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Montreal’s Essential Cocktail Bars

17 trusted spots for drinks across the city

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Despite some retro Quebec laws that prevent many bars from infusing their own spirits, Montreal has a burgeoning cocktail scene. Here’s a map to some of the best spots for sipping on carefully crafted and superbly boozy beverages across the city.

Note that at the time of publishing several venues that would typically be considered for this list — spots like Nhậu bar, Dominion Square Taverne, Gokudo, Le Lab, Emerald Hotel, and Le Royal — haven’t yet resumed operations after their pandemic closures. When they do reopen, they’re also worthy of a visit.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 132 Bar Vintage

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132 Fleury Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 419-1404
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Yet more proof that Fleury Street is a strip to contend with, 132 Bar Vintage is Ahuntsic's go-to spot for libations both classic and original. Passionate cocktail advocate Jean-Maxime Giguère runs the show.

2. Bar Le Record

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7622 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2R 2N6, Canada
(438) 386-9433
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Travel back in time to this vinyl record bar that is simply brimming with Mad Man-era vibes. With a half-moon shaped bar at the back of the room, Bar Le Record’s cocktail menu is heavily gin and bourbon based. It’s also a great place for a date.

3. Bar St-Denis

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6966 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2S4, Canada
(514) 276-9717
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Housed in a former dive bar of the same name, Bar St-Denis is among the best spots to grab a drink in La Petite-Patrie at the moment. Expect stunner cocktails, affordable natural wines by the glass, and a food menu far superior to what you’d expect from any “bar” — at the moment, featuring the sourdough fried chicken from Casgrain BBQ.

4. Bishop & Bagg

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52 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K8, Canada
(514) 277-4400
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This Mile End pub's drinks program comes from Drahos Chytry, a popular figure among Montreal bartenders for his boosterism and hard work on behalf of the city's cocktail scene. It's known for an exceptionally large gin selection (and by extension, drinks using those gins).

5. Kabinet

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98 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N4, Canada
(514) 279-3555
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This elegant little cocktail bar featuring numerous twists on the Moscow Mule is a nice complement for the clubby boîte next door that is Datcha. Be warned that later at night on Thursdays and weekends it merges with Datcha and can get a lot louder and messier.

6. Bar Henrietta

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115 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N6, Canada
(514) 276-4282
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Baldwin Barmacie, a bar that took cocktails seriously before most, was made over as Henrietta, a Portuguese-inspired tavern. Drinks lean Iberian here, such as the Kir-like Bravo, made with red wine. The Innocence, a spin on a Manhattan, uses port. And so on. “I like to take the pretension out of cocktails,” declared Marc Bungarten, the creator of Henrietta's beverage program.

7. Bar Renard

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1272 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2H2, Canada
(514) 903-0648
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Located amidst the bustle of pedestrian-only (in warmer months) Sainte-Catherine East, adjacent to Beaudry metro station, Bar Renard is run by the same folks as Palco in Verdun. The cocktails here are floral and easy-going, with drinks like the St Tropez and the Maï Tai taking centre stage.

8. Le 4e Mur

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2021 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, Montreal
QC H2X 3K8, Canada

This Latin Quarter bar has a speakeasy vibe and explicit cocktail focus. Principals behind the venture include Montreal mixology vets like Eddy Germain, Max Coubès, and Tony Galdes.

9. Le Mal Nécessaire

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1106B Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
(514) 439-9199
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This bona fide Montreal tiki bar just underwent a major renovation in its unlikely underground digs in Chinatown — but it’s certainly not off the radar of the city's savvy drinkers.

10. El Pequeño

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401a R. Saint-Vincent, Montréal
QC H2Y 3A4, Canada
(514) 294-6911
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From the owner of favourite Old Montreal cocktail spot Cold Room (also on this map) is a bar renowned as the city’s — actually the province’s — smallest. El Pequeño channels an old-school Havana hotel, with a show-stopping chandelier, marble surfaces, and a tidy menu of classic rum-based drinks, including a killer mojito.

11. Cold Room

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Corner Saint-Paul E and St-Amable, Montreal
QC H2Y 1G8, Canada
(514) 451-6911
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Cold Room might be in Old Montreal but it's hidden enough from hordes of tourists, with minimal signage, and access is only by ringing an inconspicuous doorbell. Just don't call it a "speakeasy", asks owner Kevin Demers. The drinks are exceptionally creative, thematically fitting the history of the space and surrounds by reintroducing 18th century elements like fruit-vinegar shrubs, but in a forward-thinking way without a hint of being gimmicky.

