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The official 7 best cocktail joints in Montreal

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014
Montreal 7 Best Cocktail Joints
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Candi Bar
Big in Japan
La Distillerie
Katherine Sehl
Baldwin Barmacie
Suite 701
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1. Dominion Square Tavern 1243 rue Metcalfe, Montréal, H3B 2V5

The Dominion Square Tavern first opened its doors in 1927 as a hotel restaurant and is still one of the classiest establishments in town, known for their traditional absinthe presentations.

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2. Candi Bar 1148 ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal, H2J 1X8 (Plateau)

It's a color explosions from the second you walk in, with lady-leg stools, gum ball machines, and equally colorful 'tails such as the Bazooka Joe vodka cocktail.

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3. La Distillerie 300 rue Ontario Est, Montréal, H2X 1H6

If really strong booze served in really large mason jars is your thing, La Distillerie won't disappoint for a late afternoon cocktail. Goldfish crackers (also served in mason jars!) will help tide you over you while you wait.

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4. Le Lab 1351 rue Rachel Est, Montréal, H2J 2K2

Located in the Plateau neighborhood, Le Lab has an extensive cocktail menu that changes regularly and churns out inventive concoctions like the Deer Hunter (Jägermeister, violet liqueur, and lime). It might not even be a stretch to say that Le Lab might just make some of the best cocktails in the country, and if it doesn’t anymore, it certainly paved the way for bartenders to aspire to fancy techniques that hadn’t even crossed their booze-addled minds. The bar is dimly lit and has the feel of an ol’ timey speakeasy, and if you don't like anything on the menu, the experienced "Labtenders" will be happy to mix up any classic 'tail, or something from their list of originals.

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5. 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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6. Suite 701 701 Côte de la Place d'Armes, Montréal, H2Y 2X6 (Old Montreal)

This classy establishment is a great spot for some brunch and day drinking, primarily because of their bangin' Eggs Benedict and high-quality 'tails.

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7. Big in Japan Bar 4175 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1Y8

Located just up the street from their resto with the same name, Big in Japan Bar doles out classic 'tails, but you'll probably let curiosity get the best of you and try their absinthe fountain.

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