Food & Drink

The 8 coolest bars in Montreal

Published On 06/21/2013 Published On 06/21/2013
Montreal, bar, pub, restaurant, Dominion Square Tavern
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
Katherine Sehl
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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. BĂ­lĂœ Kun 354 ave. du Mont-Royal Est, MontrĂ©al, H2T 1P9

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!

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5. 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 (JĂ€germeister, 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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6. Sparrow / Le Moineau 5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1A5 (Mile End)

This resto & cocktail spot's always filled with Mile End neighborhood regulars who come back for The Sparrow's baller weekend brunch. On the must-eat list: banana and chocolate-filled donuts, smoked salmon & scrambled eggs, and a potato & cabbage dish called Bubble 'n Squeak.

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7. Casa del Popolo 4873 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1R6

This family-run neighborhood vegetarian hot-spot is part cafe, part live music space, and part resto-bar. Grab an order of their giant nachos and post up on their outdoor patio while you soak up the live tunes.

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8. Le Sainte-Élisabeth 1412, rue Sainte-Élisabeth, MontrĂ©al, 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.