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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.

Bar Le Ritz PDB

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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.

Notre Dame des Quilles

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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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Nouveau Palais

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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.

Thazard

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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.

Casa del Popolo

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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.

Bar Bifteck

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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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Le Saint-Sulpice

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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.

Le Sainte-Élisabeth

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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.

Bar Macao

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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.

La Maisonnée

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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.

Wellington Ash

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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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Bar Le Ritz PDB

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.

Notre Dame des Quilles

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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.

Randall Brodeur/Eater Montreal

Nouveau Palais

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.

Thazard

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.

Casa del Popolo

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.

Bar Bifteck

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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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Le Saint-Sulpice

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.

Le Sainte-Élisabeth

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.

Bar Macao

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.

La Maisonnée

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.

Wellington Ash

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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