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1. Isle de Garde1039 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
2. Le Slang5669 Monkland Ave, Montreal
3. Fitzroy551 Avenue du Mont-Royal, Montreal
4. Grenade Bar1603, rue Ontario Est, Montreal
5. Biiru1433, rue City Councillors, Montreal
6. Brasserie Lorbeer381 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal
7. Anabel Bar et Vin361 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal
8. Le Mal Nécessaire1106B, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
9. Pub Bishop & Bagg52 St-Viateur, Montreal
10. SpiritHouse Montreal244 Saint-Jacques Ouest, Montreal
11. Moose Bawr1817, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
With its beautiful décor almost entirely handmade by the owners, a constantly changing selection of the best and rarest microbrews in Quebec, and some of the more impressive food in a Montreal brasserie, it’s no wonder that Isle de Garde draws a crowd from across the neighbourhood -- and beyond.
This Notre-Dame-de-Grâce drinkery has distinguished itself from the rest of the area bars with an impressive menu and even more jaw-dropping drinks, from a Basil Sesame Caesar to an exceptional Old Fashioned.
Tucked away on the second floor of a nondescript building on Ave Mont Royal is Fitzroy. With a great look that treads the line between industrial décor and island chic, Fitzroy offers a beautiful view of the city, pool tables, big-screen TVs for watching the Habs, and two fully stocked bars for those looking for a classy, but laid-back afternoon.
Tucked away on a corner of Rue Ontario Est with only a simple sign bearing its name, Grenade does not look like much from the street. But step inside and you will find a beautiful modern bar, mood lighting, and a stunning heated terrace that looks like it was transplanted from the best Thailand resort.
This Japanese izakaya features a solid menu that includes a shrimp and pork sausage Japadog, as well as a fine assortment of adult beverages.
Done up in copper and wood with an upscale, steampunk feel, Brasserie Lorbeer features signature beer-infused cocktails, a loaded menu (try the fried chicken with smoked gravy), and one of the best beer samplers around.
This Mile End spot is where you go for a truly excellent glass of wine or cocktail, paired with a bite of food that is as delectable as it looks.
It seems like Polynesian-themed tiki bars have been a delightfully corny necessary evil on the cocktail scene since their popular emergence in the 1950s, yet Le Mal Necessaire manages to bring new life to the old format in Montreal's Chinatown, of all places. A bright neon-green pineapple sign lures drinkers in for tropical concoctions that predictably includes a Mai Tai poured into a hollowed pineapple, as well as complex inventions like Big Trouble in Little China (Tanqueray Rangpur, Aperol, matcha salt, chicha morada grenadine).
This authentic, traditional British pub in the heart of St. Laurent serves up excellent beers, including the house Burgundy Lion Ale, as well as equally laudable wines, traditional whiskeys, and gin. Though they adamantly resist being called a gastropub, Bishop and Bagg also serves great, eclectic food, including homemade pickles, spiced nuts, and whole, 90lb pigs taken apart right there in the basement.
At this Old Montreal haunt you'll find seasonally changing cocktails, a focus on negronis and pre-Prohibition classics, as well as well-made margaritas and an impressive selection of hard liquor.
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!