Food & Drink

19 Montreal bars that are open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/24/2014 Published On 12/24/2014

Christmas in Montreal can be a beautiful time, you know, unless you’re actually stranded here on the day itself -- and with most of the city shut down, it can be hard to find a place to drown your sorrows. Luckily, we have the rundown of all the places where you can grab a drink this December 25th.

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Else's

Plateau
A staple in the Plateau since the 1990s, this casual pub with a restaurant license draws loyal fans from all across the city. For Christmas Day, Head Chef Marielvi Falvino is prepping a full-on turkey dinner starting at 8pm. 
 

Barfly

The Main
Montreal’s best dive bar will be open regular hours on Christmas Day. Come for cheap beer and free pool, stay for the excellent live bands, sticky floors and... who are we kidding, you come here for the cheap beer, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.

Baldwin

Baldwin Barmacie

Mile End
Starting at 8pm on Christmas Day, Baldwin Barmacie will open its doors to the public. Enjoy vintage cocktails in a swanky, retro lounge atmosphere. 
 

Bar Le Cocktail

Gay Village
Warm up your vocal cords with more than just booze at the fabulous Bar Le Cocktail, where a very merry karaoke will be happening starting at 2pm.

Sir Winston Churchill Pub

Sir Winston Churchill Pub

Old Montreal
Spending Christmas day at this mega-pub complex has become a must for many, and we wouldn’t dare to argue with tradition. Though it lacks the cozy charm of some of our other options, the complex is also fairly well-known, and you’re likely to be among fellow Christmas Day drinkers. Opens at 5pm. 
 

BAR inc.

Plateau
This small and welcoming bar offers a variety of beers, shooters, and cocktails for those looking for a good place to spend the evening. BAR inc. opens at 9pm on Christmas Day, and we encourage you to come prepared for a good time.

Modavie

Bistro Le Modavie

Old Montreal
For those looking for a more upscale evening, Bistro Le Modavie will offer fine wine, cocktails, and typical bistro fare starting at 7pm. At 10pm, guitarist Greg Clayton will take to the stage on the first floor. Note that there will be no reservations taken for the night, and space may be limited. 
 

Piranha Bar

Downtown
Though this music venue and dive bar usually presents more alternative fare, for Christmas Day, Piranha Bar lets you take the stage. Karaoke is to be had at the Piranha Bar, starting at 9pm and until closing.

InterContinental Montreal

Sarah B.

Old Montreal
Kicking the class up to a whole new level is Sarah B. at the InterContinental Montreal, a place dedicated to celebrating one of the most infamous libations in history -- absinthe. Partake in a full absinthe ceremony or enjoy the restaurant’s special Noel menu for $69 starting at 5:30pm.

Ye Olde Orchard Pub

Ye Olde Orchard Pub & Grill

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Come grab a pint at this warm Celtic pub anytime after 1pm. The Monkland location is the only location open, but it opens early, and the beer will keep flowing until the last of the guests leave. 
 

Le Next Door

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
If Chinatown is where you go on Christmas Eve, then Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is the place to be on Christmas Day. Le Next Door will open at 6pm, and while the kitchen is closed for regular orders, patrons are encouraged to bring a dish for its annual free turkey potluck dinner. We couldn’t think of a cozier way to spend Christmas.

Brutopia Brew Pub

Brutopia

Golden Square Mile
If what you’re looking for on Christmas Day is a great microbrewery with a wide selection of local beers, then Brutopia is the place for you. Open from 3pm until midnight and serving its regular menu, you can’t go wrong with this place.

Hurleys Irish Pub

Hurley's Irish Pub

Golden Square Mile
This traditional Irish pub will open at 7pm on Christmas Day. Though the kitchen will be closed, the bar is open, and a band will be playing starting at 10pm -- what more could you ask for? 
 

L’Barouf

Golden Square Mile
It’s easy to feel at home in this Plateau bar, where pretenses are left at the door and the beer flows freely. Drop by anytime after 3pm, and waste the afternoon away in comfort.

Typhoon Lounge

Typhoon Lounge

Golden Square Mile
Opening at 4 pm, it will be business as usual at the Typhoon Lounge. Which means that you can taste one of its legendary burgers while knocking back quite a few martinis. Now that’s the life. 
 

McLean's Pub

Downtown
On Christmas Day, McLean’s Pub will open at 3pm and will stay open until 3am. There is a Jewish comedy show on Dec. 24th, and the bar is looking to book an act for Christmas Day -- so if you’ve got any ideas, let them know.

Saloon Bistro Bar

Saloon Bistro Bar

Gay Village
From 7pm until closing time, Saloon Bistro Bar will be serving its regular menu items and drinks. And with its central location, there’s bound to be other people braving Christmas Day there along with you. 
 

Le Confessionnal

Old Montreal
With a tagline like “sinners welcome”, you just know Le Confessionnal is going to be open on Christmas Day -- and that it’s going to be a good time. Come by to this richly decorated, red-lit bar anytime after 10pm, and forget all your worries and cares.

