Just about a 10-minute drive from Les Brasseurs du Temps, this might be the second best beer place in the Ottawa area. We were there in the summer and with the terrace available, it felt a bit like a European biergarten, very relaxed, everybody chatting and having a beer on a picnic table. Most comfortable. Inside, it’s very small and could be your aunt’s house. The selection is frankly spectacular, first because it might be the best bottle list in Quebec, second because you would not expect it in such a small suburb. The menu itself is also a fine piece of work, with detailed tasting notes including graphical taste description. Very educative for the patrons. Several rarer beers from private imports are on offer. If the selection could be improved for a Quebec beer bar, it would be with regards to Quebec micros, but their preference seems to lean towards Belgian styles. A top notch business, service included.
One of a kind little beer bar, in a compliated 20-30 minute drive from Ottawa. If you are staying awhile, well worth it in terms of incredible Europen bottle menu. Among others, caught up with Gordons Scotch, and two Fantome found just about nowhere else. The bottles and detailed scores are found on their menu, with new beers arriving all the time. The tap selection, mostly Quebec based, was also interested. Small and homey atmosphere, with english and French alongside each other, true to the character of this place.
2010-03-05. Feels a bit like walking into someones house party, in a good way for the most part. Arriving around 600 on a Friday it was pretty packed. We grabbed a pint at the bar and waited for a table. I ended up with a large-ish glass (!!) of Trois Pistole to start and opt for a Belgian bottle for me second. Food menu is limited but decent. French onion soup was excellent, nachos were above average, Ceasar Panini is not what I expected but decent. My uncle wants to go back just for the soup! Service was a bit slow, but it was pretty busy and they were quite friendly. I think part of the slowness may be cultural, it seemed like if I didn’t have an empty glass I needed to flag someone down to get their attention? Beer menu was heavier on the Belgian side than expected, with fewer Quebec offerings than I had hoped for. Would definitely come back though. Short walk down to the beach before hand was nice.
Came here during the Aylmer Rue Principale Event, 3 casks but the inside was closed - no access to inside taps or bottle list. Cheap corn on the cob and hot dogs, nice terrace for this house converted into a bar. Very cool place and the best on town. I’d like to go back and dig I o what they have to offer more.
Visited fall 2008. In a very quiet neighbourhood far from the lively part of town. A very small cosy pub interior and a wonderful large patio in the front. I highly recommend visiting on a nice day to take advantage of the patio. Probably the bar with the best imported (mostly Belgian) beers in the province. To me the import selection at L’Autre Oeil is better than Montreal’s Saint-Bock and other Quebec beer bars. Some examples are: Fantôme Pissenlit 750ml $17.90, Cantillon Saint-Lanvinus $29.20, De Dolle Oeral $8.75. The draft selection however is rather disappointing. Not only they only have about 12 tap lines but many of them are used by the boring Grolsh, Newcastle and the common Unibroue, MacAuslan, etc. A definite lack of good Quebec micros on tap. Even in bottles the quebec micros are not well represented. I talked to two staff, one was totally confused and knew nothing about beer and the other one was a very knowledgeable beer enthusiast. Overall, a must if in the area.
C’est vraiment un endroit tranquille avec très peu de commerce dans le voisinage, donc un (boucherie A1) qui fournit la viande pour eux. Le bistro est très bien, un bar qui fait 360 degré, un local tranquil pour boire et mangé et une terrasse simple mais confortable. La sélection de bière est super avec beaucoup d’importation privé. C’est un excellent bar pour les amateurs de bière!
This place has a fabulous selection of bottles, especially from Quebec and Belgium. Didn’t try the food. The service was knowledgable and very friendly, but at times very slow. Would have ordered more if I had the chance.
CapFlu (237) Victoria, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated January 4, 2004
Fun and friendly location in the heart of Aylmer, Quebec. A great regular selection of beers with occational consignments. A rare gem at the Gatineau foothills..
Maison située pratiquement dans un quartier résidentielle, ouvrez l’oeil pour ne pas le manquer. Très belle terrasse, je ne suis pas entré à l’intérieur alors je ne peux juger. Choix de bière impressionnant avec des prix raisonnables. Le service est excellent et connaissant. On y retourne assurément!