Food & Drink

Montreal's Essential Dive Bars, and Why You Should Drink in All of Them

Published On 09/16/2015 Published On 09/16/2015
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1. La Petite Idée Fixe 4857 Du Parc Av, Montreal, H2V 4E7

Dim lighting, wooden bar stools, a pool table, and a jukebox are staples of any dive bar, and La Petite Idée-Fixe is no different. You won't find any trendy cocktails here, but you will find a number of affordable cold brewskies.

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2. Madhatter 1220 Rue Crescent, Montreal, H3G 2A9

This is a rare dive bar that actually has great eats, as well as an atmosphere of grunge perfection. Come here for drinks, but if you get hungry try the Elvis Burger which has a ground beef patty, bacon, cheddar, onion rings, and peanut butter.

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3. Barfly 4062 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Montréal, H2W 1Y8 (Plateau)

Barfly is the perfect Montreal dive bar to wet your whistle and enjoy some loud music and hipster stylings.

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4. Brasserie Cherrier 3638 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, H2X 3L7

This place has everything a good dive bar needs: cheap drinks, good music, and a pool table. One element that makes this one unique is the people-watching that can be done from the terrace.

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5. Snack 'n Blues 5260 Boul St-Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1S1 (Mile End)

This place is known for two great things: snacking and blues music. Buy a drink and enjoy some jams, while grabbing some grub form the many snack bowls around the bar.

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6. 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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7. Bar de Courcelle 4685 Notre-Dame Rue W, Montreal, H4C 1S7 (Saint Henri)

This dive bar is a special place for hipsters, offering rustic decor and even a trendy cocktail menu. It goes far beyond the typical dive, serving up a charcuterie platter.

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8. Bar Bifteck 3702 St Laurent, Montreal, H2X 2V4

Cheap pitchers of beer and free popcorn? What more could want from a dive bar!

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9. Brasserie Beaubien 73 Rue Beaubien E, Montreal, H2S 1R1 (Rosemont)

Bands from POP Montreal grace this not-so-typical dive bar. They also have the dive bar staples, like cheap drinks and neon lights

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10. Maz Bar 5617 Sherbrooke Rue O, Montreal, H4A 1W4

This dive bar has been around as long as we can remember, and their laid back vibe is a refreshing change of pace in NDG.

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11. Champs 3956 Saint-Laurent Boul, Montreal, H2W 1Y3

This place is never usually that crowded, which is ideal for anyone looking to drink in peace on game day.

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12. Crobar 1221 Crescent Street, Montreal, H3G 2B1

Crescent Street would be nothing without this little gem.

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