Have you ever gone to a bar and just know straight away that you'd come back again? That's a common feeling here in Montreal. There are literally countless bars that you can go to in this town but some just have this je ne sais quoi. 

While some of you may not agree on some or even all of this list, it's safe to say that the Montreal bar scene is among the best in the world.

There's absolutely no general consensus on which is "the best" but we feel that the following 27 bars best represent Montreal's thriving bar scene. From speakeasies to bistro-pubs and everything else in between, there's something for everyone here. 

So, without further ado, here are the 27 bars in Montreal that you absolutely must go to more than twice in your life!

Bar St-Denis 

Where: 6966 rue St-Denis

What: In addition to drinks, Bar St-Denis serves up classic bar food.

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Unibar

Where: 404 rue St-Sulpice

What: From the creators of Uniburger, "Unibar is the only place where you can enjoy the best burger in Canada with class," its Facebook page states.

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The Emerald

Where: 5295 avenue du Parc

What: "A tasteful and tasty Havana styled cocktail bar," wrote one Google Reviewer.

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Wolf & Workman

Where: 139 rue Saint-Paul O. 

What: This bar is an ode to Montreal's at-time raucous political history.

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Notre Dame Des Quilles

Where: 32 rue Beaubien E. 

What: Notre Dame des Quilles is a combined bar and bowling alley.

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Foodlab Labo Culinaire

Where: 1201 boulevard St-Laurent, 3rd floor

What: The Labo Culinaire is the culinary endeavour of the Société des arts technologiques.

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Bulma Bar

Where: 686 rue Notre-Dame O.

What: An "Asian tapas bar," Bulma "offers its visitors a little world out of the downtown pace."

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Milky Way

Where: 1886 rue Centre

What: Milky Way "embodies the true feeling of an exotic vacation while remaining in its essence a neighborhood bar."

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Club Pelicano

Where: 1076 rue de Bleury #001

What: "Pelicano is a neighborhood bar whose design is an ode to the forgotten bathhouses of Montreal and Piscine Molitor in Paris."

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Bar Les Cousins 

Where: 9156 boulevard Leduc (In Quartier Dix-30)

What: The "tailor-made cocktails made with local spirits and ingredients" at Les Cousins are a "celebration of our unique style and Canadian heritage."

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Broken Coconut

Where: 4005 rue Notre-Dame O.

What: The tropical-themed "speakeasy rum bar" is "a neat escape, not far from home."

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Bar de Courcelle 

Where: 4685 rue Notre-Dame O.

What: With live music, a cozy atmosphere, and killer Caesars, Bar de Courcelle is a St-Henri favourite.

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Alexandraplatz Bar

Where: 6731 rue de l’Esplanade

What: This pop-up bar takes over a garage in the Mile End each year.

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North Star Machines À Piastres

Where: 3908 boulevard St-Laurent

What: "Play pinball. Drink."

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Pub Le Sainte-Élisabeth 

Where: 1412 rue Sainte-Élisabeth 

What: Though the pub has a notable selection of beers, its most attractive feature is its stunning courtyard.

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BOHO

Where: 436 rueSt François-Xavier

What: BOHO represents the very best of summer with popsicle cocktails and Americana feel.

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A Bar Le A 

Where: 213 rue Rachel E. 

What: "The most discreet bar of the Plateau. A well kept secret." Blink and you might miss it, but catch it and you'll be forever grateful.

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Big In Japan Bar

Where: 4175 boulevard St-Laurent

What: If you buy a bottle of whiskey, they'll write your name on it, hang it from the ceiling, and give you one year to finish it.

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Atwater Cocktail Club

Where: 512 avenue Atwater

What: A "back-alley bar serving specialty cocktails and snacks in a speakeasy/French Disco inspired ambiance."

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Gokudo 

Where: 630 rue Cathcart 

What: "Located in the centre of Montreal, Gokudo (Japanese for 'a path; destinty') is a secret Japanese cocktail bar."

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Taverne Dominion Square 

Where: 1243 rue Metcalfe 

What: The tavern has a long and storied history dating to 1927. A nightlife mainstay of the roaring 20s, it later became the "premier gay bar of the metropolis."

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Bar Palco

Where: 4019 rue Wellington

What: Palco calls istself is a reflection of the diversity of the Verdun borough.

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Sparrow

Where: 5322 boulevard St-Laurent

What: "A true gem in the city. It’s a small sit down bar with great cocktails and food. Would highly recommend for those you like a somewhat quite place to chat while enjoying hand crafted cocktails and some great bites," wrote one Google Reviewer.

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Le Majestique

Where: 4105 boulevard St-Laurent

What: Le Majestque is an ecclectic yet romantic bar tucked away on St-Laurent.

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Bord'Elle

Where: 390 rue St-Jacques

What: "Imagine entering a venue that has three distinct spaces inspired by the 1920s that will make you feel as if you have traveled back to a time of great prestige. Every space was carefully designed to bring an air of exclusivity and a definitive sense of sophistication."

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Terrasse St-Ambroise

Where: 5080 rue St-Ambroise

What: "Located along the Lachine Canal, the St-Ambroise Terrasse is an ideal place to rest your feet after a day of biking, roller skating, running or walking." "What is better than getting together with friends around fresh beer, food and beautiful scenery!"

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Bar Le Mal Nécessaire

Where: 1106B boulevard St-Laurent 

What: A Cantonese Tiki bar in Montreal's Chinatown.

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Happy bar hopping, Montreal!

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