12. Club Pelicano

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1076 Rue de Bleury #001, Montréal
QC H2Z 1N2, Canada
(514) 861-1515
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Built in a style that evokes Montreal’s public bathhouses and Parisian swimming pools in the 1940s, Club Pelicano acts as a speakeasy under Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Tiradito. While the menu is on constant rotation, the aperitivo cocktails highlight vermouth and sherry, and the “poolside” cocktails usually feature rum as the primary ingredient. 

13. Nacarat

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900 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, Montréal
QC H3B 1X8, Canada
(514) 954-2872
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Don't be put off by its status as a hotel bar (located in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth): Nacarat has one of the most serious cocktail games in the city. Headed up by Nader Chabaane with a menu organized around flavour profile instead of base spirit, and has found loopholes in Quebec's restrictive liquor laws, allowing the bar to barrel-age its own Negronis, amidst a host of exceedingly creative libations.

14. Bar Cloakroom

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2175 de la Montagne, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 284-9393
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Montreal cocktail vets help run this “bespoke speakeasy” inside a handmade menswear store and barbershop. For the summer, Cloakroom has opted to can its cocktails into an array of colour-coded mixes, such as “green,” featuring gin, ambrato, cucumber, and rose; or “pink,” with tequila, grapefruit, hibiscus, and star anis. World travellers take note: there's also a Cloakroom outpost in Brisbane, Australia.

15. Atwater Cocktail Club

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514 Atwater Avenue, Montreal
QC H4C 2G5, Canada
(438) 387-4252
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Tucked in a back alley on the edge of St-Henri, Atwater Cocktail Club was a primo addition to the city's cocktail scene in 2016 — with a stunningly shiny design from the Gauley Brothers to boot. Cocktails look to the south of the continent, with flavours like hibiscus, jalapeno, and agave, and some tropical vibes, but always sufficiently strong.

16. Cordova

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4606 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S4, Canada
(514) 647-4338
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Nestled into the heart of the action on the busy strip of Notre-Dame West is the Spanish-influenced Cordova, which in addition to coffee and tapas offers a solid list of cocktails with a sizable outdoor terrasse. 

17. Bar Palco

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4019 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V6, Canada
(514) 303-1345
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Now that its decades-long embargo on booze has been lifted, Verdun has a nice (albeit petite) bar scene. Palco serves some of the most affordable drinks in town, and has a tidy snack menu too.

1. 132 Bar Vintage

132 Fleury Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada

Yet more proof that Fleury Street is a strip to contend with, 132 Bar Vintage is Ahuntsic's go-to spot for libations both classic and original. Passionate cocktail advocate Jean-Maxime Giguère runs the show.

132 Fleury Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada

2. Bar Le Record

7622 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2R 2N6, Canada

Travel back in time to this vinyl record bar that is simply brimming with Mad Man-era vibes. With a half-moon shaped bar at the back of the room, Bar Le Record’s cocktail menu is heavily gin and bourbon based. It’s also a great place for a date.

7622 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2R 2N6, Canada

3. Bar St-Denis

6966 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2S 2S4, Canada

Housed in a former dive bar of the same name, Bar St-Denis is among the best spots to grab a drink in La Petite-Patrie at the moment. Expect stunner cocktails, affordable natural wines by the glass, and a food menu far superior to what you’d expect from any “bar” — at the moment, featuring the sourdough fried chicken from Casgrain BBQ.

6966 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2S4, Canada

4. Bishop & Bagg

52 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K8, Canada

This Mile End pub's drinks program comes from Drahos Chytry, a popular figure among Montreal bartenders for his boosterism and hard work on behalf of the city's cocktail scene. It's known for an exceptionally large gin selection (and by extension, drinks using those gins).

52 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K8, Canada

5. Kabinet

98 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N4, Canada

This elegant little cocktail bar featuring numerous twists on the Moscow Mule is a nice complement for the clubby boîte next door that is Datcha. Be warned that later at night on Thursdays and weekends it merges with Datcha and can get a lot louder and messier.

98 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N4, Canada

6. Bar Henrietta

115 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N6, Canada

Baldwin Barmacie, a bar that took cocktails seriously before most, was made over as Henrietta, a Portuguese-inspired tavern. Drinks lean Iberian here, such as the Kir-like Bravo, made with red wine. The Innocence, a spin on a Manhattan, uses port. And so on. “I like to take the pretension out of cocktails,” declared Marc Bungarten, the creator of Henrietta's beverage program.

