Montreal's Griffintown has had a complex history. It was first populated in the early nineteenth century by unskilled Irish laborers working on the Lachine Canal, the Victoria Bridge, and the Port of Montreal. By the 1940s other immigrant groups had replaced the Irish. In the 1950s "The Griff" would be re-zoned as "light industrial" land to make way for the Bonaventure Expressway and parking lots. Since 2012 and an official municipal "Griffintown Plan", the area has seen something of a miniature Brooklyn-style revival complete with new parks, playgrounds, bike paths, and condos. This gentrification/family-ification has brought many new and innovative restaurants and bars to serve the new residents. Here's some of our favorite places to grab a drink in Griffintown, let us know yours.
This microbrewery and pub is a Griffintown best. There's good pub food: sandwiches, poutine, nachos, bavette, a truly impressive selection of homemade brews, and a nice humble atmosphere. Homebrewed Milliseme is a bourbon barrel aged Belgian-style beer with a thick malty sweetness and a high ABV. Ghosttown is an Absinthe infused stout with a notable Anise flavor that doesn't overpower the brew.Le Vin Papillon is the latest addition to the Joe Beef family. This precocious youth has everything: lettuce with Bottarga, haricots coco-romano, roasted eggplant with tomato and almond sauce, and roasted caulliflower with thyme and chicken skin --not to mention phenomenal desserts like baba au bluets.Come for good music, the charcuterie plate, and cheap drinks. $6,50 for most wine, cheese, whiskey, and port. Happy hour from 3-10PM!Le Bureau keeps to Griffintown's industrial roots with their decor: exposed brick, old wooden tables, leather banquettes, and steel vents make this place a relaxing and contextually correct environment. There's an extensive cocktail menu and all the classics are well made. The food menu offers tapas style plates with many differing influences. Spanish: codfish cakes, lime calamari, patatas bravas with chipotle lime sauce. And eclectic: harissa chicken, raïta, flambéed saganaki, and pancetta figs. --Closed now, Le Bureau will be back.Code is mostly renowned for innovative dishes like duck tartar, lamb ravioli, and seafood couscous, but they also have an impressive selection of wines and cocktails. Stop by for a drink and an appetizer for a great start to your Griffintown night.Although not technically in Griffintown, this Montreal-classic nearby resto-pub deserves to make our Griffintown list. There's an expansive selection of whiskeys, wines, and beers, accompanied by more than adequate British pub foods: samosas, shephard's pie, fish & chips, scotch eggs, and sticky toffee pudding.This breakfast spot/resto-pub does excellent bagels and lox, egg dishes, crab cakes, mac n' cheese, and and french toast. On the weekend there's live music and sports games (World Cup screenings too). The 5-7 drinks and snacks menu is one of our favorites.This gorgeous restaurant has stolen our hearts. Adorned with chandeliers, large windows, old wooden tables, heavy bar stools, the interior of this restaurant is gallery worthy. The prices for food are not low, so come for a drink and an appetizer (try the pesto and a glass of wine) to test it out for yourself.This Little Burgundy bar has three floors with three differently themed bars, regular live DJs, and finger-licking food to match: fried chicken, crab cake burger, and gravlax salad, to list a few.The beer is cheap and the food is simple enough, try a pig knuckle for a real #QuePork experience.
Fancy brunches are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's day, reunions, and just about anything! It's always fun to enjoy some amazing brunches spots in Montreal, but it's even more fun when you can do it dressed to the 9. So, to help you out with any classy event you wish to plan in the morning, I have composed this killer list!
Not only will you be able to enjoy gourmet and classic brunch food, but you will also be able to do so while looking fancy AF! So, if you happen to have a beautiful or handsome boyfriend that you would like to treat, then I suggest bringing them to one of the places below for a guaranteed fabulous morning.
This French style café is perfect for a classy brunch in Montreal. I strongly recommend coming here if you are with a big group of your girlfriends! The restaurant is decorated with in vintage Parisian and it’s honestly a lovely place where you can dress up!
For those who love heavenly eggs and fresh fruit, then Universel is the place for you! This down town restaurant is all it's hyped up to be! The food is delicious and the atmosphere is the perfect mix of modern and fancy so a 10/10 brunch.
Pause & Vous might look like another typical hipster café, but it is actually out of this world! Their brunch plates are unique and are definitely things that you have never seen before. They are best known for their superb French crepes that will make your heart melt in a fancy way!
This cool restaurant has a vintage style with exposed brick walls and wooden chairs, giving it an old bar look to it. You get to enjoy the cool rustic atmosphere all while enjoying a fantastic breakfast! Located in the plateau like most restaurants with amazing ambiance, you won’t want to miss out on this one!
If you don’t mind waiting in line this winter, then you should check out Le Passé Composé! It is honestly the cure for anything and everything! Their food is so delicious that you are bound to forget about all your worries. It is honestly THE brunch place in Montreal for a fancy and delicious time.
You may think of Suite 701 as a bar a dinner restaurant but hold your opus'! They also serve to die for breakfast dishes! Every week, their brand new menu puts a spin on classical Montreal brunchin'! I mean they even have breakfast Mimosas... It doesn't get better than this.
Dress it up, or dress it down at Prohibition in Montreal! Not only do they serve the best brunch comfort food in town, but they also do it with style. this is 514% A place you want to be at in the morning!
Doughnuts in the morning? YES. It is as simple as that! You can now get yourself some fancy brunch doughnuts at H4C. But don't only get yourself some soft doughnuts! Be sure to check out the rest of their French cuisine options.
