This retro chic bar features brilliant branding and an "alcohol is the best medicine" axiom that would even make Donald Draper proud. Amber lighting splashes over sixties style furniture and smooth music beats in the background, creating a moody atmosphere ideal for the twenty-to-thirty-something set.
The staff here are relaxed and unpretentious, fashioned in crisp white shirts and bartenders vests as they hand-press lime juice or shake up one of the classic cocktails on the menu. Try their simple Mojito ($8), which is served in a silver, Mint-Julep style glass, or one of their Martinis ($8) (May I suggest le Français? It is excellent.) For a bit of bubbly, try the Bellini, Mademoiselle, or Kir Royal...all are $7.50 and all will get you in the mood to celebrate.
If a few (or more) cocktails is just what the doctor ordered, one can opt for an old fashioned 8 or 16 oz bottle filled with Vodka (Wyborowa, Grey Goose, Citadelle) or Gin (Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray) priced at $38-90 and ready for mixing.
Baldwin is a great place to come for 5 a 7, on the weekend after a late afternoon walk on Laurier, or for a big night out Thursday through Saturday. If you go late on the weekend, expect a packed crowd and a playlist of hip, old-school and indie music that is as well-chosen as their retro decor. Also, keep in mind that, while perfect tailoring, grey suits, and pocket squares aren't required, the crowd is usually dressed to kill. Bottoms up!
Baldwin Barmacie | 115 Avenue Laurier Ouest | Montreal, QC | H2T 2N6 |