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No. 27

El Pequeño

Reimagine a tiny Old Montreal souvenir shop as a grand Havana hotel lobby, replete with an ornate glass chandelier and white marble countertops, then stock it with dozens of Caribbean rums. You’ll have what El Pequeño’s owners proudly call “Quebec’s smallest bar.” It holds just nine people — 10 if you count the chatty bartender, who regales visitors with Hemingway anecdotes. Come summer, the party spills out to the cobblestone patio.

Negroni-inspired El Compay, with Havana Club 3, banana liqueur and coffee.
A crusty Cubano sandwich with cured pork shoulder.

Photography by Roxanne Mailloux

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