Food & Drink

These are Montreal’s 10 Bad Decision Bars

Published On 01/08/2014 Published On 01/08/2014
Montreal Bad Decision Bars

There’s a fine line between pride and regret, and a Bad Decision Bar is the place where that line is crossed, drowned in gold tequila, danced on, and finally told it looks sexy by some bros wearing Ed Hardy tees. Montreal has at least 10 of them, and here they are:

Chez Serge

Chez Serge
Mile End
Synonym for bad decision: mechanical bull. Always seems like a good idea, but you don’t look nearly as sexy doing it as the blonde chick on right before you who had a vague sense of balance and self-awareness. 

Waverly

Bar Waverly
Mile End
This bar used to be a brothel. Not... that... long... ago. 

Cock n' Bull Pub

Pub Cock n’ Bull
Downtown
Who goes to a place called the Cock n’ Bull to make good decisions? Not you. Not these people. Get your drunk on in this dive of an Irish pub that serves cheap beer, Chinese food, and defends the rights of babies.

Mad Hatter

Madhatter Pub
Peter-McGill
You really only need to look at this bar’s logo to know that this place is a great idea, but you probably won’t come to that conclusion until you’ve reached the bottom of $20 worth of their $1 beer specials. Or, actually more like $11.

Katherine Sehl

La Distillerie
Multiple locations
With drinks the size of fish bowls, you were dead before your ship ever sank into this fine establishment.

Peel Pub

Peel Pub
Downtown
You'll come away knowing that they stock banana-flavored condoms in their bathroom, and desperately wishing you hadn't found out the way you did.

Le Belmont

Le Belmont
Jeanne-Mance
Any place where you can get hammered and then do a karaoke rendition of "Bombs Over Baghdad" to the tune of "My Way" in front of a cheering crowd is a pretty solid option, surely?

Korova Bar
Jeanne-Mance
The old 7-Up machine is converted into a Pabst Blue Ribbon dispenser, and next to it, there's a random color photo booth to help eternally record any horrific embarrassment it may unleash.

Abreuvoir Bar

Abreuvoir
Latin Quarter
Another day, another drink deal, another morning reeking of hair spray, regret, and God knows what else.

Royal Phoenix Bar

Royal Phoenix
Mile End
Among the many lethal combos you’ll find at this place, there’s: beer + shot deals (beer before liquor, so, it's totally cool) and unisex bathrooms. Wait, “u ‘n i sex”? That's an amazing pun pick-up line! I'm gonna go try it with that feisty looking bar lady!

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1. Chez Serge 5301, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1S5 (Mile End)

This is one of the better spots in the city to come and watch a game on their numerous TVs and grab a drink. And if you're feeling extra adventurous, take a crack at their mechanical bull.

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2. Bar Waverly 5550 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1S9 (Mile End)

This definitely won't be the nicest bar you've ever been in, but it's a friendly neighborhood hangout with decent prices, regular DJs, and it used to be a brothel. Yep.

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3. 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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4. Madhatter Pub 1208 Crescent St, Montréal, H3G 2A9

This rockin' bar will definitely take you down the rabbit hole to discover extremely cheap drinks. But pace yourself, $1 beer specials can be dangerous.

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5. 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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6. Peel Pub 1196 rue Peel, Montréal, H3B 2T6

Here you can find a wide selection of beers, a tasty assortment of different bar food options, and a great area to watch whatever games might be on TV (most likely the Canadiens).

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7. Le Belmont 4483 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1Z8

Le Belmont has been a favorite music venue in Montreal for more than 20 years, featuring an eclectic variety of shows and bands.

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8. Korova 3908 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1Y2

If you're a fan of dancing and sweet music (and really, who isn't?), check out Korova, which also has one of the coolest bar features ever: an old 7-Up machine converted to spit out PBRs.

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9. Abreuvoir Bar et Terrasse 403, rue Ontario Est, Montreal, H2L 1N5

This resto/bar serves up delicious smoked meat and hosts various bands and karaoke nights, and comedy shows throughout the week.

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10. 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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