Auberge Saint-Gabriel: more than 300 years of history

Auberge Saint-Gabriel was built in 1688 by a French soldier and was the first “auberge” in North America to receive a liquor licence, on March 4, 1754.

The building was turned into a townhouse in the 19th century but fortunately returned to its original vocation in 1914 thanks to Ludger Truteau. Auberge Saint-Gabriel was purchased by the Bolay family in 1987.

If Auberge Saint-Gabriel’s walls could talk, they would tell many tales of the events that have marked Quebec’s history. In fact, Truteau Hall housed the old Beauchemin print at the beginning of the 20th century, publishers of the newspaper Le Patriote! Furthermore, a fur trading post once occupied the space where the Velvet nightclub now stands.

Auberge Saint-Gabriel is a testimony to the history of a nation. In fact, if you know where to look, you’ll notice many playful nods to our past, both distant and recent. That’s because renowned designer Bruno Braën was excited to incorporate icons that symbolize not only Quebec’s history, but the history of an entire continent into the Auberge’s decor.

Today, Auberge Saint-Gabriel is owned by Marc Bolay and Garou. Together, they have transformed this historical institution into a fine dining establishment renowned for its Quebec cuisine. The Auberge is also home to one of the trendiest spots in a city internationally renowned for its nightlife, and an elegant and welcoming site able to accommodate any large-scale event.