Food & Drink

Montreal's oldest bars (with the best stories)

Published On 06/11/2014 Published On 06/11/2014
L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel

It’s situated in what’s considered by many to be the oldest inn in North America...

Ritz-Carlton, Montréal

Some more impressive historical events that took place here include the first transcontinental telephone call ever made...

Katherine Sehl

Women were banned from the establishment until 1988...

McKibbin's Irish Pub

The family immigrated to Canada aboard the Lusitania, and was scheduled to set sail on the Titanic...

Ariane Paradis/Chez Baptiste

They’re rumored to have introduced the classic boilermaker combo of beer chased down with a shot of whiskey to hooch-loving Montrealers...

Wikimedia Commons

Prior to opening the bar, its founder John Vago ran off to Cuba and befriended Che Guevara...

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1. L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel 426 rue St-Gabriel, Montreal, H2Y 2Z9 (Old Montreal)

As far as North America goes, this is about as old as things get. The stone-walled bar opened way back in 1754, but it’s situated in what’s considered by many to be the oldest inn in North America -- having been built 66 years earlier in 1688.

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2. The Ritz Bar 1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, H3G 1H6

Situated in the oldest Ritz-Carlton in North America –- the Ritz’s bar has an impressive list of former and current patrons that includes the Mordecai Richler, Jerry Seinfeld and several political dignitaries. Some more impressive historical events that have taken place here (in no particular order) include the first transcontinental telephone call ever made, The Rolling Stones were turned away for not wearing dress jackets, and the first of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s many weddings was held here.

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3. Dominion Square Tavern 1243 rue Metcalfe, Montréal, H3B 2V5

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.

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4. McKibbin's Irish Pub 1426 rue Bishop, Montréal, H3G 2E6

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.

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5. Chez Baptiste 1045, Ave du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, H2J 1X7 (Plateau)

This is considered the oldest bar in Montreal's Plateau 'hood, having first swung its doors in 1922. And to this day, it's still a quality spot to grab a casual drink or watch the game on Mont-Royal Ave.

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6. Sir Winston Churchill Pub 1459 rue Crescent, Montreal, H3G 2B2

This Downtown drinkery is know as "Winnies" to the locals, and it claims to be the first bar to open on the now notoriously bar-central Crescent St.

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