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15 Terrific Terrasses for Rooftop Drinking or Dining in Montreal

It isn’t too late to get up high this summer

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Compared to your average sidewalk setup, rooftop terrasses are a bit more of a rarity in Montreal. But, a handful of places have made them happen, instantly kicking the average 5 à 7 up a notch, courtesy of a refreshing breeze and city views. Without further ado, here are the moment’s hottest rooftop terrasses with the best drink-to-view ratio.

Looking for something a bit closer to earth? Eater’s terrasse guide covers some of the city’s best ground-level beer gardens, courtyards, and outdoor dining spaces.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taverne Atlantic

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6512 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H9, Canada
(514) 544-6512
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Sup on a cold beer and down a slice of potato, bacon, and cheese curd pizza — or perhaps a shrimp “guédille” with mujjoll caviar on a Hof Kelsten roll — while enjoying the unexpectedly gorgeous views afforded by Taverne Atlantic’s Park Ex surrounds.

2. Snowbird Tiki Bar

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6388 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M2, Canada
(514) 262-4431
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At this kitschy St-Hubert Street tiki bar, a portion of the rooftop terrasse is rain-proof, another is covered in military-grade nets for shading, and, for when it’s extra warm, there are some wall-mounted fans, ensuring patrons are comfortable whatever the weather. And no matter where you are seated, the fresh, fruity drinks are flowing.

3. Réservoir

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9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G7, Canada
(514) 849-7779
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This unassuming brewpub has always been a great spot to grab a quick pint, but it’s also a great place to gorge on highly creative pub fare in the Plateau. While the rooftop terrasse is only on the second floor, it’s a charming spot over Duluth Street, a few steps from the Main, making for great people watching.

4. Marcus

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1440 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 2V9, Canada
(514) 843-2525
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Marcus Samuelsson’s latest project is humbly nestled into the recently opened Four Seasons. Here, guests can expect world-class cuisine, including Quebec seafood and a raw bar. The 100-person terrasse offers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding downtown area and beyond.

5. Terrasse newHaūs

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3709 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2V7, Canada
(438) 410-4287
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Password-required downtown bar newHaūs is hosting a terrasse pop-up on the rooftop of the former (RIP) Tokyo Bar on St-Laurent this summer. It’s equipped with plenty of plant life, suspended flower garlands, and a rotating lineup of DJs.

6. AIR Rooftop Terrace

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1250 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal
QC H3B 3B8, Canada
(514) 379-5205
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Like it or not, Montreal’s rooftop scene is heavily dominated by hotels and their respective bars or restaurants. This one is tied to the Renaissance, featuring a snacky menu of mini burgers, cheese plates, and such, with a passable (albeit not terribly exciting) selection of cocktails and more. There’s a small plunge pool up there, too.

7. Hotel Bonaventure

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900 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal
QC H5A 1E4, Canada
(514) 878-2332
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Among the most stunning rooftop setting in town is atop this downtown hotel, with a sizeable pool and 2.5 acres of gardens rendering it quite the oasis, accompanied by a restaurant and bar.

8. Labo Culinaire (Foodlab)

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1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 1K4, Canada
(514) 844-2033
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Perhaps the best rooftop dining option in town is this place, on the third level of event space SAT, where the approach is local, local, local, featuring creative uses of Quebec produce from chef Timothée Vielajus.

9. Poincaré Chinatown

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1071 Boul. Saint-Laurent 2e étage, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

An excellent bet for anyone scouting out a terrasse that’s cozier than what can be found on a towering hotel rooftop. At Poincaré, the drinks are the focal point — and it’s got microbrewed beers, natural wines, and creative cocktails (carrot gin tonic, anyone?) aplenty, but its menu of fermented foods also warrants your attention.

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10. Terrasse Place D'Armes

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55 Saint-Jacques Street, 8th floor, Montréal
QC H2Y 3X2, Canada
(514) 904-1201
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Mount the Place d’Armes Hotel elevator and prepare for a stunning 180 degree view of Notre Dame Basilica and the downtown skyline. This rooftop lounge offers a stacked bar, from champagne and artisanal cocktails to your everyday pint of beer.

11. Club Unity

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1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2G8, Canada
(514) 523-2777
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Dancing still isn’t allowed according to Quebec’s coronavirus regulations, so this two-story Village nightclub is focusing its efforts on its breezy rooftop terrasse — complete with a stellar view, pitchers of sangria, and electronic music every Sunday.

12. Terrasse Nelligan

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106 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Z3, Canada
(514) 788-4021
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Another Old Montreal mainstay, Terrasse Nelligan offers views of Notre Dame Basilica and surrounds. Serving up specialties like blackberry pizza with goat cheese, ricotta, honey, and almonds, it may be worth arriving hungry.

13. Terrasse William Gray

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421 Rue Saint Vincent, 8th floor, Montréal
QC H2Y 3A6, Canada
(438) 387-2010
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Terrasse William Gray holds a luxurious and slightly moneyed appeal — rumour has it that during one Formula 1 weekend, a brand new McLaren race car was hoisted onto the terrasse and sold on the spot. But a casual drink is still possible, with $8 pints of beer and sharing plates starting at $12.

14. Perché Bar Terrasse

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153 Rue Saint Amable, Montréal
QC H2Y 1E7, Canada
(514) 379-2010
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Aptly named, Perché is comfortably perched four storeys above Place Jacques-Cartier, overlooking the scramble of street performers and out-of-towners by Nelson’s Column.

15. Terrasse Sur L'Auberge

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97 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal
QC H2Y 1J1, Canada
(514) 419-1349
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For perhaps the most thorough views of Old Montreal, head to Terrasse Sur L’Auberge. A French bistro by day and bar-lounge by night, this unassuming rooftop offers up one of the best views on the list.

