For all its greatness, using the Montreal Metro can occasionally be an experience that leaves you needing a stiff drink, so we’ve put together a guide to help you do just that -- by plotting out the best bar within a 5-10 minute walk of every one of the most popular stops on the map (and therefore excluding the industrial bar-wasteland of the Orange Line’s Northwest corner, the drinkery-free parks & suburbia tagged onto the ends of the Green Line, and the Yellow Line’s teetotal island layover).
Check out a blown-up version of the map here, and see below for each line in its individual glory.
Du Collège: --
De La Savane: Wings 'N Things
Namur: Pub Paré
Plamondon: Bar Sampaguita
Snowdon: Finegan’s Irish Pub
Villa-Maria: Typhoon Lounge
Vendôme: Honey Martin
Place-Saint-Henri: Chez Mitch
Lionel-Groulx: Burgundy Lion
Georges-Vanier: Le Bureau Bar Tapas
Bonaventure: Dominion Square Tavern
Square-Victoria: Pub Victoria
Place-d'Armes: KYO Bar
Champ-de-Mars: Le Bremner
Berri-UQAM: St. Sulpice
Sherbrooke: L'Amère A Boire
Mont-Royal: Bily Kun
Laurier: Dieu du Ciel
Rosemont: Le Saint Edouard Bar
Beaubien: Notre Dame des Quilles
Jean-Talon: Vices & Versa
Jarry: EtOH Brasserie
Charlevoix: Taverne La Chic Régal
Atwater: Pub Cock n' Bull
Guy-Concordia: Mckibbin's Irish Pub
Peel: Dominion Square Tavern
McGill: Istori II Bar-Billard
Saint-Laurent: Big in Japan
Beaudry: Le Sainte-Elisabeth
Papineau: Complexe Sky
Frontenac: Bar Fullum
Préfontaine: L'Espace Public - Brasseurs de Quartier
Joliette: La Succursale
We valiantly strived to hit the sweet spot between quality & distance from the stops themselves, but inevitably we missed something, so let us know in comments!
1. Wings 'N Things5663 Royalmount, Montreal
2. Pub Paré7505 Decarie, Montreal
3. Bar Sampaguita4699 Van Horne, Montreal
4. Honey Martin5916 Sherbrooke St W, Montréal
5. Chez Mitch4210 Saint-Jacques Rue, Montreal
6. Burgundy Lion2496, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
7. Madhatter Pub1208 Crescent St, Montréal
8. Dominion Square Tavern1243 rue Metcalfe, Montréal
9. Kyo Bar Japonais711 Côte de la Place d’Armes, Montreal
10. Bílý Kun354 ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal
11. Dieu du Ciel!29 Ave Laurier Ouest, Montréal
12. Notre Dame des Quilles32 rue Beaubien Est, Montréal
13. Vices & Versa Bistro Du Terroir6631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
14. Pub Cock n' Bull1944 rue Saint-Catherine Ouest, Montréal
15. McKibbin's Irish Pub1426 rue Bishop, Montréal
16. Big in Japan3723 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
17. Le Sainte-Élisabeth1412, rue Sainte-Élisabeth, Montréal
18. Bar Fullum2300, Fullum, Montreal
19. Royal Phoenix Bar5788, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
20. Alexandraplatz6731, av. de l’Esplanade, Montréal
21. Le Pourvoyeur184 rue Jean-Talon Est, Montréal
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.
Just a short walk from the Namur metro stop, Pub Pare is a convenient and quality spot to stop in for a cold beer in a friendly atmosphere.
This under-the-radar drinkery is a no-nonsense watering hole with cold drinks and cheap prices.
Honey Martin is easily among Montréal's best Irish pubs. The highlights? Flowing pints of Guinness, live music most nights, a somewhat dive-y feel, and a great mix of both crazy 20-somethings and only slightly less-crazy older folks. It's definitely worth a trip.
If you're looking for a enjoyable spot near the Place-Saint-Henri metro spot, look no further than Chez Mitch, which doles out a variety of adult beverages at decent prices.
This British-style pub and restaurant doles out a variety of brews and liquors, and they have lengthy menu with options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
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.
The Dominion Square Tavern first opened its doors in 1927 as a hotel restaurant and is still one of the classiest establishments in town, known for their traditional absinthe presentations.
This slick Japanese izakaya offers over 25 varieties of sake and wine, an impressive sushi bar, and killer cocktails like the wasabi-infused Kyo Cesar or Sake Colada.
Located in the trendy French neighborhood, Plateau, this friendly watering hole is a local favorite and is decked out with an entire wall of... yup, you guessed it... ostrich heads!
This microbrewery and pub features beers infused with everything from hibiscus to coffee. One of the most popular brews: a creamy cocoa vanilla stout aptly named the Aphrodisiaque (ooh la la!).
Great bar food (grilled cheese and mac 'n cheese anyone?), even better happy hour prices, and the fact that it's a bowling alley are the primary reasons that the NDQ is a happenin' hangout.
VIces & Versa offers many local beers and ciders as well as local seasonal food. Wash down pub grub like pulled pork poutine and fries served with Imperial Stout-infused mayo with their 33 craft beers on tap. In the summer, the outdoor patio is the perfect spot in Montreal to soak up the sun and grab drinks with your friends. The seating is set up as long communal tables, so you can drink, eat and make new friends at the same time.
This is a British pub through and through, with wood paneling, Guinness posters, and $3 pints during happy hour!
Stop by one of their three Montreal locations and kick back with a pint and some of the finest pub grub in town, like burgers, poutine, pies, and wings.
It may be Big in Japan, but Montreal loves it too. This Japanese izakaya was visited by Anthony Bourdain and he certainly loved the sake, and you will too, as well as the green tea-braised spare ribs.
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.
This Sainte-Marie bar might not be the most acclaimed beverage spot, but it gets the job done with cold drinks and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The Royal Phoenix bar features a quality atmosphere, great food, and drinks, while filling the air with bangin' music from live DJs.
This divey, converted garage space is a hip take on the classic German biergarten, with cheap beer, communal tables, and daily BBQ grub specials.