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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1219 Crescent St.
phone: (514) 393-9277
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Reviews by ikats:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Brutopia is located on Crescent St among other numerous pubs, restaurants, college hangouts. Inside there's a collection of small interconnected spaces with pub/club/college bar atmosphere. My friend and I were there Friday night, but despite this the place was not crowded. Of course, with Jazz Festival in town and summer break, this was obviously not their busiest night. They have two bars and the one on the first floor was practically empty. They had live music during our visit. We were treated to renditions of Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" and Santana. The band was not spectacular but provided very nice and enjoyable background music.
Food was very good, but choices were limited. It is obviously not the main draw here.
Between me and my friend I believe we've tried all their beers, and while they were not earth-shattering they were enjoyable. I got a feeling that they could've been better if the place devoted a little more effort to the process. Nut Brown Ale and Brutopia's Stout were very good. My favorite brew of the night was Rocket Fuel IPA -a very solid DIPA.
Service was good. Although I did not appreciate the comment "to pace ourselves" with Brutopia's DIPA. Of course, when most of your clientele are college students, I guess the comment is valid.
Bottom line: Good (although not remarkable) beer, relaxing fun college atmosphere. Good place to down a few.
07-25-2005 16:29:54 |
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11-14-2013 04:08:41 |
More by davegray
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my default pub in the downtown area. The atmosphere is a bit grungy, but the beer is excellent (their own), and the food, for pub food, is surprisingly good. Their IPA is a classic, and is consistent. They add new seasonal beers every once in a while, and the Dreadnought is superb. The food menu is varied, and relatively light (i.e., not everything is deep fried in stale burnt oil, which is typical pub fare).
10-18-2013 14:11:04 |
More by jsco
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Came here before the Habs game last night.
Very pub-like atmosphere, similar to an Irish one but with more light :)
Seats are sprawled over three floors. We found a place near the kitchen. We saw the Bistro part downstairs at the end. Seemed less jammed and more laid back.
The selection of beers as alright. The popular styles were represented. My stout was nice, my friend's IPA wasn't very hoppy unfortunately.
The food was good for pub grub but it took a solid 30-45 minutes for the food to arrive. I don't think it's there main focus though.
A good alternative to BMC bars when going to the game. I'll come again but will probably only have the beer.
04-07-2013 21:55:02 |
More by papat444
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
My vocabulary for reviewing non-American establishments is rather limited, so please take this as a description of personal experience and not of the objective worth of the place.
Basically, it was a good, cute little joint with solid beer and food. Woody interior kinda like what you get when midwestern joints try to look like English pubs--steel tip darts, tall tables, a pleasant creekiness wherever you step.
The beer was nothing extraordinary, but everything I had was a solid (if pedestrian) example of the style. Beers tend towards the European, with dryer/spicier hop profiles and yeasty finishes leaning towards the heavy end.
Food is Montreal pub fare. This is the place where I learned that Canadians don't know how to differentiate between salsa and mariana sauce. The frites were good, as for some weird and inexplicable reason these people know how to fry potatoes better than we Americans do. Bar staff was all quite friendly.
02-23-2013 16:45:26 |
More by mynie
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Not a bad place, not earth shattering. The beers were drinkable and much better than any where else in the immediate area. I would go here again. Not a must but a safe choice. Food was good but not great. Service was probably the best part of the expierence. The seem to have quite a bit of live music which is always a plus. So if your in Montreal and looking for a 'scapegoat' place, this is it. A few comments about the beers. They were good for the most part. They had a 'special' brew a 'dark' ipa. Which started good but definitely an unfinished beer. Unfermented sugars were clearly present and I beleive would have made this beer a stunner if fermented completely out.
05-16-2012 21:49:21 |
More by dbexpert
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I use "average" to mean just that - I'm not slamming the place by using this term/rating but rather I'm saying that it about normal for a bar. Normal. Average. Nothing to write home about. And I guess it's that last statement that makes me kind of sad that I went there. Sad because I only had 2 nights in Montreal and I feel like I wasted one of them by going to this bar. As in there are so many good and great places in Montreal that even were I to stay in town for a week and to go to a different place every evening I don't think that I'd hit this place if I did the places in order of how nice they are.
