Located right in the heart of Old Montreal, it’s a great place to begin the night. At entrance level, there is a large central bar surrounded by elevated lounge areas to one side and some high tables at the other. This is a no-nonsense kind of bar, meaning they specialize in classic cocktails such as the Caesar, but instead of Vodka they use Mescal.Despite being in the Vieux Port, this place is only celebrating one year in business. What’s new? Their terrasse! Could it get more appealing as far as finding a place in one of the nicest spots in Mtl? It’s the only champagne bar in the city and had all the aficionados in a frenzy when it opened. Did we mention they do oysters? Treat your guest to a bit of city class why don’t you?Another gem in the tourist hub of Old Montreal, this spot is particularly great for a ladies night out. Okay fellas can come too. There are live Djs every night – so you got more than one person mixing up your night!This place has really been the talk of the town lately. This massive dance club is set in an 1859 industrial space. There is nothing, however, passé about it. Drink, dance and be merry. Great place to show someone how Montrealers like to party!Club and concert venue. How could you go wrong? It’s been around since 1983 so it’s practically a Montreal heritage site as far as night life is concerned in this city. The club's inner decor includes graffiti covered walls and strange sculptures. If your guest is into underground or alternative styles of music or just wants to try something different… This should be your next destination. Put your punk/alternative cap on!Aah, Montreal’s Plateau area. If you want your guests to get to know the hip and sophisticated scene bring them to this spot. Loungey and ambient music, to upbeat house tracks will serenade you as you sip your sexy cocktails one after the other. The window’s along the street side of the bar open up onto one of the most vibrant streets of the city: St. Laurent.Nothing says it's summer in Montreal more than drinking beers on their huge terrasse. It has 4 floors plus a basement and beer garden out back. There’s karaoke on some nights and a dance floor at the very top. So if you want to make some (embarrassing) memories, this might be a great way to kick off your tourist’s adventure in our city.No trip to this city would be complete without a ride on Chez Serge’s mechanical bull. If our Montreal Canadiens mascot Youppi can have a go, why couldn’t you? Liquid courage, my friends, liquid courage. Definitely a video or picture (or ten) to show off to your friends back home.This bar celebrated 20 years of service last year and they’re still going strong. Crescent is full of bars to bar hop with your out-of-towners, and while this place is far from luxurious it gets the booze flowing – and cheap.They’ve got over 300 cocktail selections. They do one heck of an Old Fashioned. They’ve got a sexy interior that boasts a dark brown and mahogany paint décor, and have long wooden tables and chocolate-hued chairs. A DJ spins a variety of upbeat tunes each night of the week, and Sundays feature different live musicians.
I must admit, I had never been to New City Gas (I moved here during the pandemic — please forgive me), so I had no idea what to expect. The first thing I thought was, "WOW, this space is so cool!" We walked into the lobby-bar and I was instantly taken by the exposed brick and hanging lights, which created a boho-chic Mykonos-esque aesthetic. Of course, that included a hanging bed.
We stepped inside and walked through the mysterious yet cozy and inviting interior complete with mirrors and candles galore. Before entering the restaurant, we passed through the artisanal marketplace, featuring goods from Meraki, a Laval-based boutique filled with handmade goods and imported treasures from Greece.
Next, we headed into the restaurant, which is so spectacularly done that it feels like one of the most high-end, chic spots on the Island of Montreal but with a totally relaxed and laid-back vibe. Thanks to the decor — complete with hanging baskets, long tables, neutral tones and vibrant greenery — you truly feel like you're in Tulum or in Greece.
We tucked ourselves in for a four-course meal by Chef Massimo Piedimonte of Le Mousso. We were told that the menu was "a tour through the Mediterranean": tapas, a fish course, a meat course, and dessert. Paired with drinks prepared by sommelier Maxime Laliberté of Maison Boulud and mixologist Lawrence Picard of Nectar & Co., I was in absolute heaven.
Between courses, we checked out the open-air gallery outside by S16 and the NFT Gallery by 0x Society, which is actually the first of its kind in Canada. Both of these will be available all summer long.
