Franckg (50) Trois-Rivières, Quebec | June 15, 2016| Updated June 20, 2016
Le Gambrinus a longtemps été la seule microbrasserie/brouepub en ville. Situé à une minute de l’université, la clientèle est majoritairement jeune. L’endroit est rarement bondé, sauf lors de spectacles donc on peut facilement y trouver une place. Une terrasse est aménagée mais un peu bruyante car au coin d’un boulevard. Le service est correct même si des fois un employé de plus ne serait pas de trop. On y retrouve en tout temps huit bières en fûts de la place, dont plusieurs semblent y être depuis des années ainsi que les produits Boréale entre autres. Prix un peu élevés considérant la qualité qui n’a jamais propulsée le Gambrinus parmis les incontournables. La nourriture est bien, rien d’extraordinaire mais fait le boulot. La poutine à la bière est un classique. Les heures de fermetures en font un endroit pour commencer une soirée pour la finir ailleurs. Une belle place si on a le goût d’une bière sans aller au centre-ville. Sinon, celui-ci est à 5 minutes.
Wow, I haven’t set foot in here in years. Surprisingly uncrowded for a Friday evening. Fairly small brewpub but with a lot of seating. If I remember correctly, the second floor can accomodate a large group. Great atmosphere, art pieces along the walls, good music, I recall a lot of Sonic Youth playing that night. Quick and friendly service. Selection consists of eight taps of unadventurous beers that will please the general public, regulars and the college kids. A perfect spot if you want to stay away from the downtown crowd.
Ambiance: I like to go early when it’s not too crowded. There’s plenty of seating and a few tables a bit out of the action which is great for having a discussion without having to yell (or for ticking peacefully). It can get really crowded when there’s a show.
Service: It’s usually good. Smiling, not too slow and they know the basics about their beers. When there’s a show, service can be painfully slow.
Selection: Most of the time, the selection consist of eight of their own beers. Quality is "ok", but often not enough for the heavy price tag.
Food: Simple, but always tasty pub food.
Value: Everything is a bit expensive here, especially the beer by the glass or the pint. It’s often better to order a small pitcher.
Overall: A decent pub that I like to visit from time to time, but Le Temps d’une Pinte is now a much better option when it comes to the best brewpub in town (at least for the beers and the price of the beers).
KPD (244) Michigan | May 23, 2012| Updated June 3, 2012
Visited on an afternoon, not many folks in the bar. 8 beers on tap, and I was happy with the quality. A good cream ale, brown ale, stout, blond, a Scottish brown, the ipa we would call a pale ale in the states, given the hop orgy the brewers have been on there for years. Really nice job. Very nice staff. Food was pretty good as well.
sseb69 (33) Gatineau, Quebec | April 24, 2011| Updated February 13, 2016
Souper un vendredi soir. Excellente serveuse, bonnes beer, beau menu, excellent moment !!! À y retourner lors d’un passage à 3-R.
Visited on the last day of the year, they were throwing a party at 8pm but we got there early and hung out for dinner. Food was fine, I tried the La Lorraine salad but would probably get something else next time. We tried 8 of their brews from the tap and most were just OK; the IPA was the best of the bunch that night. Great music selection, really different artists coming up from the song list but made for a good mix. Small pub ambiance inside an old converted house makes it cozy and interesting to hang out and just look around at all the appealing artwork and bottles on display. Would return to try new brews and possibly stay to party without the in-laws.
2009-12-31. Atmosphere is pretty cozy, pub/lodge like feel, funky paintings for sale on the wall. I assume they vary, there were two that I quite liked on this visit. Food was a fairly standard pub assortment with some Quebecois twists I guess, as well as mussels. I had a burger that was tasty but not outstanding. Salads and chicken dishes were enjoyed if not raved about by the rest of my party. Beer was all quite serviceable, with the stout and IPA being the most flavourful. The latter being the one I chose for a pint after finishing off a sampler. Waitress was quite friendly and pretty bilingual. The bartender was belting it out singing along to the music at times. Music might be on the loud side of acceptable under normal circumstances, but it was New Years Eve after all. Music selection was eclectic, ranging from reggae, to Johnny Cash, Bedouin Soundclash, and traditional Quebec folk music, most of which was quite enjoyable. Even my parents were tapping their toes. Would go back if in the neighborhood.
Great looking place. Quite trendy, and the decor is original and vibrant. The staff was extremely pleasant, and friendly. Ive had many tasting platters at many bars and this was the 1st bar to bring me my tasting platter with some crackers to cleans my palate, and she also gave a description of every beer, and even suggested what order I should drink them in. I was impressed with her knowledge. The food was outstanding! Its resto pub food, but its super tasty, and very well done. My lamb burger with curry mayo was great, and my wifes chicken burger was a REAL chicken breast, not a frozen hunk of flesh from a box! imagine that!
They had 8 beers on tap, and they were all decent. Again, nothing mind blowing, their stout and IPA were the stand outs. It was nice to see them try some different beers such as a dubbel, and a cream ale. Overall a worthwhile stop for lunch and some quality beers.