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Montreal’s Hottest New Bars, October 2021

Some of the newest and most interesting places to drink in the city

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Welcome to the latest batch of hot bars on Eater Montreal's bar heatmap. This month’s map hones in on the new drink spots that have opened in the past year. Moving forward, we'll regularly update you with which places have dropped off the map, and the newcomers who earn a pin.

This time around we say goodbye to Montreal’s first no-waste bar Le Cale, Chinatown’s Cantine Poincaré, Old Montreal’s Stillife, and several others that opened before the pandemic. At the same time, we welcome the microbrews of Mellön Brasserie, the crafty cocktails at Le Projet Pilote, and much more.

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.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated. For updated information and regulations, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafécoquetel

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426 Rue Faillon E, Montréal
QC H2R 1L4, Canada
(514) 543-3542
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Expect expertly-crafted beverages of all stripes at this Villeray spot: a hybrid cafe and cocktail bar opened in February 2021 by a couple who lives in the neighbourhood. Start the day with your warm caffeinated beverage of choice, but follow it up with a New York sour made with natural wine, or a Rhubaiquiri, made with fruit from Quebec. Beer and wine by the glass are also available.

2. 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 hunker down for an IPA in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie. New beers are brewed on the regular, and their merch is pretty cool, too.

3. 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 seen spotted around its space. On top of the anise-flavoured spirit, there’s no shortage of beer options at Chez Ernest either, with 16 Quebec microbrews on tap. If you are feeling spendy, take a look at the art and jewelry it’s selling on-site.

4. Brouillon

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6580 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M3, Canada
(514) 274-4300
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The marketing experts at Plaza St-Hubert creative agency Tux have dived into the bar game with a chic new day-to-night spot. Breakfast, lunch, and evening sharing plates are supplied by neighbouring gourmet grocery store Conserva, and, other than coffee, the drink focus here is on natural wines.

5. Bar à Flot

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

Who better to open a neighbourhood wine bar than the team behind one of the the city’s most beloved? Avenue du Parc 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 sharing plates to snack on.

6. 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 items grown on its rooftop garden. Its food menu and rotating selection of house-crafted beers are also worthy of your attention.

7. Mutoïde

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3135 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal
QC H1W 1G3, Canada

Joining Hochelaga-Maisonneuve’s microbrew scene late last year was heavy metal-playing Mutoïde, located on a small strip by Préfontaine metro station. Its offerings are always on rotation, but recent months have seen everything from an aromatic Italian pilsner to a hoppy Kellerbier blond. Growlers available to bring the experience home.

1. Cafécoquetel

426 Rue Faillon E, Montréal, QC H2R 1L4, Canada

Expect expertly-crafted beverages of all stripes at this Villeray spot: a hybrid cafe and cocktail bar opened in February 2021 by a couple who lives in the neighbourhood. Start the day with your warm caffeinated beverage of choice, but follow it up with a New York sour made with natural wine, or a Rhubaiquiri, made with fruit from Quebec. Beer and wine by the glass are also available.

426 Rue Faillon E, Montréal
QC H2R 1L4, Canada

2. 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 hunker down for an IPA in Rosemont-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

3. 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 seen spotted around its space. On top of the anise-flavoured spirit, there’s no shortage of beer options at Chez Ernest either, with 16 Quebec microbrews on tap. If you are feeling spendy, take a look at the art and jewelry it’s selling on-site.

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

4. Brouillon

6580 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M3, Canada

The marketing experts at Plaza St-Hubert creative agency Tux have dived into the bar game with a chic new day-to-night spot. Breakfast, lunch, and evening sharing plates are supplied by neighbouring gourmet grocery store Conserva, and, other than coffee, the drink focus here is on natural wines.

6580 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M3, Canada

5. Bar à Flot

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

Who better to open a neighbourhood wine bar than the team behind one of the the city’s most beloved? Avenue du Parc 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 sharing plates to snack on.

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

6. 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 items grown on its rooftop garden. Its food menu and rotating selection of house-crafted beers are also worthy of your attention.

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

7. Mutoïde

3135 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal, QC H1W 1G3, Canada

Joining Hochelaga-Maisonneuve’s microbrew scene late last year was heavy metal-playing Mutoïde, located on a small strip by Préfontaine metro station. Its offerings are always on rotation, but recent months have seen everything from an aromatic Italian pilsner to a hoppy Kellerbier blond. Growlers available to bring the experience home.

3135 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal
QC H1W 1G3, Canada

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