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It's finally here Montreal. That's right, the Habs Playoff mothefvcking Hockey! After their much deserved regular season dominance, Carey Price, P.K. Subban and the rest of the gang are once again going to lace 'em up and push for that ever illusive Stanley Cup, hopefully bringing it home this time, where it belongs.
There's no question that watching a Habs game live at the Bell Centre is the best possible way to enjoy all of the action, and while that's not always possible for everyone, watching it with other passionate fans at a Montreal bar is. With a bunch of great new spots opened this year, it's never been easier to grab a pitcher with your friends and yell obscenities at a TV screen all together.
So with beer in hand, it's time to settle in for the most exciting time of the year, fill up on some delicious pub grub, and cheer on our Bleu, Blanc & Rouge to glorious victory.
Photo cred - Fitzroy
Fitzroy is actually opening their doors the same night as the Habs season opener, so it doesn't get any newer than that. It promises to be a relaxed atmosphere and Fitzroy have what looks to be a stellar menu for game night.
Moose Bawr are a self-proclaimed Canadian pub who specialize in good times and gourmet hot dogs. They have daily drink specials, a big screen for games, and a Kimchi poutine!
S Cuisine et Bar
This trendy and chic Old Montreal venue offers a seriously gourmet menu and makes a perfect place to start the night off with a Habs game followed by the best the Old Port has to offer.
Game night specials include: Free beer when Habs win/2 for 1 shooters/jumbo chicken wings
With legit cocktails and Asian-inspired "street food" such as satay scallops, Indonesian fried tofu, curry laksa and steamed buns, this new bar in the Village is worth checking out for Habs games if only for the food! Do it.
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Montreal’s newest Irish pub boasts +100 beers from all around the world, including many Quebec micro-brews, Trappist beers, and about 65 different kinds of whiskey. Add to that a delicious food menu and the Habs on TV, what could be better.
Okay, so not technically new as it's been around since 1927, Midway Tavern just got a huge face-lift and is a great place to catch the game with friends.
Game night specials include: 2 for 1 on Labatt 50
Jack Saloon Vieux-Montreal
Already popular in Brossard, Jack Saloon brings all the style of a Western saloon with some good old-fashioned BBQ offerings on the menu, plenty of drink specials and lots of rock & roll. Great place to catch the game but bare in mind they don't usually play it with sound.
Montreal's now infamous Bacon Bar, with almost all menu items featuring, you guessed it, bacon, is a super cool spot and plays Habs games, but only Sunday through Wednesday.
If you like the New-Orleans and appreciate a little voodoo, you gotta check out the new Baron Samedi, especially on game night. They offer a killer selection of cocktails and bourbons as well as some delicious southern comfort food.
Isle de Garde
Extensive local beer menu and and a nice selelction of tasty nibbles, Isle de Garde is unpretentious and friendly. Important to note, while they do have a big screen, only games against Toronto and Boston will be played with sound.
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This upscale popular chain means you're always guaranteed some crowd-pleasers on the menu, and lots of Habs action on the screens.