The well-known Montreal music scene entails more than just the music of her famous ones such as Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, Corey Hart, Arcade Fire and A Simple Plan. The contemporary scene includes more than 300 local bands that often get their start in Montreal then show up later in Toronto and New York.
Montreal offers a wide range of good dance clubs and bars. Here you will find our favorite Montreal venues. For an authentic Montréal bar experience complete with good, local music, search out the hole-in-the-wall places with old wooden floors and tin ceilings. Some of these more intriguing locales that exude that "Joie de vivre" are found on the French side of town, roughly St. Laurent and points east.
Drink specials abound before 8 pm all over the city and regardless of what language you speak, bars for the most part, are laid back and friendly - if a bit loud - but that's all part of the fun. Whether you're craving a warm pub experience or an alternative dance workout, Montreal will not disappoint. The older crowd will appreciate the city's upscale but never pretentious wine and cocktail bars and various jazz clubs too.