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The Essential Bars of Quebec City

Secret speakeasies, brilliant brewpubs, and more

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Thirsty in La Capitale-Nationale? No sweat — here are 24 options for consuming alcohol in Quebec City, running the gamut from unpretentious pubs to a slick speakeasy, and board game bars to breweries. Some focus on beer, others on wine or cocktails — all are worthy places to spend an evening.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brasserie Griendel

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195 Rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec
QC G1K 1J9, Canada
(581) 742-2884
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This trendy Saint-Sauveur beer destination is set in a modern, industrial building with high ceilings and a lively atmosphere. Expect a wide selection of in-house brews, wild collaborations and finger licking pub grub.

2. Chez Tao

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104 Rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec
QC G1K 1K1, Canada
(418) 204-1850
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This recently opened Saint-Sauveur joint serves street-style Vietnamese food alongside the kookiest cocktails in town. Owner and mixology master Vincent Thuaud blends alcohols, herbs, fruits and bitters in some rather ludicrous containers. Guaranteed fun times, especially for a late night.

3. Taverne Jos Dion

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65 Rue Saint-Joseph O, Québec
QC G1K 1W8, Canada
(418) 525-0710
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One of the oldest taverns in North America, Jos Dion has been open late almost every day since 1933. This no-fuss Québécois tavern highlights Saint-Sauveur’s typical fauna, from working class through to suited industry professionals.

4. MacFly Bar Arcade

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422 Rue Caron, Québec
QC G1K 5W7, Canada
(418) 528-7000
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At this very casual St-Roch hang spot, local beer and grilled cheese sandwiches are as popular as the many free vintage arcade games and retro pinball machines.

5. Maelstrøm Saint-Roch

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181 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec
QC G1K 3P2, Canada
(418) 523-0700
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Complex and coffee-centric creations served in a beautiful red brick building with a cracking wooden floor. Decorated with an eccentric mix of wood furniture and a standing piano, there’s a vintage energy to Maelstrom, yet with a very modern and refreshing take on cocktails. It’s vegan-friendly on the food front, and has strong options for non-alcoholic drinks.

6. La Cuisine

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205 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec
QC G1K 3P2, Canada
(418) 523-3387
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This bistro-bar offers straight up beer and booze without pretentiousness. Expect amicable service, a laid-back ambience, and a very welcome late-night kitchen.

7. Korrigane

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380 Rue Dorchester, Québec
QC G1K 6A7, Canada
(418) 614-0932
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Heaven for beer drinkers and gourmands in general looking to dive into Québec’s unique terroir, whether in a glass or on a plate. Expect friendly staff, lively community-centric events and a beautifully intimate terrace.

8. La Souche (multiple locations)

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801 Chemin de la Canardière, Québec
QC G1J 2B8, Canada
(581) 742-1144
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The Stoneham location for this brewpub is a popular hangout for a refreshing pint after a long hike or a ski in the Jacques Cartier trails. The original Limoilou location is a great place to soak in a local, younger crowd serving styles that cater to all types of drinkers, and great pub grub too.

9. Les Salons d'Edgar

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263 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec
QC G1K 3P4, Canada
(418) 523-7811
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With a dimly-lit ambience that feels like you’re walking into a Jane Austin novel, Edgar touts leather sofas, lounge chairs, a fireplace, and pool tables, attracting artists, students, and professionals alike. Delightfully austere and ideal for scotch, champagne or a martini (shaken, not stirred).

10. Bateau de Nuit

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275 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1N8, Canada
(418) 977-2626
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Considered one of Canada’s best craft beer bars (according to beer geeks), Bateau de Nuir pours limited edition casks and funky brews from some of Québec’s favourite artisan breweries, and is also the best place to watch a hockey game in town.

11. Le Projet

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399 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1N8, Canada
(418) 914-5322
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Even though it could feel like you’re walking into a former Victorian bordel, the only pleasure here is served on tap. Projet features an exhaustive list of Québec-brewed beers and ciders to please every beer lover. There’s good food on offer, although service can be spotty.

12. La Revanche

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585 Boulevard Charest E, Québec
QC G1K 3J2, Canada
(418) 263-5389
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Quebec City’s go-to for booze and board games in the one location, La Revanche boasts literal walls of games to choose between, fuelled by beer, pizza, and other pub standards, in a jovial setting.

