You know how some places stand out from the crowd. How they feel "authentic" (a word so often misused), how they feel homey.
Snack'n Blues is one of these places. It's been around for a while, it has a real history, it's not designed by a professional marketer to look real. Its owners are always there, or maybe they are just regulars; who knows? But it doesn't matter, their presence adds a touch of homeliness to Snack 'n Blues: it's their home, they spend all their time there, and you're visiting someone's home to have a couple of pints.
Photos of musicians fill the walls top to bottom, the DJ walks amongst the crowd and talks to people. Blues and jazz plays all the time. A pool table sits in the back. There is often only one bartender, no matter how full the place gets. That's fine, because you're there to enjoy the company and not to get served at McDonald's speeds.
And there are the snacks. Tons of them. Jujubes, peanuts, almonds, all kinds of other nuts, chocolates, all free.
Snack 'n Blues is one of these bars that makes Montreal what it is.