The Montreal Pool Room is another Montreal establishment regularly named as a Leonard Cohen hangout. The following excerpt is from Montreal Pool Room Is Moving On Wednesday by Andy Riga (Montreal Gazette: March 26, 2010)
From a 2009 Gazette story about the lower Main:
One of the most popular night spots in the 1960s and ’70s was the Montreal Pool Room, at 1200 St. Laurent, where you could score a hot dog steamé and rub shoulders with the likes of a young Leonard Cohen or Michel Tremblay.
“Reeking of patates, steamies and lost innocence, this cheap Red Light institution has hands down the best hot dogs and inhale-the-grease fries,” is how one tourist guidebook writer described the Pool Room.
In spite of the date on the door that claims a Bulgarian immigrant, Filipoff Dakov, opened the Montreal Pool Room in 1912, city archives show Dakov obtained his first licence in 1921.
His was one of three billiards rooms on the block.
The Montreal Pool Room lost much of its legendary underground allure after it was gutted by fire in 1989. When it reopened, things weren’t quite the same.
I’m not sure about that. It still has a je-ne-sais-quoi.
“Seedy goodness,” is how one colleague describes it.
“It is a slice of our nightlife, where the world – rich or poor – meets,” says another.