Food & Drink

Where to Boozy Brunch in Montreal: A hood-by-hood guide

Published On 04/30/2014 Published On 04/30/2014

Brunch is like, kiiiiind of a really big deal in Montreal -- but boozy brunches are (sadly) more difficult to come by. But if you’re willing to spare a few bones to keep the good times rolling with worthwhile breakfast cocktails, we’ve got you set with this hood-by hood guide.

Katherine Sehl

L’Avenue
922 Ave du Mont-Royal Est
Go for: fruit-filled pitchers of red wine sangria.

Byblos Le Petit Café
1499 Ave Laurier Est
Pair the famous feta omelette with your brew of choice.

Lili Co.
4650 Rue De Mentana
Go for the Pimm’s Limonade or Early Gin with their Frittata dish.

Le Passé Composé
950 Rue Roy Est
Take advantage of the two-for-$13 mimosa deal.

RĂ©servoir
9 Rue Duluth Est
This brasserie’s house mimosa will only set you back $5.

Ma-Am-M Bolduc
4351 Ave de Lorimier
Chase down a decadent brunch crĂŞpe with a mason jar cocktail.

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Sparrow
5322 Boul Saint-Laurent
$5 for regular and apple mimosas.

Lawrence
5201 Boul Saint-Laurent
Choose from an $8 Bloody Mary, Aperol Spritz, or apple mimosa.

Fabergé
25 Ave Fairmount Ouest
A breakfast poutine plus a screwdriver aught to do the trick.

Nouveau Palais
281 Rue Bernard Ouest
Start things off right with a breakfast Caesar.

Beauty’s
93 Ave du Mont-Royal Ouest
Little-known fact: Beauty’s has a drink menu!

Resto Biarritz
4801 Boul Saint-Laurent
Mimosas hit the sweet spot (or the sore spot) here.

Royal Phoenix
5788 Boul Saint-Laurent
Keep the $2.75-$3.50 cocktails coming while you down a huevos rancheros.

L’Assommoir
112 Rue Bernard Ouest
They make a solid mimosa here, but their peach Bellini is something else.

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SuWu
3581 Boul Saint-Laurent
Endless mimosas for $35, or build your own four-person brunch bowl.

Le Cartet
106 Rue McGill
Can’t go wrong with a Cartet Breakfast Special and a mimosa.

Ye Olde Orchard
1189 Rue de la Montagne
Some decisions just make themselves: green eggs and ham + a morning Guinness.

Katherine Sehl

Griffintown Café
1378 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Spice things up with a Bloody Mary and a spicy pork huevos divorciados.

Burgundy Lion
2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Opt for the famous White & Red Eye: beer, tomato juice, vodka, and a whole egg.

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Les Enfants Terribles
1257 Ave Bernard
The grapefruit zest-infused Apérol Spritz complements every menu option.

Jacqueline Dole

Prohibition
5674 Monkland
Pick from $8 mimosas and beers.

Jeff Miller

Régine Café
1840 Rue Beaubien Est
A hearty Caesar will keep you good and liquored up here.

Restaurant Santa Barbara
6696 Rue de Saint Vallier
Take your pick from a creative cocktail menu. Recommended: Cocktail en vedette
with tequila, honey, lemon, and sage.

Katherine Sehl

Brasserie Central
4858 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Stay classy with a gin Gimlet with lime and soda.

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1. L’Avenue 922 ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal, H2J 1X2 (Plateau)

This breakfast and brunch favorite often has a line of people waiting to get inside the artfully decorated confines of this Plateau resto.

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2. Byblos Le Petit Café 1499 Ave Laurier Est, Montreal, H2J 1H8 (Plateau)

This intimate Plateau cafe features home-style Persian fare (lamb anyone?). Head there for brunch and order their feta omelet. You won't be disappointed.

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3. Lili Co. 4650 rue Mentana, Montreal, H2J 3B7 (Plateau)

This Plateau resto features sleek, minimalist decor and Chef Catherine Dawes serves up a creative menu featuring the likes of chimichurri octopus with avocado tempura and pork tripe with chorizo.

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4. Bistro Le Passé Composé 950 rue Roy Est, Montréal, H2L 1E8 (Plateau)

If you're looking for a more upscale brunch, come to this bistro that features dishes like poached eggs with foie gras.

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5. Réservoir 9 rue Duluth Est, Montréal, H2W 1G7 (Plateau)

One of Montreal's finest brasseries, Reservoir has a full bar with a handful of specialty beers, in bottles and on tap, and they also serve some killer brunch items and snacks. This microbrewery also has a killer rooftop terrasse, which overlooks one of the most beautiful streets in the Plateau. The menu is entirely vegetarian, so there's bound to be something for everyone to choose from while sipping an ice-cold just-brewed beer.

