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15 Solid Spots for Watching Sports in Montreal

A guide to some of the city’s sports bars, and some of the bars that show sports

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Patrons watching a sports game at Fitzroy, pre-pandemic
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Don’t own a TV, or just want to get out of the house to catch a Montreal Canadiens match, soccer game, or whatever other sporting event is going on right now? Here are 15 good bets.

This map considers venues that regularly screen games, but many others out there sometimes get in on the fun of finals and bigger sporting events. (Irish pubs and dive bars are generally also good bets.)

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Bar Courcelle

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A cozy bet for catching a Habs game in St-Henri, Bar Courcelle is on the smaller side, so consider calling ahead. If packed, you can always head out to the not-too-far Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde (from the same owners).

Burgundy Lion

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This hyper-popular Little Burgundy pub is a great all-rounder (beer, cocktails, pub food), and it also regularly airs sports, with an emphasis on soccer. Sister establishment Bishop & Bagg in Mile End is another formidable pick.

Pub McCarold

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Though geographically outside the downtown action, this Côte-des-Neiges pub doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to riveting sports screenings, with specials on Sleeman pints on Habs match nights.

Ziggy's Pub

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A no-fuss kind of pub with plenty of hockey on the screens, Ziggy’s gets the job done and is (relatively speaking) kind of a beer-smelling oasis from the bustle of Crescent Street above.

McLean's Pub

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McLean’s is a pub rather than a sports bar, albeit with a solid commitment to screening Habs games and more. It’s also a lot calmer than Peel Pub, just a few doors away.

Monsieur Ricard

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Oh-so-French Monsieur Ricard has continental favourites like soccer and rugby covered (although it also airs hockey matches), rounded out with a solid bar program and baguette sandwiches.

Taverne Cobra

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A lively Little Italy dive bar screening hockey matches on jumbo screens with jumbo hot dogs to match.

Bar Saint Laurent Frappé

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Frappé is a no-frills kind of place for cheap beer and regular screenings of Habs and soccer games (and more). You can watch the game outside in the summer, courtesy of the bar’s semi-rooftop terrasse.

MVP Bar Sportif

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Whether or not it’s actually the MVP among Montreal’s sports bars is up for debate, but this Latin Quarter bar is certainly committed to screening a whole lot of ball-throwing and puck-smacking activities in its two-level space, where it serves Boréale beer and the standard wings and nachos.

Abreuvoir Bar et Terrasse

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Large screens and plenty of wings are the promise at this Latin Quarter haunt— with specials on beer pitchers during Habs games to sweeten the deal.

Bruno Sport Bar

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A friendly neighbourhood spot, Bruno’s straddles the line between bar and Italian café. Hockey and soccer are two of the big draws at what might be the coolest, calmest, and most collected sports bar in the city.

Fitzroy

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A sort of new-generation sports bar (read: a solid cocktail list and food offerings that include pulled pork tacos), with a swanky interior, Fitzroy screens hockey and football games. It also has a whole bunch of pool tables.

Le Boudoir café-bar Inc

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Craft beers and an excellent Scotch selection place this Plateau spot a cut above its competition. It’s more of a neighbourhood bar than a sports hub, but it regularly broadcasts hockey, soccer, and more.

Pub West Shefford

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Though this pub isn’t technically a sports bar, it morphs quite successfully into one. Plus, viewers can feast on a meatball sub or a shrimp guédille as they cheer.

Café Victoria's

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Out east, in St-Leonard, Café Victoria’s is a bona fide hub for the area’s sports fans and their ilk. Though more café than bar, it does serve beer and has plenty of screens. Otherwise, expect some classic Italian sandwiches and damn fine espresso.

Bar Courcelle

A cozy bet for catching a Habs game in St-Henri, Bar Courcelle is on the smaller side, so consider calling ahead. If packed, you can always head out to the not-too-far Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde (from the same owners).

Burgundy Lion

This hyper-popular Little Burgundy pub is a great all-rounder (beer, cocktails, pub food), and it also regularly airs sports, with an emphasis on soccer. Sister establishment Bishop & Bagg in Mile End is another formidable pick.

Pub McCarold

Though geographically outside the downtown action, this Côte-des-Neiges pub doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to riveting sports screenings, with specials on Sleeman pints on Habs match nights.

Ziggy's Pub

A no-fuss kind of pub with plenty of hockey on the screens, Ziggy’s gets the job done and is (relatively speaking) kind of a beer-smelling oasis from the bustle of Crescent Street above.

McLean's Pub

McLean’s is a pub rather than a sports bar, albeit with a solid commitment to screening Habs games and more. It’s also a lot calmer than Peel Pub, just a few doors away.

Monsieur Ricard

Oh-so-French Monsieur Ricard has continental favourites like soccer and rugby covered (although it also airs hockey matches), rounded out with a solid bar program and baguette sandwiches.

Taverne Cobra

A lively Little Italy dive bar screening hockey matches on jumbo screens with jumbo hot dogs to match.

Bar Saint Laurent Frappé

Frappé is a no-frills kind of place for cheap beer and regular screenings of Habs and soccer games (and more). You can watch the game outside in the summer, courtesy of the bar’s semi-rooftop terrasse.

MVP Bar Sportif

Whether or not it’s actually the MVP among Montreal’s sports bars is up for debate, but this Latin Quarter bar is certainly committed to screening a whole lot of ball-throwing and puck-smacking activities in its two-level space, where it serves Boréale beer and the standard wings and nachos.

Abreuvoir Bar et Terrasse

Large screens and plenty of wings are the promise at this Latin Quarter haunt— with specials on beer pitchers during Habs games to sweeten the deal.

Bruno Sport Bar

A friendly neighbourhood spot, Bruno’s straddles the line between bar and Italian café. Hockey and soccer are two of the big draws at what might be the coolest, calmest, and most collected sports bar in the city.

Fitzroy

A sort of new-generation sports bar (read: a solid cocktail list and food offerings that include pulled pork tacos), with a swanky interior, Fitzroy screens hockey and football games. It also has a whole bunch of pool tables.

Le Boudoir café-bar Inc

Craft beers and an excellent Scotch selection place this Plateau spot a cut above its competition. It’s more of a neighbourhood bar than a sports hub, but it regularly broadcasts hockey, soccer, and more.

Pub West Shefford

Though this pub isn’t technically a sports bar, it morphs quite successfully into one. Plus, viewers can feast on a meatball sub or a shrimp guédille as they cheer.

Café Victoria's

Out east, in St-Leonard, Café Victoria’s is a bona fide hub for the area’s sports fans and their ilk. Though more café than bar, it does serve beer and has plenty of screens. Otherwise, expect some classic Italian sandwiches and damn fine espresso.

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