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20 Essential Montreal Microbreweries and Beer Bars

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Good beer isn’t hard to find in Montreal. Since Le Cheval Blanc first broke the seal back some 30-odd years ago, the scene has become dizzyingly crowded, with brewers elbowing each other out for the best juicy NEIPA, thirst-quenching lager, or brow-scrunching sour. Now that coronavirus restrictions have been eased for bars, customers will be the ones doing the elbowing in order to score a seat.

Many on this map operate their own brewing operations, on site or elsewhere, and some source a whole range of excellent microbrews. Selling good craft beer is the key criteria for the bars included here — this isn't a dining map, so while many of these bars have kitchens, the quality of their food may vary.

Looking for some craft brews from further afield? Here are some breweries that are worth the drive from Montreal.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs

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5500 Rue Hochelaga Local 150, Montréal
QC H1N 3L7, Canada

This relatively new arrival in a former bingo hall has a big list of craft beer on tap from its Fashionista New England IPA (the one with the hipster on the can) to its Mr Brown British-style brown ale. Neapolitan-inspired pizza rounds out the microbrewery experience. And if Avant-Garde isn’t your thing, not to worry: a second brewery, Bières Jukebox, also occupies the same space with an array of IPAs and more.

2. L’Espace Public

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3632 Ontario Est, Montreal
QC H1W 1R7, Canada
(514) 419-9979
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Hochelaga’s neighbourhood brewery has an artistic bent, with frequent live music shows and gallery exhibitions, plus a fluctuating list of over 50 beers brewed on site from coffee saison to rhubarb sour and basil stout.

3. Mabrasserie

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2300 rue Holt, Montreal
QC H2G 1Y4, Canada
(514) 508-3309
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The unique co-op-owned Mabrasserie produces its own line of beers, plus those of its members: Isle de Garde, La Succursale, Broue Pub Brouhaha, and Noire et Blanche. The Rosemont tasting room has a lovely picnic table terrasse, and serves only beer brewed on-site (including flights!). There’s also a bottle shop where you can buy bottles to go.

4. Etoh Brasserie

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8100 St-Denis, Montreal
QC H2P 2G6, Canada
(514) 508-9894
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The Villeray locale across the way from Jarry metro station pours Quebec beers at their ideal temperature on draft (including tasting flights and growlers to take home), alongside bar bites in a clean and modern space. For the non-beer-lovers in the group, Etoh also does wines and ciders.

5. Broue Pub Brouhaha (multiple locations)

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5860 ave. de Lorimier, Montreal
QC H2G 2N9, Canada
(514) 271-7571
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The popular Rosemont beer bar serves an extensive and broad selection of beers by the bottle, plus house and guest beers on draft, as well as hefty bar fare. There’s a newer second location on Papineau, up in Ahuntsic, too.

6. Mellön Brasserie

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7141 Rue Saint-André, Montréal
QC H2S 2L3, Canada

Joining a crowded field of excellent breweries in La Petite Patrie, Mellön is already creating a buzz in the neighbourhood with its list of crushable ales, lagers and pilsners as well as a blackberry sour DIPA that’s “brewed with Montreal’s nightlife in mind: lively, unique, original, dearly missed.” It’s only open on weekends for now.

7. Isle de Garde

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1039 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2S 1T3, Canada

This sleek spot with a stylish terrasse on Beaubien made a name for itself with a well-curated and constantly rotating beer list, knowledgable servers and excellent pairing dishes like a 60-day aged burger and lobster from Gaspésie. They’re also huge proponents of the lagers-over-IPA movement.

8. Boswell Brasserie Artisanale

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2407 Mont-Royal E, Montreal
QC H2H 1L2, Canada
(438) 386-4661
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The prime focus at this Plateau spot from Nicolas Paquet, brewer Philippe St-Cyr, and Olivier Rhême, is on Quebec-made beers (12 on tap, with 10 made in-house). Hungry? Their bites are a step above your typical pub grub with fare like salmon tartare, duck confit and a Cubano sandwich.

9. Brasserie Harricana

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95 Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal
QC H2R 2W8, Canada
(514) 303-3039
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Harricana was the first beer bar in Montreal (and Canada) with the futuristic-style Flux Capacitor draft system, which controls each draft line’s temperature and carbonation. The bar-restaurant boasts a handful of house brews (and even sodas and kombucha), and gourmet Quebec comfort fare — and it’s open all day long from noon.

