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20 Essential Montreal Cocktail Bars

Trusted spots for drinking in the city

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Montreal’s cocktail scene impresses — even if the pandemic has dealt it a major blow. And now that establishments dedicated to boozy beverages have reopened from their third lockdown in two years, we’re taking stock: A couple of the cocktail bars that once appeared on this map have sadly closed, others remain dark and dormant, but the majority are back at it (or will be very soon).

From a basement bar serving speakeasy vibes below a Vietnamese restaurant, to a breezy, Italian-style spot out in Mile-Ex, the bars on this map demonstrate the creativity and passion making Montreal such a great place to drink. New additions include spots like Taverne Atlantic and Milky Way, part of a cohort of newer bars garnering local praise for their mixing skills. They appear alongside mainstays on the scene, like Cold Room and Atwater Cocktail Club — two 2016 openings where meticulously crafted drinks are the priority.

On the lookout for something newer? Our bar heatmap keeps track of watering wholes that have opened in the last year. We’ve got maps for Montreal’s best breweries, wine bars, and dive bars, too.

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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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Cocktail expert Jean-Maxime Giguère may have opened this neighbourhood bar nearly 10 years ago, but it continues to prove that Fleury Street is a strip to be reckoned with. It’s Ahuntsic’s go-to spot for libations — both classic and original.

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 brimming with Mad Man-era vibes. With a half-moon shaped bar at the back, a cocktail list that focuses heavily on gin and bourbon, a small snacking menu featuring chorizo and pizza, and a collection of 2,500 vinyls, it’ll satisfy most of the senses.

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 perhaps the best spot to grab a drink in La Petite-Patrie at the moment. Expect stunning cocktails, affordable natural wines by the glass, and a food menu far superior to what you’d expect from any “bar.”

4. Bar Cicchetti

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6703 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4J3, Canada
(514) 379-4879
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Named after the small bites served in traditional Venetian bars, terracotta-hued Cicchetti is an expert at the deviled eggs, charcuterie platters, polenta fries, and crustless sandwiches that’ll effectively pad an evening of drinking. Spritzes, bellinis, and other Italian aperitivo cocktails are the standard play here — and in the summer, they can be enjoyed from a sunny terrasse.

5. Taverne Atlantic

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6512 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H9, Canada
(514) 544-6512
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Be it indoor dining or rooftop lounging, its ample beverage list (beers, ciders, wines, the list goes on) or solid food offering, Taverne Atlantic covers all the bases — and does so exceptionally well. For cocktails, expect Quebec booze, like Menaud vodka, Cirka gin, Kayak vermouth, to be given pride of place on a short, though exciting list. Make sure to add a poutine to the order. You won’t regret it.

6. Pub Bishop & Bagg

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52 Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K8, Canada
(514) 277-4400
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Though a pub by name, this Mile End haunt from the Burgundy Lion group isn’t all burgers and beer. Serving hearty, English pub fare, it doubles as a gin bar, impressively stocked with more than 250 bottles from around the world to serve up one mean Negroni.

7. Bar Henrietta

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115 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N6, Canada
(514) 276-4282
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This Portuguese-influenced tavern replaced once-upon-a-time cocktail heavyweight Baldwin Barmacie back in 2015, and it takes its drinks just as seriously. Consider the “Rosa,” made with gin, honey vermouth, hibiscus, and lemon, or the “Robert,” with bourbon, grapefruit, Aperol, apple brandy, lemon, and bitters.

8. Le Royal

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1232 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1Y1, Canada

From the team that brought us standout Plateau wine bar Rouge Gorge is this cocktail spot in a moody, marble-clad underground space from leading Montreal designer Zebulon Perron. A hard-to-beat pick for sipping cocktails and slurping oysters in the Plateau.

9. Bar Renard

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1272 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal
QC H2L 2H2, Canada
(514) 903-0648
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Located in the Village, amid the bustle of pedestrian-only (in warmer months) Sainte-Catherine Street East, Bar Renard’s cocktails are easy-going, with one-litre options of both basil mojitos and Scotch lemonade — ideal for group drinking.

10. Bar Cloakroom

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2175 de la Montagne, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 284-9393
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Cloakroom serves up speakeasy vibes and stone-cold stunning cocktails from an ultra chic space hidden inside a menswear shop. Drinks are uniquely tailored to each customers’ liquor and taste preferences, meaning there’s no menu to aimlessly pore over; instead, let the bartender be your guide.

11. Bar George

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Le Mount Stephen, 1440 Rue Drummond, Montréal
QC H3G 1V9, Canada
(514) 669-9243
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Located in the Mount Stephen Hotel, Bar George was a welcome addition to the downtown core’s cocktail repertoire back in 2017. Drinks are well made, and with chandeliers, wallpaper, and intricate woodworking, its space is beyond stately.

12. Le Mal Nécessaire

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1106B Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J5, Canada
(514) 439-9199
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This tiki-style bar occupies a somewhat unlikely underground locale in Chinatown, but certainly isn’t off the radar for the city's savvy drinkers. Expect libations that spotlight tropical fruits — either as the vessel, the garnish, or the main ingredient, regular DJ sets, and a keen eye to sustainability.