13. Le Sacrilège

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447 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1P5, Canada
(418) 649-1985
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With cheap drinks and friendly service, Le Sacrilège is home to the best quality to price ratio for beer in town, and boasts one of Québec City’s most beautiful terrasses. Expect live performances and art exhibits with a laid-back neighbourhood bar atmosphere.

14. Nénuphar

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801 4e Rue, Québec
QC G1H 2T7, Canada

This newcomer to Limoilou is Quebec City’s first hidden bar (“speakeasy”, if you like). With a floral interior drawing major inspiration from impressionist art, Nénuphar fittingly goes full 19th century France with its absinthe offerings, but also does other cocktails and natural wine in a strangely gorgeous setting.

15. Lvlop

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732 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec
QC G1K 3C3, Canada
(418) 524-8484
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Pronounced “Level up”, this is Quebec City’s bar for gamers and e-sports fanatics. Expect booze and video games located in the heart of Saint-Roch, as well as greasy finger foods and geeky cocktails.

16. Le Moine Echanson

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585 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1P7, Canada
(418) 524-7832
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Never underestimate the power of Mother Nature in a bottle, especially served in a very French-inspired guinguette. Exclusive, elusive and funky beverages are most prominent at this wine bar.

17. Pub Nelligan's

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789 Côte Sainte-Geneviève, Québec
QC G1R 3L6, Canada
(418) 704-7817
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Quebec City’s staple Irish pub serves more than just beer: it’s quite the whiskey destination with regular tastings offered either by the distillers themselves or the very knowledgeable, friendly staff. See also: the charming private terrasse.

18. La Barberie

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310 Rue Saint-Roch, Québec
QC G1K 6S2, Canada
(418) 522-4373
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Drawing crowds for its luxurious side-street terrace and it’s impressive selection of house-brewed beers, Barberie is a pillar and a pioneer for craft beer in Québec that strives to constantly renew and polish its products. It’s Québec City’s only “bring your own food” establishment, too.

19. L'Atelier

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624 Grande Allée E, Québec
QC G1R 2K5, Canada
(418) 522-2225
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This lively Grande-Allée restaurant/bar and cocktail hotspot is popular with college and university students looking for zesty tartars and late night drinks. It all takes place in an industrial-modern setting (spread over a hefty five levels) with street art décor and friendly service.

20. Bar Ste-Angèle

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26 Rue Sainte Angèle, Québec
QC G1R 4G4, Canada
(418) 692-2171
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Hidden off the beaten paths of touristy Old Québec, the Ste-Angèle is a popular destination for live jazz and cocktails (in pitchers, no less). Note that it doesn’t open until 8 p.m., generally speaking.

21. Taverne Belley

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249 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec
QC G1K 3W5, Canada
(418) 692-4595
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Hotel Belley’s on-site tavern is Quebec City’s best-kept secret for a happy hour game of pétanque accompanied with some pastis, or pretzels and Negronis by the pool table. The bar is also a hub for folk music, poetry readings, fundraising events, and art installations.

22. 1608

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Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec
QC G1R 5J5, Canada
(418) 692-3861
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At the Château Frontenac’s classy bar, wines of the world are paired with local cheese and charcuterie. A sumptuous central circular bar attracts many a world traveller, while the leather love seats are ideal for seductive conversations.

23. L'Oncle Antoine

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29 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec
QC G1K 3Z3, Canada
(418) 694-9176
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Known for its decadent onion soup, l’Oncle Antoine is the granddaddy of Quebec City pubs. Set in the heart of historic Place Royale, it feels like your stepping into some historic figure’s bar-cave dream, complete with whisky and a fireplace.

24. Bar Artefact

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10 Rue Saint Antoine Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4C9 Rue Saint Antoine, Québec
QC G1K 4C9, Canada
(418) 692-2211
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Set inside the Auberge Saint-Antoine, Artefact serves both classic cocktails and whimsical new creations. Lounge in a cozy sofa next to the fireplace, and indulge in live jazz every Thursday. Or, watch the game sitting at the bar sipping on gin and slurping oysters.

1. Brasserie Griendel

195 Rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec, QC G1K 1J9, Canada

This trendy Saint-Sauveur beer destination is set in a modern, industrial building with high ceilings and a lively atmosphere. Expect a wide selection of in-house brews, wild collaborations and finger licking pub grub.

