Ever read some F. Scott Fitzgerald and wished you could experience the Roaring Twenties like Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan? Dominion Square Tavern welcomes you to the last years of La Belle Époque, where drinks are made with homemade tonic, coffee comes out of an enormous brass machine, and out-of-reach wine bottles are taken down with the help of an old, wooden, library-styled ladder.
I went for a drink with a friend. Here, cocktails are delicious and crafted with care – none of that sloppy pre-counted watered down stuff. The atmosphere is beyond pleasant, and the clientele mainly consists of young professionals with a dapper edge dispersed by a few supercute older couples enjoying their meals. An awesome scene that suits the venue.
What’s more, the food is delicious. It’s not that I didn’t expect it to be tasty, but considering its downtown location… Well, you know. Downtown Montreal desperately needs to be rescued from its overgrowth of cheap-o diners (Dunn’s, McDonald’s) and it’s wtf-are-you-thinking-in-terms-of-price/quality-rapport restaurants (Newtown, Bice).
So, as soon as we were handed the menus, we caved. One chicken salad ($18), please. Let me be clear – this is no Boccacino’s chicken salad (which even 10 years later still haunts me). This chicken salad has crispy lettuce, fresh dill, crunchy radishes, just the right amount of incredibly light cheddar cheese dressing (best oxymoron I’ve ever tasted), and the juiciest (on the inside) and crispiest (on the outside) chicken breast. Hands down the best chicken salad I’ve ever had.
Being one of the best affordable places downtown, Dominion Square Tavern fills up fast, so be sure to make an RSVP. Or sit at the bar – it’s a great scene. The service is incredibly friendly and attentive. The music is just loud enough for you to hear your favorite tunes without having to sacrifice comfortable conversation, and includes classics like The Rolling Stones’ Under My Thumb and some alternative Amy Winehouse. This place is bustling, it’s fun and it’s elegant. And it’s downtown. Welcome to the roaring twenties, hope you enjoy your stay.
Food (onlyhad1thingbutstill) 9/10, Atmosphere 9/10, Pretty people (younggentlemenatthebar 9.5/10) (everyone else 8/10), Music 8.5/10, Service 9.5/10.