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Cheap Cocktails in Montreal: Where to Drink Up

Booze that doesn’t break the $10 mark

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A decent cheap lager or blonde isn’t that hard to find in Montreal, but a cocktail that’s both decent and cheap? That’s a little tougher.

Montrealers may have to look beyond chic cocktail lounges and think more along the lines of dive-ish bars, music venues, and student hangouts. Those places are where the cheap drinks and the 5 à 7 reign supreme (and for the latter, be sure to check out Eater’s map of the best after-work drinks in town).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Le Ritz PDB

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179 rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal
QC H2R 1A1, Canada
(514) 274-7676
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Most cocktails, like the Sazerac, gimlet and Boulevardier go for $9 or $10 at this Jean-Talon music venue (formerly Il Motore), but the best deal belongs to daily drink specials, like $6 margaritas and Moscow Mules, between 5 and 9 p.m. Note that Le Ritz sometimes has ticketed shows, particularly later in the evenings.

2. Notre Dame des Quilles

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32 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2S 1P8, Canada
(514) 507-1313
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NDQ’s $6 cocktails include the perpetually popular whiskey ginger, plus the Sacré Coeur (vodka, cherry syrup, ginger beer), a Moscow mule, and a Tom Collins. There’s also seven more cocktails, from a mojito to a tequila sunrise, for $7.50. That (plus its new in-house pizza joint, Bouquet) making this Beaubien bar-cum-bowling alley a cheap cocktail mainstay.

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3. Nouveau Palais

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281 rue Bernard, Montreal
QC H2V 4K8, Canada
(514) 273-1180
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Nouveau Palais is a solid spot to close out the night for cheap, with a $6.50 and under late-night food menu and a slew of cocktails for less than $10, including the limonade rose ($7.25) and an $8 Negroni. Ask about the weekly cocktail special, which usually leans creative, and go for eight or nine bucks.

4. Thazard

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5329 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S5, Canada
(514) 802-8899
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This Mile-End brasserie has its perks when it comes to cheap beer, but its deal on select cocktails, at $5 from 4 to 7 p.m., is a real steal.

5. Casa del Popolo

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4873 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1R6, Canada
(514) 284-0122
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The bar/café side of this Mile End hang spot and music venue features veg soups, salads and sandwiches, plus a rotating selection of cocktails that go for between $5.50-$9.50.

6. Bar Bifteck

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3702 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2X 2V4, Canada
(514) 844-6211
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If you need a break from the terrifically salty popcorn or pitchers of Boréale blonde, all of the cocktails at one of the Plateau’s favourite dives are $6.25.

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7. Le Saint-Sulpice

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1680, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2X 3K6, Canada
(514) 844-9458
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Take to the Saint-Sulpice’s mega-terrasse with one of their many $8.75 cocktails, or $5.75 shooters if you’re feeling frisky.

8. Le Sainte-Élisabeth

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1412, rue Sainte-Élisabeth, Montreal
QC H2X 3C6, Canada
(514) 286-4302
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Come for the terrasse, with its grand ivy-covered walls; stay for the cheap pints and ample cocktail selection, which starts at $6.25, and include throwbacks and classics like a Sex on the Beach, and Tom Collins.

9. Bar Macao

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1057 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

This video lottery machine-lined cavern is one of the lesser-known establishments belonging to Peter Sergakis, a local and consistently controversial bar magnate. However, for those willing to put aside any qualms around real estate and price-gouging, a $4 two-step cocktail any day of the week is hard to pass up.

10. La Maisonnée

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5385 ave. Gatineau, Montreal
QC H3T 1X2, Canada
(514) 733-0412
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For cheap drinks and karaoke in Côte-des-Neiges, there’s UdM hangout La Maisonnée, where standard cheap cocktail fare (blue lagoon, gin-tonic, amaretto sour) is priced around $5.75 to $6.75.

11. Wellington Ash

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2035 Rue Wellington, Montréal
QC H3K 1W7, Canada
(438) 384-6656
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Previously known as cocktail pub Chez Dallaire, this bar has become a more pared-down version of its predecessor with prices to match. Weekly music events have mixed drinks going for around $8 each, and their 5 à 7 knocks two dollars off all their drinks regularly priced at $10.