10. Vices & Versa

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6631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2S 3C5, Canada
(514) 272-2498
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Little Italy’s neighbourhood beer bar is one of the best spots for variety of Quebec beers on draft, plus a chance to try an interesting cask or specialty bottle, and a charming, verdant terrasse.

11. Pit Caribou

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951 Rue Rachel Est, Montreal
QC H2J 2J4, Canada
(514) 522-9773
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Beer brewing is done with Gaspésien flair (their flagship brewery is located not far from the mighty Percé rock) at this bright Plateau pub. Expect lots of robust, hoppy flavours, and try their award-winning American Brown Ale if there’s any on hand.

12. Dieu du Ciel

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29 ave. Laurier Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2N2, Canada
(514) 490-9555
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Péché Mortel, the creamy imperial stout with coffee, never tastes better than on draft at the original, lively Laurier brewpub with its welcoming street terrasse. Creative takes, like IPAs and pale ales featuring experimental hops and style mash-ups are also frequently found on the expansive menu.

13. Le Cheval Blanc

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809 rue Ontario Est, Montreal
QC H2L 1P1, Canada
(514) 522-0211
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It’s not a beer geek kind of spot per se, but this comfortable, dark and retro-tinged brewpub serves a solid lineup of house beers from session IPAs to stouts to its namesake Belgian white. It’s also the craft brew venue that started it all in Montreal.

14. Réservoir

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9 ave. Duluth Est, Montreal
QC H2W 1G7, Canada
(514) 849-7779
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Réservoir has been a long-time Plateau favourite, but was given a boost when the crew from now-closed) Mile End restaurant Hôtel Herman took it over. On the beer side, expect a classic pilsner, brown lager, and more playful brews like a sour IPA,

15. L'Amère à Boire

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2049 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3K8, Canada
(514) 282-7448
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L’Amère à Boire has been pouring its artisanal beers on lower St-Denis since the 90s, drawing inspiration from a global range of beer styles and traditions. It’s not just the beer list that’s extensive; the menu includes well-priced bites like nachos, burgers and house-made pretzels. Its terrasse of red Muskoka chairs that juts out into the middle of the street is a Latin Quarter afternoon well spent.

16. Dispensaire Microbrasserie // Dispensary Brewing Co.

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102 Rue Prince-Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B5, Canada
(514) 307-0855
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This small microbrewery with just a few brewing tanks livens up recently-renovated Prince Arthur with its growing list of scrumptious beers. Enjoy them via growler or by the tallboy can on the picnic benches out front along with an arepa, burrito, burger, or bulgogi from the ample food options on the cobblestone street.

17. Pamplemousse

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1579 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2S9, Canada
(514) 543-1579
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This hip Latin Quarter spot equipped with a wood-fired pizza oven ushered in a gentle, millennial-pink tinged take on the beer bar upon opening in 2018. There’s a well-rounded selection of Quebec brews on its 20 taps (tasters are available); it also does a solid job on wine and cocktails for the less beer inclined.

18. Microbrasserie 4 Origines

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1304 Rue Saint-Patrick, Montréal
QC H3K 1A4, Canada
(514) 934-1444
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Pointe-St-Charles’ first microbrewery arrived in 2018 from a group of accomplished home brewers looking for a career change. Expect an eclectic set of beers from an English ale to apricot-tea pale ale or cappuccino stout to the patriotic Montreal State of Mind NEIPA in an industrial setting with a great canal-facing terrasse. There’s no kitchen but you can bring your own food or order in.

19. Messorem Bracitorium

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2233 Rue Pitt, Montréal
QC H4E 4H2, Canada
(438) 375-3776
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One of the biggest craft brewing hits to enter the scene of late is this spot in the Sud-Ouest. A mix of IPAs, sours, and aged beers are the specialties here. Munchies-wise Rosemont-La Petite Patrie’s Mitch Deli is now serving its impeccably crisp fried chicken sandwich at the brewery.

20. Benelux (multiple locations)

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4026 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G, Canada
(514) 508-5592
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Well-executed Belgian and American styles, plus a handful of specialty barrel-aged, sour or stronger styles are served at this Verdun brewpub housed in an old bank; all brewed on site to comply with Verdun’s now-defunct laws on alcohol service. The original location on Sherbrooke, while more crowded, is a long-standing McGill institution.

1. Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs

5500 Rue Hochelaga Local 150, Montréal, QC H1N 3L7, Canada

This relatively new arrival in a former bingo hall has a big list of craft beer on tap from its Fashionista New England IPA (the one with the hipster on the can) to its Mr Brown British-style brown ale. Neapolitan-inspired pizza rounds out the microbrewery experience. And if Avant-Garde isn’t your thing, not to worry: a second brewery, Bières Jukebox, also occupies the same space with an array of IPAs and more.

5500 Rue Hochelaga Local 150, Montréal
QC H1N 3L7, Canada

2. L’Espace Public

3632 Ontario Est, Montreal, QC H1W 1R7, Canada

Hochelaga’s neighbourhood brewery has an artistic bent, with frequent live music shows and gallery exhibitions, plus a fluctuating list of over 50 beers brewed on site from coffee saison to rhubarb sour and basil stout.

3632 Ontario Est, Montreal
QC H1W 1R7, Canada

3. Mabrasserie

2300 rue Holt, Montreal, QC H2G 1Y4, Canada

The unique co-op-owned Mabrasserie produces its own line of beers, plus those of its members: Isle de Garde, La Succursale, Broue Pub Brouhaha, and Noire et Blanche. The Rosemont tasting room has a lovely picnic table terrasse, and serves only beer brewed on-site (including flights!). There’s also a bottle shop where you can buy bottles to go.

2300 rue Holt, Montreal
QC H2G 1Y4, Canada

4. Etoh Brasserie

8100 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2P 2G6, Canada

The Villeray locale across the way from Jarry metro station pours Quebec beers at their ideal temperature on draft (including tasting flights and growlers to take home), alongside bar bites in a clean and modern space. For the non-beer-lovers in the group, Etoh also does wines and ciders.

8100 St-Denis, Montreal
QC H2P 2G6, Canada

5. Broue Pub Brouhaha (multiple locations)

5860 ave. de Lorimier, Montreal, QC H2G 2N9, Canada

The popular Rosemont beer bar serves an extensive and broad selection of beers by the bottle, plus house and guest beers on draft, as well as hefty bar fare. There’s a newer second location on Papineau, up in Ahuntsic, too.

5860 ave. de Lorimier, Montreal
QC H2G 2N9, Canada

6. Mellön Brasserie

7141 Rue Saint-André, Montréal, QC H2S 2L3, Canada

Joining a crowded field of excellent breweries in La Petite Patrie, Mellön is already creating a buzz in the neighbourhood with its list of crushable ales, lagers and pilsners as well as a blackberry sour DIPA that’s “brewed with Montreal’s nightlife in mind: lively, unique, original, dearly missed.” It’s only open on weekends for now.

7141 Rue Saint-André, Montréal
QC H2S 2L3, Canada

7. Isle de Garde

1039 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal, QC H2S 1T3, Canada

This sleek spot with a stylish terrasse on Beaubien made a name for itself with a well-curated and constantly rotating beer list, knowledgable servers and excellent pairing dishes like a 60-day aged burger and lobster from Gaspésie. They’re also huge proponents of the lagers-over-IPA movement.

1039 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2S 1T3, Canada

8. Boswell Brasserie Artisanale

2407 Mont-Royal E, Montreal, QC H2H 1L2, Canada

The prime focus at this Plateau spot from Nicolas Paquet, brewer Philippe St-Cyr, and Olivier Rhême, is on Quebec-made beers (12 on tap, with 10 made in-house). Hungry? Their bites are a step above your typical pub grub with fare like salmon tartare, duck confit and a Cubano sandwich.

2407 Mont-Royal E, Montreal
QC H2H 1L2, Canada

9. Brasserie Harricana

95 Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal, QC H2R 2W8, Canada

Harricana was the first beer bar in Montreal (and Canada) with the futuristic-style Flux Capacitor draft system, which controls each draft line’s temperature and carbonation. The bar-restaurant boasts a handful of house brews (and even sodas and kombucha), and gourmet Quebec comfort fare — and it’s open all day long from noon.

95 Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal
QC H2R 2W8, Canada

10. Vices & Versa

6631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2S 3C5, Canada

Little Italy’s neighbourhood beer bar is one of the best spots for variety of Quebec beers on draft, plus a chance to try an interesting cask or specialty bottle, and a charming, verdant terrasse.