When the sun went down and the lights came on, the ambiance was even more spectacular. Co-owner Alex K. told me the team was inspired by their travels to places like Tulum and Mykonos, not just for their food and culture, but for the way they exude positive summer vibes. And that's exactly what I got from Bazart from start to finish!
Guys, I have some seriously exciting news to tell you.. Diplo is coming to Montreal this summer! Yup, you heard me right. One of the world's hottest new DJs/producers will be performing right here in Montreal.
With 2017 right around the corner, it's time to end 2016 off with a BANG! To do so, why not head out to some places in Montreal where you can eat, drink, and socialise with new people. It's time to party up and make what's left of 2016 great!
It's pretty obvious that a great way to make memories is by indulging in food, drinks, and making new friends. So, I comprised a list of some amazing places where you can enjoy fabulous food, wild drinks, and meet fun people right here in Montreal. Each place is unique in their own way and most are actually supper clubs!
Laika is not your typical night out. Instead of being a restaurant, it is actually a local hangout with coffee, small plates, and Sunday brunches. But, it all turns into a DJ lounge at night. So, if you rather have a chill night out where you can meet low-key people, then Laika is the place for you!
Enjoy a fabulous dinner at Joverse and then watch it transform into one of Montreal's wildest clubs! Their food is absolutely fabulous and I strongly suggest getting some of their famous crab cakes! Afterwards, grab a mojito with your girls and meet different people from the most unique places. You can dance, drink, and eat for the perfect night out with your BFFs and the new friends you will make.
Have a Spanish tapas styled dinner at Santos! Santos offers a nice light meal before the real partying starts after eleven when it turns into a hot AF bar. This is the perfect place for a classy night out while meeting new people who may or may not be from Montreal.
Not only can you get a boozy brunch at SuWu, but you can also enjoy a unique dinner before the shots, shots, shots! They specialize in making cocktails and what they like to call 'gourmet bar bites'! You will definitely have a fabulous night out!
For good food, good drinks, and new people, I recommend going to Pink Flamingo! Not only will you feel classy AF, but you will also enjoy nice champagne and some delectable food! Their french cuisine is fabulous and the atmosphere is elegant enough that you can meet new people who aren't complete wierdos.
Not only does Soubois have the best nightlife in Montreal, but their food is to die for! They offer fresh quality ingredients that come together to make the most delightful dishes. One of their most famous dishes happens to be their duck tartar! So this is definitely the place to be for a wild night that fulfills your food desires, drink desires, and social desires.
For authentic Italian dishes, like their amazing pizza, I recommend checking out Bevo! Not only are they a pizzeria, but they are also a bar! You can drink up and meet as many people as you please while enjoying the class atmosphere.
Suite 701 is honestly a perfect place for a boozy brunch as it is located right in the heart of Montreal! Not only do they have superb food, but they have amazing drinks. They offer a very impressive boozy brunch where you and your BFF can get tipsy at while enjoying some great eats and deep convos. They even have “Option Grande Soif”! A 2 hour open bar add-on option that is completely perfect for a fun night out.
Big In Japan is definitely the place to be if you are looking for a nice candlelit dinner over some hot AF drinks! I strongly recommend Big In Japan if you want to have a fun night but if you would also like to meet new people in an elegant way.
They offer Japanese fusion izakaya that pairs perfectly with their nightlife. After you complete you crazy meal, you can have a wild night since then it turns into a club with a live DJ. Flyjin in is super trendy and a great place to meet new and fun people in Montreal.
Toyo is a classic example of a teppanyaki restaurant! Here, you and a few of your friends can grab a table with some other Montrealer's and enjoy a wild dinner with some drinks. There may not be any dancing but there sure will be some socialization!
If you love some awesome burgers and some even more delicious and larger than life drinks, then I suggest checking out Deville! They have these amazing fish bowl drinks, doughnut balls, salads, burgers, and much more to make your mouths water while you can simultaneously meet new people.
Auberge St-Gabriel is perfect for some refined new French cuisine in a chic and restored historic inn that later turns into a superb club! The stone walls are antique AF but also beautiful. You can party up and meet some great new people!
