Pub Saint-Alexandre, Quebec
The Alexandre pub does indeed have an great beer menu. The food is far from "Brit" fair, in fact you would be challenged to find any items on a British Pub Menu. The menu does not contain items like cornish pasties, ploughmans, or shepards pie.
Most "British Pubs" allow minors in, who must leave before 9pm. We tried to stop for lunch with one minor (16) and the other child (18) and were not allowed in with a minor. How short sighted of the owner, as the restaurant was empty and we were turned away.
I'm not quite sure why the St Alexandre describes itself as an "Authentic English Pub" but it certainly is an authentic pub, and one that would fit just as easily in any European city as it does here in Vieux Quebec. The feeling of "authenticity" comes more from the fact that this is a pleasant pub to drop in for a beer and soak up the local atmosphere - and they certainly take their beers seriously with a selection of around 250 from all over the world!
I've only been here the once, early evening on a February Saturday with the snow starting to blanket the old town. But even on a snowy February tea-time the place had a pleasantly relaxed buzz with a lively early evening crowd enjoying a few drinks. Particularly noticeable was the lack of distraction from the normally ubiquitous big-screen TV's and with discreet background music the main order of the day was convivial conversation and proper drinking - Yep, my sortof pub!
By all accounts they offer a decent food menu and have live music one or two nights a week but I can't comment on that as I was only there for the beer!
Website is worth a visit and has details of beers, menus, forthcoming events and links to some of their regular musicians.
Dress Code: As a proper pub then no particular dress code but as always scantily-clad women always appreciated - but not much chance of that in the first week of February ;(
Just down the street from the Irish Pub Saint-Patrick is the English Pub Saint-Alexandre, owned by the same family. Pub Saint-Alexandre is a very nice pub, richly decorated and yet not the least pretentious. People of all ages gather at the pub to eat, drink and catch a live band. Food is good and not expensive (don't miss the chicken supreme in a beer and maple sirup sauce!), they've got a great selection of beer (around 250) from all around the world and an impressive selection of single malts. There's live music every weekend and sometimes during the week too - bands vary from celtic to blues to rock, so make sure to check the Web site to see what's going on! And on a side note, there's a great private salon on the third floor available free of charge, perfect for reunions, family gatherings and, hem, "creative" business meetings! Also a great place to kick off the New Year!
Dress Code: Very casual
Pub St-Alexandre is an authentic english-style pub.
Even thougth they can't properly pour a Guiness (The irish reading this will understand) this is a great place to drink any of the 200 bottled beers in a great atmosphere. Sit at the bar, relax and I'm sure you'll have a great time chatting away with the staff (well..we did anyways) It's extremely clean for a bar tought..well to my standars, so you can bring the ladies in too with no shame. Ask the younger barman if he remember how to say cheers in Irish! ;)
Dress Code: Just come in any ways you like!!