Best Montreal Summer Terrasses
Drinking and eating outside, Montreal's favourite passtime.
Now that we can safely put the hardcore Montreal winter behind us (well, until next year) it is time to start planning for the wondrous days of simply being able to chill outside in the glowing sun with good friends and with the libation of your choice in hand.
MTL Blog definitely loves terrasse season as much as you probably do; so we compiled a list of some of our favorite Montreal places. They are ranked in no particular order because after all anywhere you can sit in the sun and drink is good by us.
If you are looking for a great microbrew spot with a terrasse then look no further. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a range of seasonal beers as well as their classics like the raspberry blond brews. Many nights there is also a chance to catch live performances from Montreal musicians.
Style: Front & back terrasses Location: Downtown People: Hipsters, Artsy people, and local musicians
La Terrasse St-Ambroise
Located along the Lachine Canal, this is an ideal teerrace to rest your feet after a day of summer activities while enjoying the variety of the McAuslan beers. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a nice refreshing cold brew while watching people zipping along the bike path. Or, if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some dragon boat racers practicing along the canal. Unfortunately, if it rains the terrasse is closed.
Style: Outdoor semi-waterfront Location: Lachine People: All ages, children (with parental supervision), dogs are welcome on leashes
Terrasses Bonsecours364 Rue de la Commune EstIf you are in search of a great view to pair with your libation then you have got to check this place out! Located in Old Montreal, this terrasse offers a breathtaking view of the Old Port with a cool, fun vibe. During the summer you might run into tourists here but don’t let that stop you from enjoying it too.
Style: 4 floors of terrasses Location: Old Port People: Hipsters, non-hipsters, tourists
Le Belmont4483 Boulevard Saint-LaurentA high-energy hub for those who enjoy having a great night in the city. The dope terrasse which is one of our faves will only open twice during the festivals season. June 12th - 15th during Mural fest and again Aug 21st - 24th, but it is so epic that it is worth going to check out, trust us!!!
Style: Outdoor epic size Location: Downtown People: Music lovers and the seen-and-be-scenesters
Terrasse Place d’Armes55 rue St-Jacques WestNestled in the beautiful Hotel Place d’Armes, you’ll find a wonderful terrasse on the 7th floor open till 3am, weather permitting. This is a great place to laze back and enjoy the sunny times. However if it starts raining, they’ve recently added a nice retractable awning to keep you dry while you drink.
Style: Rooftop terrasse Location: Old Montreal People: Casual, young professionals
McKibbin's1426 BishopThis pub is known to be one of the great places to hit on St.Patrick’s day, however, they also have a really awesome terrasse for you to enjoy a nice frosty beverage on a hot summer’s day.
Style: Back enclosed terrasse Location: Downtown Place: Casual, student-heavy, all ages
Montreal Poutine161 rue Saint-Paul EstOne of the best kept secrets in Old Montreal is their hidden terrasse! Hidden in the beautiful courtyard of the restaurant, it is the perfect place to enjoy the weather. You can munch on one of their delicious dishes or just sit back with a drink in good company.
Style: Hidden courtyard Location: Old Montreal People: Hipsters, non-hipsters, tourists
Le Local740 WilliamLocated near the Cité du Multimedia, just west of Old Montreal, this quaint old factory offers patrons a shady terrasse covered with ivy. This bistro brasserie is renowned for serving delicious tartares and braised meats.
Style: Ivy covered terrasse Location: Old Montreal People: Lawyers, advertising execs and creative types
Vol de Nuit14 Prince Arthur East, corner of St. LaurentIt's the perfect location for a night of drunken debauchery with its terrasse set up in one of the prime people-watching spots in the city. Here with a drink in hand you’ll be able to watch the legions of "hotties" walking on and you may even be lucky to be serenaded by one of the violinists who meander on Prince-Arthur.
