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R.I.P. Roy Bar

Posted by Chip / April 6, 2007

20070406_roybarlogo.gifIt had been a long time since I’d been to Roy bar, an all out punk-skater-dive bar with a penchant for showing important habs games from time to time. So it shouldn’t have surprised me, when I walked by the other day, to see a new sign overhead, sand blasted walls and a fresh coat of paint on the front door. Only problem: the sign no longer read “Roy Bar”.

Roy Bar was unmistakable as it stood out like a sore thumb in a mostly residential neighbourhood, kiddie corner to an elementary school. The front door was littered with skater & band stickers, graffiti and promotional posters. Inside, chances were that there would be some ski or skateboard video playing on the overhead tv while university aged patrons sipped on Boreale Rousse, or a quart bottle of Blue. The pool table in the back always seemed an afterthought, and only served to block the path to the bathroom. Yet, we loved it. It was the ‘fallback’ option for an evening out. A place where you could usually get a seat, listen to good tunes and not spend a lot for a few drinks.

If you pass by today, you’ll notice a new name in the same location – Salon Officiel. You can’t see in the windows, because they’re blocked by red velvety curtains, and the sign overhead has a depiction of an unclothed female. I haven’t been inside at all – and I’m not really sure that I want to – but I’m almost positive the pitchers will be more than $7, if they still serve pitchers, that is.

Damn you gentrifying forces of the plateau- whoever or whatever you are – damn you.

Roy Bar, before (left) and after (right).
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Discussion

9 Comments

RS / April 11, 2007 at 03:26 am
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I wonder what happened to the shark?
Phil B. / May 12, 2007 at 07:33 pm
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I went to le Salon Officiel (the name doesn't rhyme with partying) last night, entered without any expectations. The decor is awful, a kind of Rococo-cheap, the crowd was very ordinary and seemed to lack personality as a whole, the music was bland at best. No, they don't serve picthers anymore. Fuck that place.I'll never set foot in there again. RIP Roy Bar.... :(
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