You might not expect much passing by the brick building that houses Fugazzi Pizza in Pointe Saint-Charles. But make your way up Milky Way Cocktail Bar's fluorescent blacklight splattered stairwell and you'll feel like you've been transported to another galaxy — the perfect place to bring a date if you want to escape the winter blues.
Milky Way was even named Canada's best new bar in 2020 by Canada's 100 Best and it's no surprise between the delicious pizza menu, neon lights, intergalactic jungle vibes and unique drink options.
"We have always aimed to be a neighbourhood bar. We wanted the space to breathe and this is how the skylight came to light," said owner Christophe Beaudoin of the skylight that runs across the bar's ceiling.
Beaudoin said some of the most popular cocktails on the menu are Bon Pour Le Moral, which includes coconut vodka, pineapple and elderflower liqueur, and Marcus Hibiscus, which has rum, absinthe, hibiscus and mint.
Montreal's Riverside bar is transforming into a "winter wonderland" — with drinks!
Courtesy of Riverside
What do you do during the winter when you run a popular outdoor bar? Well, you turn it into an ice bar, of course!
Montreal's famous Riverside St-Henri has frozen over for the winter months, transforming into 'Hiverside,' a terrasse covered with a giant, 40-by-20-foot inflatable igloo, and, inside, a bar and furniture made of ice.
"Amongst the frozen landscape of the sud-ouest and the Lachine Canal, a winter wonderland has emerged," a statement shared with MTL Blog reads.
The bar itself is the work of ice sculptor Julien Doré "of Hôtel de Glace fame," according to Riverside.
Hiverside will have chairs, benches and tables carved from ice and covered in recycled furs. There will also be a heated section at the back of the bar in case you catch a chill.
The folks behind Riverside St-Henri have partnered with mixologist Max Coubès to offer a spin on favourite seasonal drinks. The menu will feature both hot and cold cocktails such as their hot toddy, chocolate martini, cotton candy spritz, eggnog and mulled wine.
Hiverside will be open to the public on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to midnight. The bar will also be accepting reservations on the weekends for 1.5-hour blocks of time. Patrons can reserve time slots from 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only. Walk-ins will be accepted during the weekend too.
Hiverside will have its official opening on Friday, December 10.
The bar promises Montrealers will be "equally amazed by both the beauty and intricacy of what awaits you."
Why You Need To Go: You may remember this spot as Gypsy, but in 2021, it was renovated and turned into Name's On The way — a chic new place in the city with cool cocktails and local DJs playing at night.
Why You Need To Go: SUWU may not technically be "new" in Montreal, but after closing for renovations and reopening during 2021, it looks like a brand new spot. But no need to fear, the same great vibes have been preserved.
Brrr! Do you feel those chilly temperatures out there? Time to move the party inside to a cozy bar in Montreal. After all, when has cold weather ever stopped a true Montrealer from doing what they want to do?
Winter may be coming but you won't notice at these warm and snuggly local watering holes.
Why You Need To Go: This iconic restaurant and bar at a former 19th-century warehouse in Old Montreal gives off old-timey vibes — perfect for nights when you want to escape the harsh and bitter realities of 2021.
Why You Need To Go: Sometimes the thing that warms you up the most is friendly staff, like the folks at this super cool bar in one of Montreal's coolest neighbourhoods. Duck in to escape harsh temperatures and you'll be met with warm smiles and delicious cocktails.