Food & Drink

5 à 7: Montreal’s top 11 happy hours

Published On 11/27/2013 Published On 11/27/2013
Mechant Boeuf
Sam Dalcourt
En Cachette
La Taverne Normand
Cock n' Bull
Le Pourvoyeur
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1. Taverne Normand 1550, ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal, H2J 1Z2

Most nights, this is your regular neighborhood dive. But on hockey night (i.e. nights the Canadiens are on), La Taverne turns into an electric sports bar with a big screen, drinks specials, and a rowdy crowd.

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2. 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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3. Réservoir 9 rue Duluth Est, Montréal, H2W 1G7

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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4. Méchant Boeuf Bar & Brasserie 124 rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, H2Y 1Z3

Located in Old Port, this bar and brasserie doles out a long list of fascinating, tasty, and creative cocktails. And if you find the price might be a bit steep, come in during happy hour to knock a few dollars off.

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5. Cartel 101 Ave Fairmount W, Montréal, H2T 2M4

This bar/resto plates a variety of international dishes from such countries as Mexico, Chile, India, and Thailand. And if you want to get the most bang for you buck, stop in during happy hour for special deals on these foods and select drinks.

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6. 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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7. En Cachette Speakeasy 1765 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, H2X 3K4

This speakeasy features a happy hour that runs well past 7p, and outside of that, you can snag a pair of pints or a handcrafted specialty 'tail for $10 until 10p ANY night of the week.

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8. Pub Cock n' Bull 1944 rue Saint-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, H2M 2T6

This is a British pub through and through, with wood paneling, Guinness posters, and $3 pints during happy hour!

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9. SuWu 3581 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2X 2T6

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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10. Sparrow / Le Moineau 5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1A5

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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11. L'Escalier 552 rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal, H2L 2E1

This colorful bar not only has a super-terrific happy hour, but their kitchen also doles out tasty numbers like vegetarian nachos, hummus, and sammies.

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12. Le Pourvoyeur 184 rue Jean-Talon Est, Montréal, H2R 1S7

This friendly neighborhood bar offers a grand selection of brews on tap, super-cheap happy hour specials, and always houses a lively crowd.