Food & Drink

Montreal’s 8 best (mostly) hidden bars

Published On 06/04/2014 Published On 06/04/2014
Big in Japan
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Le A Bar
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Alexandraplatz Bar
Katherine Sehl
Le Bar Sans Nom
Katherine Sehl
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1. 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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2. Le A Bar 213 Rachel Est, Montreal, H2W 1E4 (Plateau)

If you frequent the Plateau area, then there's a good chance you've walked right past Le A Bar without even noticing it. But behind a modest terrace is a cozy little space with quality drinks and a laid-back atmosphere.

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3. Le Sainte-Élisabeth 1412, rue Sainte-Élisabeth, Montréal, H2X 3C6

Le Sainte-Elisabeth is tucked away in a back alley, but once you find it, you'll discover one of the most elegant and relaxing spots in Montreal. This European-style pub has tons of microbrews on tap alongside an extensive whiskey selection. The best part of this spot, however, may be its giant, vine-covered outdoor terrace. The terrace is shaded and has plenty of tables all arranged underneath trees. We recommend calling in for a reservation to grab a prime spot at this restaurant, which gets busy during the summer.

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4. Bar La Remise 540, rue Boucher, Montreal, H2J 1C2 (Plateau)

La Remise is a neighborhood hole-in-the-wall to end all neighborhood hole-in-the-walls, and we mean that in the best of ways (i.e. cheap drinks, friendly crowds, and karaoke!).

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5. Alexandraplatz 6731, av. de l’Esplanade, Montréal, H2V 4S9

This divey, converted garage space is a hip take on the classic German biergarten, with cheap beer, communal tables, and daily BBQ grub specials.

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6. Labo Culinaire 1201 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal , H2X 2S6

Tucked inside Montreal's Société des Arts Technologiques (or SAT, for short), Labo Culinaire is an experimental resto churning out inventive, weekly-changing dishes. After your meal, check out a show or DJ set at the 360-degree Satosphère. The best part about this culinary experiment (besides the awesome rooftop) is the variety of food that it offers. One night, renowned chefs will craft dishes while another night a completely unknown chef will hold a workshop.

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7. 5295 / Le Bar Sans Nom 5295 Av du Parc, Montreal, H2V 4G9 (Parc Ex)

This Parc-Ex bar flies so under the radar that it doesn’t even really have a name. Some call it after its street address, while others call it “the bar with no name”. But don’t mistake this for a no-name-brand-quality experience. Think plush leather couches, strong cocktails, and rich mahogany.

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8. Wings 'N Things 5663 Royalmount, Montreal, H4P 2P9

This Royal Mount wingery has a seriously sweet menu loaded with numerous tantalizing options, but you'd be crazy to to tempt your tastebuds with anything but their peanut butter wings.

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