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Happy Hour: Montreal's Best 5 à 7 Bars and More

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Other places do happy hour, but la belle province has the venerable 5 à 7: the social confabs that take place between work and dinner at boîtes all over the city. The city's microbreweries and brewpubs have this scene nailed down — but more and more cocktail specials are surfacing now on the city's after-work scene, ditto for wine bars.

This heatmap highlights some of the city's top happy hours, using a top-secret Eater rubric that takes into account the value (including happy hour specials), quality and atmosphere of various bars, and a few restaurants for good measure.

Looking for a bar for business drinks? Some options here are good bets, but it’s best to check our separate map, over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Succursale

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3188 rue Masson, Montreal
QC H1Y 1Y1, Canada
(514) 508-1615
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A standout on the Masson strip, this Old Rosemont microbrewery has a hot list of continuously rotating beers that cover the spectrum from bright and fruity to robust and filling stout or stout-esque brews. It also mercifully shies away from the trend of making beer overladen with hoppiness.

2. La Distillerie (multiple locations)

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2047 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2H 1J7, Canada
(514) 448-2461
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La Distillerie has made a name for itself over the years for its creative cocktails; there’s also the original on Ontario E, one on Masson, and a new spot in Longueuil. Get there early for $3 off specialty cocktails.

3. VV Taverna

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195 Rue de Bellechasse, Montréal
QC H2S 1W3, Canada
(514) 278-1881
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Popular, party-forward VV Taverna — run by local wine importers Rézin — runs 5 à 8 specials that are tough to beat. On Fridays and Saturdays, expect pints of Boreale for $5, and from Tuesdays to Thursdays, there are reduced prices on bottles of wine. Sundays are even happier here, with reduced price bottles up for grabs until close.

4. Casa del Popolo

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4873 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1R6, Canada
(514) 284-0122
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Credited with helping to build up the Plateau-Mile End music scene, but maligned for being a so-called "hipster" haunt (whatever that means nowadays), Casa has maybe the cheapest happy hour pints of St-Ambroise at $5.50, and bucketloads of ambiance. Happy hour prices run all night on Monday and Tuesday.

5. Bar Renard

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1272 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montreal
QC H2L 2H2, Canada
(438) 385-1444
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This sister bar to Verdun's Palco is a fresh addition to the Ste-Catherine strip in the Village, with well-rounded booze offerings, and a charming terrasse in summer.

6. Darling

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4328, Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada
(514) 379-1233
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Café by day and bar by night, Darling's regular beer and cider prices feel like happy hour specials; the sprawling, steampunky interior alone is worth checking out, too.

7. La Buvette Chez Simone

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4869 ave. du Parc, Montreal, Quebec
H2V 4K7, Canada
(514) 750-6577
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La Buvette Chez Simone's 5 à 7 appeal is borderline cliché now but the Parc/Saint-Joseph comptoir packs them in daily for well-curated wines in a casual setting.

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8. Le Cheval Blanc

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809 rue Ontario Est, Montreal
QC H2L 1P1, Canada
(514) 522-0211
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Montreal’s oldest brewpub is now over 30 years old, but it still keeps pace with the numerous young gun imitators that have cropped up to the north and west of its Centre-Sud location.

9. Le Lab

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279 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2X 1L5, Canada
(514) 903-6522
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With some of the city’s top mixology, Le Lab could probably get away without doing happy hour at all, but they go above and beyond, doing a 5 à 8 with historical cocktails at ridiculously low prices.

10. Le Sainte-Élisabeth

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1412 Rue Sainte Élisabeth, Montréal
QC H2X 3C6, Canada
(514) 286-4302
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If any bar in central Montreal can assume the mantle of institution, it may well be Le Sainte-Élisabeth. It’s no frills, and with no particular aesthetic — the side street drinkery is just a bar du peuple. $4 beers are a staple of its 5 à 7.

An overhead view of Le Sainte-Elisabeth’s terrasse.

11. Bar Pamplemousse

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1579 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2S9, Canada
(514) 543-1579
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This downtown beer (and more) bar offers 5 à 7 specials that change from week to week. But the excellent craft beer and wine selection is good enough reason to put it at the top of your happy hour hit list.

12. Le Mal Nécessaire

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1106B Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
(514) 439-9199
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This tiki-style bar offers some of the most creative cocktails in the city. Pitchers of their innovative libations — think chia fresca and ginseng pisco sour — come at a bargain from 5 to 8 p.m. Beer and shooter combos are also available for cheap.

