Summer is arriving fast. The buds on the trees are starting to bloom and the mercury has shot up in the last few days. Montrealers are doing all sorts of things to prepare for the warmer season: wardrobes are changing, patio furniture is being dusted off and air conditioning units are coming out of retirement.
To me, nothing says summer like a good pitcher of sangria. There's something about the cool, refreshing drink that is just perfect for a warm day. Whether you prefer a white sangria, a rosé or the traditional red sangria, we can all agree that the sweet, fruity drink is the ultimate picnic drink.
It's also the perfect drink to share with friends at a bar. Whatever your favourite way to drink it is, we've got the perfect spot for you.
Vices et Versa
Where: 6631 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal.
What: This cozy, Little Italy bar serves up a variety of cocktails and snacks. They have two delicious sangria options for customers: the red sangria and the white sangria. You can't go wrong with these classics.
Where: 191 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal.
What: This Old Port bar/club is an awesome place to grab a drink any day of the week. Their punchy sangria is the perfect amount of sweet, and filled with some delicious fruit. Come for the drink and stay for the dancing.
Where: 1817 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal.
What: Moose Bawr is a casual bar in the Guy-Concordia area with some seriously good deals on food and drinks. They have almost 20 different kinds of sangrias, so you're bound to find one that you like. Whether you're into red, white or rosé sangria, Moose Bawr has it all.
Where: 106 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal.
What: Terrasse Nelligan is known for two things: its super Instagram-able terrasse and their amazing sangria. The terrasse, located on the roof of the old Nelligan hotel, is a great place for a 5 à 7 or dinner with friends. Their sangrias are delicate and balanced.
Where: 2087 St Denis St, Montreal.
What: This restaurant, located in the Plateau, serves authentic Spanish dishes like paella and amazing tapas (pst: they have a vegan menu, too). When you go you have to have sangria as a complement to your meal.
Where: 364 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal.
What: This ephemeral bar is well-known to Montrealers for its super selection of sangrias and its fun appetizers. It gets packed in the summer, and the service can be slow for that reason, but their amazing sangrias are worth the wait.
Where: 4297 St Denis St, Montreal.
What: Zaz Bar is a lively place to grab drinks with friends after a day spent at Lafontaine park. Their décor is super eclectic and they have a wide selection of drinks. Their sangria is a crowd favourite.
Where: 407 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal.
What: This bar, nestled in the lovely Old Port, is a hidden oasis in the city. Their plant-covered courtyard is a refreshing place to grab a drink and a bite to eat. With a wide selection of cocktails on offer, it certainly merits its place on this list.
Where: 465 McGill St, Montreal.
What: Another hidden terrasse in the Old Port, Boris Bistro is a quaint, upscale place to eat and drink. They have a "bubbly sangria" which is an upscale and refreshing take on the drink. You HAVE to try it.
Where: 1680 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal.
What: Another contender for the most magical terrasse in Montreal, le Saint-Sulpice is a must-try if you find yourself in the Mile End. They have a great selection of beers, but I highly recommend the sangria.
Where: 403 Ontario St E, Montreal.
What: Abreuvoir is a great spot for cocktails downtown. Aside from their vast selection of mixed drinks, they have a great selection of sangrias. Their sangrias are super original, and you won't find their mixes anywhere else.
Where: 1752 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal
What: This place's sangria is as good as it looks. Their "peach sangria" in particular is a must-try if you have a sweet tooth. And their food menu is pretty fantastic, too.
Where: Three locations in Montreal: two in the Plateau and one downtown.
What: This place is well-known for its great cocktails. The adventurous cocktail recipes cannot be found anywhere else. Their "Miss Spritz" cocktail is not branded as sangria, but it's a mix of prosecco, wine and a bunch of other delicious ingredients.
Where: 1449 Crescent St, Montreal.
What: This bar/club is a staple of the Crescent nightlife. They have a sunny terrasse perfect for lunch and dinner. Make sure to split a pitcher of sangria between friends to cool off on a hot afternoon.
Terrasse Place d'Armes
Where: 55 St Jacques St, Montreal.
What: This beautiful terrasse in the Old Port (are you starting to see a trend here? I'm starting to think that great patio = great sangria) is perfect for a 5 à 7 with friends. Try one of their 5 light, refreshing sangrias.
Where: 1603 Ontario St E, Montreal.
What: This cozy bar in the Village has a collection of fantastic cocktails. Their sangrias are refined and thought-out, and perfect to share with a group before a big night out!
Where: 1201 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal.
What: Le Labo is the SAT's restaurant and bar. The experimental venue has a fun selection of original food and drink. Their experimental nature extends to their drinks menu, and they have a very interesting selection of sangrias.
Where: 4388 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal.
What: This authentic Spanish restaurant serves just as authentic Spanish sangria. I definitely recommend their Spanish tortilla!
Where: 3 locations in Montreal.
What: Lola Rosa is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant with amazing comfort food. Their red sangria is spicy, cinnamon-y and all-around perfect. Oh, and if you order anything other than the burrito, you're wrong.
Where: 1148 Mont-Royal Ave E, Montreal.
What: Candi bar's sangria is as sweet as their signature cocktails. For another refreshing option, try the bar's signature slushes.
This is a pretty comprehensive list of great sangrias in Montreal, but I'm always on the hunt for new, amazing places. I can't wait for this weekend and 5 à 7 on sunny terrasses!
If you end up with a particularly delicious Sangria in your life in the next couple weeks, be sure to tag us in your Instagram stories @MTLblog!