Québec City at its Best

Québec City's Best Happy Hour Spots

Credit: Francis Gagnon

Employee favourites

In town on holiday? Start the night off right with pre‑dinner drinks. Québec City is packed with fine places to kick back and relax after a day of sightseeing. Microbreweries aside, here are a few personal favourites:


A velvety speakeasy that’s wildly unpretentious, Maelstrom is one of the best cocktail places in town. Definitely a personal favourite. If I’m not in the mood for the regular menu, the bartender is always happy to mix up a custom drink.

Go for: the $10 gin & tonic and smoked salmon on Fridays.

181 rue Saint-Vallier Est,
Québec, QC G1K 3P2


Drinks and shopping? Yes you can. Deux22’s combination of clothing and cocktails has stolen my heart and put a dent in my wallet. The Mexican‑inspired menu and cocktails are great, but it’s the year‑round patio that keeps me coming back—even in the dead of winter.

Go for: browsing with mojitos.

222 rue Saint-Joseph Est,
Québec, QC G1K 3A9

La Belle & La Bœuf

There is one restaurant that draws me out of my urban cocoon and into the burbs of Ste‑Foy for tasty cocktails and a playlist that’s straight out of the 90s. The interior is eclectic, the drinks menu is dialed, and with all those great tunes I dare you not to have a good time.

Go for: the music, the interior, the menu… It’s like it was made for my generation (25–35 year-olds).

La Belle & La Bœuf
2450 boulevard Laurier,
Québec, QC G1V 2L1

Bistro Le Sam

Located in the famous Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Le Sam is an experience unto itself, not least because of the amazing view of the St. Lawrence River. It’s lush and swanky and they play jazz. Need I say more?

Go for: the Fairmont service, which is truly impeccable.

Bistro Le Sam
1 rue des Carrières
Québec, QC G1R 4P5

Bar Artéfact

Bar Artefact just got a whole new look, but it’s always been one of my favourites. Set just across the way from the St. Lawrence River and Place des Canotiers, Bar Artéfact makes me feel like I’m on vacation, even though I’m minutes away from home.

Go for: the chance to raise a glass in one of Québec City’s prettiest hotels.

Bar Artéfact
8 rue Saint-Antoine,
Québec, QC G1K 4C9

Petits Creux & Grands Crus

This total gem on Avenue Cartier just makes me want to sail away to Corsica. It’s where I go to try new wines and have a bite with friends.

Go for: the impressive list of privately imported wines and knowledgeable servers.

Petits Creux & Grands Crus
1125 avenue Cartier,
Québec, QC G1R 2S6

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