195 Rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec
QC G1K 1J9, Canada

2. Chez Tao

104 Rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec, QC G1K 1K1, Canada

This recently opened Saint-Sauveur joint serves street-style Vietnamese food alongside the kookiest cocktails in town. Owner and mixology master Vincent Thuaud blends alcohols, herbs, fruits and bitters in some rather ludicrous containers. Guaranteed fun times, especially for a late night.

104 Rue Saint-Vallier O, Québec
QC G1K 1K1, Canada

3. Taverne Jos Dion

65 Rue Saint-Joseph O, Québec, QC G1K 1W8, Canada

One of the oldest taverns in North America, Jos Dion has been open late almost every day since 1933. This no-fuss Québécois tavern highlights Saint-Sauveur’s typical fauna, from working class through to suited industry professionals.

65 Rue Saint-Joseph O, Québec
QC G1K 1W8, Canada

4. MacFly Bar Arcade

422 Rue Caron, Québec, QC G1K 5W7, Canada

At this very casual St-Roch hang spot, local beer and grilled cheese sandwiches are as popular as the many free vintage arcade games and retro pinball machines.

422 Rue Caron, Québec
QC G1K 5W7, Canada

5. Maelstrøm Saint-Roch

181 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec, QC G1K 3P2, Canada

Complex and coffee-centric creations served in a beautiful red brick building with a cracking wooden floor. Decorated with an eccentric mix of wood furniture and a standing piano, there’s a vintage energy to Maelstrom, yet with a very modern and refreshing take on cocktails. It’s vegan-friendly on the food front, and has strong options for non-alcoholic drinks.

181 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec
QC G1K 3P2, Canada

6. La Cuisine

205 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec, QC G1K 3P2, Canada

This bistro-bar offers straight up beer and booze without pretentiousness. Expect amicable service, a laid-back ambience, and a very welcome late-night kitchen.

205 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec
QC G1K 3P2, Canada

7. Korrigane

380 Rue Dorchester, Québec, QC G1K 6A7, Canada

Heaven for beer drinkers and gourmands in general looking to dive into Québec’s unique terroir, whether in a glass or on a plate. Expect friendly staff, lively community-centric events and a beautifully intimate terrace.

380 Rue Dorchester, Québec
QC G1K 6A7, Canada

8. La Souche (multiple locations)

801 Chemin de la Canardière, Québec, QC G1J 2B8, Canada

The Stoneham location for this brewpub is a popular hangout for a refreshing pint after a long hike or a ski in the Jacques Cartier trails. The original Limoilou location is a great place to soak in a local, younger crowd serving styles that cater to all types of drinkers, and great pub grub too.

801 Chemin de la Canardière, Québec
QC G1J 2B8, Canada

9. Les Salons d'Edgar

263 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec, QC G1K 3P4, Canada

With a dimly-lit ambience that feels like you’re walking into a Jane Austin novel, Edgar touts leather sofas, lounge chairs, a fireplace, and pool tables, attracting artists, students, and professionals alike. Delightfully austere and ideal for scotch, champagne or a martini (shaken, not stirred).

263 Rue Saint-Vallier E, Québec
QC G1K 3P4, Canada

10. Bateau de Nuit

275 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1N8, Canada

Considered one of Canada’s best craft beer bars (according to beer geeks), Bateau de Nuir pours limited edition casks and funky brews from some of Québec’s favourite artisan breweries, and is also the best place to watch a hockey game in town.

275 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1N8, Canada

11. Le Projet

399 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1N8, Canada

Even though it could feel like you’re walking into a former Victorian bordel, the only pleasure here is served on tap. Projet features an exhaustive list of Québec-brewed beers and ciders to please every beer lover. There’s good food on offer, although service can be spotty.

399 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1N8, Canada

12. La Revanche

585 Boulevard Charest E, Québec, QC G1K 3J2, Canada

Quebec City’s go-to for booze and board games in the one location, La Revanche boasts literal walls of games to choose between, fuelled by beer, pizza, and other pub standards, in a jovial setting.

585 Boulevard Charest E, Québec
QC G1K 3J2, Canada

13. Le Sacrilège

447 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P5, Canada

With cheap drinks and friendly service, Le Sacrilège is home to the best quality to price ratio for beer in town, and boasts one of Québec City’s most beautiful terrasses. Expect live performances and art exhibits with a laid-back neighbourhood bar atmosphere.