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6. Ma-Am-M Bolduc 4351 Ave de Lorimier, Montreal, H2H (Plateau)

With some of the city's best poutine, burgers, and out-of-this-world brunches, this Plateau resto is a definite hit.

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7. Sparrow / Le Moineau 5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1A5 (Mile End)

This resto & cocktail spot's always filled with Mile End neighborhood regulars who come back for The Sparrow's baller weekend brunch. On the must-eat list: banana and chocolate-filled donuts, smoked salmon & scrambled eggs, and a potato & cabbage dish called Bubble 'n Squeak.

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8. Lawrence 5201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1S4 (Plateau)

This Montreal resto and cafe does the best breakfast and brunch in town. The reason? Instead of giving you fresh rolls before your meal, they give you fresh DONUT PUFFS. You're welcome.

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9. Fabergé 25, avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal, H2T 2L9 (Mile End)

If you're in the Mile End neighborhood, there aren't a lot of places that can beat Faberge when it comes to a quality breakfast. And be sure to hit up their bar for smoothies, fresh juices, mimosa,s and a variety of coffees and teas.

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10. Nouveau Palais 281 rue Bernard, Montréal, H2V 4K8 (Outremont)

Located in Outremont, this "new American diner" has some terrific 'Merican eats, like juicy burgers and crispy chicken and waffles.

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11. Beauty's 93 Ave du Mont-Royal Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2S5 (Plateau)

This is the perfect diner to stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, offering daily specials and classics that have earned them quite the acclaim.

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12. Resto Biarritz 4801 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1R6 (Mile End)

Resto Biarritz serves international cuisine (tapas-style!) using local ingredients, and they also feature an extensive wine list with options for every budget.

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13. Royal Phoenix Bar 5788, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1S8

The Royal Phoenix bar features a quality atmosphere, great food, and drinks, while filling the air with bangin' music from live DJs.

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14. L'Assommoir 211 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, H2Y 1T4 (Mile End)

Nestled in the Heart of Mile End, this 120 seat resto doles out a number of tasty tapas dishes (try their famous tartar and ceviche), burgers, and brunches, not to mention their quality craft cocktails.

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15. SuWu 3581 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2X 2T6 (Plateau)

Inside SuWu, you'll find comfy antique sofas, pinball machines, and super-awesome drink prices that're all half-price from 5-7p. And if you're hankerin' for some eats, they have a menu loaded with tasty options like their amazing mac n' cheese grilled cheese.

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16. Le Cartet 106 Rue McGill, Montreal, H2Y 2E5

This hip Downtown spot serves up seriously good breakfast and brunch items, at prices that won't empty your wallet.

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17. Griffintown Café 1378 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, H3C 1K8 (Griffintown)

Located in Griffintown (obvi.), this resto/cafe is a premier destination for brunch or lunch with a host of options like soups, salads, omelets, sammies, burgers, egg dishes, and tasty cocktails that hit the spot any time.

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18. Burgundy Lion 2496, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, H3J 1N5

This British-style pub and restaurant doles out a variety of brews and liquors, and they have lengthy menu with options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

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19. Les Enfants Terribles 1257 Ave Bernard, Montreal, H2V1V8

With its full bar, seasonal patio, and fine selection of French-inspired comfort food, this place is anything but Terribles. The sidewalk seating is heated as well, so you don't have to worry about your Enfants freezing while you eat.

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20. Prohibition 5674 Monkland, Montreal, H4A 1E4 (Notre Dames Des Graces)

Prohibition certainly has acclaim as being a great drinkery, but they also serve up some surprising food, including deep-fried Southern fare and even North African dishes.

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21. Régine Café 1840, rue Beaubien Est, Montreal, H2G 1L6 (Rosemont)

This popular resto/cafe serves up tasty breakfasts, brunches, and lunches every day of the week using local flavors. If you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, order their breakfast poutine.

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22. Restaurant Santa Barbara 6696 Rue de Saint Vallier, Montreal, H2S 2P7 (Petite Italie)

This fine resto specializes in vegetarian fare, but be sure to try out some of their unique craft cocktails (like the Cocktail en Vedette with tequila, honey, lemon, and sage) in addition to your veggie-centric meal.

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23. Brasserie Central 4858 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, H3Z 1H1

This classy Westmount haunt offers Mediterranean-French fusion fare in a classic bistro-style setting.

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