- MTL Blog believes that the best date you can go on is with yourself, so we decided to make a list of the best Montreal restaurants to do exactly that.
- Check out the list below!
Valentine's Day should be about the person you enjoy the most, a chance to wine and dine your favourite personality, spend a couple of hours to really get to know that special person in your life that makes up the majority of your company. So, simply, you. And what better way to celebrate February than by finding that perfect spot to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine, or two, alone at one of Montreal's many restaurants?
While any spot in Montreal can be good for a solo date, there are some restaurants and bars that really stand out because of their attention to detail, carefully chosen wine menus, friendly staff, or just because of the decor.
The spots below range from high-end, for when you really want to treat yourself, to more casual neighbourhood cafés that still take their wine lists seriously.
Spoiling yourself to a night out at one of these spots when you want some alone time elevates a simple night out, to an all-out, five sense delight.
Grab a book, make sure your phone is charged, or even leave everything except your wallet at home and just go fo the people watching; whatever your style is, take a moment to wish yourself a Happy Valentine's Day.
With that, here are 14 of the best places in Montreal for a solo wine date.
Provisions Bar à Vin
Where: 1142, ave. Van Horne
It may be a butcher counter that also sells sandwiches but behind the black curtains is a quaint wine bar spot with a versatile wine list and overall sense of calm and happiness (but that could be the wine talking).
Where: 196, rue Fleury O.
Ahuntsic is quietly setting up some great bars and restaurants along Fleury. The wine list at Les Cavistes is long and can be overwhelming but don't let that intimidate you. The super friendly staff will help point you in the right direction.
Where: 3424, ave. du Parc
The perk of Pullman is not just the 50% off Sunday bottles, but you can be part of the crowd by sitting at the bar, or you can choose a table that gives you a little more privacy.
Where: 3927, rue Saint-Denis
One of Montreal's landmark French bistros is the perfect spot for a solo date. Sit at the bar and chat with the other customers or make it more romantic at a table for two for one.
Where: 1041, ave. Van Horne
Sometimes you just want to enjoy a drink in a more casual setting and Boxermans is the place to do just that. The wine list has been chosen with taste and price in mind.
Isle de Garde
Where: 1039, rue Beaubien E.
It may be known as a top-notch microbrewery but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a glass of privately imported wine in a casual setting.
Where: 406, rue Saint-Jacques
This is another restaurant that skews towards more luxurious surroundings. So head here when you really want to wine and dine yourself. Leave the book at home and take in the spectacular decor.
Where: 4105, blvd Saint-Laurent
If you're a night owl, you're in luck, La Magestique is open until 3 a.m. Take advantage of the wine list, but take the chance to pamper yourself a little more with some of the best oyster plates around.
Dom Perignon Bar
Where: 1228, rue Sherbrooke O.
Located in the Ritz Carlton, this is where you go if you want to spoil yourself with something a bit more high-end. But hey, you deserve the best: it's Valentine's Day - enjoy a glass of sparkling wine.
H123 (Hello123 - St Henri)
Where: 3580, rue Notre-Dame O.
If you're looking to enjoy a glass of wine while snacking on some all vegan food, check out newcomer H123. The wines are all raw and natural and the setting is one where you can relax in jeans.
Where: 988, rue Ottawa
This Montreal restaurant newcomer is already getting some much-deserved attention. Super low-key, this Italian café has a nice list of natural wines to choose from.
Where: 2519, rue Notre-Dame O.
You can't say the words wine bar without a mention of Vin Papillon. The only negative about this bar is you may have to test your patience and wait in line, luckily since you're solo, you may get a place sooner. But every minute waiting is worth it to experience some of these wines.
Dominion Square Tavern
Where: 1243, rue Metcalfe
The best place to get lost in the crowd may be the Dominion Square Tavern. Always busy, always lively - tune out the rest of the world and just focus on the people around you and your glass of wine.
Le Blossom Bar
Where: 1101, blvd de Maisonneuve E.
While this is usually the place for sake, the wine list is still impressive. And what better way to treat yourself than surrounded by faux cherry blossom trees.
Where: 1 Place Ville Marie
Hear me out, yes it's a food hall in a mall, but the new glass-ceiling Biergarten gives the feeling of a being in an outdoor garden and the wine list is all private imports and curated by Jatoba sommelier Marc-André Nadeau.
Where: 9, ave Fairmount E.
This small Mile End space is a part coffee shop, part wine bar. It's both elegant and unpretentious - making it a great place to treat yourself to a glass of wine.