Baldwin, La Barmacie
Corny jokes aside, what I meant to say is, very often, a small, beautifully designed and cozy joint is way better than these monster clubs. For example I’ll booze any day at La Distillerie but you wouldn’t catch me dead at Opera.
And this is where la Barmacie enters the picture: this small bar on Laurier street, full named Baldwin Barmacie (115 Laurier West), is a sweet little spot, with a chic minimalistic design, good drinks and especially good music.
Baldwin's staff is friendly and even used to include a Quebec actress. For the smokers, there is a quite minuscule back-terrace, wedged in the middle of the building, Paris style. Unfortunately, exactly because it is in the middle of the building, the terrace closes at around 11PM, leaving us lonely smokers to socialize in front of the bar, on Laurier street.
But what makes the Baldwin truly interesting is the music and the crowd. The DJs always manage to play songs that I thought I was the only person in Montreal to listen to. And the crowd, well let’s just say that, I have chilled in the Mile End for years, and I have absolutely no idea where these people come from; definitely not from the Mile End.
In straight words, the crowd is a "to-be-seen" crowd: everyone is stylish, everyone is young and everyone looks like they are out for a hunt. Yet, everyone stays in their group, not disrupting the neighboring groups, as a couple of girls were disgustingly complaining to me outside over a smoke. They even introduced a new word in my lingo, qualifying the crowd of "mastuvu"; sorry if you don’t speak French, I am not translating.
Yet, this dynamic is what makes the Baldwin interesting to me: I sit at the bar, chill with my friends, enjoy a number of pints, listen to good music and observe the crowd’s action. Definitely a pleasant way to start, or even finish the night.
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