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Where to Drink Wine in Montreal

The guide that will have you seeing red — and white, and rosé, and orange

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Quebec may not be a big wine producer, but that doesn't stop Montreal being a wine-loving city. There's also one big incentive to go out for a glass (or bottle) of wine here — the average citizen has access to a limited wine selection, as dictated by the provincial liquor agency, the SAQ, who control wine sales (and let's not even talk about dep wine).

But some bars and restaurants go through private importers, substantially enhancing their wine catalogues. Right here is a selection of drinkeries that negotiate Quebec's stringent rules about wine with flair, offering dynamic wine lists, served by some of the city's best and most knowledgeable sommeliers.

One final note: This guide leans towards wine bars rather than restaurants. That’s because in Quebec, customers must order food with alcohol at any establishment with a restaurant permit — and at full-service restaurants, you could be on the hook for a substantial food spend. Most places here have bar permits, or solid selections of small plates, meaning they are lower-commitment.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Les Cavistes

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192 rue Fleury Ouest, Montreal
QC H3L 1T6, Canada
(514) 508-5033
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If you're going to invoke wine cellars in your venue name, you'd better be damn sure your wine offerings are solid, and mercifully, Ahuntsic's Les Cavistes delivers. Its worldly list has won awards for its thoroughness, and if you play by Quebec's convoluted rules, you can take a private import bottle home, too.

2. Mon Lapin

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150 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K9, Canada

This new member of the Joe Beef family opted out of the restaurant’s Little Burgundy hub in favour of a cozy corner in Little Italy. Mon Lapin offers the same level of natural wine curation thanks to sommelier Vanya Filipovic, while the seasonal menu is overseen by solid chef de cuisine Jessica Noël.

3. Cul-Sec

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29 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1P7, Canada
(514) 439-8747
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Following on from its big sister restaurant Pastaga, Cul-Sec prioritizes small artisanal producers and natural wines. It’s a hybrid wine bar-caviste, so bottles are available to take home — otherwise, sample the wares in the small Beaubien Street space, alongside a plate of tartare or whelks.

4. Rouge Gorge

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1234 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1Y2, Canada
(514) 303-3869
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A bright, warm Zébulon Perron-designed space in the Plateau is the backdrop for Rouge Gorge's lively Languedoc (France) oriented wine list — and it's well-priced, to boot.

5. Boxermans

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1041 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1J4, Canada
(514) 495-4000
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By day, Boxermans offers more of a café vibe, but by night the Outremont haunt feels more like an intimate wine and cocktail bar — with a solid list of natural wines as well as small sharing plates.

6. Larrys

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9 Avenue Fairmount E, Montréal
QC H2T 1S4, Canada
(514) 708-1070
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Not exactly a wine bar but tough to pigeonhole into any other category, Larrys is quite the all rounder on all alcoholic fronts. When it opened in 2016, "weirder wine" was promised and is typically delivered on a rotating list of natural wines, often with some of the city's wilder palate profiles.

7. La Buvette Chez Simone

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4869 ave. du Parc, Montreal
QC H2V 4K7, Canada
(514) 750-6577
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A Mile End mainstay, Simone Chevalot's wine bar is a favourite. The wine offerings skew pretty uniformly European (French, in particular), but still with diversity, although perhaps less experimental than some newer places with a focus on vins vivants and the like. Also: a great terrasse.

8. Pullman

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3424 Avenue du Parc, Montreal
QC H2X 2H7, Canada
(514) 288-7779
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Trusty Pullman has now hit its teen years, and continues to be a reliable location for grape-based tipples. Véronique Dalle (who now focuses her attention on nearby restaurant Moleskine) spent years curating the wine list to ensure an interesting selection that's somewhat France-oriented, with a handful of rarities and older vintages.

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9. Le Vin Papillon

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2519 Notre-Dame O, Montreal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada
(514) 439-6494
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Vin Papillon is one of the toughest tables (or bar stools?) to get in town, in equal parts thanks to its no-reservations policy, and constant drip-feed of rave reviews direct its way. Wine director Vanya Filipovic is one of the finest in the city, with an adventurous wine list that (unlike some other places) isn't afraid to break away from France and look into lesser-known wine producing terroirs.

10. Paperplane

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4005 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1R3, Canada
(514) 379-3397
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The sister bar to Californian restaurant Venice, Paperplane is a quirky cocktail and wine bar just around the corner from Place St-Henri metro. Serving everything from creative cocktails to skin contact wine, Paperplane is a perfectly valid place to start or end the evening, and one of the most casual options on this map.

11. Loïc

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5001 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T2, Canada
(514) 439-6806
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Nestled into a heritage former bank in St-Henri, Loïc has been serving up a top notch selection of natural wine and more since its opening back in 2015. Come in the evening for a casual dinner, or later on in the night for more of a typical bar vibe.

