Montreal Pool Room

The Montreal Pool Room is a well-known and well-regarded greasy spoon (French: casse-croûte) restaurant, located in the city's former red-light district on Saint Laurent Boulevard, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The restaurant has been open since 1912 (registered 1921) and is known for its "underground allure", described by some as being a "seedy goodness".[1] Though called a "pool room" by name, it no longer has a pool table.


The restaurant's primary offerings are:


The Montreal Pool Room, founded in 1912 by Dako Filipov, a bulgarian immigrant,[2] is reputed to serve some of the best steamed hot dogs and "patates frites" in the city. Despite its name, it is no longer a functioning pool room, with the restaurant's pool tables long gone:

The only remaining evidence of its former billard hall status, aside from the name, are two boarded up tables now used for counterspace in the otherwise table-free eatery.[3] · [4]

The Montreal Pool Room was burned down by a fire in 1989, which according to some destroyed its original interior and had to be rebuilt.[1]

The establishment was one of several businesses on the strip resisting attempts to redevelop and gentrify the area, which is located within the new Quartier des Spectacles.[5]

In March 2010, the restaurant announced that it was moving nearby to make room for new developments in the district.[6] Since then, it has moved across the street.

See also


  1. Riga, Andy (March 26, 2010), "Montreal pool room is moving on wednesday", The Montreal Gazette
  3. Surkes, Marci (2004-03-04). "The nightcrawler: Praise for the Pool Room". McGill Daily. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  4. "Best of Montreal: Restaurants". Places of a Lifetime series, Traveler Magazine. National Geographic Travel. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  5. Gravenor, Kristian. "Standing up for sleeze". Montreal Mirror. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  6. Brownstein, Bill (March 28, 2010). "Montreal Pool Room finds new home". Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010.

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