115 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N6, Canada

7. Bar Renard

1272 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2L 2H2, Canada

Located amidst the bustle of pedestrian-only (in warmer months) Sainte-Catherine East, adjacent to Beaudry metro station, Bar Renard is run by the same folks as Palco in Verdun. The cocktails here are floral and easy-going, with drinks like the St Tropez and the Maï Tai taking centre stage.

1272 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2H2, Canada

8. Le 4e Mur

2021 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, Montreal, QC H2X 3K8, Canada

This Latin Quarter bar has a speakeasy vibe and explicit cocktail focus. Principals behind the venture include Montreal mixology vets like Eddy Germain, Max Coubès, and Tony Galdes.

2021 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, Montreal
QC H2X 3K8, Canada

9. Le Mal Nécessaire

1106B Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J5, Canada

This bona fide Montreal tiki bar just underwent a major renovation in its unlikely underground digs in Chinatown — but it’s certainly not off the radar of the city's savvy drinkers.

1106B Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada

10. El Pequeño

401a R. Saint-Vincent, Montréal, QC H2Y 3A4, Canada

From the owner of favourite Old Montreal cocktail spot Cold Room (also on this map) is a bar renowned as the city’s — actually the province’s — smallest. El Pequeño channels an old-school Havana hotel, with a show-stopping chandelier, marble surfaces, and a tidy menu of classic rum-based drinks, including a killer mojito.

401a R. Saint-Vincent, Montréal
QC H2Y 3A4, Canada

11. Cold Room

Corner Saint-Paul E and St-Amable, Montreal, QC H2Y 1G8, Canada

Cold Room might be in Old Montreal but it's hidden enough from hordes of tourists, with minimal signage, and access is only by ringing an inconspicuous doorbell. Just don't call it a "speakeasy", asks owner Kevin Demers. The drinks are exceptionally creative, thematically fitting the history of the space and surrounds by reintroducing 18th century elements like fruit-vinegar shrubs, but in a forward-thinking way without a hint of being gimmicky.

Corner Saint-Paul E and St-Amable, Montreal
QC H2Y 1G8, Canada

12. Club Pelicano

1076 Rue de Bleury #001, Montréal, QC H2Z 1N2, Canada

Built in a style that evokes Montreal’s public bathhouses and Parisian swimming pools in the 1940s, Club Pelicano acts as a speakeasy under Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Tiradito. While the menu is on constant rotation, the aperitivo cocktails highlight vermouth and sherry, and the “poolside” cocktails usually feature rum as the primary ingredient. 

1076 Rue de Bleury #001, Montréal
QC H2Z 1N2, Canada

13. Nacarat

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, Montréal, QC H3B 1X8, Canada

Don't be put off by its status as a hotel bar (located in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth): Nacarat has one of the most serious cocktail games in the city. Headed up by Nader Chabaane with a menu organized around flavour profile instead of base spirit, and has found loopholes in Quebec's restrictive liquor laws, allowing the bar to barrel-age its own Negronis, amidst a host of exceedingly creative libations.

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, Montréal
QC H3B 1X8, Canada

14. Bar Cloakroom

2175 de la Montagne, Montreal, QC, Canada

Montreal cocktail vets help run this “bespoke speakeasy” inside a handmade menswear store and barbershop. For the summer, Cloakroom has opted to can its cocktails into an array of colour-coded mixes, such as “green,” featuring gin, ambrato, cucumber, and rose; or “pink,” with tequila, grapefruit, hibiscus, and star anis. World travellers take note: there's also a Cloakroom outpost in Brisbane, Australia.

2175 de la Montagne, Montreal
QC, Canada

15. Atwater Cocktail Club

514 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, QC H4C 2G5, Canada

Tucked in a back alley on the edge of St-Henri, Atwater Cocktail Club was a primo addition to the city's cocktail scene in 2016 — with a stunningly shiny design from the Gauley Brothers to boot. Cocktails look to the south of the continent, with flavours like hibiscus, jalapeno, and agave, and some tropical vibes, but always sufficiently strong.

514 Atwater Avenue, Montreal
QC H4C 2G5, Canada

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16. Cordova

4606 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S4, Canada

Nestled into the heart of the action on the busy strip of Notre-Dame West is the Spanish-influenced Cordova, which in addition to coffee and tapas offers a solid list of cocktails with a sizable outdoor terrasse. 

4606 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S4, Canada

17. Bar Palco

4019 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1V6, Canada

Now that its decades-long embargo on booze has been lifted, Verdun has a nice (albeit petite) bar scene. Palco serves some of the most affordable drinks in town, and has a tidy snack menu too.

4019 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V6, Canada

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