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.Read More