Solaris Sports Bar for coffee, wine or beer
Good kitchen and 6 wide screen TVs…
Solaris Resto Bar Café in Montreal’s Snowdon district is a great place for lunch, but is even more popular as an evening hangout where friends can watch hockey or soccer on wide screen TVs. The kitchen here is famous for its pizza, Panini, and chicken wings, but also has many other dishes. The licensed premise also serves coffee, beer, wine, and liquor.
“Our draw here is to offer good food at very reasonable prices,” explains co-owner Roberto Areosa. “We have a vast menu including chicken, sausage, breaded veal, burgers, and Steak. Most menu items cost less than $10; lunch here usually only sets you back about $12.”
“We try and cater to everybody,” adds his business partner, Giovanni Pellegrino. “I mean we have a meat-lover`s pizza and a Philly steak, which are popular with a lot of guys who like filling meals. Women often prefer our salads and wraps; they also like our homemade hot sauce. And all of our pizzas are Italian style, that is thin-crusted.”
Just because something is not on the menu shouldn’t stop customers from ordering it explains Areosa. “For instance, breakfast items are not on our menu, but many customers still order eggs, toast, and bacon. We like to make our customers happy.”
“And we have great coffee, whether you like espresso, caffè latte, cappuccino, allongé or Americano. Our customers are aged 18 to 75.”
Solaris has a cozy atmosphere, and obviously a loyal fan base. Hanging from the ceiling are many Canadiens pennants with the names of regular customers emblazoned on them. There is seating for 60 here, including stools at the bar, so you won’t get lost in the crowd. And that friendliness is evident from the two owners.
“We’ve know each other since 10 years old,” says Areosa, speaking of Pellegrino. “We’re both local boys.” Areosa has been working at Solaris for nine years, but when the former owner wanted to sell, he and Pellegrino seized the opportunity.
“Our six TV screens are up to 60 inches wide,” points out Pellegrino. “During the evening, we always have some sports playing whether it’s wrestling, hockey, or soccer, etc. I am a die-hard Montreal Canadien fan!”
“Yeah, the Italian is a hockey fan while the Spaniard prefers soccer,” quips Areosa, mentioning that he is a fan of the Spanish national team.
Apart from watching games or matches, parties can be booked and there are also karaoke evenings here. Solaris is a Molson house, meaning that they feature Molson and Coors beers. A juke box is available to play your favourite tunes and five video lottery terminals are here for customers who are feeling lucky. There is free Wi-Fi inside and usually free parking on the street outside. Solaris is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Solaris Resto Bar Café
5487 Decarie Blvd, (metro Snowdon)
Montreal H3W 3C6