The 4 Best Hotel Bars in Quebec City

Joanne Latimer | January 02, 2018

Sometimes, you don’t want to leave the hotel to find a good martini or a decent bottle of red. Understood. Here are the best hotel bars in town for quality cocktails and conversation.


Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel

Why it made the list

At Sam’s, the mixologists pride themselves of their complex and quirky creations. How do we know they’re any good? This is where off-duty bartenders in Quebec City go to impress a date. With excellent views on to the river, the bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows are an asset, but Sam’s also gets points for having super flattering lighting and plush navy “banquet” seating (Avoid the strange yellow stools at the bar). There is live music every Thursday through Saturday evenings, along with celebrity D.Js. Don’t leave without trying the house cocktail, called Jam Le SAM. It features vodka, pink pepper and bespoke maple syrup.

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Auberge St-Antoine

Why it made the list

Enlivening the lobby at the Auberge St. Antoine is their in-house lounge, Bar Artéfact. The variety of seating makes it easy to get comfortable. You can find a high-backed chair, a stool at the bar, a cozy alcove or a seat at a communal table. Once settled in, order a light meal or get right to the main event—the hotel’s epic list of cocktails. We recommend you try the Aphrodite, the Smoked Ceasar, or the Sugar Shack Mojito. Alternatively, go for the whiskey tasking trilogies, like the Tour of Scotland. Consider it part of your education. There is (free) live jazz on Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m

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L'Hôtel du Capitole

Why it made the list

The Capitole is the holy trinity of date destinations: it’s a restaurant, a live theatre and a hotel. As if that isn’t enough, it has one more shining attribute—the restaurant bar. The bar at Il Teatro is a livey hub for after-theatre drinks. It runs the entire length of the restaurant, and provides comfortable white stools with cushy back rests (i.e. you can park yourself there comfortably for a few hours). All the cocktails and libations are superb, as is the chat. The same can be said for the theatre’s bar at intermission and before the shows.

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Hôtel Clarendon

Why it made the list

Known to jazz aficionados around the world, the Clarendon is steeped in musical history. Every Friday and Saturday night, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., there are live musical guests performing in the clubby bar—a hotspot in itself, with a grand piano and a fireplace. The table seating is good for small groups. Upholstered in metallic gold fabric, the high-back chairs are low and comfortable. For more than 40 years, the Clarendon has hosted icons like Diana Krall, Vic Vogel, John Zorn and Michel Donato. Remember to make a reservation for table seating, or you can ask to sit at the bar.

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