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The Hottest Bars and Cocktails in Montreal, March 2020

The newest and most interesting places to drink — updated monthly

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Welcome to the latest batch of hot bars on Eater Montreal's bar and cocktail heatmap. This map hones in on new bars, breweries, and other watering hole formats.

Each month we'll update you with which places have dropped off the map, and newcomers who earn a pin. For March, we say goodbye to Option Musique. In its place, please welcome beautifully floral wine bar Vendetta.

This map has a focus on new venues, so if you're looking for some all-time favourites, it's best to check out our maps for Montreal’s best cocktails, breweries, and wine bars.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Cale

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6839 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M7, Canada
(514) 360-0634
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Don’t expect to see many trash cans at this new St-Hubert venue: friendly neighbourhood pub La Cale is aspiring to be Montreal’s first no-waste bar. That means beer is strictly on-tap, and with no shortage of options — the bar has 20 taps, all of which are dedicated to Quebec brews. The only things coming out of a bottle will be wine (again, sourced from within Quebec to keep things environmental), and spirits — La Cale’s very committed owners are also producing syrups and sparkling mixers sur place, with not a can in sight.

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Posted by La Cale - pub zéro déchet on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

2. Alkadémie

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6484 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C4, Canada
(514) 400-9212
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Who better to open a bar than a store that supplies specialty equipment to bars? That’s exactly what Alkadémie is doing: it operates out of the back of cocktail boutique, Alambika. With limited hours (Thursday to Sunday, closing at 11 p.m.), owner Jean-Sebastien Michel considers it as much a cocktail laboratory as a bar, with industry experts like Tao Zrafi getting free rein in seasonally rotating pop-ups.

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3. Cantine Poincaré

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1071 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada
(514) 861-0556
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This pub in a converted karaoke bar is taking an eco-friendly approach, trying to keep those carbon miles down as it serves up low-intervention wines, classic cocktails with a twist, and great beer selections from some truly knowledgeable owners. The food menu, with lots of fermented, drinking-friendly snacks, is also not to be sneezed at.

4. Time Out Market

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705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 4G5, Canada

Now that the fuss and the most intense crowding around this new food hall has died down a bit, making the space more conducive to a casual beverage, it’s worth noting that Montreal’s Time Out Market has quite a solid bar program. Beer and wine offerings are above board, but it’s the cocktails that particularly stand out. The menu compiles a range of specialty drinks from top Montreal bars (Coldroom, Le 4e Mur, Le Mal Nécessaire), professionally mixed and served at one convenient spot.

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5. Le Cathcart

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1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal
QC H3B 3Y1, Canada
(514) 379-6163
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Montreal’s newest food hall Le Cathcart is now open in Place Ville-Marie, and its positively beautiful space is a big draw — with a carefully laid-out design, it feels much cozier than any 35,000 square foot space ought to be, and the glass ceiling looking out to the towers above is a fantastic centrepiece. The food hall comes with a well-stocked bar too, with a solid selection of house cocktails, craft beers, and wine.

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6. Stillife

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640 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H3C 1L9, Canada
(514) 750-7676
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The owners of excellent cocktail destination Bar Cloakroom just opened this new project in Old Montreal. With more space in a modern concrete, metal, and glass-laden space, it’s more cut out for groups — plus there’s room for a wider-ranging menu than at wee Cloakroom. Expect expertly-crafted cocktails with an eye to sustainability (for example, the old fashioned features a house-made citrus oil to avoid wasting citrus) — the bar also spreads its wings into offering a tidy wine list, and a few craft beers.

7. Vendetta Vin et Canapés

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1832 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3J 1R5, Canada
(438) 375-9476
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Despite the name, there appear to be few reasons to hold a grudge against this new Griffintown wine bar. Like so many other places in town, there is a focus on natural and organic wines, but the team here have excelled in nabbing some excellent out-of-the-box private imports, spanning from Japanese options to great vintners like Oregon’s Clos Saron. An array of small bites are served too, with the kitchen open particularly late Thursday to Saturday.

8. Stem Bar

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2475 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N6, Canada
(438) 380-0574
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The people behind great Little Burgundy café September Surf have dived into the bar game with Stem, located right alongside the coffee shop on Notre-Dame. Expect a similar vibe to the coffee shop (but at night): high quality, yet casual, with a focus on craft beers and wine (cocktails are limited, with just a few classics offered), alongside a solid menu of small plates. Note that Stem has a restaurant license, so food items must be purchased for each bill.

9. Messorem Bracitorium

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2233 Rue Pitt, Montréal
QC H4E 4H2, Canada
(438) 375-3776
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This canal-adjacent microbrewery in the Sud-Ouest has been routinely selling out of its to-go cans since it opened in the summer. But, cans or not, you can still get tap beers on-site — Messorem is rolling out new varieties often, with double-hopped and IPAs fairly prominent, as well as sours, which all pair fantastically with tacos from Grumman’78 served on-site. Check social media before you head down, though — the brewery kept tight, weekend-only hours when it first opened, but has expanded them.

