Food & Drink

The 11 best beer bars in Montreal

Published On 08/20/2014 Published On 08/20/2014
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1. L'Espace Public 3632 Rue Ontario Est, Montreal, H1W

If you don’t take yourself too seriously and love your beer, L’Espace Public is the bar you’ve been dreaming of. Located in Hochelaga, this brew bar also has a great calendar full of DJs, artists, and musicians who stop by to show off their stuff.

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2. 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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3. Le Saint-Bock 1749, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, H2X 3K4

If it wasn't for a helpful/knowledgable staff, it'd probably be pretty tough to pick just one beer from their selection of more than 20, many of which are house brewed. And their food? Yeah, you're gonna want to try that too, considering some of it is cooked with said beer.

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4. Dieu du Ciel! 29 Ave Laurier Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2N2

This microbrewery and pub features beers infused with everything from hibiscus to coffee. One of the most popular brews: a creamy cocoa vanilla stout aptly named the Aphrodisiaque (ooh la la!).

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5. Le Cheval Blanc 809 rue Ontario Est, Montréal, H2L 1P1

This brew pub boasts an impressive menu of over 20 handpicked international beers and eight of their own ales, like their Coup de Grisou Hefeweizen.

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6. Broue Pub Brouhaha 5860 ave. de Lorimier, Montréal, H2G 2N9

With both house-brewed and "guest keg" selections, this Rosemont borough brewpub serves some of the most unique beers in Montreal.

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7. Vices & Versa Bistro Du Terroir 6631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2S 3C5

VIces & Versa offers many local beers and ciders as well as local seasonal food. Wash down pub grub like pulled pork poutine and fries served with Imperial Stout-infused mayo with their 33 craft beers on tap. In the summer, the outdoor patio is the perfect spot in Montreal to soak up the sun and grab drinks with your friends. The seating is set up as long communal tables, so you can drink, eat and make new friends at the same time.

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8. Station 1494 Ontario, Montréal H2L 1S3, H2L 1S3

This quaint Centre-Sud beer bar comes from the masterminds at Hopfenstark microbrewery. Its minimalist rustic, wooden interior makes sure it doesn’t take away from the incredible brews it has on tap and cask.

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9. La Terrasse St-Ambroise 5080 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal, H4C 2G1

The St-Ambroise is a large outdoor patio outside the McAuslan brewery where you can enjoy seasonal and artisan brews (while you watch them being made). The terrace also has a BBQ menu with items like the Griffon Red pulled pork sandwich, which not only highlights the flavors in your beer, it's made with them. Another great aspect of the sweeping patio is that dogs are welcome, so bring your four-legged friend and chill out under the shadow of the silos.

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10. HELM 273 rue Bernard O., Montréal, H2V 1T5

The people at HELM are solely focused on three things: beer, food, and ping pong. And that is a winning combination.

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11. Bistro-Brasserie Les Soeurs Grises 32 rue McGill, Montreal, H2Y 4B5

With a lot of bars to compete with in this bustling tourist district, Les Soeurs Grises is doing one hell of a job keeping true to their quirky selves. With their own brews on tap, a slew of privately imported beers, and a menu that wrestles their great suds for the limelight, it’s one place where visitors can experience another side of the city while in Old Montreal.