12. Club Social P.S.

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5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada
(514) 379-4883
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Around back and down the stairs from Elena, Club Sociale P.S. is the more accessible version of that popular upstairs sister restaurant. Whether reservations at Elena are unavailable or the evening calls for something more casual, P.S. offers the same natural wine selection as upstairs, and they also offer slices of al taglio pizza during the day, and parts of Elena’s menu in the evening.

1. Les Cavistes

192 rue Fleury Ouest, Montreal, QC H3L 1T6, Canada

If you're going to invoke wine cellars in your venue name, you'd better be damn sure your wine offerings are solid, and mercifully, Ahuntsic's Les Cavistes delivers. Its worldly list has won awards for its thoroughness, and if you play by Quebec's convoluted rules, you can take a private import bottle home, too.

192 rue Fleury Ouest, Montreal
QC H3L 1T6, Canada

2. Mon Lapin

150 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1K9, Canada

This new member of the Joe Beef family opted out of the restaurant’s Little Burgundy hub in favour of a cozy corner in Little Italy. Mon Lapin offers the same level of natural wine curation thanks to sommelier Vanya Filipovic, while the seasonal menu is overseen by solid chef de cuisine Jessica Noël.

150 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K9, Canada

3. Cul-Sec

29 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1P7, Canada

Following on from its big sister restaurant Pastaga, Cul-Sec prioritizes small artisanal producers and natural wines. It’s a hybrid wine bar-caviste, so bottles are available to take home — otherwise, sample the wares in the small Beaubien Street space, alongside a plate of tartare or whelks.

29 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1P7, Canada

4. Rouge Gorge

1234 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1Y2, Canada

A bright, warm Zébulon Perron-designed space in the Plateau is the backdrop for Rouge Gorge's lively Languedoc (France) oriented wine list — and it's well-priced, to boot.

1234 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1Y2, Canada

5. Boxermans

1041 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1J4, Canada

By day, Boxermans offers more of a café vibe, but by night the Outremont haunt feels more like an intimate wine and cocktail bar — with a solid list of natural wines as well as small sharing plates.

1041 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1J4, Canada

6. Larrys

9 Avenue Fairmount E, Montréal, QC H2T 1S4, Canada

Not exactly a wine bar but tough to pigeonhole into any other category, Larrys is quite the all rounder on all alcoholic fronts. When it opened in 2016, "weirder wine" was promised and is typically delivered on a rotating list of natural wines, often with some of the city's wilder palate profiles.

9 Avenue Fairmount E, Montréal
QC H2T 1S4, Canada

7. La Buvette Chez Simone

4869 ave. du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4K7, Canada

A Mile End mainstay, Simone Chevalot's wine bar is a favourite. The wine offerings skew pretty uniformly European (French, in particular), but still with diversity, although perhaps less experimental than some newer places with a focus on vins vivants and the like. Also: a great terrasse.

4869 ave. du Parc, Montreal
QC H2V 4K7, Canada

8. Pullman

3424 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC H2X 2H7, Canada
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Trusty Pullman has now hit its teen years, and continues to be a reliable location for grape-based tipples. Véronique Dalle (who now focuses her attention on nearby restaurant Moleskine) spent years curating the wine list to ensure an interesting selection that's somewhat France-oriented, with a handful of rarities and older vintages.

3424 Avenue du Parc, Montreal
QC H2X 2H7, Canada

9. Le Vin Papillon

2519 Notre-Dame O, Montreal, QC H3J 1N4, Canada

Vin Papillon is one of the toughest tables (or bar stools?) to get in town, in equal parts thanks to its no-reservations policy, and constant drip-feed of rave reviews direct its way. Wine director Vanya Filipovic is one of the finest in the city, with an adventurous wine list that (unlike some other places) isn't afraid to break away from France and look into lesser-known wine producing terroirs.

2519 Notre-Dame O, Montreal
QC H3J 1N4, Canada

10. Paperplane

4005 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1R3, Canada

The sister bar to Californian restaurant Venice, Paperplane is a quirky cocktail and wine bar just around the corner from Place St-Henri metro. Serving everything from creative cocktails to skin contact wine, Paperplane is a perfectly valid place to start or end the evening, and one of the most casual options on this map.

4005 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1R3, Canada

11. Loïc

5001 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1T2, Canada

Nestled into a heritage former bank in St-Henri, Loïc has been serving up a top notch selection of natural wine and more since its opening back in 2015. Come in the evening for a casual dinner, or later on in the night for more of a typical bar vibe.

5001 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T2, Canada

12. Club Social P.S.

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1T1, Canada

Around back and down the stairs from Elena, Club Sociale P.S. is the more accessible version of that popular upstairs sister restaurant. Whether reservations at Elena are unavailable or the evening calls for something more casual, P.S. offers the same natural wine selection as upstairs, and they also offer slices of al taglio pizza during the day, and parts of Elena’s menu in the evening.

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada

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