An unassuming door leads you up a flight of stairs and onto the deck of the Night Boat! Very cool bar and seriously unpretentious. There is not a huge selection but the quality of taps is excellent. Belgian bottles can also be purchased. This is a great late night hangout with chilled out customers and great staff. I enjoyed a cheery Friday night with the RB crew and stopped by again on a more relaxed Sunday evening. A large screen was showing the ice hockey but with no sound which was fine by me - the soundtrack leans towards rock/metal tunes. A highlight in Quebec City.
Eh! Great place! A real bar. Went on a Friday night, it was packed but there was enough space at the bar to saddle up. Nice crowd and ambiance. Great music playing (crusty rock and punk), but the conversations were louder. The best thing, is all the taps are Quebec micros, none of which I’d had before. Yay!
PRBeer (650) Parsippany, New Jersey | May 2, 2013| Updated September 25, 2013
Just returned from a couple of days in Quebec City and sought out this place based on the RateBeer reviews. After a great walk down Rue St-Jean on a beautiful evening my friends and I entered the Bateau about 6PM on a Wednesday to find most of the bar stools already taken (good sign in my mind). My friends took a table by the window while I checked out the tap list. Very impressive...8 taps and one cask of local Quebec craftbeers. We chose small pours so we could try more of them. After selecting a cascade hop ale for myself and the 3 Musketeers wheat for my friends we settled into the vibe of this cool but funky pirate bar on a second floor. Moments later the owner Sabastian came over and introduced himself. From that conversation we were able to get the full history of the bar as well as recommendations for the evening’s beers. It turns out there was a cask night the previous evening and a very special colaborative (made by two breweries) hoppy IPA was available but going fast...so we all jumped on it. I don’t know the name...but it was fantastic and we surely would have missed it had Sabastian not clued us in. We were also fortunate that a special guest was present...we were told she was the lead on Quebec’s only regular beer show. All in all the evening...the beers...and the bar were quite extraordinary. This is not only a must stop while in Quebec City...but I would go so far as to say it is a destination to plan a special trip around. Keep doing what you’re doing Sabastian...this place is a winner!
The absolute definition of a "hole in the wall" in my experience, I have not been to a place that matches that description more than this one. Do not be discouraged by the lack of an outdoor sign (remember the door number well though), the shady stairs you will have to climb to get to the second floor, or the heavy black curtain you may have to move to enter, what is inside is well worth all of it. If you want to drink in one of the best beer bars in the city that is. It even feels like you’re inside a boat. This place has a nice selection of 8 quebec micros on tap, including Charlevoix and Dieu du Ciel on a semi-permanent basis. It also has about 50 bottled beers, including 30 or so classic belgians for slightly cheaper than what they cost down the road at Pub St-Alexandre. Selection varies quite a bit, the best way to stay updated is to join the facebook page where the taplist and opening hours are updated daily. Prices aren’t cheap per se, but reasonable. The owner/barman is quite friendly and passionate about beer. Another plus is it’s location, on St-Jean close to the major hotels in the downtown/carré d’Youville area (700m from the Hilton, 1 km from Château Laurier). No food or patio though.
One of my favorite in Quebec city. Nice selection with 8 tap (Quebec microbreweries including Charlevoix and DDC - or a least one of them - most of the time) and good selection of bottles (including belgians). Price are’nt cheap, but reasonable. And most of the times, music is good and not too loud.
Visited February 4, 2014 in the evening, returned two days later. Like JulienHuxley has mention (the first rater of this place), it’s not well indicated, other than its civic number. This is not you polishes look, dark stairway, dark bar with a corsair and heavy metal music theme. Despite appearances, it’s the most welcoming bar that I visited. The music was not too loud, there was hockey on screen but no sound, people were here to be socialized and not drunk. And the two guys behind the bar are very friendly and knowledgeable about beer. 8 Quebec beers on rotating taps, two cask, close to 50 bottles local and imported, some of the are private. All solid selections. The best part other the the selection is the price, far better than Pub St-Alexandre in Old Quebec and no tourist!
A nice place, though perhaps a bit over-rated. There really are only 8 taps. Gritty atmosphere, which is interesting. Friendly service. Hard to find because there is no sign. Look for the address. It’s in the building with the vines on the side.
Located just off the strict tourist area of the city, this place is a must-visit for beer hunters in Québec. From the outside it looks like a deserted den, but as soon as you scale the flight of stairs, you will find yourself in a cozy, slightly alternative pub with great, friendly staff and a really good selection of decent Quebecuoise beer on tap and well known Belgians and Germans in bottles. There is no real food but there are some snacks to be had, which fits the ambiance of the place quite well. Not expensive. I would love to be back again.