The city of Montreal is truly amazing. Whether you're coming from out of town to visit for the first time, you've already been and couldn't help but come back, or you've lived here your whole life, this is the perfect time for you to explore what this city has to offer. There's some great things to find here in Montreal, from cafes to restaurants, to bars and everything in between!
The Mile End is a very special area of the city, and though a lot of people associate it with the Plateau it really is it's own neighbourhood, bringing it's own unique charm to the city. If you haven't had a chance to discover what the Mile End has to offer, or even if you have and you're looking for new inspiration, this is the perfect time to do it.
I've compiled an itinerary for a day's worth of awesome activities, where you can pick and choose your favourite suggestions. I guarantee you'll have the best time discovering one of Montreal's most beloved areas!
First Stop: Morning Coffee
The first stop on your Mile End tour will begin with a good coffee. Here in Montreal, we take our coffee very seriously, so expect some of the best coffee you've ever tasted. Choose any of the following cafes for a delicious morning latte, filtered brew or tea lattes!
This unique cafe is a mix of Japanese and French cultures all rolled up into an unreal cafe. It is located in an industrial warehouse on one of the many hip side streets in Montreal. They serve syphoned coffee, which is a very unique and fresh way to enjoy your morning brew!
This is definitely one of the best cafe that Montreal has to offer. It is an Italian cafe, which features the best espresso you've probably ever tasted. The interior is large and spacious perfect for an early morning coffee. It is very popular among Montrealers because we all know how special it really is.
This hip cafe is located inside the Frank and Oak clothing store, so you can enjoy a quick shopping trip while you sip on your perfect latte. The quality of the coffee and espresso is high end, you won't be disappointed with a classic cappuccino or latte here!
Second Stop: Fuel Up With Brunch
After you've woken up with your delicious morning coffee, now it's time fuel your body with some much-needed food to get you through the rest of the day. Try out any of the following brunch spots for some amazing and unique breakfast foods!
Faberge is one of the most popular brunch spots in Montreal, and for very good reason. They have some of the most unique brunch foods you'll find. Try their PB&J french toast, which is stuffed with peanut butter and drowned in jelly, or try their mac and cheese eggs benedict, which is exactly what is sounds but tastes so delicious! Enjoy a nice mimosa as well if you want to start the day off right.
This adorable breakfast spot is serving up the best new breakfast trend: toast! They have some super stylish and of course, delicious toast that you must try while you're here. Their most popular is the zucchini cream with ricotta, poached egg and greens on top of their homemade bread!
This brunch spot serves some unique breakfast foods that are so unbelievably good! You must try their Turkish breakfast plate, which comes with eggs, bread, jams, and a whole bunch of delicious vegetables or their Shakshuka, which is a skillet filled with two poached eggs, in a Moroccan spiced tomato sauce served with sourdough toast!
Next: Explore the neighbourhood
Now that you've fueled up with your morning coffee and brunch to end all brunches, it's time to get out there and explore the neighbourhood that you came here for! Whether you love art, books, flowers or shopping there's something for everyone in the Mile End!
This is clearly the cutest flower shop in Montreal and yes it's right here in the Mile End. The outside is decorated with white painted bird cages and it looks like it's exploding with plants. Even if you aren't interested in purchasing any flowers on this trip, it's still worth it to walk over to this cute little shop and enjoy walking through the isles of fresh smelling flowers!
This cute little bookstore located in the Mile End is the perfect stop for book lovers. This shop features many local authors, graphic novels and indie comic books! It has a wide variety of interesting reads, you could spend a while looking through the isles of these colourful stories!
This wouldn't be a trip to Montreal if you didn't enjoy some well-deserved shopping in some adorable boutiques. If you're looking to splurge on some high quality clothing, you've come to the right shop, if not this boutique is still so much fun to walk through and browse!
If you're an art lover, you'll love Galerie Simon Blais. Enjoy walking through this gorgeous art gallery, with white walls, big windows, and bright natural light! It features mostly contemporary and modern art and they always have new and upcoming exhibitions.
After That: Enjoy a mid-afternoon lunch
You just spent a whole lot of time walking and exploring the neighbourhood so you're probably peckish again. Now it's time to enjoy a mid-afternoon lunch, but keep it light! You'll be enjoying a big dinner later in the evening.
