Guys, hot weather has reached Montreal (finally!). Of course, this means that it's time to chill, live your life, bask in the sun, and (responsibly) enjoy a good, old-fashioned alcoholic beverage.
Actually, scratch that. Don't enjoy a good old-fashioned alcoholic beverage; spice it up. Live your life. Cool yourself down with something awesome, friends - like any one of these delicious boozy beverages.
This drink features a very simple concept, executed perfectly for maximum summer enjoyment. Vodka, triple sec, and any Mr. Freeze you so desire goes into this summer cocktail - as well as a delicious marshmallow spear, so you know this drink is pretty much fun in a glass. Plus, you know, it's from Nacho Libre, which are pretty much ace at making yummy, unique drinks for us to enjoy.
Slated to reopen super soon, Candi Bar has a wide array of slushy, sweet drinks for you to enjoy. Their best one, though? Hands down the Tiffany & Co., with raspberry vodka, raspberry slush, and blue curaçao, served with a Ring Pop on the side (of course). This drink is fun, fresh, tasty, and even comes with edible jewellery. Is there anything better in life? (Answer: No. No there is not).
Try not to scream in excitement as I describe this drink to you guys. Pot Masson's Mr. Freeze drink features raspberry vodka, triple sec, lemonade, and a deliciously cold Mr. Freeze, right in the glass for you guys to enjoy. As if this wasn't mind-blowing enough, Pot Masson also adds a fluffy, sweet chunk of cotton candy, making for one seriously sugary - and awesome - way to enjoy your alcohol.
At this stage in the game, we all know La Belle et La Boeuf for its fun, fresh, vibrant atmosphere. Their food is awesome, and their drinks are quite possibly even better. For a super refreshing surprise, though, enjoy any one of their Mason Jar Cocktails, which feature their delicious drinks (my personal fave is the John Lemon, with vodka, Southern Comfort, iced tea, and peach puree) under a block of chunky, slushy ice. All the yums? You know it.
When in doubt, do it yourself. This recipe for a refreshing, delicious drink is totally guaranteed to cool you TF down during those super hot summer days. And, since you're making it yourself, you get to control exactly how much alcohol you put into your drink. (Lots.)
No lie, guys, living that foodie life is not cheap. Sometimes, you want great food, but you just can't sacrifice those hard-earned dollars. What is someone who loves eating out to do in such a situation?
Well, don't worry. Montreal is pretty much a hub of awesome food, and when that awesome food mixes with awesome prices - well, beautiful things happen. And when fantastic restaurants decide to serve up their food for $5 a dish? Well, friends, that's just pure magic.
This spot is all about the variety. They've got a hugely extensive menu, with things like nachos, vegetarian chili, Portuguese chicken, and gravlax salad; and they've also got different price variations, too. So, for $5, $7, or $9, you can feast like a champ.
Possibly one of the most famous $5 Montreal restaurants, this Plateau eatery serves up mindblowing dishes for an incredibly fair $5 bill. At this incredible spot, the menu features perogies, poutine, tacos, and much, much more.
Is Pot Masson life? I can't make that decision for you, friend. But what I can tell you is that they offer up some seriously cool drinks (like their drink served up with a cloud of cotton candy and a straight-up full sized Mr. Freeze), and with the purchase of any of their awesome drinks, their tasty food items are all offered at $5.
The cool thing about this Rosemont eatery? Basically everything is offered at $5.95, with a discount of 10% if you're a student. So you can go right ahead and indulge on any one of their tasty dishes - like their tuna melt, Italian sausage burger, or classic pouting - for an (almost) non-existent price.
With arguably the best bar scene of any major city in Canada, Montreal is teeming with awesome hot spots to enjoy a night out with your friends. Aside from the lively partying that's always going on somewhere in the city, what contributes to the city's vibrant nightlife is also the multitude of unique, interesting bars that you can't find anywhere else.
Whether it's the decor, history, or an interesting gimmick you've never seen before, some Montreal bars are just built to impress. From skateboarding to surfing, a night on Montreal's eccentric bar scene can leave both longtime residents and new tourists in awe.
So, if you're looking for a wild weekend spot, but you're also hoping to experience something different than a typical night on the town, trust that these places have everything you're looking for.
Would you believe that the above scene is actually smack dab in the middle of a restaurant? Probably not, but I assure you, that is the case with Oasis Surf, a spot that allows you to sip on a daiquiri while watching both amateur and professional surfers try their hand at the waves.
