No matter how many times we return to our favourite Old Montreal haunts, each time we got back we get to learn something new. A couple of weeks ago, three of Old Montreal’s busiest restaurants took some of Montreal’s media on an old fashioned field trip to discover a few new things about these hot spots.

19519157629_1ca58b653f_zThe three restaurants visited have been covered by DJNL on numerous occasions but we are always happy to be back. Starting with BEVO Bar and Pizzeria, we stopped and took a moment to cook up our very own, personalized pizzas. As an interesting alternative to the normal birthday dinner party, BEVO offers the option to host your own “pizza party” where everyone is invited behind the scenes to create their own custom pizzas. Featuring a beautiful and busy street level terrasse and a menu of delicious food, BEVO is one of our go-to pizza destinations in Old Montreal.

19705715255_994800d096_z19679495896_53b24ae6b3_zFor the second stop, we landed at Taverne Gaspar where we were treated to Moët et Chandon, bites from the kitchen and custom cocktails. One of Old Montreal’s best caricaturists had us sit for our very own stylized portrait. Taverne Gaspar has a fantastic menu of inspired pub food, a large selection of bourbon and of course the Gaspar lager, a smoky lager that tastes great and adds a distinct facet to the tavern. During the summer months the tavern features a 70-seat street level terrasse where we can enjoy happy hour cocktails and $1 oysters from Monday to Friday.

19710238521_bb9cf0d600_zThe next leg of our trip brought us up 5 flights of stairs to the rooftop Terrasse sur l’Auberge. The Terrasse sur l’Auberge boasts a 360 degree view of the St. Laurent river and Old Montreal. One of the best vantage points to people watch and grab a cold drink on a breezy afternoon, the Terrasse features some great food, fantastic drinks and one of the greatest vantage points to take in the fireworks competition (happening right now). During our visit, a couple of acrobats wowed the crowd with their balancing acts, flexibility and juggling. It’s not something you see every day. We have loved this terrasse for years but it was refreshing to be with so many people who had never taken in the view. With the Terrasse sur l’Auberge you are either seeing the view for the first time or wishing it was your first time all over again.

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