Style: Sidewalk terrasse Location: Plateau People: Casual, student-heavy, most age groups
Club Unity1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine EastLocated in the heart of the Gay Village of Montreal the rooftop terrasse is a great spot to go to enjoy the summer breeze as well as a wonderful skyline view of the city. The atmosphere is very pop and friendly for young people. Great place to dance your face off and cool down on the fantastic rooftop terrasse!
Style: Rooftop Location: Plateau/Mile-End People: LGBTA and LGBTA-friendly hipsters, non-hipsters, +18 plus
Boris Bistro465 McGillIf you are looking for somewhere to escape the concrete jungles of Montreal…at least just for a drink or two, Boris bistro should be your destination with it two-level outdoor terrasse. You’ll instantly feel a calming sensation after taking your first sip as you sit back on the terrasse.
Style: 2-level outdoor terrasse Location: Old Montreal People: Casual or posh, locals, tourists, all ages
Barraca Rhumerie & Tapas1134 Mont-Royal EastA quaint little place to enjoy great tapas with a mouthwatering selection of delicious rums Barraca is a must-go on your terrasse list for this year. At first glance it looks pretty tiny, but as they say don’t judge a book by its cover…or in this case a great terrasse spot!
Style: Outdoor enclosed terrasse Location: Plateau Place: Hipsters, non-hipsters, all ages
Brasserie Benelux245 Sherbrooke WestIf you crave an artisanal brew and enjoy people watching this is one spot you have to head to during the terrasse season. Their beer menu is constantly evolving and so there is always something new to wet your palette.
Style: Outdoor Location: Downtown People: Casual, student-heavy, most age groups
L'Abreuvoir Pub403 Ontario EastConsidered to be probably one of the most beautiful terrasses in the heart of the city; this friendly oasis is the perfect place to soak up the sun while enjoying your favorite beer. You are guaranteed to love this place from your first visit and it may become one of your go-to places when you are craving some terrasse brews.
Style: Outdoor greenery ambiance Location: Downtown People: Casual, Hipsters, non-hipsters, all ages
Hurley’s Irish Pub1225 CrescentOne of Montreal’s Irish Pub with a street side terrasse and one in the back of the restaurant if you are looking for something a little more intimate for your evening of drinks. A must-have drink here is of course a nice cold frothy mug of Guinness!
Style: Front and back terrasses Location: Downtown People: Casual, Hipsters, non-hipsters, tourists all ages
Tokyo Bar3709 St.LaurentSince opening its doors in 1997, it quickly staked a reputation as one of Montreal’s premier nightlife hot spots. Tokyo boasts one of the city’s best terrasses, packed with a fun, pretentious-free environment, that catering to everyone.
Style: Club vibe terrasse Location: Downtown People: Club goers, Hipsters, non-hipsters, tourists all ages
Sports Station2051 St.Catherine WestFor sports fans this is the terrasse for you. Here you’ll be able to grab some pub grub, watch the latest game and enjoy a nice cold one. The terrasse is a street side one so you can also watch as people come and go along the busy hub of St.Catherine street.
Style: Street-side Location: Downtown People: Sports fans, Hipsters, non-hipsters, tourists all ages
Irish Embassy1234 BishopWith such an easy address to remember, Irish Embassy should definitely be on your terrasse season radar…Not to mention it has a great one! It is amongst one of the better Irish pubs in the city (yes there are a few, but this one gets a thumbs up for sure). There traditional pub grub pairs really well with a nice cold brew and of course check it out with friends and you’ll be guaranteed a good time.
Style: Outdoor terrasse Location: Downtown People: Casual, Hipsters, non-hipsters, tourists all ages
Bar B-12021 St-DenisIf you are in the mood for an awesome cocktail to appease your booze beast, then you’ve got to hit up Bar B-1. This is a great place to mingle with some of Montreal’s best “Off Duty” bartenders as it is one of the favorites for them in the city. And the terrasse is a great place to pick their brains on tasty drinks to try out.
Style: Outdoor terrasse Location: Downtown People: Casual/chic, Hipsters, non-hipsters, bartenders, all ages