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1. Bar Le Ritz PDB

179 rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal, QC H2R 1A1, Canada

Most cocktails, like the Sazerac, gimlet and Boulevardier go for $9 or $10 at this Jean-Talon music venue (formerly Il Motore), but the best deal belongs to daily drink specials, like $6 margaritas and Moscow Mules, between 5 and 9 p.m. Note that Le Ritz sometimes has ticketed shows, particularly later in the evenings.

179 rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal
QC H2R 1A1, Canada

2. Notre Dame des Quilles

32 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal, QC H2S 1P8, Canada
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NDQ’s $6 cocktails include the perpetually popular whiskey ginger, plus the Sacré Coeur (vodka, cherry syrup, ginger beer), a Moscow mule, and a Tom Collins. There’s also seven more cocktails, from a mojito to a tequila sunrise, for $7.50. That (plus its new in-house pizza joint, Bouquet) making this Beaubien bar-cum-bowling alley a cheap cocktail mainstay.

32 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2S 1P8, Canada

3. Nouveau Palais

281 rue Bernard, Montreal, QC H2V 4K8, Canada

Nouveau Palais is a solid spot to close out the night for cheap, with a $6.50 and under late-night food menu and a slew of cocktails for less than $10, including the limonade rose ($7.25) and an $8 Negroni. Ask about the weekly cocktail special, which usually leans creative, and go for eight or nine bucks.

281 rue Bernard, Montreal
QC H2V 4K8, Canada

4. Thazard

5329 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S5, Canada

This Mile-End brasserie has its perks when it comes to cheap beer, but its deal on select cocktails, at $5 from 4 to 7 p.m., is a real steal.

5329 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S5, Canada

5. Casa del Popolo

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

The bar/café side of this Mile End hang spot and music venue features veg soups, salads and sandwiches, plus a rotating selection of cocktails that go for between $5.50-$9.50.

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

6. Bar Bifteck

3702 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X 2V4, Canada
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If you need a break from the terrifically salty popcorn or pitchers of Boréale blonde, all of the cocktails at one of the Plateau’s favourite dives are $6.25.

3702 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2X 2V4, Canada

7. Le Saint-Sulpice

1680, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X 3K6, Canada

Take to the Saint-Sulpice’s mega-terrasse with one of their many $8.75 cocktails, or $5.75 shooters if you’re feeling frisky.

1680, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2X 3K6, Canada

8. Le Sainte-Élisabeth

1412, rue Sainte-Élisabeth, Montreal, QC H2X 3C6, Canada

Come for the terrasse, with its grand ivy-covered walls; stay for the cheap pints and ample cocktail selection, which starts at $6.25, and include throwbacks and classics like a Sex on the Beach, and Tom Collins.

1412, rue Sainte-Élisabeth, Montreal
QC H2X 3C6, Canada

9. Bar Macao

1057 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

This video lottery machine-lined cavern is one of the lesser-known establishments belonging to Peter Sergakis, a local and consistently controversial bar magnate. However, for those willing to put aside any qualms around real estate and price-gouging, a $4 two-step cocktail any day of the week is hard to pass up.

1057 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

10. La Maisonnée

5385 ave. Gatineau, Montreal, QC H3T 1X2, Canada

For cheap drinks and karaoke in Côte-des-Neiges, there’s UdM hangout La Maisonnée, where standard cheap cocktail fare (blue lagoon, gin-tonic, amaretto sour) is priced around $5.75 to $6.75.

5385 ave. Gatineau, Montreal
QC H3T 1X2, Canada

11. Wellington Ash

2035 Rue Wellington, Montréal, QC H3K 1W7, Canada

Previously known as cocktail pub Chez Dallaire, this bar has become a more pared-down version of its predecessor with prices to match. Weekly music events have mixed drinks going for around $8 each, and their 5 à 7 knocks two dollars off all their drinks regularly priced at $10.

2035 Rue Wellington, Montréal
QC H3K 1W7, Canada

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