Finally, Notre-Dame street has a new trendy bar, to relieve the popular pressure from Burgundy Lion. And it was more than time, with all the fancy restaurants on the streets, it is clear that this up-and-coming corner of the city could afford some more watering-holes.
Yes, Notre-Dame street around Atwater is graduating from antique stores to trendy restaurants, fancy designer boutiques and now la Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde. The joint is smallish and tight, yet cleverly designed, with a noticed nod to the 50ies and 60is, when the South West was a burgeoning neighborhood, as it is once again today.
La Drinkerie has a small but traditional drinks menu, with everything you will truly need, from the wines for the ladies, the house lagers for the lads, and the Champaigns for the deal-closers.
Food is served for those who like to drink and eat; you can even get a smoked meat sandwich, a genuinely Montrealer touch. Other interesting choices are the sausage hot-dog and the cheese plate. Unfortunately, the food is a bit pricey.
La Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde has real human DJs selecting the music (not a computer MP3 player like some places do), and this even during the week when the place isn't that packed. I hope they keep this up, because it is really cool.
The bar is still young and is yet to acquire its personality. Judging from the effervescence of the neighborhood, I can only assume it will be a nice one.