The group behind Baldwin and Whisky Cafe unveil their first downtown outpost with a certifiably chic, 1920's styled restaurant whose name pays tribute to the historic park just across the street. Fabricated with the history of the tavern in mind (estabilished in 1927, this restaurant used to be part of the Dominion Square Hotel, which burned down in a large fire after the great depression), the interior still houses "the original chandelier, the colored terrazzo floors, and the ceramic walls that are covered with the coats of arms of the provinces of the Dominion of Canada."
At Dominion Square Tavern, the crowd tends to be young, artsy and hip, with a sprinkling of cute older couples (my favourite!) in the mix. I myself was first introduced to the restaurant last year by one of my closest friends, a beautiful girl who is notably classic in both dress and decorum. Since the introduction, I've had a genuine love affair with the place; I adore going there with friends for drinks (do try their 'Gin Julep' or 'Royal Gin Fizz'), or with my boyfriend, who introduced me to their Absinthe experience - done in the traditional manner with dissolved sugar and ice water - last week, which I loved.
Given its proximity to downtown and the fact that it is steps away from the cinema, I highly recommend this place for a night of dinner and a movie. The food is yummy and comforting but not too heavy, with their moules frites and beef striploin being my favourite dishes so far. I would also love to come here on a random Friday and Saturday, dressed to the nines and pretending to be another version of myself that existed in the roaring twenties, when the restaurant was in its infancy. It really is that kind of magical place where you feel like you are transported to another time, with the music, decor, staff and whole atmosphere playing the part well.
Dominion Square Tavern
| 1243 Metcalfe | Montreal, QC H3B 2V5 | (514) 564-5056 |
Photo credits: www.dominiontavern.com