There is definitely something happening on St-Denis street: it started with Le Saint-Bock and it has now continued with the new L'Ile Noire. A new trend is brewing in the so-called Quartier Latin, as the bars on lower St-Denis street are getting more and more polished and stylish.
L'Ile Noire moved from a literally dark-looking spot on Ontario street to its new location on St-Denis. But it was more than a move; it was a full redesign of the feel and look of the place. The new Ile Noire has a marvelous interior design and original touches like a zoom photo of an elderly Indian man's wise stare and huge antlers of some African wild animals on display on the walls. Two modern looking bars give the new location a much more open feel, and the place is definitely bigger than the original bar.
So I must admit it was quite a shock to discover the new Ile Noire, it being so much nicer and trendier than the old seedy bar that it used to be.
But there is one thing that is still the same and that's what really matters: the Scotch selection. L'Ile Noire still carries a huge selection of Whiskeys, Scotches, pure malts and blends, probably a bigger selection than any other place in Montreal.
If you're looking for a place to discover the joys of strong alcohol in a nicely designed atmosphere, L'Ile Noire is for you.
PS: We take back everything that was said here. The service at L'Ile Noire is horrible, and the place is not worth your time and especially not your money. Read the full crappy service story here.