Quebec City Bars: Pub L’Oncle Antoine

Pub L'Oncle Antoine, in Place-Royale, Quebec City

Last Updated on February 1, 2021 by Pamela

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When the server/barman at Pub L’Oncle Antoine says “Welcome to happy hour, for the next two hours I am going to be happy!”, you know it is going to be a good night. Welcome to one of our favourite Quebec City Bars!

A charming pub situated in the heart of Place-Royale, Pub L’Oncle Antoine is located in the vaults of an 18th-century house once owned by Marie-Anne Barbel, a prominent businesswoman who owned several businesses and properties after her husband’s death in 1745.

From the curved old stone walls and ceiling to the red button-back pleather banquettes, fireplace and jovial bartenders and servers, Pub L’Oncle Antoine is a favourite among locals working in the area, and quite popular with tourists – especially in the summer months.

Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and always ready to laugh and joke around with anyone willing to banter with them.

Craft Beers

While there are cocktails, spirits apéritifs and a few wines on the menu, the drink of choice at Pub L’Oncle Antoine is beer. Quebec beers can be found on tap, but several gems served by the bottle. Try craft beer from Microbrasseries such as La Barberie, St-Pancrace, and La Boîte à Mait, or opt for one of the house beers which are brewed on demand and can only be enjoyed at Pub L’Oncle Antoine ($10.75 for a 500ml bottle).

  • La 1 de Oncle is a Belgian strong blonde ale, 6.5%
  • La 21 de Oncle is a Red Ale, 5.5%
  • La 29 de Oncle is an Indian Pale Ale, 5%

What to Eat

The food menu is small, but there are some scrumptious dishes that have become a favourite with locals, as well as tourists.

The French onion soup ($9.75) is served with bubbly mozzarella cheese covering the bowl, a broth featuring red ale which is a little salty and has a slightly salty and buttery finish, and onions which are medium in size and perfectly cooked. Sure we may sound a little pretentious, but when you’ve tasted over twenty onion soups in Old Quebec, things like cheese, broth, and onions become important factors. Honestly, some of the best soup can be found in Quebec City bars.

If onion soup is not your thing, then opt for the Croque Monsieur, Melted Brie, nachos, smoked meat sandwich or wings.

During festivals like the Nouvelle France Festival the pub is overflowing with tourists, but usually, afternoons and between 7pm and 9pm are a good time to visit.

You must be 18 years of age or older to go inside the pub, but the terrace is open to all ages.


ADDRESS:

29, rue Saint-Pierre

418-694-9176

GETTING THERE:

Take the Funiculaire down to Petit-Champlain from Dufferin Terrace, walk down to Batterie-Royale and turn left.

You can also take bus 1 or 11 to stop #1114 Gare fluviale, then walk up to rue Notre-Dame and turn right. Follow to Notre-Dame-des-victories. Walk down the stairs on the right near La Pizz, the pub is on the right.

OPEN:

Daily 11am–1am

PRICE:

Drinks are $4–$15 CAD, Food is $8.95–$14.95 CAD

WIFI:

FREE! Ask the staff for the password.


Inside Pub L'Oncle Antoine in Old Quebec City
French Onion soup
Enjoying a cold craft beer
Pub L'Oncle Antoine in Place-Royale

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Pamela

Hello, I'm Pamela! I'm a travel and food writer, chocolat chaud addict, an anglophone who prefers life in Quebec. When I'm not working on Urban Guide Quebec, I am writing for Quebec City Tourism, updating guidebooks for Michelin, and writing freelance! There's a good chance I'm planning my next Quebec road trip, got tips?

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