Terrasses are the best thing about summer in Montreal, hands down. But, while Montreal summer terrasses are a quintessential and beloved aspect of the warmest season in the city, there is one thing that's better: rooftop terrasses.
Taking everything great about terrasses and raising it up (literally and figuratively) a few levels, drinking on a rooftop terrasse is made better for the simple fact that you're high up above the city, getting some of the best views of Montreal available.
And fortunately, Montreal has a wide variety of rooftop terrasses, each with their own unique features that make them superb. Find out which Montreal rooftop terrasses are above the rest (pun!) with our list of the best below.
1474 rue Sainte-Catherine E
One of Montreal's most frequented gay nightclubs, Complexe Sky, which already features three full floors, gets an upgrade once the warm weather hits and the rooftop terrasse opens. Equipped with its own hot tub (BYOSwimshorts, though), Sky's rooftop is spacious and simply perfect for enjoying one of the club's giant 4L pitchers of sangria.
SIX Resto Lounge
1255 Jeanne Mance
Overlooking Quartier des Spectacles, SIX Resto Lounge, which rests on the sixth floor of the Hyatt Regency, puts you right above the hustle and bustle of Montreal's urban core. Take in all the energy of Montreal's festival hub, enjoy a few relaxing rooftop drinks at SIX, then head back out for more of the action. SIX also features a varied chef-created menu too, for anyone feeling peckish.
Terrasses Labo Culinaire Foodlab (SAT)
1201 Boul St-Laurent
Feast upon the flavours of summer at the SAT's Terrasses Labo Culinaire Foodlab. Located on the third floor of the SAT building, the menus of the Foodlab are headed by chef Michelle Marek and are always brimming with fresh flavours. Plenty of drink options are also to be enjoyed at the Foodlab's terrasse, including specially selected wines to pair with your meal.
1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine E
Montreal's premiere gay club gets a serious boost in appeal (at least according to this queer) once they open up their rooftop terrasse. A more relaxed, chilled out alternative to the busy dance floor below, Unity's terrasse actually allows you to talk with someone and not have your voice drowned out by music. I know, I sound super old right now, but regardless, all you need to know is Unity's terrasse is legit and worth checking out, whether you're gay, straight, and everything in-between.
3709 Saint Laurent
Right in the heart of the main, Tokyo is almost always bustling with activity, and that goes double once its warm enough to truly enjoy the rooftop terrasse. Attracting a wide array of nightlife-folk, Tokyo's terrasse is always alive, so you're in for an exciting time no matter what day of the week you're there.
9 Duluth E
While Reservoir's rooftop terrasse may not be quite as high as some of the others on this list (it's pretty much on the second floor) that doesn't make it any less awesome in the summer. Giving you a great view of Duluth street, Reservoir's outdoor terrasse is pretty primo for its selection of beers (Reservoir is a microbrewery, by the way) and foods alone. If you're looking for something more low-key in the Plateau, Reservoir is a solid choice.
Terrasse Place D'Armes
701 Côte de la Place d'Armes
Known for their raspberry mojitos, Terrasse Place D'Armes is something of a classier lounge-terrasse atop the Hotel Place d’Armes. Overlooking Old Montreal, Terrasse Place D'Armes is open all day and until 3am, giving you the chance to drink from the sunny afternoon well into the night. And don't worry if you're worried about rain, because this seventh-floor terrasse has a retractable awning to shield you from the elements.
Boasting a granite bar and rustic-yet-chic cedar layout, Muzique's rooftop terrasse has a beautiful modern aesthetic, one you may not expect from a club on The Main.
With its modern design featuring an imported granite bar and a classic Mediterranean cedar structure, Muzique’s rooftop terrasse is one of the most stylish spots to turn up this summer. But don't think the terrasse is trying to be too ritzy, because the energy Muzique is known for definitely carries up to the roof, making it the perfect place to overlook Montreal with a drink in hand.
106 St-Paul W
Yet another Old Montreal hotel-terrasse to grace this list, Terrasse Nelligan stands out for the amazing view it affords of both Notre Dame Basilica and the Saint Laurent River. The space itself is nothing to ignore, of course, as Terrasse Nelligan can provide an amazing culinary experience (with plenty of grilled foods to enjoy, which is so summer) along with a plethora of expertly-made cocktails. Rain or shine, whether you're looking to drink, eat, or both, Terrasse Nelligan has you covered.
Terrasse sur l'Auberge
97 de la Commune E
Providing you with an unparalleled view of Old Montreal, Saint Lawrence Rover, and the rest of the city, Terrasse sur L'Auberge, located the roof of the Auberge du Vieux-Port Hotel, is the ideal blend between classy and relaxed. Frequented by tourists and locals alike, Terrase sur L'Auberge is always a popular choice on sunny days, and even at night for the L'International des Feux Loto-Québec.