13. Pub Wolf & Workman

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139 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Z5, Canada
(514) 737-1787
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The newest addition to the Burgundy Lion family, this Old Montreal gastropub does happy hour the way it’s meant to be. That is, with $5 pints of Burgundy Lion Ale, $6 pints of Bishop Special Bitter, and $8 glasses of house red or white wine from Monday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m. Bonus: it boasts a covered and heated terrace that stays open all through fall.

14. Brutopia

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1215 rue Crescent, Montreal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada
(514) 393-9277
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Some may deride Brutopia due to its Crescent Street location — they should be thanking them for offering some of the only decent beer (and a huge selection, at that) in an otherwise desolate area for good taste.

15. Kinka Izakaya

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1624 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 2S7, Canada
(514) 750-1624
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Each night Kinka Izakaya offers a different drink special. Think glasses of Sapporo for $3.90 on Monday, $3 sake bombs on Thursday (not for the faint of heart) and cocktail and chu-hi combos for $6 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

16. Tavern on the Square

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1 Carré Westmount, Westmount
QC H3Z 2P9, Canada
(514) 989-9779
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Head to Tavern on the Square for great deals on natural and biodynamic wine and sparkling options by the glass. The Westmount restaurant also offers upmarket bar fare such as turmeric spiced cauliflower and smoked and roasted chicken wings.

17. Knox Taverne

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1871 Rue Centre, Montréal
QC H3K 1J1, Canada
(514) 933-3523
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In the warmer months, Knox’s dreamy twinkle-light-laden terrasse is reason enough to trek over to Pointe-Saint-Charles. The fact that Thursdays here feature dollar oysters until 8 p.m. is just a bonus.

18. Burgundy Lion

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2496 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N5, Canada
(514) 934-0888
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When you sell more beer than any almost other bar in the city, you make this list.

19. Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde

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2661 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H3J 1N7, Canada
(514) 439-2364
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Drinkerie's straight-up bar approach filled a void in Little Burgundy with cocktails well-done and free of pretension, and ample other drinks for those who don’t want hard liquor.

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20. Bar de Courcelle

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4685 rue de Courcelle, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 1S7, Canada
(514) 931-9821
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Tony Campanelli's mini Saint-Henri fiefdom includes this hip dive-cum-neighbourhood bar with diverse crowds and very loud tunes.

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21. Bar Palco

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4019 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V6, Canada
(514) 303-1345
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One of the early settlers after Verdun changed its archaic laws on booze, Palco fulfills just about every need for booze, and does it well, accompanied by a neat selection of comfort food.

1. La Succursale

3188 rue Masson, Montreal, QC H1Y 1Y1, Canada

A standout on the Masson strip, this Old Rosemont microbrewery has a hot list of continuously rotating beers that cover the spectrum from bright and fruity to robust and filling stout or stout-esque brews. It also mercifully shies away from the trend of making beer overladen with hoppiness.

3188 rue Masson, Montreal
QC H1Y 1Y1, Canada

2. La Distillerie (multiple locations)

2047 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2H 1J7, Canada

La Distillerie has made a name for itself over the years for its creative cocktails; there’s also the original on Ontario E, one on Masson, and a new spot in Longueuil. Get there early for $3 off specialty cocktails.

2047 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2H 1J7, Canada

3. VV Taverna

195 Rue de Bellechasse, Montréal, QC H2S 1W3, Canada

Popular, party-forward VV Taverna — run by local wine importers Rézin — runs 5 à 8 specials that are tough to beat. On Fridays and Saturdays, expect pints of Boreale for $5, and from Tuesdays to Thursdays, there are reduced prices on bottles of wine. Sundays are even happier here, with reduced price bottles up for grabs until close.

195 Rue de Bellechasse, Montréal
QC H2S 1W3, Canada

4. Casa del Popolo

4873 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1R6, Canada

Credited with helping to build up the Plateau-Mile End music scene, but maligned for being a so-called "hipster" haunt (whatever that means nowadays), Casa has maybe the cheapest happy hour pints of St-Ambroise at $5.50, and bucketloads of ambiance. Happy hour prices run all night on Monday and Tuesday.

4873 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1R6, Canada

5. Bar Renard

1272 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montreal, QC H2L 2H2, Canada

This sister bar to Verdun's Palco is a fresh addition to the Ste-Catherine strip in the Village, with well-rounded booze offerings, and a charming terrasse in summer.

1272 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montreal
QC H2L 2H2, Canada

6. Darling

4328, Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

Café by day and bar by night, Darling's regular beer and cider prices feel like happy hour specials; the sprawling, steampunky interior alone is worth checking out, too.

4328, Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

7. La Buvette Chez Simone

4869 ave. du Parc, Montreal, Quebec, H2V 4K7, Canada
Three stools at Chez Simone’s bar.

