco, the now-closed Balconville, and Bar Social, which opened just weeks ago.
It’s been almost four years since Le Trèfle first opened up on Ontario East in Hochelaga, and even longer since the original opened in Trois-Rivières — and it seems that Paquin and company aren’t done expanding yet, with two pubs in the works for Quebec City as well.
An exact opening date hasn’t been set, but a Facebook post from the pub suggests it should be later in April.