Perfect for when you're craving those island vibes but can't get away for a vacation, Oasis Surf is sure to impress you and your company. It's one of the most unique places in Montreal, and it's certainly worth it to stay for a drink or three.
An absolute gem in the heart of the Old Port, Jardin Nelson is impressive because of the trifecta: a gorgeous terrasse, an ideal location, and an old-world feel that can't be topped.
You can't walk through the Old Port without somehow drifting towards this terrasse, and you can't help but sneak a glance inside - there is often jazz music floating out onto the street, as if this place wasn't irresistible enough already. Ultimately, you can't go wrong with Jardin Nelson; between the upscale cuisine, magical ambiance, and historical feel, it's impressive beyond belief.
First surfboarding in a bar, now skateboarding? You better believe it, because anything goes in Montreal, and when you walk into this place and see tons of skateboarders taking a turn on the skate bowl right next to the bar, you'll understand why.
TRH-Bar is my go-to place to impress a friend from out of town. It's such a cool spot, and you can have a great time just by standing by the bowl and watching the skaters do their thing. There are two floors, and each play different music, so you can switch back and forth depending on your taste. For its unique atmosphere, TRH-Bar wins as an all-around crowd pleaser (impresser?).
It's the entrance - or lack thereof - that contributes to the unique mystery behind Big In Japan bar. Walk down St. Laurent, just past Bar Belmont, and you might miss it; there is no obvious sign that the bar is there, aside from a very narrow doorway, which leads to a seemingly never-ending hallway that connects to the main room.
Big In Japan is cool for so many reasons. It's the epitome that 'dark bar' trope, and it's perfect for an ultra romantic date night. It's a Japanese-style pub, offering some delicacies from the cuisine, as well as uniquely crafted cocktails - whiskey is a favourite. To truly impress both a first date and your longtime significant other, Big In Japan is the place to do it.
Everything about this place exudes effortless cool: from the eerily-lit neon green entrance, to the numerous cocktails served in pineapples and coconuts, Le Mal Nécessaire feels like an eclectic mash up of everything that makes a night out great.
An awesome place to bring your crew for more than a few drinks, this bar will impress on many levels. If you want somewhere that will make your friends say, "No way!" when their drink comes out, this bar is your ideal spot.
Hanging out at Kinoya kind of feels like you're drinking inside someone's wood carving project - it's so intricately designed you'll spend most of your time admiring the place than you will focusing on your meal or cocktail.
That's not to say that the food or drinks are not up to par with the decor, because they definitely are. Kinoya truly provides an authentic Japanese Izakaya experience, similar to Big In Japan. It has its own unique ambiance that will leave you more impressed than you could've imagined.
Dark, sexy, mysterious, exclusive - Cloakroom bar is all of that and more. A speakeasy that doesn't obviously look like a bar from the outside, you'll be continually surprised as you make your way through the entrance, then behind a mirrored door that will finally reveal the main bar room.
Doubling as a high end tailoring service during the day, Cloakroom carries the ambiance of class and finery to the bar environment. You could disappear into a corner of this bar for hours, chatting with your company or cozying up with your significant other. A truly standout, exciting bar experience, a night at Cloakroom is something you'll look back on for years to come.
This place will impress just based on the fact that is a bonafide hot spot. A Chinatown favourite, Luwan wows with its fun crow, casual-yet-cool ambiance, and amazing beats.
If you have friends visiting from out of town and you're not sure where to take them, rest assured they'll have an amazing time at Luwan. You'll all appreciate the endlessly fun times this bar can provide, and with different themes for each night of the week, there's tons of Luwan to go around.
Nacho Libre is equipped with kitschy memorabilia, funky lights, original cocktails, and - I kid you not - swing sets for seats. Swing sets for seats! This is not a drill.
This bar is unique in its own right, and even if you frequent it, I'm sure you're impressed each time you enter. From a casual cocktail to a wild night out, anything goes at this quasi-Mexican bar, where you can order tacos and ponder the strange decor. Head to Nacho Libre for a fresh take on an 'unusual' bar experience.
I know what you might be thinking - being impressed by ping pong? But honestly, you just can't ignore the cute, fun atmosphere that Ping Pong Club provides. With trendy decor, and a super laid back vibe, this bar is a guaranteed good time.
You don't always need expensive drinks or a fancy interior to be impressed, or to impress someone else. Sometimes, all that works is a fun gimmick that gets people together and makes things a little more interesting. That's exactly what Ping Pong Club does - so set aside your preconceived notions and have a little fun, won't you?
Summer's here, friends, which means we're probably all spending our money on trips, outings, events, and other super fun, Montreal summer things.
