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Eight Quiet Montreal Bars Where You Can Actually Have a Conversation

Get away from the crowds at these intimate drink spots

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Le Sparrow

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5322 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada
(514) 507-1642
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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

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4175 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y7, Canada
(438) 380-5658
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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

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426 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal
QC H2Y 3B3, Canada
(514) 656-6000
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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

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1243 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal
QC H3B 2V5, Canada
(514) 564-5056
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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

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1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada
(514) 842-4224
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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

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1225 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada
(514) 861-4111
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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.

7. Cordova

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4606 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S4, Canada
(514) 647-4338
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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.

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5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada
(514) 379-4883
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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.

1. Bar Le Sparrow

5322 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S1, Canada

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.

5322 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada

2. BAR - Big in Japan

4175 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada

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.

4175 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y7, Canada

3. Maggie Oakes

426 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal, QC H2Y 3B3, Canada

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.

426 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal
QC H2Y 3B3, Canada

4. Dominion Square Tavern

1243 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal, QC H3B 2V5, Canada

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.

1243 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal
QC H3B 2V5, Canada

5. Maison Boulud

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1H6, Canada

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.

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada

6. Hurley's Irish Pub

1225 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B1, Canada

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.

1225 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada

7. Cordova

4606 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S4, Canada

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.

4606 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S4, Canada

8. Club Social P.S.

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1T1, Canada

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.

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada

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