La Buvette Chez Simone's 5 à 7 appeal is borderline cliché now but the Parc/Saint-Joseph comptoir packs them in daily for well-curated wines in a casual setting.

4869 ave. du Parc, Montreal, Quebec
H2V 4K7, Canada

8. Le Cheval Blanc

809 rue Ontario Est, Montreal, QC H2L 1P1, Canada

Montreal’s oldest brewpub is now over 30 years old, but it still keeps pace with the numerous young gun imitators that have cropped up to the north and west of its Centre-Sud location.

809 rue Ontario Est, Montreal
QC H2L 1P1, Canada

9. Le Lab

279 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2X 1L5, Canada

With some of the city’s top mixology, Le Lab could probably get away without doing happy hour at all, but they go above and beyond, doing a 5 à 8 with historical cocktails at ridiculously low prices.

279 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2X 1L5, Canada

10. Le Sainte-Élisabeth

1412 Rue Sainte Élisabeth, Montréal, QC H2X 3C6, Canada
An overhead view of Le Sainte-Elisabeth’s terrasse.

If any bar in central Montreal can assume the mantle of institution, it may well be Le Sainte-Élisabeth. It’s no frills, and with no particular aesthetic — the side street drinkery is just a bar du peuple. $4 beers are a staple of its 5 à 7.

1412 Rue Sainte Élisabeth, Montréal
QC H2X 3C6, Canada

11. Bar Pamplemousse

1579 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2S9, Canada

This downtown beer (and more) bar offers 5 à 7 specials that change from week to week. But the excellent craft beer and wine selection is good enough reason to put it at the top of your happy hour hit list.

1579 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2S9, Canada

12. Le Mal Nécessaire

1106B Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J5, Canada

This tiki-style bar offers some of the most creative cocktails in the city. Pitchers of their innovative libations — think chia fresca and ginseng pisco sour — come at a bargain from 5 to 8 p.m. Beer and shooter combos are also available for cheap.

1106B Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada

13. Pub Wolf & Workman

139 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z5, Canada

The newest addition to the Burgundy Lion family, this Old Montreal gastropub does happy hour the way it’s meant to be. That is, with $5 pints of Burgundy Lion Ale, $6 pints of Bishop Special Bitter, and $8 glasses of house red or white wine from Monday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m. Bonus: it boasts a covered and heated terrace that stays open all through fall.

139 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Z5, Canada

14. Brutopia

1215 rue Crescent, Montreal, QC H3G 2B1, Canada

Some may deride Brutopia due to its Crescent Street location — they should be thanking them for offering some of the only decent beer (and a huge selection, at that) in an otherwise desolate area for good taste.

1215 rue Crescent, Montreal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada

15. Kinka Izakaya

1624 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 2S7, Canada

Each night Kinka Izakaya offers a different drink special. Think glasses of Sapporo for $3.90 on Monday, $3 sake bombs on Thursday (not for the faint of heart) and cocktail and chu-hi combos for $6 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

1624 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 2S7, Canada

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16. Tavern on the Square

1 Carré Westmount, Westmount, QC H3Z 2P9, Canada

Head to Tavern on the Square for great deals on natural and biodynamic wine and sparkling options by the glass. The Westmount restaurant also offers upmarket bar fare such as turmeric spiced cauliflower and smoked and roasted chicken wings.

1 Carré Westmount, Westmount
QC H3Z 2P9, Canada

17. Knox Taverne

1871 Rue Centre, Montréal, QC H3K 1J1, Canada

In the warmer months, Knox’s dreamy twinkle-light-laden terrasse is reason enough to trek over to Pointe-Saint-Charles. The fact that Thursdays here feature dollar oysters until 8 p.m. is just a bonus.

1871 Rue Centre, Montréal
QC H3K 1J1, Canada

18. Burgundy Lion

2496 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N5, Canada

When you sell more beer than any almost other bar in the city, you make this list.

2496 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N5, Canada

19. Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde

2661 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H3J 1N7, Canada
A band plays in the window of Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde.

Drinkerie's straight-up bar approach filled a void in Little Burgundy with cocktails well-done and free of pretension, and ample other drinks for those who don’t want hard liquor.

2661 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H3J 1N7, Canada

20. Bar de Courcelle

4685 rue de Courcelle, Montreal, Quebec, H4C 1S7, Canada
An interior view of the bar.

Tony Campanelli's mini Saint-Henri fiefdom includes this hip dive-cum-neighbourhood bar with diverse crowds and very loud tunes.

4685 rue de Courcelle, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 1S7, Canada

21. Bar Palco

4019 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1V6, Canada