Aug 20, 2011

Old Montreal: bars by the water and Bota Bota's bistro

Girls having drinks at Bistro Vu
By Alexandra Forbes

My post this week on Tourisme Montreal's portal The Montreal Buzz is about where to eat and drink by the water. In it I recommend three of my favourite spots by the river: the Bota Bota spa (pictured above), Bistro VU (more of a party place than actual bistro) and the Café des Éclusiers.

We're fast approaching the end of summer, so there's only a few more weeks to go check them out...


Bistro Vü: Go for the great view of the St. Lawrence river, the  Jacques Cartier Bridge and the Clock Tower Quay. There's a restaurant on the third floor and a bar-lounge on the 4th floor rooftop where sometimes they have big parties with out-of-town DJs.The VU is hard to find, tucked inside a private marina: make sure to consult your GPS or iPhone.
550 de la Commune St. East, (514) 451-0866

View from Bistro Vu's rooftop: the Jacques Cartier Bridge


Café des Éclusiers:
This riverside bar has been around for a while and it's still one of the best happy hour spots in town on a hot summer afternoon.
400 De la Commune West (at McGill street), (514) 496-0109 


Bota Bota
One of the little-known facts about Bota Bota - the über cool boat-spa-on-the-water - is that they serve lunch outdoors to those who are there to do the so-called water circuit (meaning you can't just walk in off the street, only bathing-suit-clad customers are allowed).
358 De la Commune St. West, (514) 284-0333

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