A Bar is The Plateau's Best Kept Secret

Grab a drink off the beaten path–but keep it a secret!


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Photo cred – Jake Humber

So it’s the end of the week, and you want to catch up with some friends over a couple drinks, but you’re getting kind of tired of the usual dives. It happens to all of us. But whether you’re looking for something a bit classier, want an environment that’s a bit more intimate, or just want a change from your usual hangouts, A Bar is the place for you.

Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of it–they don’t really advertise at A Bar. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Tucked away on Rachel Street by Hotel de Ville Avenue, with slogans like “the most discreet bar in the plateau,” and “A well-kept little secret,” I almost feel bad writing about it. You would never think that you could just walk right in and order a drink if it weren’t for the occasional smokers who sit out front. I hesitate to call it a “hole in the wall” though, considering the lovely atmosphere. I spoke with one of the bartenders, Chris, to get some inside info on the Plateau’s best-kept secret.

The bar was founded nearly five years ago on October 20th–a date to mark in your calendars, as every year they throw a killer anniversary party. While it might be known as “A Bar,” the actual name of the venue is “Chez Pineau,” after the owner who initially invested the money to make it happen. You can also thank the owner for most of the decor–the benches made from train tracks, the bar made from recycled wooden doors, and of course, the iconic, giant “A” that gives the bar its name.

Despite nearly five years running, Chris tells me they’ve never had to break up any fights or call the police. He says that the atmosphere is too laid back for that kind of thing, that it’s more like hanging out at your friend’s apartment. Apart from their yearly anniversary bash, they also hold lots of birthday parties and magazine launches, which you can arrange by sending them a message on their facebook page.

So whether you’re planning for an event, throwing a birthday, or just want a change of scenery, make sure to check out A Bar for a drink!

Location Info: 1e4-213 Rachel Street East


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