Food & Drink

The 11 Most Important Bars in Montreal

Published On 08/19/2015 Published On 08/19/2015
Le Lab | Katherine Sehl/Thrillist
Brutopia
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SUWU
Bier Markt Montreal
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel
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Ping Pong Club
McLean's Pub
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Apt.200
Else's
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1. Brutopia 1219 Rue Crescent St., Montreal, H3G 2B1

This three-story pub on Crescent Street offers both classic (think Nut Brown Ale) and seasonal (Maibocks, Cream Ales, and Smoked Porters) suds, many of which are brewed in-house.

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2. Le Lab 1351 rue Rachel Est, Montréal, H2J 2K2

Located in the Plateau neighborhood, Le Lab has an extensive cocktail menu that changes regularly and churns out inventive concoctions like the Deer Hunter (Jägermeister, violet liqueur, and lime). It might not even be a stretch to say that Le Lab might just make some of the best cocktails in the country, and if it doesn’t anymore, it certainly paved the way for bartenders to aspire to fancy techniques that hadn’t even crossed their booze-addled minds. The bar is dimly lit and has the feel of an ol’ timey speakeasy, and if you don't like anything on the menu, the experienced "Labtenders" will be happy to mix up any classic 'tail, or something from their list of originals.

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3. SuWu 3581 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2X 2T6 (Plateau)

Inside SuWu, you'll find comfy antique sofas, pinball machines, and super-awesome drink prices that're all half-price from 5-7p. And if you're hankerin' for some eats, they have a menu loaded with tasty options like their amazing mac n' cheese grilled cheese.

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4. Bier Markt 1221, Boul René-Lévesque, Montreal, H3G 1T1

Their motto is “bier is beautiful”, and they couldn't be more right, with a huge selection of brews and a variety of European brasserie-inspired eats.

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5. Dieu du Ciel! 29 Ave Laurier Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2N2

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!).

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6. 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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7. Ping Pong Club 5788 Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1S9 (Mile End)

This self proclaimed beer garden changed the nature of a night out in Montreal by making ping pong or foosball a nearly mandatory part of a good night.

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8. McLean's Pub 1210 rue Peel, Montreal, H3B 2T6

Housed in a building that was established in 1910, McLean's Pub continues serving up pub favorites like burgers, steaks, and sandwiches as it has done since the '90s.

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9. Foufounes Électriques 87, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal, H2X 1K5

Le Foufounes Électriques is a colorful concert venue/bar/nightclub in the Latin Quarter of Montreal.

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10. 3643 St-Laurent Apt. 200 3643, Blvd Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2X 2V5 (Plateau)

Apt. 200 is a loft party meets an old-school arcade, with a little reading nook that looks like it came straight out of a Sherlock Holmes book. It doesn’t make sense on paper, but works beautifully together, and you can head to the Plateau to get your fill of it.

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11. Else's 156 rue Roy E, Montreal, H2W 1M2 (Plateau)

A staple in the Plateau since the 1990s, this casual pub with a restaurant license draws loyal fans from all across the city.