6631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2S 3C5, Canada

11. Pit Caribou

951 Rue Rachel Est, Montreal, QC H2J 2J4, Canada

Beer brewing is done with Gaspésien flair (their flagship brewery is located not far from the mighty Percé rock) at this bright Plateau pub. Expect lots of robust, hoppy flavours, and try their award-winning American Brown Ale if there’s any on hand.

951 Rue Rachel Est, Montreal
QC H2J 2J4, Canada

12. Dieu du Ciel

29 ave. Laurier Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2N2, Canada

Péché Mortel, the creamy imperial stout with coffee, never tastes better than on draft at the original, lively Laurier brewpub with its welcoming street terrasse. Creative takes, like IPAs and pale ales featuring experimental hops and style mash-ups are also frequently found on the expansive menu.

29 ave. Laurier Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2N2, Canada

13. Le Cheval Blanc

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

It’s not a beer geek kind of spot per se, but this comfortable, dark and retro-tinged brewpub serves a solid lineup of house beers from session IPAs to stouts to its namesake Belgian white. It’s also the craft brew venue that started it all in Montreal.

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

14. Réservoir

9 ave. Duluth Est, Montreal, QC H2W 1G7, Canada

Réservoir has been a long-time Plateau favourite, but was given a boost when the crew from now-closed) Mile End restaurant Hôtel Herman took it over. On the beer side, expect a classic pilsner, brown lager, and more playful brews like a sour IPA,

9 ave. Duluth Est, Montreal
QC H2W 1G7, Canada

15. L'Amère à Boire

2049 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K8, Canada

L’Amère à Boire has been pouring its artisanal beers on lower St-Denis since the 90s, drawing inspiration from a global range of beer styles and traditions. It’s not just the beer list that’s extensive; the menu includes well-priced bites like nachos, burgers and house-made pretzels. Its terrasse of red Muskoka chairs that juts out into the middle of the street is a Latin Quarter afternoon well spent.

2049 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3K8, Canada

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16. Dispensaire Microbrasserie // Dispensary Brewing Co.

102 Rue Prince-Arthur E, Montréal, QC H2X 1B5, Canada

This small microbrewery with just a few brewing tanks livens up recently-renovated Prince Arthur with its growing list of scrumptious beers. Enjoy them via growler or by the tallboy can on the picnic benches out front along with an arepa, burrito, burger, or bulgogi from the ample food options on the cobblestone street.

102 Rue Prince-Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B5, Canada

17. Pamplemousse

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

This hip Latin Quarter spot equipped with a wood-fired pizza oven ushered in a gentle, millennial-pink tinged take on the beer bar upon opening in 2018. There’s a well-rounded selection of Quebec brews on its 20 taps (tasters are available); it also does a solid job on wine and cocktails for the less beer inclined.

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

18. Microbrasserie 4 Origines

1304 Rue Saint-Patrick, Montréal, QC H3K 1A4, Canada

Pointe-St-Charles’ first microbrewery arrived in 2018 from a group of accomplished home brewers looking for a career change. Expect an eclectic set of beers from an English ale to apricot-tea pale ale or cappuccino stout to the patriotic Montreal State of Mind NEIPA in an industrial setting with a great canal-facing terrasse. There’s no kitchen but you can bring your own food or order in.

1304 Rue Saint-Patrick, Montréal
QC H3K 1A4, Canada

19. Messorem Bracitorium

2233 Rue Pitt, Montréal, QC H4E 4H2, Canada

One of the biggest craft brewing hits to enter the scene of late is this spot in the Sud-Ouest. A mix of IPAs, sours, and aged beers are the specialties here. Munchies-wise Rosemont-La Petite Patrie’s Mitch Deli is now serving its impeccably crisp fried chicken sandwich at the brewery.

2233 Rue Pitt, Montréal
QC H4E 4H2, Canada

20. Benelux (multiple locations)

4026 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G, Canada

Well-executed Belgian and American styles, plus a handful of specialty barrel-aged, sour or stronger styles are served at this Verdun brewpub housed in an old bank; all brewed on site to comply with Verdun’s now-defunct laws on alcohol service. The original location on Sherbrooke, while more crowded, is a long-standing McGill institution.

4026 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G, Canada

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