Bar Palco
By Josianne, Par Josianne

A Lively Location

The minute you walk through the door at Bar Palco, you're immediately immersed in a festive atmosphere with street lamps and lights reminiscent of a fair. The mezzanine, accessible by a spiral staircase, is a true games room for adults, with its foosball table and board games, where new exhibitions are hosted every season. In the back, an inviting terrace with a mural and swing complete the décor.

Isabelle Corriveau and Marc-Antoine Coulombe, the owners of Bar Palco, were initially roommates. As they looked for a location for their business project in various lively neighbourhoods in Montreal, the borough of Verdun, after "139 years of being a dry town," finally lifted its ban on bars. It was an "historic" moment, according to borough mayor Jean-François Parenteau. Shortly after, the two friends found a space on Wellington Street, located in the heart of downtown Verdun and close to the de l'Église metro station. "Everything was perfect!" Isabelle says enthusiastically. And the icing on the cake? A huge mural painted by artists Ella and Pitron on the roof of the Ethel Street parking garage behind Bar Palco.

We want to be part of the neighbourhood life, we want to get involved with the community. - Isabelle Corriveau, co-owner
Isabelle and Marc-Antoine love the swing set up on Bar Palco's terrace and their customers do, too!
Owners Isabelle and Marc-Antoine love the swing set up on Bar Palco's terrace and their customers do, too!

A Festive Menu

Bar Palco offers a selection of privately imported wines, and wines from the SAQ. Several selections of cocktails stand out for their originality, like the Ceviche, which is made of gin, lime juice, rice vinegar, simple syrup, sambal oelek, with olive slices and fresh coriander. It's also a great place for tasting. "I'm crazy about whiskey, so we have about 15 bottles of whiskey and Isabelle's crazy about gin, so we have maybe 20 bottles of gin," adds Marc.

The menu offers dishes to share or to eat solo, with healthy, vegetarian and gluten-free options. One of the most popular dishes is the poutine with potatoes, sweet potatoes and roasted parsnip. There are also late-night dishes like the chihuahua hot dog: a pork sausage wrapped in bacon and mozzarella cheese on brioche bread, or the BBQ and whiskey chicken nachos. The kitchen stays open until 3 a.m. preparing all these delicacies.

A huge fresco painted on the roof of the parking garage makes the place unique.
A huge fresco painted on the roof of the parking garage makes the place unique. Photo credit: Courtesy Bar Falco
Bar Palco has the festive feel of a county fair.

A Connection to the Community

Palco means service space or balcony in Italian. The establishment reserves a special place for music, including emerging artists of jazz or bossa nova. Isabelle and Marc-Antoine are particularly fond of their Vinyls and Requests parties, where, with an impressive vinyl collection from the '50s to today, a DJ sets up and plays special requests.

For the owners, Bar Palco isn't just a bar; their business gives back to the community on many occasions. They have raised money to help the victims of the fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and held a "Chignon and tarot" evening to benefit the Women's Centre of Verdun. "We want to be part of neighbourhood life, we want to get involved with the community," insists Isabelle.

If you're looking for a community-minded place to eat, drink and listen to good music, Bar Palco may be the place for you.

Palco is an Italian word for a service space or balcony.
Photo credit: Courtesy Bar Falco
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