1. La Cale

6839 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M7, Canada

Don’t expect to see many trash cans at this new St-Hubert venue: friendly neighbourhood pub La Cale is aspiring to be Montreal’s first no-waste bar. That means beer is strictly on-tap, and with no shortage of options — the bar has 20 taps, all of which are dedicated to Quebec brews. The only things coming out of a bottle will be wine (again, sourced from within Quebec to keep things environmental), and spirits — La Cale’s very committed owners are also producing syrups and sparkling mixers sur place, with not a can in sight.

6839 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M7, Canada

2. Alkadémie

6484 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C4, Canada
Jean-Sebastien Michel/Alkadémie

Who better to open a bar than a store that supplies specialty equipment to bars? That’s exactly what Alkadémie is doing: it operates out of the back of cocktail boutique, Alambika. With limited hours (Thursday to Sunday, closing at 11 p.m.), owner Jean-Sebastien Michel considers it as much a cocktail laboratory as a bar, with industry experts like Tao Zrafi getting free rein in seasonally rotating pop-ups.

6484 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C4, Canada

3. Cantine Poincaré

1071 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

This pub in a converted karaoke bar is taking an eco-friendly approach, trying to keep those carbon miles down as it serves up low-intervention wines, classic cocktails with a twist, and great beer selections from some truly knowledgeable owners. The food menu, with lots of fermented, drinking-friendly snacks, is also not to be sneezed at.

1071 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

4. Time Out Market

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 4G5, Canada
JF Galipeau/Time Out Market

Now that the fuss and the most intense crowding around this new food hall has died down a bit, making the space more conducive to a casual beverage, it’s worth noting that Montreal’s Time Out Market has quite a solid bar program. Beer and wine offerings are above board, but it’s the cocktails that particularly stand out. The menu compiles a range of specialty drinks from top Montreal bars (Coldroom, Le 4e Mur, Le Mal Nécessaire), professionally mixed and served at one convenient spot.

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 4G5, Canada

5. Le Cathcart

1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, QC H3B 3Y1, Canada
Le Cathcart/Supplied

Montreal’s newest food hall Le Cathcart is now open in Place Ville-Marie, and its positively beautiful space is a big draw — with a carefully laid-out design, it feels much cozier than any 35,000 square foot space ought to be, and the glass ceiling looking out to the towers above is a fantastic centrepiece. The food hall comes with a well-stocked bar too, with a solid selection of house cocktails, craft beers, and wine.

1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal
QC H3B 3Y1, Canada

6. Stillife

640 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H3C 1L9, Canada

The owners of excellent cocktail destination Bar Cloakroom just opened this new project in Old Montreal. With more space in a modern concrete, metal, and glass-laden space, it’s more cut out for groups — plus there’s room for a wider-ranging menu than at wee Cloakroom. Expect expertly-crafted cocktails with an eye to sustainability (for example, the old fashioned features a house-made citrus oil to avoid wasting citrus) — the bar also spreads its wings into offering a tidy wine list, and a few craft beers.

640 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H3C 1L9, Canada

7. Vendetta Vin et Canapés

1832 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3J 1R5, Canada

Despite the name, there appear to be few reasons to hold a grudge against this new Griffintown wine bar. Like so many other places in town, there is a focus on natural and organic wines, but the team here have excelled in nabbing some excellent out-of-the-box private imports, spanning from Japanese options to great vintners like Oregon’s Clos Saron. An array of small bites are served too, with the kitchen open particularly late Thursday to Saturday.

1832 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3J 1R5, Canada

8. Stem Bar

2475 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada

The people behind great Little Burgundy café September Surf have dived into the bar game with Stem, located right alongside the coffee shop on Notre-Dame. Expect a similar vibe to the coffee shop (but at night): high quality, yet casual, with a focus on craft beers and wine (cocktails are limited, with just a few classics offered), alongside a solid menu of small plates. Note that Stem has a restaurant license, so food items must be purchased for each bill.

2475 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1N6, Canada

9. Messorem Bracitorium

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

This canal-adjacent microbrewery in the Sud-Ouest has been routinely selling out of its to-go cans since it opened in the summer. But, cans or not, you can still get tap beers on-site — Messorem is rolling out new varieties often, with double-hopped and IPAs fairly prominent, as well as sours, which all pair fantastically with tacos from Grumman’78 served on-site. Check social media before you head down, though — the brewery kept tight, weekend-only hours when it first opened, but has expanded them.

2233 Rue Pitt, Montréal
QC H4E 4H2, Canada

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