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11 of Montreal’s Most Notable Pubs

The best spots for plainspoken brews in the city

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Among the choices to be enjoyed for beer, easy-going pubs have enjoyed a particular place in the affections of Montrealers. Think less of dive bars and craft brew spots (check out Eater’s list of microbreweries here and Eater’s list of the city’s best dive bars here) as many businesses will throw around the term “pub”.

This map covers those more traditional feeling bars, with comforting hardwood or carpeted interiors, the possibility of Guinness kitsch, and maybe a dartboard hanging on the walls or TVs exclusively broadcasting sports.

These are the kinds of businesses which excel in pints and bites with a casual feel, from time-honored taphouses with live Irish ceilis or a simply sudsy establishment evoking the classic British watering hole.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Trèfle

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3971, rue Ontario Est, 3971 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1T1, Canada
(438) 386-3737
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An newer outlier to the downtown pub bubble, Le Trèfle stands to be one of the go-to locations for plainspoken brews on a copper-top bar in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. This pub has a heavy emphasis on beers from Quebec and Britain, whiskeys, scotch and a menu with options that are sure to bust the gut.

2. Bishop & Bagg

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52 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K8, Canada
(514) 277-4400
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Following the huge success of Burgundy Lion, this pub was created with a greater focus on the food it serves. Part of the restaurant group’s mission to bring more British culture to Montreal, Bishop & Bagg is looked to for beers and bites in addition to a dizzying selection of gin.

3. Le Vieux Dublin

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636 Rue Cathcart, Montréal
QC H3B 3C4, Canada
(514) 861-4448
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Touted as Montreal’s oldest Irish pub, this spot carries two dozen and change in options for beer on tap alongside its liquor selection. Its menu features all the normal greasy fare, not to mention a major part of the menu reserved for Indian choices like saags and bhuna ghosht.

4. McLean's Pub

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1210 Rue Peel, Montréal
QC H3B 2T6, Canada
(514) 392-7770
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In a building dating back to 1910, the location housed some iteration of a bar for decades before becoming the spot locals know and love in 1992. Now, its expansive space hosts long lists of drinks and pub grub, and is a fan favourite for watching a Habs game and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

5. Hurley's Irish Pub

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1225 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada
(514) 861-4111
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Long looked to for its beers, single malts, and whiskeys, Hurley’s is a maze of tabled nooks on its hardwood and carpeted second floor and a more open stone-walled basement which offers live music every night. All that, and it’s a popular bar for catching a soccer, er, football game.

6. McKibbin's Irish Pub

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1426 Rue Bishop, Montréal
QC H3G 2E6, Canada
(514) 288-1580
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What started as a pub in a Golden Square Mile mansion now counts four locations, including two in the West Island. With a countdown clock to St. Patrick’s Day featured prominently on their website, McKibbin’s is one of the more historically-inclined pubs of Montreal in how it touts its storied connections to the Emerald Isle. Oh, and Liam Gallagher once paid a visit.

7. Brutopia

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1219 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada
(514) 393-9277
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While at times looked to for the beer brewed on site, Brutopia is also a handy all-round pub. Its space features three floors, three bars, and three patios to enjoys their wares on, in addition to a new tapas menu crafted by chef Dimitri Vique and his colleague Sergio Cabiedes.

8. McCarold’s

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5400 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3T 1Y5, Canada
(514) 344-9009
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Alongside Hochelaga’s Le Trèfle, McCarold's is another Irish pub which has broken free of the downtown bubble and is part of a generation of newer establishments. It’s a clean-cut spot that has all the bells and whistles from décor to drinks.

9. Burgundy Lion

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2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N5, Canada
(514) 934-0888
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Burgundy Lion has enjoyed huge popularity since it first opened, acting as one of the city’s chief emissaries of British culture. Now a decade old, the pub continues to enjoy a substantial amount of success with both its food and booze, most recently celebrated with the addition of a solarium and a scotch tasting room.

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10. Ye Olde Orchard

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5563 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E1, Canada
(514) 484-1569
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Starting out with this NDG location in the mid-90s, Ye Olde Orchard has become Montreal’s Irish pub juggernaut with a total of six locations. Despite these far-reaching expansions, alongside the swag for sale and now, beer being brewed by the company, the quality of their work is far from being watered down.