This spot is perfect for a light lunch after a packed morning of exploring. They serve a tapas style lunch where you can share different dishes. They also serve a delicious beef tartar! Take a relaxing afternoon break from your exciting day in this stylish restaurant
If you're looking for a light, healthy lunch this is definitely the spot. Their meals are $7, where you can choose from a bar full of salads, light meals and Greek pastries! Their salad bar is to die for, which usually isn't the way you would describe a salad bar, but honestly the options are seemingly endless and they're all so good!
This Italian style bakery and pizzeria has some of the best food you'll find here in the city. They have basically anything you could want, from a light Italian salad for lunch, to a delicious, creamy pasta or a cheezy pizza! All of their pasta and pizza dough is homemade and so amazing you'll want to come back again, I guarantee.
This Afternoon: De-stress after your busy day
At this point you're probably slowing down, it's been a big day already so I suggest treating yourself to something relaxing this afternoon. Whether that's an hour or two pampering yourself at the spa, relaxing in a peaceful park or enjoying an afternoon cocktail, you deserve to unwind and de-stress now!
This adorable spa in the Mile End has some awesome services that will definitely help you destress after your busy day so far! Enjoy a facial, massage, or any one of their unique spa packages because you really deserve to pamper yourself. They also offer some amazing health foods such as smoothie bowls and chia puddings!
Take some time to stroll through this lusciously green park right here in the big city. Grab another coffee or simply bring a nice novel and sit on one of the abundant benches and relax! This park is one of the best in the city and it's definitely worth spending some well-deserved 'you' time in.
Stop by this insanely cool Mile End bar for an afternoon cocktail or beer, which is their specialty. Dieu du Ciel brews their own impeccable beers and they have some seriously unique flavours if you feel like trying something new! Chill out on their patio on a sunny day or enjoy the cool indoor setting.
Next: Dinner Time!
The most anticipated time of the day is always dinner time, and in the Mile End there's an unlimited number of amazing restaurants to choose from. Whether you're in the mood for sushi, high-end cuisines, or classic Italian foods you're bound to find something you'll love at one of the following restaurants!
Hotel Herman is the perfect place if you're looking to dress up and enjoy an upscale meal. They serve delicious small plates perfect for sharing multiple different meals, with Montreal-inspired foods and their presentation is what really takes the cake. They have a super cool U-shaped bar, which is the best part of dining at this restaurant, it creates an intimate atmosphere where you can fully enjoy your amazing meal!
This is definitely one of the most romantic restaurants you can find in the Mile End. The interior of the restaurant is all stone walls, with white table cloths and flowers and candles on each table. The food here is also unreal, enjoy a delicious lobster, a braised ham and creamy pasta dish, or a flaky salmon! You won't be disappointed here.
Saint Sushi Bar makes some the best looking sushi in all of Montreal. Seriously, their sushi is so stylish you'll probably want to admire it for a little while before you dig in! If you're bringing a friend or your special someone with you, I suggest the Maki tasting platter so you can share a little bit of everything! Make sure you come with an empty stomach so you devour as much of this unreal sushi as you possibly can!
Datcha is a super cool club in the Mile End, which features unreal DJs and events happening all the time. If you're up for an awesome night filled with great electronic music and endless dancing, this is the place for you! Their bar also makes some unique and delicious drinks for everyone to enjoy.
This bar is definitely one of the most hip places to hang out in all of Montreal. If you're looking for a cool place to spend your night in the Mile End with great drinks, music and great people, this is definitely the place for you! This bar also brings something extra fun, they have a ping pong table and foosball! This creates a super fun and relaxed atmosphere for everyone to enjoy while they're hanging out and drinking.
Has it always been your dream to try riding one of those mechanical bulls and totally kicking a$$ at it?? Well, now you can make that dream a reality at the Mile End's super fun bar, Chez Serge. The most popular attraction is obviously riding the bull, but they also have some awesome dancing, and giant drinks out of plastic buckets! If you're looking for a crazy night that you definitely won't be able to find anywhere else, this is definitely the place to come.