13. N sur Mackay

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1244 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2H4, Canada

There used to be a deplorable lack of good cocktail bars downtown — until places like this one started stepping in to fill the void. N sur Mackay is a low-key, no-nonsense hangout for exquisite, and affordably priced, cocktails

14. 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 placement in a hotel bar (located in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth): Nacarat has one of the most serious cocktail games in the city. Its menu is organized around flavour profile instead of base spirit, and it barrel-ages its own Negronis.

15. Club Pelicano

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1076 Rue de Bleury #001, Montréal
QC H2Z 1N2, Canada
(514) 861-1515
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Under Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Tiradito sits this basement bar evoking Montreal’s public bathhouses and 1940’s Parisian swimming pools. While its menu frequently rotates, expect reinterpretations of classics like the Paloma and the Pisco Sour.

16. 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 prime-time Old Montreal but minimal signage and an inconspicuous doorbell mean it’s mostly kept hidden from tourists. The drinks are exceptionally creative, and thematically fit the history of the space and surrounds with 18th century elements like fruit-vinegar shrubs. Check out nearby sibling establishment El Pequeño for Cuban cocktails in an itty bitty space.

17. Nhậu bar

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600 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1N6, Canada
(514) 379-4111
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In the basement of popular Vietnamese restaurant Hà lies Nhau Bar, a speakeasy that takes on its upstairs neighbour’s Southeast Asian influence. Focusing on floral liqueurs and often tropical ingredients, this Old Montreal spot excels at fruity, creative options, and tends to fill up quickly.

18. 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 game-changing addition to the city's cocktail scene back in 2016 — with a somber, swank design from the Gauley Brothers to boot. Cocktails look to the south with flavours like hibiscus, jalapeño, and agave, and are known for their show-stopping quality.

19. Milky Way Cocktail Bar

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1886 Rue Centre, Montréal
QC H3K 1H9, Canada
(438) 522-7499
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Neon lighting, draping plant life, and snazzy marbles and velours converge at this fashionable Pointe-St-Charles destination — a near-instant hit when it landed on the scene in 2019. Cocktails lean tropical, refreshing, and vacation-inspiring with options like Island in the Sun (gin, rum, absinthe, lemon, grapefruit, hibiscus, and pine) or Le Swan (rum, dry curaçao, peach liqueur, lime, passion fruit, coconut, cucumber, mint, vanilla, and cardamom). Bonus: Pizza from sibling establishment Fugazzi downstairs can be eaten up top.)

20. Bar Palco

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4019 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V6, Canada
(514) 303-1345
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Shortly after Verdun lifted its decades-long embargo on booze, this petite bar landed on the scene. Palco covers all the bases, with both classic and creative cocktails, alcohol-free drinks, pitchers, beers, and a tidy snack menu, featuring $1 oysters on weeknights.

1. 132 Bar Vintage

132 Fleury Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada

Cocktail expert Jean-Maxime Giguère may have opened this neighbourhood bar nearly 10 years ago, but it continues to prove that Fleury Street is a strip to be reckoned with. It’s Ahuntsic’s go-to spot for libations — both classic and original.

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 brimming with Mad Man-era vibes. With a half-moon shaped bar at the back, a cocktail list that focuses heavily on gin and bourbon, a small snacking menu featuring chorizo and pizza, and a collection of 2,500 vinyls, it’ll satisfy most of the senses.

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 perhaps the best spot to grab a drink in La Petite-Patrie at the moment. Expect stunning cocktails, affordable natural wines by the glass, and a food menu far superior to what you’d expect from any “bar.”

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

4. Bar Cicchetti

6703 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4J3, Canada

Named after the small bites served in traditional Venetian bars, terracotta-hued Cicchetti is an expert at the deviled eggs, charcuterie platters, polenta fries, and crustless sandwiches that’ll effectively pad an evening of drinking. Spritzes, bellinis, and other Italian aperitivo cocktails are the standard play here — and in the summer, they can be enjoyed from a sunny terrasse.

6703 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4J3, Canada

5. Taverne Atlantic

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

Be it indoor dining or rooftop lounging, its ample beverage list (beers, ciders, wines, the list goes on) or solid food offering, Taverne Atlantic covers all the bases — and does so exceptionally well. For cocktails, expect Quebec booze, like Menaud vodka, Cirka gin, Kayak vermouth, to be given pride of place on a short, though exciting list. Make sure to add a poutine to the order. You won’t regret it.

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

6. Pub Bishop & Bagg

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

Though a pub by name, this Mile End haunt from the Burgundy Lion group isn’t all burgers and beer. Serving hearty, English pub fare, it doubles as a gin bar, impressively stocked with more than 250 bottles from around the world to serve up one mean Negroni.

