Ye Olde Orchard somehow managed to turn itself into a Montreal institution. From its humble beginnings on Monkland Street in NDG, it has grown by adding 3 more locations, two of which are strategically located: one on De La Montagne street right near the Bell Center, one on Prince Arthur and St-Laurent street, in the heart of Montrealís real nightlife.
The first location on 5563 Monkland was one of the early businesses on the street responsible for transforming it into what is now known as the "Monkland village", basically a lively street with cafť terraces, bar terraces, restaurants and a ton of unique businesses.
The second location, on 1189 De La Montagne, is a great spot for watching hockey. Just because it so close to the Bell Center, it gets filled with hockey fans before the game, which go to the pub to eat and pre-drink before hitting the actual Bell Center. And after a victory, the place gets filled with rowdy and inebriated Canadiens fans.
The third location, on 20 Prince Arthur street West, is a great spot to watch football games. Every week-end, starting way too early in the morning, die-hard football fans nurse their hangovers with pints of ale while watching English other European football on large screens.
The last location added is on 322 Lakeshore boulevard in the West-Island. I have nothing to say about it, because Iíve never been (considering that I avoid the suburbia paradise of the West-Island like the plague).
Now, some general words for the Ye Olde Orchard concept in general. It is a Scottish Pub (they were serving Haggis on St-Andrews Day, which is the Scottish version of Irelandís St-Patricks day), so all staff wears traditional Scottish kilts (yes, both men and women). The obviously serve Scotch and they also have tons of beer on tap, including imports from the UK. As for the food, it is one of the best pub cuisine in Montreal, and I suspect that the quality of their food is actually responsible for the pubís growth.
Basically, Ye Olde Orchard is now a true Montreal tradition. The question is when will it be exported to Toronto?