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Montreal’s Hottest New Bars, June 2022

Your guide to the newest and most exciting places to drink in the city right now

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Welcome to the latest round-up of hot new bars in Montreal, featuring drink spots that have opened in the past year. Moving forward, we'll update you with the places that have dropped off the map, and the newcomers who have earned a pin.

This time around, we say goodbye to café-meets-cocktail spot Cafécoquetel, and welcome basement Chinatown operation Sans Soleil, Quartier des Spectacles wine bar (and podcast recording studio) l’idéal bar & contenus, and Mile-Ex bar — and eventual brewery — Wills.

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 essential cocktail, beer, and wine bars.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar à Flot

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4857 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E7, Canada

Who better to open a neighbourhood drink spot than the team behind one of the city’s most beloved? Parc Avenue hangout Buvette Chez Simone has debuted a sibling project steps away, in the locale that previously belonged to dive bar La Petite Idée Fixe, and is serving up bottles from winemakers adopting biodynamic and minimal intervention winemaking practices, as well as cocktails, and some solid sharing plates.

2. Sans Soleil Bar

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Sous-Sol - Basement, 1002 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2Z 1K6, Canada

Concealed beneath popular Japanese restaurant Fleurs et Cadeaux, Sans Soleil is easily among Chinatown’s most coveted hangout spots at the moment. Expect delicious cocktails, an extensive sake offering, and lots of natural wine at the basement bar, plus DJ nights, dance parties, and vinyl galore.

3. WILLS

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6731 Av. de l'Esplanade, Montréal
QC H2V 4P9, Canada
(514) 708-1070
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Montrealers mourned the loss of Alexandraplatz a couple years back, but now, in its place (the building that also housed Brasserie du Vieux Montreal), comes Wills, where the bar-meets-brewery set-up lives on. The beer-making side of things is still under development, but since opening in May, the buzzy new Mile-Ex drink destination has been serving natural wines, mixing creative cocktails, and pouring local brews in a stunning indoor space — and outside too, on a dog-friendly terrasse.

4. l'idéal bar & contenus

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151 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2X 1H5, Canada

During the day, l’idéal is a reliable place to hunker down to work or study, but come evening it’s a favourite for grabbing a glass of natural wine, a few small plates, or a refreshing cocktail. Expect a warm and welcoming space, decked with wooden furniture, plant life, and, somewhat unexpectedly, a podcast recording studio, too.

5. One Punch Mickey’s

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521 Bélanger Est, Montréal
QC H2S 1G5, Canada

La Petite-Patrie got its very own Irish pub with the arrival of One Punch Mickey’s this winter. It’s a pint-sized spot from the owner of nearby Snowbird Tiki and Taverne Cobra, but the focus here is on Irish whiskeys and beers.

6. Mellön Brasserie

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

Drawing inspiration from the industrial taprooms of Toronto and Brooklyn, Mellön is an 80-seater cut out for friends looking to settle down for an IPA in La Petite-Patrie. New beers are brewed on the regular, and their merch is pretty cool, too.

7. Chez Ernest

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6596 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M3, Canada
(514) 317-6175
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Certainly the most quirky option on this list, Plaza St-Hubert’s new absinthe bar shares its name with the skeleton that can be spotted around its space. In addition to the anise-flavoured spirit, there’s no shortage of beer options either, with about 16 Quebec microbrews on tap.

8. Le Projet Pilote

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980 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2J3, Canada

Perhaps more laboratory than bar, Le Projet Pilote is an exciting new addition to the city’s drink scene with a team being given free rein to create cocktails spiked with spirits made on-site and garnished with ingredients grown on its rooftop garden. The food menu and rotating selection of house-crafted beers also deserve your attention.

9. Marion Tavern

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1151 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1R3, Canada
(438) 380-6171
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This shiny new sibling establishment to Quartier des Spectacles bar Taverne Midway brings seasonal cocktails and Quebec microbrews to the Village, in a bright, leafy green space. On warm weather days, expect Taverne Marion’s garage-style windows to be rolled wide open.

1. Bar à Flot

4857 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4E7, Canada

Who better to open a neighbourhood drink spot than the team behind one of the city’s most beloved? Parc Avenue hangout Buvette Chez Simone has debuted a sibling project steps away, in the locale that previously belonged to dive bar La Petite Idée Fixe, and is serving up bottles from winemakers adopting biodynamic and minimal intervention winemaking practices, as well as cocktails, and some solid sharing plates.

4857 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E7, Canada

2. Sans Soleil Bar

Sous-Sol - Basement, 1002 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2Z 1K6, Canada

Concealed beneath popular Japanese restaurant Fleurs et Cadeaux, Sans Soleil is easily among Chinatown’s most coveted hangout spots at the moment. Expect delicious cocktails, an extensive sake offering, and lots of natural wine at the basement bar, plus DJ nights, dance parties, and vinyl galore.

Sous-Sol - Basement, 1002 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2Z 1K6, Canada

3. WILLS

6731 Av. de l'Esplanade, Montréal, QC H2V 4P9, Canada

Montrealers mourned the loss of Alexandraplatz a couple years back, but now, in its place (the building that also housed Brasserie du Vieux Montreal), comes Wills, where the bar-meets-brewery set-up lives on. The beer-making side of things is still under development, but since opening in May, the buzzy new Mile-Ex drink destination has been serving natural wines, mixing creative cocktails, and pouring local brews in a stunning indoor space — and outside too, on a dog-friendly terrasse.

6731 Av. de l'Esplanade, Montréal
QC H2V 4P9, Canada

4. l'idéal bar & contenus

151 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2X 1H5, Canada

During the day, l’idéal is a reliable place to hunker down to work or study, but come evening it’s a favourite for grabbing a glass of natural wine, a few small plates, or a refreshing cocktail. Expect a warm and welcoming space, decked with wooden furniture, plant life, and, somewhat unexpectedly, a podcast recording studio, too.

151 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2X 1H5, Canada

5. One Punch Mickey’s

521 Bélanger Est, Montréal, QC H2S 1G5, Canada

La Petite-Patrie got its very own Irish pub with the arrival of One Punch Mickey’s this winter. It’s a pint-sized spot from the owner of nearby Snowbird Tiki and Taverne Cobra, but the focus here is on Irish whiskeys and beers.

521 Bélanger Est, Montréal
QC H2S 1G5, Canada

6. Mellön Brasserie

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

Drawing inspiration from the industrial taprooms of Toronto and Brooklyn, Mellön is an 80-seater cut out for friends looking to settle down for an IPA in La Petite-Patrie. New beers are brewed on the regular, and their merch is pretty cool, too.

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

7. Chez Ernest

6596 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M3, Canada

Certainly the most quirky option on this list, Plaza St-Hubert’s new absinthe bar shares its name with the skeleton that can be spotted around its space. In addition to the anise-flavoured spirit, there’s no shortage of beer options either, with about 16 Quebec microbrews on tap.

6596 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M3, Canada

8. Le Projet Pilote

980 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2J3, Canada

Perhaps more laboratory than bar, Le Projet Pilote is an exciting new addition to the city’s drink scene with a team being given free rein to create cocktails spiked with spirits made on-site and garnished with ingredients grown on its rooftop garden. The food menu and rotating selection of house-crafted beers also deserve your attention.

980 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2J3, Canada

9. Marion Tavern

1151 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1R3, Canada

This shiny new sibling establishment to Quartier des Spectacles bar Taverne Midway brings seasonal cocktails and Quebec microbrews to the Village, in a bright, leafy green space. On warm weather days, expect Taverne Marion’s garage-style windows to be rolled wide open.

1151 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1R3, Canada

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