Get Your Drink On in Montreal's Best Bars

Montreal bars are so relaxed that even as a solo drinker, you'll feel right at home in any of these establishments. Bar tenders are professional, chatty and filled with insights into the workings of their city. Montreal is one of the best drinking cities around. The patrons are generally convivial and the venues offer great food and drink specials and no two of them look the same. With many unadvertised specials - as per a weird provincial law -  be sure and ask especially during the  5 to 7 cocktail hour known locally as the "cinq a sept". Generally speaking, west end bars cater to an English speaking crowd while those venues east of St. Laurent, the dividing line in the city, are usually French but that shouldn't deter anyone from visiting bars on both sides of town as the emphasis here is on everyone having a good time. For a culture that usually prefers wine, there are an impressive number of quality brew pubs with the signature good food that Montreal is famous for. Most bars stay open late so the party usually doesn't get going until well after 10 pm and in some venues even midnight. With a huge array of night life choices, it's no wonder that Montreal is Canada's party town

Sir Winston Churchill Pub Complex
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This complex has been a mainstay on Crescent Street since 1967, and has helped usher in the nightlife for which the area has become famous. In addition to two outdoor terraces overlooking Crescent, there are three floors, each with its own...  Read More



Pop features a wonderful wine list with several organic choices, live jazz, comfy mod dcor in shades of orange, green and brown that recalls the late 60s " what more could you ask from a wine bar? Well, Pop! Also has some cute but tasty...  Read More

Brasserie Artesenal Dieu du Ciel!


About a dozen craft brewed beers are on tap at any one time at Dieu du Ciel! (loosely translated as "Oh my god!"), ranging from an amber hemp beer to a hoppy IPA to a chocolaty stout to a seasonal absinthe and fennel ale. The place has a...  Read More

Café Campus


Although the name suggests a student hangout, it's more than that as the club has been a solid feature in the east end neighbourhood conveniently located near other drinking establishments. This venue features great live concerts from top...  Read More



A three-floor brewpub with a wide fan base, Brutopia keeps five year-round beers on tap and three seasonal options. Among the year-round options are a classic IPA, a nut brown ale and a raspberry blonde; seasonal brews range from porters and...  Read More

Le Vieux Dublin


More than a dozen beers on tap, tasty and filling pub grub and a convivial atmosphere make the Old Dublin one of Montréal's most popular hangouts. It's been around since 1978, so it obviously does something right! There's live music every night...  Read More

Irish Embassy


There's a saying that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. It's not a stretch to add "and in an Irish pub" to that statement. At the Irish Embassy, the mood is always cheerful and the Guinness is always poured just right. Live music is...  Read More



Given the name, it's no wonder that McKibbin's is the perfect place for St. Patty's Day. This Irish pub, located in the Crescent nightlife sector on Bishop St., sports an an old, Victorian-style exterior. Exposed wooden beams and dim lighting...  Read More



This pub has been unchanged for more than half a century and brews its own beer on site. A great place to listen to the latest music and discuss art, philosophy or politics with the interesting locals. If you arrive before 7 pm you may be able...  Read More



Located on St-Laurent Boulevard, the Whisky Café, functions as both a bar and cigar lounge decked out with impressive columns and leather chairs.The Whisky Café carries an over-whelming choice of over 150 scotch whiskeys and dozens of ports...  Read More


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