Montreal is filled with amazing cultural offerings from around the world, but Irish pubs have always been one of our favourites. The tasty comfort foods, hearty beers, and down-to-earth atmosphere they offer make them destinations we return to again and again. Honestly, your Montreal cultural experience isn’t complete until you’ve checked out at least a few of these places. Here are 15 Montreal Irish Pubs you must visit at least once in your life.
The variety of people you’ll find at this pub is just one of many things that makes it awesome. On any given night, you might see hipsters, yuppies, or hardcore citizens of NDG. When you see the amount of whiskys, bourbons, and scotches they offer, you’ll understand why drinkers of all sorts flock here.
If you feel like partying it up, you’ll want to hit up the location on Bishop, because they’ve got a dance floor and awesome DJs to help you throw down. If you’re more in the mood to just hang, check out the one on St-Laurent, which has a laid-back atmosphere. Whichever you choose, make sure to check out their baked potato poutine, which has the delicious toppings that would normally be on a baked potato (cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, etc.), but thrown on a poutine.
We love a good 5 à 7, but don’t you sometimes (all the time) wish you could have even more discounted drinking? That’s why Fiddler’s is here for you. Sunday nights, their awesome Happy Hour specials are available all day and all night. You’ll love getting to enjoy delicious Irish beers like Harp for just $6.50 a pint.
Hurley’s Irish Pub
We’ve talked about how bad it can get on Crescent, but this gem of a pub is so awesome that it makes the street worth a visit. They’ve got close to 40 beers on tap, as well as yummy dishes like Guinness Beef Stew that’ll pair perfectly with your brew. If you go when it’s nice out, you can even enjoy your food and beer on their spacious patio.
Next Door Pub
If you still have the appetite for more Irish pub fun after Honey Martin’s, you should check this place out. It’s nearby, and it offers more than enough to make it equally worth checking out. It’s awesome every night of the week, but you’ll especially want to come by on Wednesdays, when their delicious martinis are only $6 (priced down from $9).
Le Vieux Dublin
This place has all of the drinks you could possibly want from your Irish Pub experience. Whether you’re looking to throw back a Jameson shot, sip on a Guinness, enjoy some Bailey’s, or all three, they’ve got what you need. You might want to get some food in your system before you imbibe, and their menu is loaded with delicious takes on pub favourites like fish and chips to fill you up right.
This pub is famous for their four litre beer towers, which are sure to keep you and your buddies busy for a bit. But they’re just one of the many amazing offerings this pub features. They also have pool tables, a healthy liquor selection, and all of the greasy pub food you love. Come by on Sunday nights for one of the city’s best comedy open mic nights.
Irish Embassy Pub
You’ll want to come here if you love Guinness. Not only do they have loads of the stuff on tap, but you can get your wings smothered in their savoury Guinness BBQ sauce. It’s a great place to hang out, too, because they host amazing live music. You can be sure to catch a great show most nights, but you’ll definitely want to come out on Sundays, when two of Montreal’s most in-demand musicians, Tim Walsh and Steve Creep, play their weekly gig.
Pub St. Paul
If you’re hanging out in the Old Port and looking for an Irish pub where you can grab a brew or a bite, you’ll want to hit this place up. It’s perfect if you like your poutine spicy, because they’ve got a fiery pepper gravy that will set your mouth on fire. If you need to cool down, don’t worry, because they’ve got more than 20 kickass beers from local microbreweries.
Just because you’re all the way out in Pointe Claire, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on having an awesome pub experience. It’s a blast to check out anytime, but you’ll especially want to come hang early in the day on the weekends, when they offer full breakfasts for under $7. If it’s live music you’re looking for, come out on Friday and Saturday nights, when you can here some of the area’s best local bands.
The motto here is “Good food, good friends,” and they deliver both of those in spades. Not only that, but they serve some great drinks to enjoy with your food and friends, like their yummy iced Irish Coffee. Of course, their drinks don’t overshadow their food menu, which is filled with mouthwatering items like their lamb burger, smothered in a delicious mint pesto.
This place is as Irish as they come, but that doesn’t stop them from serving amazing dishes from around the world like chile con carne. They also do damn fine renditions of your favourites, like their Chuck Norris Poutine, which is loaded with goodies like Philly Cheesesteak, shitake mushrooms, green onions, and more. Don’t forget, it’s a pub, so there’s no shortage of great beers on tap, like Smithwick’s and Kilkenny.
As we’ve talked about before, they’ve got a delicious shepherd’s pie here, but that’s far from the only reason you should check the joint out. They have a mind-blowingly large selection of whiskys that’s sure to get you drunk in style. On the food side of things, the Colonel’s Rabbit (deep fried rabbit shoulders with a side of mac n’ cheese) is a delicious blend of high class and low.
Ye Olde Orchard
There are tons of awesome takes on poutine, but one of the more outlandish (and delicious) is the curry poutine offered here. They also have plenty of awesome beers on tap, like Guinness and Boddington’s, to help you wash it down. Not only that, but you can enjoy great live music while you eat and drink most nights of the week.
It’s always nice to enjoy live music while you drink and eat, and this pub’s got plenty of tunes to enhance your Irish pub experience. Of course, a pub is still only as good as the food and beer they offer, and they’ve got a wide selection of draught brews and yummy grub that you’re sure to love.
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