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Karaoke and Jukeboxes: Montreal's Best Dive Bars

For when cheap beer matters more than a charming atmosphere

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For some, going out to drink at a bar is a special occasion necessitating high quality libations, and a pleasantly curated ambiance. This map is not for those people.

These are the city’s best rough and tumble dive bars. “Best”, when applied here, is a tricky metric: the moment a dive bar tries to meet some semi-objective criteria of “good”, perhaps through renovations or stocking craft beers, it ceases to be a dive. So perhaps don’t read this map as a list of high-quality establishments, but rather, a guide to neighbourhood spots with relaxed vibes and exceedingly affordable drinks, at which you, your date, and your friends can reliably have a good time — wearing sneakers and sweatpants if you feel so inclined.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taverne Jarry

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552 rue Jarry Est, Montreal
QC H2P 1V5, Canada
(514) 271-0950
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Over half a century in Villeray for this quintessential neighbourhood bar.

2. Sel et Poivre

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5228 Iberville, Montreal
QC H2G 2A8, Canada
(514) 524-0891
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Karaoke and dive bars go together like milk and cookies, and Sel et Poivre is one of the premier venues in town for it.

3. Brasserie des Patriotes

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3359 Ontario E., Montreal
QC H1W 1P8, Canada
(514) 521-0691
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A dive bar and casse-croûte rolled into one, this East End spot periodically hosts rather franco karaoke and comedy nights.

4. Bar Jono

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2201 Mont-Royal Est, Montreal
QC H2H 1K5, Canada

Very francophone east Plateau bar Jono does $10 pitchers, $2 shots and will always screen Habs games.

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5. Brasserie Beaubien

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73 Beaubien est, Montreal
QC H2S 1R1, Canada
(514) 277-7229
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Also occupying a place in the north end music scene, Brasserie has an odd mix of older clients coming to play the VLT machines, and Mile End-Little Italy musicians and their entourages playing shows. Intriguingly, their accoutrements, from smoke machines to latex masks rarely bother the regulars. Also of note: high end beer at low prices, by dive standards.

6. Taverne Pam Pam

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491 Jean-Talon W, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 279-9885

Parc Extension is relatively light on bars, so if you're in the neighbourhood, this is one of your only choices, period. The jukebox is loud, the beer is cheap, and the crowd a tiny bit rough.

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7. Bar La Remise

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540, rue Boucher, Montreal
QC H2J 1C2, Canada
(514) 272-0206

Right near various rapidly gentrifying parts of the Plateau is La Remise, an old favourite hockey bar.

8. Snack 'n' Blues

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5260 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada
(514) 278-8844
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Is Snack ‘n’ Blues a dive bar? Well, it’s not not a dive bar, if that makes any sense. Twin Peaks vibes abound and it’s known for jazz (and other live music), plus the titular buffet of candy and salty snacks.

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9. Les Verres Stérilisés

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800 rue Rachel Est, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 523-0091
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Named for a past owner’s glass washer (at the time, a high-tech innovation for a bar worthy of advertising in neon), with its large steins and relatively non-grimy interior, Les Verres Stérilisés is actually quite charming. Plus, when the place’s main selling point is clean glassware, you can be sure there won’t be an inch of pretentiousness to be found here.

10. La Petite Idée Fixe

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4857 ave. Du Parc, Montreal
QC H2V 4E7, Canada
(514) 272-1734
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The jukebox is free, the Labatt tallboys are exceedingly cheap, and the colourfully-painted terrasse is actually quite charming in the summer — especially when you just can’t handle the oenophile crowds at Chez Simone next door.

11. Bar le Tunnel

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4599 Park Avenue, Montreal
QC H2V 4E4, Canada
(514) 281-0537

Approaching two decades in business, it's a discreet hole in the wall popular with some chefs after work.

12. Bar Bifteck

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3702 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2X 2V4, Canada
(514) 844-6211
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A much-loved dive on a stretch that's now infested with overpriced nightclubs, Bifteck draws crowds for Habs games, pool, and free, extra-salty popcorn (presumably to prompt you to drink more).

13. Grumpy's Bar

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1242 rue Bishop, Montreal
QC H3G 2E3, Canada
(514) 866-9010
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Cozy, homey Grumpy's is a mainstay for slightly older Concordia students who can't tolerate the drunken noise of the campus bar. Between its jazz nights and decent beer selection, it toes the line between "dive bar" and just "bar".

14. Bar Le Bièvre

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5018 Decarie, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 485-8744
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A dive bar is always enhanced by a highway-adjacent location, which is the case here: right next to the Decarie Expressway. Le Bièvre (sometimes known as Bar Rouge) had a makeover a couple of years back, but we won’t hold it against the place.

15. La Chic Régal

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2567 Rue Centre, Montréal
QC H3K 1J9, Canada
(514) 931-3059
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Pretty much right above Charlevoix metro, Chic Régal is some 90 years old, decorated with Habs memorabilia, and often has karaoke.