11. Honey Martin

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5916 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada

With nary a piece of contact information, no Facebook page, and no advertising, Honey Martin is arguably one of the most authentic community-level Irish pubs in the city. It’s a cramped space that occasionally — somehow — has a live band playing among jaunty patrons. Don’t come looking for kitschy decorations or a TV to watch the game; come for the time-warp of an experience.

1. Le Trèfle

3971, rue Ontario Est, 3971 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1W 1T1, Canada

An newer outlier to the downtown pub bubble, Le Trèfle stands to be one of the go-to locations for plainspoken brews on a copper-top bar in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. This pub has a heavy emphasis on beers from Quebec and Britain, whiskeys, scotch and a menu with options that are sure to bust the gut.

3971, rue Ontario Est, 3971 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1T1, Canada

2. Bishop & Bagg

52 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K8, Canada

Following the huge success of Burgundy Lion, this pub was created with a greater focus on the food it serves. Part of the restaurant group’s mission to bring more British culture to Montreal, Bishop & Bagg is looked to for beers and bites in addition to a dizzying selection of gin.

52 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K8, Canada

3. Le Vieux Dublin

636 Rue Cathcart, Montréal, QC H3B 3C4, Canada

Touted as Montreal’s oldest Irish pub, this spot carries two dozen and change in options for beer on tap alongside its liquor selection. Its menu features all the normal greasy fare, not to mention a major part of the menu reserved for Indian choices like saags and bhuna ghosht.

636 Rue Cathcart, Montréal
QC H3B 3C4, Canada

4. McLean's Pub

1210 Rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3B 2T6, Canada

In a building dating back to 1910, the location housed some iteration of a bar for decades before becoming the spot locals know and love in 1992. Now, its expansive space hosts long lists of drinks and pub grub, and is a fan favourite for watching a Habs game and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

1210 Rue Peel, Montréal
QC H3B 2T6, Canada

5. Hurley's Irish Pub

1225 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B1, Canada

Long looked to for its beers, single malts, and whiskeys, Hurley’s is a maze of tabled nooks on its hardwood and carpeted second floor and a more open stone-walled basement which offers live music every night. All that, and it’s a popular bar for catching a soccer, er, football game.

1225 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada

6. McKibbin's Irish Pub

1426 Rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E6, Canada

What started as a pub in a Golden Square Mile mansion now counts four locations, including two in the West Island. With a countdown clock to St. Patrick’s Day featured prominently on their website, McKibbin’s is one of the more historically-inclined pubs of Montreal in how it touts its storied connections to the Emerald Isle. Oh, and Liam Gallagher once paid a visit.

1426 Rue Bishop, Montréal
QC H3G 2E6, Canada

7. Brutopia

1219 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B1, Canada

While at times looked to for the beer brewed on site, Brutopia is also a handy all-round pub. Its space features three floors, three bars, and three patios to enjoys their wares on, in addition to a new tapas menu crafted by chef Dimitri Vique and his colleague Sergio Cabiedes.

1219 Rue Crescent, Montréal
QC H3G 2B1, Canada

8. McCarold’s

5400 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3T 1Y5, Canada

Alongside Hochelaga’s Le Trèfle, McCarold's is another Irish pub which has broken free of the downtown bubble and is part of a generation of newer establishments. It’s a clean-cut spot that has all the bells and whistles from décor to drinks.

5400 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3T 1Y5, Canada

9. Burgundy Lion

2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N5, Canada
The Burgundy Lion Group

Burgundy Lion has enjoyed huge popularity since it first opened, acting as one of the city’s chief emissaries of British culture. Now a decade old, the pub continues to enjoy a substantial amount of success with both its food and booze, most recently celebrated with the addition of a solarium and a scotch tasting room.

2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N5, Canada

10. Ye Olde Orchard

5563 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1E1, Canada

Starting out with this NDG location in the mid-90s, Ye Olde Orchard has become Montreal’s Irish pub juggernaut with a total of six locations. Despite these far-reaching expansions, alongside the swag for sale and now, beer being brewed by the company, the quality of their work is far from being watered down.

5563 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E1, Canada

11. Honey Martin

5916 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4A 1X7, Canada

With nary a piece of contact information, no Facebook page, and no advertising, Honey Martin is arguably one of the most authentic community-level Irish pubs in the city. It’s a cramped space that occasionally — somehow — has a live band playing among jaunty patrons. Don’t come looking for kitschy decorations or a TV to watch the game; come for the time-warp of an experience.

5916 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada

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