447 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1P5, Canada

14. Nénuphar

801 4e Rue, Québec, QC G1H 2T7, Canada

This newcomer to Limoilou is Quebec City’s first hidden bar (“speakeasy”, if you like). With a floral interior drawing major inspiration from impressionist art, Nénuphar fittingly goes full 19th century France with its absinthe offerings, but also does other cocktails and natural wine in a strangely gorgeous setting.

801 4e Rue, Québec
QC G1H 2T7, Canada

15. Lvlop

732 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec, QC G1K 3C3, Canada

Pronounced “Level up”, this is Quebec City’s bar for gamers and e-sports fanatics. Expect booze and video games located in the heart of Saint-Roch, as well as greasy finger foods and geeky cocktails.

732 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec
QC G1K 3C3, Canada

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16. Le Moine Echanson

585 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P7, Canada

Never underestimate the power of Mother Nature in a bottle, especially served in a very French-inspired guinguette. Exclusive, elusive and funky beverages are most prominent at this wine bar.

585 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec
QC G1R 1P7, Canada

17. Pub Nelligan's

789 Côte Sainte-Geneviève, Québec, QC G1R 3L6, Canada

Quebec City’s staple Irish pub serves more than just beer: it’s quite the whiskey destination with regular tastings offered either by the distillers themselves or the very knowledgeable, friendly staff. See also: the charming private terrasse.

789 Côte Sainte-Geneviève, Québec
QC G1R 3L6, Canada

18. La Barberie

310 Rue Saint-Roch, Québec, QC G1K 6S2, Canada

Drawing crowds for its luxurious side-street terrace and it’s impressive selection of house-brewed beers, Barberie is a pillar and a pioneer for craft beer in Québec that strives to constantly renew and polish its products. It’s Québec City’s only “bring your own food” establishment, too.

310 Rue Saint-Roch, Québec
QC G1K 6S2, Canada

19. L'Atelier

624 Grande Allée E, Québec, QC G1R 2K5, Canada

This lively Grande-Allée restaurant/bar and cocktail hotspot is popular with college and university students looking for zesty tartars and late night drinks. It all takes place in an industrial-modern setting (spread over a hefty five levels) with street art décor and friendly service.

624 Grande Allée E, Québec
QC G1R 2K5, Canada

20. Bar Ste-Angèle

26 Rue Sainte Angèle, Québec, QC G1R 4G4, Canada

Hidden off the beaten paths of touristy Old Québec, the Ste-Angèle is a popular destination for live jazz and cocktails (in pitchers, no less). Note that it doesn’t open until 8 p.m., generally speaking.

26 Rue Sainte Angèle, Québec
QC G1R 4G4, Canada

21. Taverne Belley

249 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec, QC G1K 3W5, Canada

Hotel Belley’s on-site tavern is Quebec City’s best-kept secret for a happy hour game of pétanque accompanied with some pastis, or pretzels and Negronis by the pool table. The bar is also a hub for folk music, poetry readings, fundraising events, and art installations.

249 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec
QC G1K 3W5, Canada

22. 1608

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 5J5, Canada

At the Château Frontenac’s classy bar, wines of the world are paired with local cheese and charcuterie. A sumptuous central circular bar attracts many a world traveller, while the leather love seats are ideal for seductive conversations.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec
QC G1R 5J5, Canada

23. L'Oncle Antoine

29 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec, QC G1K 3Z3, Canada

Known for its decadent onion soup, l’Oncle Antoine is the granddaddy of Quebec City pubs. Set in the heart of historic Place Royale, it feels like your stepping into some historic figure’s bar-cave dream, complete with whisky and a fireplace.

29 Rue Saint-Pierre, Québec
QC G1K 3Z3, Canada

24. Bar Artefact

10 Rue Saint Antoine Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4C9 Rue Saint Antoine, Québec, QC G1K 4C9, Canada

Set inside the Auberge Saint-Antoine, Artefact serves both classic cocktails and whimsical new creations. Lounge in a cozy sofa next to the fireplace, and indulge in live jazz every Thursday. Or, watch the game sitting at the bar sipping on gin and slurping oysters.

10 Rue Saint Antoine Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4C9 Rue Saint Antoine, Québec
QC G1K 4C9, Canada

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