There’s nothing worse than planning an intimate catch up with old friends only to realize the bar of choice also comes with off the chart decibels. Whether a second date, an after hours work meeting, or a dinner with friends, yelling into each other’s ears or resorting to texts to communicate is no fun for anyone. So, we’ve pulled together a list of Montreal’s best tranquil watering holes: From posh hotel bars to laid back taverns, these are the city’s top spots for sipping great drinks and fostering even better conversation.Read More
Eight Quiet Montreal Bars Where You Can Actually Have a Conversation
Get away from the crowds at these intimate drink spots
1. Bar Le Sparrow
Mile End’s Sparrow has become well-known and loved for its greasy spoon-style brunch, creative cocktails, and rustic dining space. By day, the vintage-inspired bar is bursting with natural light thanks to the large, bay windows. But by night, expect cozy, candle-lit tables and just the right level of chit-chat.
2. BAR - Big in Japan
Quietly tucked behind an unmarked door in the Plateau, this atmospheric speakeasy-style izakaya is the ideal spot for your most intimate tête-à-têtes. The sophisticated cocktail bar is quite small, with just fifty seats in the place, while the dimmed lighting and a stellar selection of sake make for a discreet hideaway from the bustle of St-Laurent Boulevard.
3. Maggie Oakes
The latest restaurant to open up in Hotel William Gray, Maggie Oakes strikes the perfect balance between elegant bistro and hearty steakhouse. The upscale bar and restaurant is housed in a sophisticated space with a marble bar, plant-adorned wall, and intimate leather booths that seem to envelop conversation and make each dining space feel comfortably secluded and cozy.
4. Dominion Square Tavern
A hop, skip, and jump away from the crowds of Saint-Catherine Street, this downtown institution touts upscale pub food and classic cocktails in a charming refurbished tavern circa 1927. Expect an easy going, laidback atmosphere, where music and conversation flows through the place — without getting too rowdy.
5. Maison Boulud
Nestled into the Ritz-Carlton lobby, Maison Boulud is arguably one of the city’s finest watering holes, with a range of artfully-crafted cocktails to be enjoyed alongside oysters on ice and other easy bites. Grab a seat next to the crackling fireplace or post up at the plush bar for uninterrupted conversations in a zen, spa-like atmosphere — with booze.
6. Hurley's Irish Pub
While Hurley’s — with its live music, sports games, and frequent university crowds — may not seem like the right spot for a quiet conversation upon first glance, the multi-floor venue touts handfuls of hidden nooks and crannies (as well as multiple small terraces) for twosomes or small groups to steal a quiet moment while sipping on a pint of Guinness in peace.
Tucked into Saint-Henri’s bustling restaurant row you’ll find Cordova: an all-purpose café-bar serving up top tier lattes by day, and alcohol (think creative cocktails, natural wine, and beer) by night. The luminous space touts tons of natural light, Mediterranian-inspired decor, and just about twenty seats, making it a great spot for a first date or a catch-up with old pals.
8. Club Social P.S.
With just ten stools snaking alongside the round marbled bar, Club Sociale P.S. was made for cozy catch ups with old friends. Pull up a stool, order a glass of natural red and a pizza from upstairs Elena, and bask in the quiet comfort of decent decibel levels.