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Quebec is at the centre of Canada’s cocktail revival. Learn where the best mixologists ply their trade in Contributor Charlie Wagner-Chazalon’s top list of the very best luxury Quebec City hotel bars
Whether you’re on a romantic getaway, travelling with friends, or just on a quick business trip, a good time at a great bar can become the unexpected highlight of your trip.
We’ve put together this list of the best hotel bars in Quebec City so that you can find the perfect place to top off your time in one of Canada’s most beautiful and historic cities. Find out where to get the best hand-crafted cocktails to start off your night out, a sommelier-selected bottle of wine to pair perfectly with your meal, or a crisp draft beer to enjoy while you catch the game.
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The Top Luxury Quebec City Hotel Bars
Fairmont Le Chateux Frontenac
Did you know that one of Quebec City’s most beautiful hotels is also well-known for its bar? The 1608 Bar is located on the grounds of the expansive Fairmont Le Chateux Frontenac and shares the hotel’s amazing views of the St Laurence River. The bar is a perfect blend of historical and modern décor and is a great place for a before-diner cocktail or a nightcap for guests.
The 1608 Bar uses both original and classic recipes for their hand-crafted cocktails and has a great selection of local Quebec beers, as well as a wine menu hand-picked to pair with their cravings menu. They also serve a selection of artisanal charcuterie and Quebec cheeses which are perfect for sharing.
The hotel itself is a historical monument of the city, boasting over 600 rooms which have each reflect the height of Fairmont luxury.
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Auberge Saint-Antoine Relais & Châteaux
If you have a taste for history, Bar Artefact is a perfect spot for you. The bar is located in the Auberge Saint-Antoine, a family-owned hotel that’s part of the Relais & Châteaux group. The hotel itself is a UNESCO world heritage site, and the bar is decorated with all kinds of interesting historical artifacts that were excavated from its grounds.
Bar Artefact has a unique and creative cocktail menu that ensures there’s something for everyone, including a great selection of mocktails. They also have a selection of beers from some of Quebec’s best micro-breweries, and a wine list that’s been curated by their in-house sommeliers. The comfy-chic décor and great ambiance make this bar a must-visit!
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Seafood lovers have got to check out Les Mordus at Clarendon Hotel. You’re sure to be delighted by their amazing menu of fish and seafood dishes, and their cute nautical theme, as well as their selection of classic cocktails. They’ve got an extensive wine list for pairing with your meal, and even a build-your-own gin and tonic option to make sure you’re getting your optimal beverage.
The Clarendon is one of Quebec City’s oldest hotels and is located right in the middle of Old Town, making it perfect for those who want to do some exploring while they’re in town – and their 4-star rating ensures a comfortable stay as well.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations Find out more about this great hotel and one of the best Quebec City hotel bars at Clarendon Hotel
Another great hotel bar in Quebec City is the HQ Bar at the Hilton. The bar is overseen by Executive Chef Simon Renaud and has a great selection of beverages to suit your mood – they even serve up specialty coffees for those chilly Quebec winters!
HQ bar is set up with warm modern décor and makes an excellent spot for a drink with friends or a nightcap. They’re located right across from the City Parliament buildings, putting them at an ideal walking distance from tons of the city’s best attractions. The hotel itself has great accommodations and amenities, including a heated rooftop pool where you can soak in the views of the city.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations Find out more at Hilton Quebec
Hôtel Le Concorde
One of Quebec City’s most iconic hotel bars has got to be Ciel! Bistro Bar at Hôtel Le Concorde. Located on the 28th floor of the hotel, the restaurant turns a full 360 degrees in an hour and a half – perfect timing to take in a panoramic view of the city as you enjoy your meal.
Ciel! recently underwent a million-dollar renovation, and now features great modern décor and an open kitchen so you can actually watch your food be cooked (if you can take your eyes off the incredible view.) They serve great food and feature a truly massive cocktail menu, so there’s sure to be something you’re interested in trying.
The bistro is run by the Restos Plaisirs Group, which is responsible for a bunch of incredible restaurants around the city, including Hôtel Le Concorde’s other restaurant, JAJA. The hotel itself has over 400 rooms with the same great views of the city and is located right next to the Plains of Abraham, a historic green space on the banks of the St Lawrence.
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Hôtel Plaza Québec
If you like to take a walk on the trendier side of life, you’ve got to check out Ginger Restaurant at Hôtel Plaza Québec.
This world-class restaurant has an expansive and exotic cocktail menu, and a great selection of food, which ranges from sushi to tartare to pizza, great for whatever mood you’re in. They’ve also got live music and events happening most nights of the week, so there’s sure to be something to fill your downtime with during your stay.
Ginger’s modern hip vibe is balanced perfectly against the modern-Victorian blend of the hotel’s castle-like design, which maintains a feeling of sleek comfort in the rooms. Hôtel Plaza Québec also has over 21 event rooms for their guests to use, including an amazing indoor pool and garden.
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Louise Taverne & Wine Bar is another great hotel bar in Quebec city, where they’re serving up a truly amazing European fine-dining menu just steps from your accommodations at the Hôtel Port-Royal. Run by renowned chef Nikolas Couture, Louise’s exclusively uses ingredients sourced locally within the province. Their wine and cocktail menus are curated to pair perfectly with their hand-selected ingredients.
The restaurant’s design was completed by Canada’s own Lemay Michaud architecture firm and incorporates a grungy cozy aesthetic that ties in with Louise Taverne’s lovely outdoor terrace space. The hotel itself shares the beautiful attention to detail in its luxurious suites and amenities.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations Find out more at Hôtel Port-Royal
Hotel PUR, Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Table restaurant at Hotel PUR is serving up elevated Quebecois cuisine and delicious drinks year-round. All of the restaurant’s dishes are made with locally sourced ingredients, and they have a sommelier on staff to help you pair your wine with your meal.
They also have a sit-down bar and wine lounge where you can enjoy a relaxing and intimate drink. Hotel PUR is right across the street from the historic Saint Roch Church, and Table’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer amazing views of the church’s façade while you dine.
Hotel PUR has all the amenities you need to make your stay feel like home, with a variety of suite sizes, a pet-friendly policy, and top of the line fitness centre. The hotel is also in a great central location within the city, which makes it a great home base for sightseeing.
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Hôtel Palace Royal
If you’re looking for a chill environment to hang out and watch the game, Le Fou du Roy bar at Hôtel Palace Royal is the place for you. They’ve got flat-screen TVs around the restaurant so you can catch whatever sport you follow, and they’re always serving a great selection of draft beers and spirits. If you’re feeling peckish, they’ve got a selection of pub fare, or you can order from the hotel’s other restaurant, the renowned Beffroi Steak House, where your steak will be cooked to perfection on their maple charcoal grill.
The hotel itself is in a great location near parliament and the historic district, so it’s ideal for both business and pleasure trips. They’ve also got an indoor tropical garden where you can relax by the pool, hot tub and sauna, or even get a massage from one of their in-house masseuses.
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Contributor Charlie Wagner-Chazalon is a writer and travel enthusiast who splits his time between Muskoka and Toronto, Ontario