Cover photo cred - Karel Chladek
Montrealers are desperately awaiting terrasse drinking season, but that doesn’t mean this city does not have its fair share of bars to entertain you now. Some of the most happening bars mix it up exclusively on the inside. This is probably why their interiors are particularly chic. Whether it`s a boys night out or just an excuse to drink the best cocktails in Montreal with the girls, whatever the reason these bars have a killer night life scene to check out more than once in your life time.
Big In Japan-Bar
3723 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, H2X 2V7
Montreal’s speakeasy inspired bar is located on the corner of St-Laurent and Rachel between a restaurant and a store. Recognizable only by its big red door, the fact that it is difficult to find is part of the charm. Discover candle lighting over a long wooden bar, a large hanging whiskey rack and the variety of delicious drinks they have to offer – also available by the punch bowl.
3424 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC, H2X 2H5
Situated next to the Quartier des Spectacles, Pullman is one of Montreal’s best known wine bars. Built in a three-story townhouse, this will turn up the sophistication level of your night out. Be sure to take notice of the gorgeous wine glass chandelier!
3643 St. Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2X 2V5
This bar boasts a very unique eclectic looking interior and, as the name suggests, it is modeled after an apartment. There’s a den, bedroom, living room, etc. They also offer retro arcade games, a pool table and table top hockey.
2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC, H3J 1N5
Burgundy Lion is a six year old all things English pub on Notre Dame, an area growing in popularity with Montreal foodies. They have one of the largest whiskey collections in Quebec of which you can sample with their tasting set, including three different glasses of selected whiskey. It`s a great place to do a birthday dinner and then let the party carry over to the bar.
191 Rue Saint Paul Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z5
Word on the streets is that Santos is becoming the perfect spot for a girl’s night out, especially since every Tuesday, this Spanish tapas bar dedicates one night per week to all the ladies. However, its chic ambiance is still right for the weekenders.
1351 Rachel, Est, Montréal, H2J 2K2
This is the best kind of chemistry there is out there. Le Lab mixes its own homemade syrups and liquors to create their specialized cocktails. While it may be on the pricier side, you’ll at least get a drink and a show. The bartenders add more than just a savoir-faire to their mixing. Juggling skills will be sure to entertain your party.
5322 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, H2T 1A5
Located on the Main between St. Viateur and Fairmount, this cozy hipster hangout serves all kinds of finger foods, a list of typical and specialty cocktails, as well as a variety of beers. You’ll want to get there around 10 or 11, the place is jam packed after midnight! Side note: their brunch scene is apparently the talk of the town and the owners have done well enough to have opened a full restaurant located a block away from the restaurant called Lawrence.
Dominion Square Tavern
1243 Metcalfe St, Montreal, QC, H3B 2V5
The old timey décor and music harkens back to a different era, a great place to go with friends and have a conversation over drinks. The restaurant has many original elements that date back to its opening during the Roaring 20′s. The mixes can get pricey, but it`s worth checking out if only just for one. Luckily it’s centrally located so you can bar hop to cheaper places nearby.
417 Rue St Pierre, Montréal, QC, H2Y 2M4
This Japanese resto bar is a great place to start your night out. Located in Old Montreal on St-Pierre, it has a speakeasy type vibe and the décor will really enhance your overall experience. Their drinks run the gamut, but their bitter/sour options like the Zen Buddha are particularly popular. Side note: this is also a great place to dine before you hit up some cocktails at their hip bar!
2047 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal, QC, H2H 1J7
This is a quintessential drinking location in Montreal, especially if you like the idea of drinking from large mason jars. Better go early because this place fills up fast, in all 3 of their locations! Their drinks feature both classic and modern flavors. Every menu explains how strong and or sweet your drink will be.
115 Laurier Ouest, Montreal, QC, H2T 2N6
This bar has a pretty cool retro vibe and its drug store décor pays homage to the owner’s grandparent’s pharmacy that they use to run (called Baldwins). The waiters wear old fashioned aprons over white shirts and vests with the sleeves rolled up. Their menu showcases mostly old fashioned cocktails. This is a chic place to hit up for a date night.
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Amanda Fulginiti is a Montreal-based editor, writer and all around food enthusiast. Amanda holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor`s degree in Art History and Communications from McGill University. A fervent Epicurist, her guilty pleasures include food, travel and good company. And, don`t forget the vino! She believes with whom you eat with and where it is eaten is equally as important as that which is being eaten. She is a self-proclaimed glutton with a true cause: to experience the world one (or more) dish at a time and to fill you in on the menu.
I was drooling over my dessert list and I finished it up this morning! Looks like my spoon is always ready for dessert - even if it`s breakfast time!