And that also might mean that some of us don't have the biggest drink budget. Which is sort of unfortunate for those of us who enjoy cocktails, as these alcoholic beverages tend to be a little more on the expensive side. But don't worry if you, like me, are a cocktail fiend. There are a few incredibly affordable - and fun - spots in Montreal to enjoy your favourite drinks.
If you're down to get turnt on some seriously tasty cocktails for cheap, then look no further than Alexandraplatz Bar. Situated in Montreal's Rosemont, this part-warehouse part-bar is one serious hidden gem; but, trust, it's more than worth the discovery.
And although the cheap and drinks might seem like the highlight of this spot - well, it gets better. Featuring an incredibly chill and laid-back vibe, as well as a huge terrasse that's legit the perfect spot for chilling on during the summer, Alexandraplatz is an incredibly amazing spot to get your drink on this summer.
Pot Masson honestly has some of the tastiest drinks in the whole city, to be totally honest with you guys. What could possibly be better than a whole mason jar filled with raspberry vodka, triple sec, and lemonade, and then garnished with a Mr. Freeze and cotton candy?
That's right, friends, nothing in the whole world. And, the best part? You get a huge mason jar full of their awesome drinks, so you're getting a super good value for your dollar. Combine that with their laid back vibe, inexpensive food, and super chill atmospher, and you've got yourself your next fave cocktail bar.
If you're a fan of cocktails, then you're going to be a huge, huge fan of Henrietta. This spot opened up not too long ago as a replacement to the well-loved Baldwin Barmacie, but it's grown to become just as awesome - and as amazing.
First of all, the cocktails here are above and beyond amazing. No drink here exceeds $15, which is some seriously good news, considering these beverages are so tasty that you're going to want to drink all. The. Drinks. An example of their beyond tasty selections? Their Millie Russel, featuring Campari, Galiano, lemon and an egg white; and their Cinq Etoiles, made with white rum, lime, mint, and more.
To be totally honest with you guys, Le Mal Necessaire is one of my all-time favourite spots. It's super hidden, in the basement of a building in Montreal's Chinatown, which totally adds to its charm - plus, its incredibly fun and laid-back vibe helps out a little bit, as well.
Even though the drinks here tend to be on the inexpensive side, that's not even the best part. The best part, of course, is that they're served up in giant, hollow pineapples, making for a cocktail experience you won't soon forget.
This Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie bar knows what it's doing when it comes to serving up incredibly unique, fresh, and inexpensive cocktails. Honestly, if you're a true cocktail lover, you're going to want to get yourself here ASAP and try one of their mind-blowing drinks.
But although the drinks might be the main draw, once you get there, you're going to want to stay forever. It's got pretty much the most inviting and welcoming atmosphere, and although it is an incredibly awesome bar to get turnt at, it's also got a more intimate vibe as well, making it the perfect spot to bring a date, too.
Luwan serves up their cocktails strong, tasty, inexpensive, and all-around awesome, making this Chinatown spot one serious go-to place for any and all true cocktail connoisseurs.
Much more than that, though, Luwan is an awesome place to go to even if cocktails aren't the name of your game. They serve up a wide array of alcohol for relatively inexpensive prices, and honestly, this bar is just straight-up fun, all thanks to super friendly staff and one seriously vibrant crowd. Friends who love getting turnt, this spot is seriously for you.
Alright, this might just be the perfect bar for catching up with friends over some seriously creative and fairly priced drinks. Their cocktail (and food, too) menu is vast, offering up unique selections like the "Netflix and Chill", featuring Jim Beam, Disaronno, tea from David's Tea, chilli pepper, and more.
And their vibe? Honestly amazing. The crowd here is super fun, and the atmosphere is incredibly welcoming, but it is a little bit more of a classier place, making it the perfect spot for a celebration, to chill with your friends, or to impress a date. All the wins? You know it.
This unassuming and seriously fun cocktail bar is situated in Montreal's Ahuntsic, so it might be a little bit of a trek for some of us - but trust me, it's well worth it. The crowd at Uber is super laid-back and all-around fun, which matches perfectly with their chill-yet-lit vibe.
And, honestly, the cocktails here are delicious AF. You're going to want to try every single drink on the menu here; which makes the fact that it's super inexpensive a serious relief, considering you'll seriously need all of these awesome drinks in your life.
Yummy in everybody's tummy! Nachos are truly delicious and Montreal happens to offer amazing nacho restaurants. Most people think of nachos as an entrée but you will want all these dishes as your main meal! The restaurants listed below have the best nachos that include, melted cheese, salsa, avocados, black beans, and much more.
