May 11, 2018
Bar St-Laurent, in the elegant Chàteau Frontenac, is one of the most romantic spots in Quebec City, blessed with a fireplace for keeping warm on cold Canadian nights and an outdoor terrace with wonderful view of the St. Lawrence for those balmier evenings. The décor conjures up gentleman’s clubs of old think lots of leather and dark wood and an air of unspoken luxury – so it’s hardly surprising that over the years this long established venue has attracted notable figures including Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and latterly the Hollywood set, who have stopped in for a vintage port and an imported cigar or a glass of bubbly. In fact, stepping into this place can feel so much like stepping back in time that you wouldn’t be terribly shocked to see Clark Gable at the table next to yours. In the early evening, piano music plays, setting the tone: sophistication and ageless class. The crowd, unsurprisingly, tends towards the older and this understated elegance doesn’t come cheap, but it’s a venue that is on every visitor’s to-do list so is well worth stopping by. If you want to toast the place’s history, you can order one of the Martinis named after the famous guests (barman, make mine a Winston!). There’s a light menu on offer courtesy of the hotel’s restaurants, though this is a great spot to sip a pre-dinner cocktail, and it’s open most days from late morning so is also a nice lunch spot, especially if you can get a seat on the patio. Dress is smart causal with surroundings this stylish, you don’t want to let the side down.