Moose Bawr

Moose Bawr

Downtown
Starting at 4pm, Montreal’s only “Canadian” pub will open its doors to Christmas Day for customers who want to feast on one of its delicious hot dogs or share a pitcher of sangria.

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1. Else's 156 rue Roy E, Montreal, H2W 1M2 (Plateau)

A staple in the Plateau since the 1990s, this casual pub with a restaurant license draws loyal fans from all across the city.

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2. Barfly 4062 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Montréal, H2W 1Y8 (Plateau)

Barfly is the perfect Montreal dive bar to wet your whistle and enjoy some loud music and hipster stylings.

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3. Baldwin Barmacie 115 rue Laurier Ouest, Montreal, H2T 2N6 (Mile End)

This upscale drinkery serves some mean 'tails, such as their spicy rum and ginger beer cocktail or their classic Dark and Stormy.

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4. Bar Le Cocktail 1669 Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal, H2L 2J5 (The Gay Village)

Warm up your vocal cords with more than just booze at the fabulous Bar Le Cocktail, a Gay Village drinkery that features drag queens and karaoke every night.

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5. Sir Winston Churchill Pub 1459 rue Crescent, Montreal, H3G 2B2

This Downtown drinkery is know as "Winnies" to the locals, and it claims to be the first bar to open on the now notoriously bar-central Crescent St.

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6. BAR inc. 250 av. du Mont-Royal E., Montreal, H2T 1P5 (Plateau)

Located in the Plateau, BAR inc. is dive bar with balls; disco balls that is. Mirrors on the ceiling, exposed brick, and decorative garage doors adorn the place, so stop by and order one of the beer bucket specials with nachos during a hockey game for $20.

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7. Bistro Le Modavie 1 Rue Saint Paul Ouest, Montreal, H2Y 1Y6 (Old Montreal)

This Old Montreal vino bar features live music & an old-timey jazz vibe, not to mention an eclectic menu.

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8. Piranha Bar 680 St-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, H3B 1C2

Located in Downtown Montreal, Piranha Bar is a solid dive to throw back a few drinks and listen to live music.

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9. Sarah B. 360, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, Montreal, H2Y 3X4 (Old Montreal)

Located in the InterContinental Hotel, this absinthe bar is named after Sarah Bernhardt, the queen of the French tragedy. Here you'll find solid cocktails, tasty hors-d’oeuvres, and an elegant atmosphere.

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10. Ye Olde Orchard Pub & Grill 5563 Monkland Ave, Montreal, H4A 1E1

Considering how this pub runs things, it's no surprise they have multiple locations. Included in this cozy spot is a warm atmosphere, a wide variety of adult beverages, and an extensive menu loaded with your favorite bar foods -- from wings to burgers to poutine and more.

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11. Le Next Door 5175A rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, H3Z 2P8 (Notre Dames Des Graces)

This Westmount pub serves up tasty bar food and cold drinks, but what sets them apart are their wing specials (29 cents on Sundays!) and wing flavors, such as their Tao Spicy Garlic variety.

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12. Brutopia 1219 Rue Crescent St., Montreal, H3G 2B1

This three-story pub on Crescent Street offers both classic (think Nut Brown Ale) and seasonal (Maibocks, Cream Ales, and Smoked Porters) suds, many of which are brewed in-house.

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13. Hurley's Irish Pub 1225 rue Crescent, Montreal, H3G 2B1

A traditional Irish pub in the Golden Square Mile, Hurley's features live music, a fireplace, and a quality lineup of drink options.

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14. L'Barouf 4171 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, H2W 2M7 (Plateau)

This Golden Square Mile bar offers a wide variety of beers and an entertaining playlist, but it's even better for people watching.

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15. Typhoon Lounge 5752 ave. De Monkland, Montreal, H4A 1E9

Not only does the Golden Square Mile spot have a sweet name, it also doles out legendary burgers and one of the best martinis in the city.

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16. McLean's Pub 1210 rue Peel, Montreal, H3B 2T6

Housed in a building that was established in 1910, McLean's Pub continues serving up pub favorites like burgers, steaks, and sandwiches as it has done since the '90s.

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17. Saloon Bistro Bar 1333 Ste-Catherine Est, Montreal, H2L 2Z1 (The Gay Village)

Nestled in the heart of the Gay Village this resto and bar serves an array of items, from pasta and pizza to seafood, sammies, and burgers.

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18. Le Confessionnal 431, rue McGill, Montreal, H2Y 2H1 (Old Montreal)

With a tagline like “sinners welcome”, you just know that this Old Montreal drinkery is a fun place to wet your whistle, so swing by this richly decorated, red-lit bar and stay awhile.

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19. Moose Bawr 1817, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, H3H 1M2 (The Gay Village)

You wouldn’t think that you’d need a Canadian-themed bar in the heart of the country, but according to the founders of Moose Bawr, you’d be wrong. This is a fun place to share a pitcher of sangria, grab a pimped-out hot dog, watch the game, or just laugh at the cheeky puns on the sign posted outside. And you don’t even have to be Canadian to get in!

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