I can promise you that you won't have soggy nachos if you go to one of these Montreal restaurants. These Mexican style nachos are all absolutely delicious and will warm your heart. They all offer authentic home style nachos with many different toppings. So get your nacho game on and head to one of these Montreal restaurants.
For a homestyle plate of nachos that has vegan options, then I suggest checking out Lola Rosa Milton. They have a rich welcoming ambience with delicious nachos that have mountains of toppings. It is a great place to stimulate your taste buds with some buds.
For a great night out with some friends, check out my personal favourite place Mesa 14. If you and a group of friends are looking for some great nachos and a great, time then I strongly recommend Mesa 14. They have crispy nachos with amazing salsa! The service is always great and the nachos will make your mouth water! I get the Nacho Del Patron which comes with fresh chicken, cheese, and any other toppings of your choice.
If you haven't had nachos at Nacho Libre then you haven't lived! Nacho Libre has the best nachos! The tortilla chips are perfectly baked and everything is always fresh and delicious. They have chicken, beef, vegetarian, and chorizo nachos that are ready for your eating. Their cheese is creamy and don't worry, your chips won't get soggy. So if you are looking for great nachos and a drink afterwards, I suggest checking them out for sure!
If you have an artsy BFF then I strongly recommend bringing them to Escondite for delicious nachos and an artsy time! They have great drinks, the best nachos, and a fab ambience. Their food is truly unique just like the art is that surrounds the restaurant at every corner.
Feel like you are actually in South America and check out Maria Bonita for a variety of wild nachos. These truly are some gourmet nachos that are fun for everyone. You like salsa? THEY GOT IT. You like guacamole? THEY GOT IT. You like sour creme? THEY GOT IT. Now it's time for you to get there!
For fab nachos that are also offered as a vegetarian meal, check out La Tamalera. You are always served fresh guacamole and delightful nacho buckets. Your nacho buckets always come at a reasonable prices and I promise that you will enjoy the hipster ambience. So enjoy the freshness at La Tamalera with some of your BFFS!
For some simple home style nachos, I suggest checking out La Capital Tacos. Their speciality may be tacos but don't let that fool you... They have mouth watering nachos. They are typical served with original guacamole, crushed black beans, and roasted tortilla chips. So if you are constantly in search for that great black bean dip, then check them out. You won't be disappointed, instead you will probably get addicted!
For some fancy flower bowl nachos, I suggest heading down to Amaranto. They serve authentic Mexican food straight from Mexico city. They have such great backed nachos that are served in a cute restaurant that has a real cultural ambience to it.
For a location that is literally fun for everyone, I strongly suggest checking out Ta Chido. Their ambience is weird, fun, and hipster since the restaurant is decorated with crazy toys and art work. They are best known for their cheesy goodness since everything is made by an authentic cuisine staff.
For a true South American setting with delectable crisp nachos, then I suggest checking out El Meson located in Lachine. They have a superb terrace that looks on the Lachine canal giving you great views while you eat those yummy nachos!
If you are in search of some gourmet classy nachos, then I strongly recommend checking out Epazote & Haricot. They have such classy dishes that aren't only pretty too look at but also heavenly to eat. They have multiple dressings that are perfect for everyone.
For that traditional taste of nachos straight from Mexico, check out T & T. They usually specialise in tacos and tortas but their nachos are honestly to die for! I recommend checking this place out with your friends and staying here after dinner to party a bit in a fun ambience.
If you miss your abuela's cooking, then I suggest checking out the Burrito Shop in Montreal! They use their abuela's recipes to make the tastiest nachos for you! They have the best chicken nachos that are full of deliciousness. I promise that you won't regret coming here for your nachos.
For authentic Mexican tacos, hit up El Rey Del Taco! They have truly delicious nachos that are crunch with creamy cheese and multiple dipping sauces. Their tortilla chips happen to be multi-coloured and are not only super fun to look at but they are also super delicious! I can assure you that you will have a cheesy good time!
For an indoor scene with colourful murals all along the indoor, check out the hidden gem La Guadalupe Mexicain. They are super casual and they go back to their roots with some simple and delicious nachos. It's a hip place to check out with your friends this summer.
For an all in all great night, I strongly recommend checking out the Next Door Pub. They have great melted cheesy nachos that are absolutely to die for! Your heart will melt over their awesome nachos and you will have a great night afterwards with their cooling drinks and superb ambience.