***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
Old Montreal has a new cocktail bar and it’s sexy! The building, which dates back to the 1800s, welcomes you through the elegant doors, rich with ornate crown moldings, making you feel like you’re traveling back in time. The interior is trendy, with lots of dark wood, a very manly décor that will appeal to Old Montreal’s older crowd looking for a spot to enjoy a cocktail, and not go clubbing.
We were there for the Appleton Estate Event and though we aren’t fans of rum, they made a few cocktails that even gin-lovers like us warmed up to. The Piña Jamaica was a piña colada with coconut cream, the syrup of roasted pineapple, lime juice and angostura bitters. The Appleton Estate Signature Blend has a distinct taste that paired well with the coconut cream cocktail. Our only regret was that every time they made us a Piña Jamaica cocktail it tasted different, the bartenders definitely need to work on their consistency.
They had a giant block of ice and an ice carver with a sword, carving the large ice cubes for the negriloni cocktail. Similar to a negroni, Appleton Estate Signature Blend, Cinzanno Rosso Vermouth and Campari gave an edge to an old classic. Again, the cocktail was good but not well balanced, there was too much rum so it really tasted like a rum on the rocks. Unfortunately, the cocktails in a cocktail bar are kinda important but we would give them another chance as the manager informed us that they were running out of a lot of ingredients.
The canapés that were being passed around were mediocre, and half way through the event only rum on the rocks was available, they had run out of most of the ingredients to make the evening’s cocktails. The ambiance was amazing but SafeHouse fell short on their cocktails and canapés, which is sorta important in a cocktail bar – that being said we’d give them another chance because we really want them to live up to their potential and because we’re forgiving ladies … sometimes 😉