You don't have to look too hard to find a good spot to grab a glass of wine in Montreal. I'm pretty sure you could throw a stone from wherever you may be standing and hit a restaurant. But if you're looking to imbibe somewhere unique, and trust your taste buds to some of Canada's best sommeliers, then it's Montreal's wine and resto-bars that you should focus on. 

Quebecers are the biggest alcohol consumers in Canada and as of last year, we spent the second-highest sales value of wine, coming in only behind Ontario. Considering our vast population difference, suffice it to say Quebec loves its wine.

Montreal is home to some of the best wine bars and menus worldwide, be it whites, reds, oranges or the ever-growing popularity of bio and natural producers.

With the SAQ's stronghold on limited wine choices, restaurants have stepped up their game to include private imports you can't buy in a store and smaller producers that are difficult to find most anywhere. 

From chic upscale bars to neighbourhood haunts, Montreal covers every base of decor and palate driven focus. 

Next time you're in the mood to spend a little extra time sipping some of the best vintages, check out one of these 21 Montreal spots. 


SignorvinoMTL

Where: 6961 Blvd St-Laurent

Any Little Italy restaurant worth its salt has an impressive wine list, but Signorvinomtl is a wine bar that stands a little taller. Serving wines by the glass and bottle, the atmosphere is so warm and inviting, you may as well order the latter. 

Check out the menu!


Cul-Sec, Cave & Canteen

Where: 29 Rue Beaubien E.

This small wine shop stocks privately imported wines with a heavy focus on natural and organic wines. You can taste them in-restaurant or even buy a bottle to go with the purchase of a meal. 

Find out more about its organic wines!


Bazarette Wine Bar

Where: Corner of Avenue-des-Canadiens-de-Montréal and Rue De La Montagne

Its proximity to the Bell Centre may not instill wine confidence, but this new wine bar and café has a pretty impressive list of sustainable agriculture, organic and natural vinos. 

Check out the Facebook page!


Ratafia

Where: 6778 Blvd. St-Laurent

Ratafia is not only a wine bar but a gourmet dessert one as well. Try out the degustation at $42 for three desserts that come paired with the perfect complementary drink. 

Read more about the bar!


La Buvette Chez Simone

Where4869 Ave. du Parc

This is a lively wine bar where the focus is as much on the rotating vintages as it is on the fun. Don't let the simple food menu turn you away, each dish is meant for impact. 

Check out the Facebook page


Restaurant Candide

Where: 551 Rue Saint-Martin

Known for its elegant decor and superior service, this is the perfect place to bring your favourite person. As is increasingly popular, the wine list leans heavily to natural, organic, and bio-dynamic choices.

Make your reservations!


Paperplane

Where: 4005 Rue Notre Dame O.

Mostly known for its cocktails, this chic yet casual St Henri bar has a small wine list with a little something for everyone, including white, red, orange, and bubbles. While there is no food list, if you're hungry you can order from Venice MTL just next door.

Find out more!


LOÏC

Where: 5001 Rue Notre-Dame O.

Notre-Dame has no shortages of wine bars but Bar Loïc is a must stop for any oenophile. The list is small and relies on imported natural, bio, agro-biological and/or certified organic wines. 

Check out the website!


Pullman

Where: 3424 Ave. du Parc

Pullman is all about wine, from its extravagant wine glass chandelier to over 500 bottles in its renowned cellar. If you only want a taste, you can choose from 50 wines served by the glass.

Check out the site!


Vin Mon Lapin

Where: 150 Rue Saint-Zotique

This tiny bar (it only seats 30) is the fourth restaurant from the Joe Beef group. Serving up only natural wines, Mon Lapin has managed to import wines that are difficult to find in the rest of Canada.

For more info


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Le Vin Papillon

Where: 2519 Rue Notre-Dame O.

Another resto to add to the Joe Beef group, Vin Papillon is a lesson in patience. You can't make reservations and due to its popularity, there is almost always a wait time. But from experience, the wine and food are exceptional and worth every minute standing in line. 

Check out the website for more info!


Les Caviste

Where: 196 Rue Fleury O.

The sommeliers have done their homework well: this Ahuntsic resto-bar has won the Wine Spectator magazine award every year since 2014. With over 100 private imports in its cellar, it may be best to just trust the professionals to lead you in the right direction. 

Find out more about the wine list!


Jellyfish

Where: 626 Rue Marguerite d'Youville

This Old Port restaurant has a pretty diverse selection of privately imported bottles. Don't let the location or decor scare you off. While it's high-end dining, many of the bottles are reasonably priced.  

Find out more!


Le Rouge Gorge

Where: 1234 Ave. du Mont-Royal E.

You can spend hundreds of dollars at this Plateau wine bar or you can enjoy a bottle in the $40 mark. The wine list is extensive and while it covers every wine-growing region it does tend to focus on the Languedoc region of France.

Take a look at the menu!


Majestique

Where: 4105 Blvd. St-Laurent

La Majestique deserves a mention not only for its wine list which is mostly comprised of private import wines from artisanal growers, but also because of its late-night closing hour — 3 a.m.

See the Facebook page for more info!


Larry's

Where: 9 Ave. Fairmount E.

The name may not scream fine wine but Larry's has a great selection of natural wines and private imports. And you can drop in for a glass any day of the week. 

Find out more!


Alma 

Where: 1231 Ave. Lajoie

Alma is unique in its wine preferences, so don't expect a wine list from around the globe. One of the owners is a sommelier and is a huge fan of natural Catalan wines, expect to sample wines that aren't available in the SAQ.


Les Fillettes

Where: 1226 Ave. Van Horne

This is a great place to take a date or sip your wine alone. The overall feel is rather intimate and you'll find a great selection of sommelier curated red, white, and orange wines

Take a look at the full menu!


Le Diplomate

Where: 29 Rue Beaubien O.

There are only 25 seats in this wine bar and restaurant. The servers and chefs will help you perfectly complement the tapas-style food menu with amazing select wines. 

Learn more about this restaurant!


Vinvinvin

Where: 1290 Rue Beaubien E.

The name kind of says it all. But the decor is as much as a reason to visit as is the Nordic-themed wine menu. Many of the wines are from the Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia, and Austria but you can also expect a few bottles from eastern Canada too. 

Take a look at the site!


Foodlab

Where: 1201 Blvd St-Laurent

You can check out the gastronomic experience of the Society for Arts and Technology at Foodlab. The wine list is curated with great thought and is 100% biodynamic and natural. 

Read more about it!


That's it. Time to get your drink on. Santé!

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