Le Mal Nécessaire
1106B, boul. Saint-Laurent (coin René-Lévesque)
Montréal, QC H2Z 1J5
It seems like Polynesian-themed tiki bars have been a delightfully corny necessary evil on the cocktail scene since their popular emergence in the 1950s, yet Le Mal Necessaire manages to bring new life to the old format in Montreal's Chinatown, of all places. A bright neon-green pineapple sign lures drinkers in for tropical concoctions that predictably includes a Mai Tai poured into a hollowed pineapple, as well as complex inventions like Big Trouble in Little China (Tanqueray Rangpur, Aperol, matcha salt, chicha morada grenadine).