10 Montreal Bars Every Tourist Should Go To At Least Once In Their Life
Drink where the locals drink.
Photo cred - Karel Chladek
Montreal’s night life in 3 words: vibrant, exciting and electric. If you have people visiting, the list of where you can take them is endless. There is something for every type of imbiber.
Joverse Bar-Cuisine52 Saint Jacques St Montreal, QC H2Y1L5Located right in the heart of Old Montreal, it’s a great place to begin the night. At entrance level, there is a large central bar surrounded by elevated lounge areas to one side and some high tables at the other. This is a no-nonsense kind of bar, meaning they specialize in classic cocktails such as the Caesar, but instead of Vodka they use Mescal.
La Champagnerie343 Rue Saint Paul Est Montreal, QCDespite being in the Vieux Port, this place is only celebrating one year in business. What’s new? Their terrasse! Could it get more appealing as far as finding a place in one of the nicest spots in Mtl? It’s the only champagne bar in the city and had all the aficionados in a frenzy when it opened. Did we mention they do oysters? Treat your guest to a bit of city class why don’t you?
Santos191 St-paul Ouest Montreal, QC H2YAnother gem in the tourist hub of Old Montreal, this spot is particularly great for a ladies night out. Okay fellas can come too. There are live Djs every night – so you got more than one person mixing up your night!
New City Gas950 Ottawa St, Montreal, QC H3C 1S4This place has really been the talk of the town lately. This massive dance club is set in an 1859 industrial space. There is nothing, however, passé about it. Drink, dance and be merry. Great place to show someone how Montrealers like to party!
Foufounes Électriques87 Ste Catherine E Montreal, Quebec H2XClub and concert venue. How could you go wrong? It’s been around since 1983 so it’s practically a Montreal heritage site as far as night life is concerned in this city. The club's inner decor includes graffiti covered walls and strange sculptures. If your guest is into underground or alternative styles of music or just wants to try something different… This should be your next destination. Put your punk/alternative cap on!
Laïka Bar4040 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y8Aah, Montreal’s Plateau area. If you want your guests to get to know the hip and sophisticated scene bring them to this spot. Loungey and ambient music, to upbeat house tracks will serenade you as you sip your sexy cocktails one after the other. The window’s along the street side of the bar open up onto one of the most vibrant streets of the city: St. Laurent.
Le Saint-Sulpice680 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X 3K6Nothing says it's summer in Montreal more than drinking beers on their huge terrasse. It has 4 floors plus a basement and beer garden out back. There’s karaoke on some nights and a dance floor at the very top. So if you want to make some (embarrassing) memories, this might be a great way to kick off your tourist’s adventure in our city.
Chez Serge5301 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec H2T 1S5No trip to this city would be complete without a ride on Chez Serge’s mechanical bull. If our Montreal Canadiens mascot Youppi can have a go, why couldn’t you? Liquid courage, my friends, liquid courage. Definitely a video or picture (or ten) to show off to your friends back home.
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Mad Hatter1208 Crescent, 1220 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B1This bar celebrated 20 years of service last year and they’re still going strong. Crescent is full of bars to bar hop with your out-of-towners, and while this place is far from luxurious it gets the booze flowing – and cheap.
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L’Assommoir211 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T3They’ve got over 300 cocktail selections. They do one heck of an Old Fashioned. They’ve got a sexy interior that boasts a dark brown and mahogany paint décor, and have long wooden tables and chocolate-hued chairs. A DJ spins a variety of upbeat tunes each night of the week, and Sundays feature different live musicians.
Written by Amanda Fulginiti, see more of her work here.