Montreal has made a point of continually improving on its bar scene in the last decade with options that range from sleek new microbreweries to effortlessly chic wine bars. This map is not for those people. This map is for those who want dive bars in Montreal full of cheap beers, cheap shots, and sometimes questionable architectural integrity.
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 — no matter who you are and how you’re dressed.
The COVID-19 pandemic, however, hasn’t been kind to the city’s drinking estbalishment that have made a point of selling drinks on the cheap: Taverne Jarry, Snack ‘n’ Blues, and the tall cool quilles of La Petite Idée Fixe are no more and have been replaced with new notable spots for grabbing suds on the cheap.
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