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

7. Bar Henrietta

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

This Portuguese-influenced tavern replaced once-upon-a-time cocktail heavyweight Baldwin Barmacie back in 2015, and it takes its drinks just as seriously. Consider the “Rosa,” made with gin, honey vermouth, hibiscus, and lemon, or the “Robert,” with bourbon, grapefruit, Aperol, apple brandy, lemon, and bitters.

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

8. Le Royal

1232 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1Y1, Canada

From the team that brought us standout Plateau wine bar Rouge Gorge is this cocktail spot in a moody, marble-clad underground space from leading Montreal designer Zebulon Perron. A hard-to-beat pick for sipping cocktails and slurping oysters in the Plateau.

1232 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1Y1, Canada

9. Bar Renard

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

Located in the Village, amid the bustle of pedestrian-only (in warmer months) Sainte-Catherine Street East, Bar Renard’s cocktails are easy-going, with one-litre options of both basil mojitos and Scotch lemonade — ideal for group drinking.

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

10. Bar Cloakroom

2175 de la Montagne, Montreal, QC, Canada

Cloakroom serves up speakeasy vibes and stone-cold stunning cocktails from an ultra chic space hidden inside a menswear shop. Drinks are uniquely tailored to each customers’ liquor and taste preferences, meaning there’s no menu to aimlessly pore over; instead, let the bartender be your guide.

2175 de la Montagne, Montreal
QC, Canada

11. Bar George

Le Mount Stephen, 1440 Rue Drummond, Montréal, QC H3G 1V9, Canada

Located in the Mount Stephen Hotel, Bar George was a welcome addition to the downtown core’s cocktail repertoire back in 2017. Drinks are well made, and with chandeliers, wallpaper, and intricate woodworking, its space is beyond stately.

Le Mount Stephen, 1440 Rue Drummond, Montréal
QC H3G 1V9, Canada

12. Le Mal Nécessaire

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

This tiki-style bar occupies a somewhat unlikely underground locale in Chinatown, but certainly isn’t off the radar for the city's savvy drinkers. Expect libations that spotlight tropical fruits — either as the vessel, the garnish, or the main ingredient, regular DJ sets, and a keen eye to sustainability.

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

13. N sur Mackay

1244 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H4, Canada

There used to be a deplorable lack of good cocktail bars downtown — until places like this one started stepping in to fill the void. N sur Mackay is a low-key, no-nonsense hangout for exquisite, and affordably priced, cocktails

1244 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2H4, Canada

14. Nacarat

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

Don't be put off by its placement in a hotel bar (located in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth): Nacarat has one of the most serious cocktail games in the city. Its menu is organized around flavour profile instead of base spirit, and it barrel-ages its own Negronis.

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

15. Club Pelicano

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

Under Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Tiradito sits this basement bar evoking Montreal’s public bathhouses and 1940’s Parisian swimming pools. While its menu frequently rotates, expect reinterpretations of classics like the Paloma and the Pisco Sour.

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

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16. Cold Room

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

Cold Room might be in prime-time Old Montreal but minimal signage and an inconspicuous doorbell mean it’s mostly kept hidden from tourists. The drinks are exceptionally creative, and thematically fit the history of the space and surrounds with 18th century elements like fruit-vinegar shrubs. Check out nearby sibling establishment El Pequeño for Cuban cocktails in an itty bitty space.

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

17. Nhậu bar

600 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3C 1N6, Canada

In the basement of popular Vietnamese restaurant Hà lies Nhau Bar, a speakeasy that takes on its upstairs neighbour’s Southeast Asian influence. Focusing on floral liqueurs and often tropical ingredients, this Old Montreal spot excels at fruity, creative options, and tends to fill up quickly.

600 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1N6, Canada

18. 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 game-changing addition to the city's cocktail scene back in 2016 — with a somber, swank design from the Gauley Brothers to boot. Cocktails look to the south with flavours like hibiscus, jalapeño, and agave, and are known for their show-stopping quality.

514 Atwater Avenue, Montreal
QC H4C 2G5, Canada

19. Milky Way Cocktail Bar

1886 Rue Centre, Montréal, QC H3K 1H9, Canada

Neon lighting, draping plant life, and snazzy marbles and velours converge at this fashionable Pointe-St-Charles destination — a near-instant hit when it landed on the scene in 2019. Cocktails lean tropical, refreshing, and vacation-inspiring with options like Island in the Sun (gin, rum, absinthe, lemon, grapefruit, hibiscus, and pine) or Le Swan (rum, dry curaçao, peach liqueur, lime, passion fruit, coconut, cucumber, mint, vanilla, and cardamom). Bonus: Pizza from sibling establishment Fugazzi downstairs can be eaten up top.)

1886 Rue Centre, Montréal
QC H3K 1H9, Canada

20. Bar Palco

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

Shortly after Verdun lifted its decades-long embargo on booze, this petite bar landed on the scene. Palco covers all the bases, with both classic and creative cocktails, alcohol-free drinks, pitchers, beers, and a tidy snack menu, featuring $1 oysters on weeknights.

4019 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1V6, Canada

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