• Local Montreal bars are underrated.
  • Popular Montreal bars tend to have to wait in lines just to get a seat, which is why we've gathered some of the best bars that only locals know about, so you don't have to stress about busy bars any longer!
  • Check out our list of hyper-local bars to visit below!

Some of you that visit Montreal really don't enjoy the touristy side of this city and only want to discover the most local spots. So far, you've got your activities and restaurants booked, but one key thing is missing - the local bar! Finding a hidden bar that only locals know about in the city is a little trickier than it looks because if you go too local, you might feel out of place. But the places on this list of local bars in Montreal don't let that happen.

Finding the perfect bar that's away from the bustle has pitfalls, to be sure, but if you know where to look, you'll have the best night of your life. Thankfully, you can rely on our expertise here at MTL Blog. 

As a local Montrealer, it's certain that you have a favourite haunt somewhere that no one knows about. It's a cool feeling going to a bar where seemingly everyone knows each other. And as our city gets more and more gentrified, that feeling is becoming rarer by the day. So why not share the love? 

We've put together a list of some of the top hidden bars in Montreal, sourced from our staff's own personal favourites. This definitely isn't an exhaustive list so please don't be mad if you don't see your favourite local watering hole!

Here are 12 hidden bars in Montreal that only locals know about! 

Chez Baptiste Mont-Royal

Where: 1045 ave Mont-Royal E

Chez Baptiste is a cozy pub in the Plateau that's only a few blocks further from the tourists and drunk university students on upper Mont-Royal. You'll be greeted by a friendly staff in a warm, wood-panelled atmosphere. With quiz nights, DJs, and hockey nights, Chez Baptiste makes for a great night out! 

UVille Hotel's Saint-Laurent Lounge

Where: 204 Place d’Youville

UVille Hotel is the latest addition to the Old Port and is perhaps one of the most unique hotels in the city. The hotel feels more like a museum to the 60s and 70s in Montreal and its Saint-Laurent Lounge is no exception. 

A Bar Le A

Where: 213 Rachel E

A Bar Le A is a tiny neighbourhood bar in the Plateau, tucked away from the madness on the Main. It's arguably one of the smallest bars in town, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in heart and soul. 

La Retenue

Where: 5615A Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges

If you find yourself in Côte-des-Neiges and need a drink and a dope night out, La Retenue is the place you should be. With $5 pints, 4-litre pitchers, foosball and pool tables, and awesome neighbourhood vibes, this bar is perfect!

Yisst

Where: 901 rue Saint-Zotique

Yisst is a neighbourhood pub in la Petite-Patrie that has a reputation for delicious craft beers and amazing food. Locals rave about Yisst all the time and the bar is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in the neighbourhood. 

Paper Plane

Where: 4005 Notre-Dame O

Paper Plane is a small wine and cocktail bar in St-Henri with a swanky vibe but without the swanky prices. You'll love their signature cocktails and the bar's chic aesthetic. 

Le Trèfle

Where: 4718 rue Wellington

One of the best kept secret Irish pubs in Montreal is Le Trèfle. Located in Verdun, the bar quickly became a local favourite as soon as it opened. The pub offers a variety of gourmet eats and one of the biggest selections of beer you'll see. 

Les Sans-Taverne

Where: 1900 rue Le Ber (suite 101)

Les Sans-Taverne is way off the beaten path, located deep in Pointe-St-Charles. Once you find it, stay awhile, because this coop/bar serves some of the best locally-brewed beer in the city! 

Honey Martin Pub

Where: 5916 Sherbrooke

Ask any NDG local about Honey's and you'll hear a wild story involving whiskey and banjo player. This neighbourhood pub is one of the most lively places you'll ever drink at and you're guaranteed to make a new friend or two. 

Typhoon Lounge

Where: 5752 ave Monkland

Typhoon is a go-to spot for NDG residents to watch a hockey game and enjoy a delicious burger. This cozy and velvety basement bar is the perfect spot to disappear with a few friends for the night. 

Lord William Pub

Where: 265 rue des Seigneurs 

When you first walk in, it's hard to believe that the Lord William Pub is such a well-kept secret. With a basement, main floor, and a giant summer terrasse, Lord William is a huge bar but with a distinctly local feel to it. 

L'EtOH Brasserie

Where: 8100 rue Saint-Denis 

L'EtOH, named after the molecular components of ethanol, is a neighbourhood brewpub in Villeray that produces some of the best local beer in Montreal. EtOH features an extensive beer list with many seasonal options. 

We hope that this helps you find your next favourite bar! If we missed your beloved local haunt, let us know in the comments. 

As always, drink responsibly and most importantly, have fun Montreal! 


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