Montreal's Hottest Nightlife: Stepping Out in Montreal

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. 



Montreal's favorite wine bar is conveniently attached to a wonderful restaurant, Laloux and indeed even shares some of the same menu offerings which pair wonderfully with the epic wine lists that include tasty organic varieties. Wine selections...  Read More

Sir Winston Churchill Pub Complex
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Winnies is a cozy living room-like bar - just as the original owner intended and it's part of a pub complex of two other spaces including a dance bar on the upper level called Katrina's that specializes in cocktails and DJ music. Winnies is a...  Read More

Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill
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This intimate spot complete with candle-lit tables and vintage records adorning the walls is a favorite of jazz fans across the country who can hear seasoned pros as well as up and coming musicians. There are enough bar seat too so those...  Read More



Billy Kun is the more sophisticated sister bar of Le Cheval Blanc, easily identified by the signature stuffed ostrich heads adorning the walls running the length of the barroom. It serves the same great brew as Le Cheval Blanc but the location...  Read More



A favorite beer-drinking spot, Le Chavel Blanc is a bit out of the way on Ontario Street in Montreal's east end and off the beaten tourist track . It's a small, casual, semi-chic upscale 50's retro kind of place with sparkling tile and intimate...  Read More



Foufounes (slang for electric ass) is a lively and eclectic spot at 185 east Ste. Catharine, easily recognizable by the huge spider sculpture attached to the wall of the main entrance. It has been a downtown staple since the early 1980's....  Read More

Le Divan Orange
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It's ironic that Le Divan Orange provides comfortable sofas because sitting down and /or relaxing is the last thing on your mind once the music starts. The place is colorful with lots of interesting art hanging about and mostly well designed,...  Read More

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Club Soda's medium-sized, 800-seat concert space sits in a great downtown location and is perfect for performances of all stripes from the "Just For Laughs" comedy fest to name acts from the International Jazz Festival to Burlesque shows and...  Read More



If you want to meet regulars and check out the latest Montreal sounds this ultimate dive bar (in a good way) is where you want to be. But just because it's a dive doesn't mean it's cheap - cover charge can hit 10.00 and pints of beer top $6.50....  Read More



Vegetarian restaurant/coffee shop by day, happening indie music venue by night. Casa Del Popolo's (people's house), offerings vary widely from playwrights doing spoken word to a soloist on acoustic guitar to new country. It's popular with the...  Read More


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