1. Taverne Jarry

552 rue Jarry Est, Montreal, QC H2P 1V5, Canada

Over half a century in Villeray for this quintessential neighbourhood bar.

552 rue Jarry Est, Montreal
QC H2P 1V5, Canada

2. Sel et Poivre

5228 Iberville, Montreal, QC H2G 2A8, Canada

Karaoke and dive bars go together like milk and cookies, and Sel et Poivre is one of the premier venues in town for it.

5228 Iberville, Montreal
QC H2G 2A8, Canada

3. Brasserie des Patriotes

3359 Ontario E., Montreal, QC H1W 1P8, Canada

A dive bar and casse-croûte rolled into one, this East End spot periodically hosts rather franco karaoke and comedy nights.

3359 Ontario E., Montreal
QC H1W 1P8, Canada

4. Bar Jono

2201 Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC H2H 1K5, Canada
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Very francophone east Plateau bar Jono does $10 pitchers, $2 shots and will always screen Habs games.

2201 Mont-Royal Est, Montreal
QC H2H 1K5, Canada

5. Brasserie Beaubien

73 Beaubien est, Montreal, QC H2S 1R1, Canada

Also occupying a place in the north end music scene, Brasserie has an odd mix of older clients coming to play the VLT machines, and Mile End-Little Italy musicians and their entourages playing shows. Intriguingly, their accoutrements, from smoke machines to latex masks rarely bother the regulars. Also of note: high end beer at low prices, by dive standards.

73 Beaubien est, Montreal
QC H2S 1R1, Canada

6. Taverne Pam Pam

491 Jean-Talon W, Montreal, QC, Canada
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Parc Extension is relatively light on bars, so if you're in the neighbourhood, this is one of your only choices, period. The jukebox is loud, the beer is cheap, and the crowd a tiny bit rough.

491 Jean-Talon W, Montreal
QC, Canada

7. Bar La Remise

540, rue Boucher, Montreal, QC H2J 1C2, Canada

Right near various rapidly gentrifying parts of the Plateau is La Remise, an old favourite hockey bar.

540, rue Boucher, Montreal
QC H2J 1C2, Canada

8. Snack 'n' Blues

5260 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1S1, Canada
Randall Brodeur/Eater Montreal

Is Snack ‘n’ Blues a dive bar? Well, it’s not not a dive bar, if that makes any sense. Twin Peaks vibes abound and it’s known for jazz (and other live music), plus the titular buffet of candy and salty snacks.

5260 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1S1, Canada

9. Les Verres Stérilisés

800 rue Rachel Est, Montreal, QC, Canada

Named for a past owner’s glass washer (at the time, a high-tech innovation for a bar worthy of advertising in neon), with its large steins and relatively non-grimy interior, Les Verres Stérilisés is actually quite charming. Plus, when the place’s main selling point is clean glassware, you can be sure there won’t be an inch of pretentiousness to be found here.

800 rue Rachel Est, Montreal
QC, Canada

10. La Petite Idée Fixe

4857 ave. Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4E7, Canada

The jukebox is free, the Labatt tallboys are exceedingly cheap, and the colourfully-painted terrasse is actually quite charming in the summer — especially when you just can’t handle the oenophile crowds at Chez Simone next door.

4857 ave. Du Parc, Montreal
QC H2V 4E7, Canada

11. Bar le Tunnel

4599 Park Avenue, Montreal, QC H2V 4E4, Canada

Approaching two decades in business, it's a discreet hole in the wall popular with some chefs after work.

4599 Park Avenue, Montreal
QC H2V 4E4, Canada

12. Bar Bifteck

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

A much-loved dive on a stretch that's now infested with overpriced nightclubs, Bifteck draws crowds for Habs games, pool, and free, extra-salty popcorn (presumably to prompt you to drink more).

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

13. Grumpy's Bar

1242 rue Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G 2E3, Canada

Cozy, homey Grumpy's is a mainstay for slightly older Concordia students who can't tolerate the drunken noise of the campus bar. Between its jazz nights and decent beer selection, it toes the line between "dive bar" and just "bar".

1242 rue Bishop, Montreal
QC H3G 2E3, Canada

14. Bar Le Bièvre

5018 Decarie, Montreal, QC, Canada

A dive bar is always enhanced by a highway-adjacent location, which is the case here: right next to the Decarie Expressway. Le Bièvre (sometimes known as Bar Rouge) had a makeover a couple of years back, but we won’t hold it against the place.

5018 Decarie, Montreal
QC, Canada

15. La Chic Régal

2567 Rue Centre, Montréal, QC H3K 1J9, Canada

Pretty much right above Charlevoix metro, Chic Régal is some 90 years old, decorated with Habs memorabilia, and often has karaoke.

2567 Rue Centre, Montréal
QC H3K 1J9, Canada

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