Sigh. This review sucks. I don't mean to come down on the place or to be harsh. Really, I don't! But if I can go to Dieu du Ciel and have their beers why would I want to go to Brutopia for theirs? To try something new and different, to go to a place I can walk to from the hotel, to branch out and be open to new experiences... But for the beer, ambiance, food? Well...
It feels like a local - like it would be happy in my old university district. Plenty of seating upstairs around small tables, on low chairs. It's easy to be there in a small group of friends and to just hang out and have a good time together. Downstairs you have a much smaller space with a couple of TVs and a bar. The downstairs is called a bistro so I assumed it was the only place you could get food (although I never verified this). My SO had a "burger" (it was sausage) and said that it was fantastic. I don't have a clue what I had to eat but it was OK, honest!
But in beers, well, it wasn't all that. We had 3 different thin and watery beers and then the Dreadnought. The Dreadnought was like a light IPA - light in color, flavor, aroma.
- friendly, helpful staff
- food was decent
- all beers tried seemed thin and weak...
Listen... The Dreadnought was a pretty good beer! It still felt thin and weak but it was clearly an IPA and well and away the best beer we had there. It would make me change my comment, above, perhaps - it's almost worth going to try this beer! And it is a decent place but, hey, if you're only in town for a few days it's not where you want to go...
12-30-2011 20:48:15 |
More by charlesw
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Brutopia has been around a long time and makes some decent beers but I never go there anymore for several reasons.
First is it's location. Rue Crescent is downtown and is one of the least typical areas in the city. It's near numerous hotels and tourists and business people staying nearby swarm into the cheesy bars and fake Irish pubs that line the street. Rue Crescent provides no sense of the unique character of Montreal that makes it one of the best cities in North America. It's a long way, in both distance and ambiance, from the Plateau, Mile End, or even the Latin Quarter - areas that are among the best in the city. Many visitors leave the city thinking the Rue Crescent scene is what Montreal is about, which is sad.
There's nothing really wrong with Brutopia, but the pub itself makes me feel like I'm in a bar in Toronto. Staff and customers all are English speakers and the look of the place is somewhat shabby and uninteresting compared to the other great brewpubs - Benelux, L' Amere a Boire, Le Cheval Blanc, Dieu du Ciel, and Reservoir. I don't go to Montreal to have a Toronto experience.
Brutopia is easily the best option for beer in the downtown area and it's worth stopping in if you're nearby, but I'd never make it a destination for even part of an evening, especially if you only have a few days in Montreal. The other good brewpubs and the great beer bar, Vices et Versa are more enjoyable and in much more interesting locations.
11/10/11 - The reviewer below and some other Americans seem to think a basic knowledge of French is needed in Montreal. This is a misconception. Virtually everyone in Montreal that works with the public is bilingual and quite happy to speak English as needed. They don't expect Americans to know French, but the use of some polite phrases/words is always appreciated.
09-08-2011 16:59:46 |
More by Tut
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Based on recommendations on BA, I decided to make this the first stop on my Montreal pub crawl and almost didn't want to leave. Went early in the afternoon and sat at the bar. Had the IPA which was very good and then the bartender gave me some samples. They had a special beer with ginger that was really good.
Service was friendly, as were the other patrons, both locals and visitors. They all took a look at the places I had marked down to visit and gave me some additional recommendations. It was getting crowded as I left and a band was setting up so I know it will get really loud if someone's playing, but I liked this place a lot..the vibe, beer and service. Would definitely go back. Plus, didn't have to use my very fractured French here, which was a plus.
04-30-2011 18:03:28 |
More by watthree
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Small place, more like a small bar, we were confused if we should seat ourselves or not. Waitress was super helpful but we asked difficult questions as we were in the mood of Chicken Wings and they didn't have was we Americans (one from Buffalo) considered Wings. They have us a sample of a Maple beer - not a fan but I like seeing the willing to take a risk and brew outside the box.
We saw the beer menu and ordered from it, we didn't realize they had a chalk board menu of about 5 extra beers.
I would go back, just not for wings!
02-14-2011 01:00:55 |
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