1. Taverne Atlantic

6512 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4H9, Canada

Sup on a cold beer and down a slice of potato, bacon, and cheese curd pizza — or perhaps a shrimp “guédille” with mujjoll caviar on a Hof Kelsten roll — while enjoying the unexpectedly gorgeous views afforded by Taverne Atlantic’s Park Ex surrounds.

6512 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H9, Canada

2. Snowbird Tiki Bar

6388 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M2, Canada

At this kitschy St-Hubert Street tiki bar, a portion of the rooftop terrasse is rain-proof, another is covered in military-grade nets for shading, and, for when it’s extra warm, there are some wall-mounted fans, ensuring patrons are comfortable whatever the weather. And no matter where you are seated, the fresh, fruity drinks are flowing.

6388 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M2, Canada

3. Réservoir

9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1G7, Canada

This unassuming brewpub has always been a great spot to grab a quick pint, but it’s also a great place to gorge on highly creative pub fare in the Plateau. While the rooftop terrasse is only on the second floor, it’s a charming spot over Duluth Street, a few steps from the Main, making for great people watching.

9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G7, Canada

4. Marcus

1440 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 2V9, Canada

Marcus Samuelsson’s latest project is humbly nestled into the recently opened Four Seasons. Here, guests can expect world-class cuisine, including Quebec seafood and a raw bar. The 100-person terrasse offers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding downtown area and beyond.

1440 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal
QC H3G 2V9, Canada

5. Terrasse newHaūs

3709 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V7, Canada

Password-required downtown bar newHaūs is hosting a terrasse pop-up on the rooftop of the former (RIP) Tokyo Bar on St-Laurent this summer. It’s equipped with plenty of plant life, suspended flower garlands, and a rotating lineup of DJs.

3709 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 2V7, Canada

6. AIR Rooftop Terrace

1250 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3B 3B8, Canada

Like it or not, Montreal’s rooftop scene is heavily dominated by hotels and their respective bars or restaurants. This one is tied to the Renaissance, featuring a snacky menu of mini burgers, cheese plates, and such, with a passable (albeit not terribly exciting) selection of cocktails and more. There’s a small plunge pool up there, too.

1250 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal
QC H3B 3B8, Canada

7. Hotel Bonaventure

900 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H5A 1E4, Canada

Among the most stunning rooftop setting in town is atop this downtown hotel, with a sizeable pool and 2.5 acres of gardens rendering it quite the oasis, accompanied by a restaurant and bar.

900 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal
QC H5A 1E4, Canada

8. Labo Culinaire (Foodlab)

1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 1K4, Canada

Perhaps the best rooftop dining option in town is this place, on the third level of event space SAT, where the approach is local, local, local, featuring creative uses of Quebec produce from chef Timothée Vielajus.

1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 1K4, Canada

9. Poincaré Chinatown

1071 Boul. Saint-Laurent 2e étage, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J6, Canada
bar patio with wood tables Poincaré/Supplied

An excellent bet for anyone scouting out a terrasse that’s cozier than what can be found on a towering hotel rooftop. At Poincaré, the drinks are the focal point — and it’s got microbrewed beers, natural wines, and creative cocktails (carrot gin tonic, anyone?) aplenty, but its menu of fermented foods also warrants your attention.

1071 Boul. Saint-Laurent 2e étage, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

10. Terrasse Place D'Armes

55 Saint-Jacques Street, 8th floor, Montréal, QC H2Y 3X2, Canada

Mount the Place d’Armes Hotel elevator and prepare for a stunning 180 degree view of Notre Dame Basilica and the downtown skyline. This rooftop lounge offers a stacked bar, from champagne and artisanal cocktails to your everyday pint of beer.

55 Saint-Jacques Street, 8th floor, Montréal
QC H2Y 3X2, Canada

11. Club Unity

1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2L 2G8, Canada

Dancing still isn’t allowed according to Quebec’s coronavirus regulations, so this two-story Village nightclub is focusing its efforts on its breezy rooftop terrasse — complete with a stellar view, pitchers of sangria, and electronic music every Sunday.

1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2G8, Canada

12. Terrasse Nelligan

106 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z3, Canada

Another Old Montreal mainstay, Terrasse Nelligan offers views of Notre Dame Basilica and surrounds. Serving up specialties like blackberry pizza with goat cheese, ricotta, honey, and almonds, it may be worth arriving hungry.

106 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 1Z3, Canada

13. Terrasse William Gray

421 Rue Saint Vincent, 8th floor, Montréal, QC H2Y 3A6, Canada

Terrasse William Gray holds a luxurious and slightly moneyed appeal — rumour has it that during one Formula 1 weekend, a brand new McLaren race car was hoisted onto the terrasse and sold on the spot. But a casual drink is still possible, with $8 pints of beer and sharing plates starting at $12.

421 Rue Saint Vincent, 8th floor, Montréal
QC H2Y 3A6, Canada

14. Perché Bar Terrasse

153 Rue Saint Amable, Montréal, QC H2Y 1E7, Canada

Aptly named, Perché is comfortably perched four storeys above Place Jacques-Cartier, overlooking the scramble of street performers and out-of-towners by Nelson’s Column.

153 Rue Saint Amable, Montréal
QC H2Y 1E7, Canada

15. Terrasse Sur L'Auberge

97 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1J1, Canada

For perhaps the most thorough views of Old Montreal, head to Terrasse Sur L’Auberge. A French bistro by day and bar-lounge by night, this unassuming rooftop offers up one of the best views on the list.

97 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal
QC H2Y 1J1, Canada

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