If you have trouble making choices while being fancy, then Hambar will definitely give you a run for their money! With their large variety of choice, you can always except nothing less than perfect and classy at Hambar.
Located in the historic Old Montreal, Olive et Gourmando offers simple and healthy brunch options. I suggest siting down for some fancy dishes! Now, this isn't a brunch location that you come dressed to for the Oscar's, but it is definitely a place that serve bomb and fancy dishes!
La Societé is definitely the place to be if you are looking for the whole fancy package from valet to gourmet brunch dishes. I recommend trying their eggs benedict for a true explosion of flavours in your mouth! It's fancy, classy, and yummy!
This awesome French style diner located in St-Henri has people talking and it definitely does not disappoint. Foiegwa’s charm lies in the white ceramic ceiling walls filled with framed portrait caricatures. This cool place delivers fine French cuisine in an upscale diner setting – unlike anything else in Montreal; you get the best of both worlds!
If you want to feel like you are in the retro ’90s enjoying a yummy brunch, then I suggest coming to L’Avenue! It’s a great location to feel like you are in an old 90’s movie while enjoying 3D murals. The food is great and it’s the perfect location to laugh and catch up woth your friends before the holidays.
True fact: Montreal's dining scene is, IMO, one of the best in the world. I just feel like we've got such a mosaic of cultures and talent and dedication in the city, and it really shines when it comes to our restaurants.
With that being said, it's true that we have tons and tons of great places to go eat at. With so much choice, it's for sure difficult to decide on a place to go eat at, which means not everyone's been to some seriously awesome spots. But no worries if you're having this issue, friends. I got you.
This Italian restaurant is kind of tucked away on Duluth; but trust, every pasta lover should absolutely get themselves there. The pasta is made fresh, the prices are incredibly reasonable, and they offer a few dishes (like their fried cheese appetizer) that you'll have a hard time finding as good anywhere else.
A newer restaurant, Cadet focuses on bringing the quality and freshness in all of their dishes. The space itself is incredibly welcoming and contemporary, making it the perfect spot for a celebration, a date, or pretty much anything.
This incredibly trendy Japanese restaurant in St. Henri will absolutely make all of your foodie dreams come true. A cozy and adorable spot, the dishes here are fresh, unique, and straight-up delicious.
A Syrian/Armenian restaurant near Montreal's Little Italy, Alep serves up tons of incredibly flavourful dishes that are spiced to absolute perfection. Protip? Get their beef tartare, and prepare to be amazed.
This Mile Ex eatery focuses on serving up pretty much any dish that's round. Although the experience itself is worth going for, their incredibly awesome dishes (like their juciy and tasty meatballs!) will absolutely hook you.
Is there anything more nerve wracking than a first date? I don't think so, to be completely honest with you guys. There are so many factors going in to making a first date awesome, it's just really anxiety-inducing.
But, thankfully, if you're going on a first date during the holidays, you've got one less thing to worry about. Why? Because I'm here to save the day with a list of some pretty chill places to take your first date during the holiday season.
I honestly believe it's impossible not to love L'Gros Luxe (Especially when they are part of Grilled Cheese Month). Not only is their food and decor so, so, so on fleek, but their drinks are out of this world. Warm up to your new sweetie by sharing a Caesar... trust me, it's WORTH it. Plus, each time you buy a mac and cheese for the holidays, L'Gros Luxe is donating $1 to one of their 4 partner organizations.
Legit, you guys, there is no better first date place during the holidays than an actual Christmas themed bar. Expect Christmas drinks, Christmas music, and an amazing opportunity to get to know your potential new bae.
This cozy Verdun haunt has everything a good neighbourhood bar should: a cozy and welcoming decor, good music, good vibes, and pretty much the best cocktails around. AKA, the perfect ambiance to get to know someone.
If you and your date are down to get turnt AF, then have I got some awesome news for you. This Chinatown bar (that's legit like a little slice of Hawaii) is known to get a little rowdy towards the end of the night... so go ahead and grab a drink in a literal pineapple, and prepare to have the most fun first date ever.
There is no classier first date than a wine bar first date, friends. Unless you're going on a first date to this uber classy Montreal wine bar... during the holidays. Class all the way, guys. Class all the way.
Situated in Old Montreal, Philemon Bar is pretty much in the most romantic area in the whole city, TBH. It helps that this bar has pretty much one of the most romantic ambiances in the whole city, too, which makes it that much easier for you and your date to get to know each other.
My new absolute favourite spot in the whole city also happens to be an awesome place to take a first date, especially around the holiday season. It's got a really cool 1920s Gatsby vibe going on, which makes it an awesome spot to feel vintage AF during a first date.
Good food, good drinks, and a seriously welcoming-yet-party atmosphere? Yassss. Perfect for the couple who are just getting to know each other's wild side... or those of us who love eating good food and drinking good drinks on the first date.
This Griffintown bar specializes in tapas and seriously tasty cocktails. Which makes it the perfect first date restaurant: what could possibly be better than drinking awesome cocktails while sharing some seriously tasty food?
Located in Griffintown, Bird Bar is the perfect spot to indulge in some fried chicken and champagne. Granted, it's not strictly a bar - more of a resto/bar - but the decor, super trendy vibe, and amazingly huge bar (with awesome cocktails) make it a perfect place to get to know your new bae.
Montreal sure does have amazing food but, we strive in our fabulous breakfasts and brunches! One of our ancient specialties happens to be... you guessed it, eggs benedict! Montreal's eggs benedict go from classic to out of this world depending on which restaurant you go to. But the combination of poached eggs, Hollandaise Sauce, an English muffin, and much more make Montreal's eggs benedict truly special and to the nine.