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16 Guaranteed To Please First Date Spots in Montreal

Not too casual, not too fancy

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There’s no shortage of restaurants, bars, and cafes in Montreal that make for excellent romantic outings, but it’s never a good idea to use a one-size-fits-all approach to choosing a date spot. A multi-course tasting at Le Mousso is a great anniversary idea, although probably not the best choice to share with a new match from Tinder.

This map highlights the best spots to impress that subject of your desire early on. They all have a certain mix of casual and classy, but choose the vibe you want carefully: wine and small plates at Larry’s, for example, is more formal than flaming tiki bowls at Snowbird.

Been dating a while and want to impress with something fancier? We have a separate guide for you romantics, right over here.

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Dinette Triple Crown

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It can be tricky to maintain appropriate first date decorum while gnawing on a fried chicken drumstick but the uniqueness of Dinette's picnic basket concept can hopefully distract from any issues with table manners. Southern comfort food fills the menu alongside classic cocktails such as a margarita done right, with egg white. You can get it all packed into a basket with tablecloth, sauces, and everything you need (minus the cocktails) anytime of the year, but in the winter months it might be easiest to sit at the counter.

Snowbird Tiki Bar

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Tiki drinks undeniably make for a good time, whether it’s on a first date or otherwise. Plus there are benefits if your date ditches, like getting to enjoy an entire flaming tiki punch bowl to yourself. Who needs love anyway?

Cardinal Tea Room

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Right above popular bar Sparrow is this solid option for the teetotalers, the hungover, or simply folk who don't want to drink on a date. The spectacular interior should impress any love interest with a sense of aesthetics, while pillowy tea cakes and cucumber sandwiches add something novel in a patisserie-fixated city.

Whether you’re committing to sharing an entire bottle, or playing it safe with wines by the glass, Larrys is the perfect oenophile first-date spot (but fares well for beer and cocktails, too). Stave off hunger with small plates, and if it’s not going well, you don’t have to commit to sitting through an entire meal.

Cinéma Moderne

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For the date that appreciates film and food, there’s no better bet than Cinema Moderne. Grab a bite in an adjoining café-bar before enjoying a show in their quaint, 54-seat theatre. Keep an eye out for regularly scheduled special events as well.

Bar Henrietta

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The flawlessly designed reincarnation of the former Baldwin Barmacie on Laurier could be described as resembling a classy Portuguese boathouse. The prices are definitely on the classy side too, but it's worth it if for those looking to impress. A modern wine list focused on Portugal and France, and small plates with plenty of chorizo and seafood are the hallmarks.

Agrikol

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Though it’s squarely on the restaurant side of this list, Agrikol is a super-flexible date location and less of a classic appetizer-mains-desserts place. Admire the loud interior, and wash those plantains and Haitian-style grilled meats down with innovative rum cocktails. (There’s also ‘Ti Agrikol, a more boisterous bar, next door.)

La Buvette Chez Simone

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If you need a casual and affordable wine bar for after-work drinks, Buvette is your go-to. You have the option between the mahoganied interior, which radiates warmth, or a spacious terrasse right on Parc. Charcuterie and cheese are good date bets, and you can safely order drinks that aren’t wine and still enjoy it.

Majestique

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Some bars are places you would only go with friends; some are places you only take dates, but Majestique is both. Suggestive foods for your date like oysters and hotdogs are on the menu, and the cocktails strike a balance between being refined without approaching pretentiously molecular levels of mixology. The vibrant interior is also a nice distraction from any stilted conversation, too.

Réservoir

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One of the most refined beer spots in the city, Réservoir leans away from a loud and more boisterous brewpub atmosphere and the terrasse overlooking Duluth Street is prime seating. Since a takeover from the owners of much-loved restaurant Hôtel Herman, the upscale bar food is also exceptional. Réservoir is first and foremost a microbrewery, so check your date's gluten tolerance levels first.

Almost like an upscale dive bar, Else's is an ideal low-pressure date venue — with a solid menu of comfort snacks and a low-key approach to cocktails, it's hard to feel underdressed but also hard to walk away without a certain warmth towards the bar (and hopefully, your date).

Pamplemousse

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Downtown Montreal can be a weird place for dining and drink options and Pamplemousse is a much-needed casual-but-not-party addition to the scene around Place des Arts and the Latin Quarter. With 20 different local brews on tap, there’s something for everyone, whether your date is an avid beer drinker or not. Check out the wood-fired food menu, too.

Cold Room

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A hidden gem in the heart of the tourist zone, Cold Room is tucked away in (surprise) a former cold room and only accessible by ringing an inconspicuous doorbell on St-Vincent Street. It’s award-winning bartender Kevin Demers’ first bar of his own and the carefully designed drinks, many of which use shrubs (in short, flavoured vinegars), have drawn many fans since its inception.

Caffe Un Po' Di Piu

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The latest from the Olive & Gourmando crew is perfect for dates at any time of day. Coffee date? Check. Brunch? Check. After-work aperitivo and antipasto? Check. Given all the options, it can be a whole-day affair, if the date is really good.

Club Pelicano

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It might be weird to take a first date to a swimming pool, but it’s definitely cool to swing by a bar that feels like you’re hanging out in an old school public bath. In any case, the ambience here makes for some interesting conversation. The cocktails are on point too, with boozy concoctions like their frozen paper plane.

Crew Collective & Cafe

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Located in a former bank in Old Montreal, Crew has one of the city's most stunning interiors, with solid coffee and light breakfast and lunch foods to match. A caveat — Crew is billed as somewhat of a work space so if you show up when it's jammed, you may be stuck at a less-romantic communal table with young professionals churning out "content" or "SEO" from their laptops, but there are plenty of date friendly nooks. Note that Crew doesn't serve alcohol outside of special events.

Dinette Triple Crown

It can be tricky to maintain appropriate first date decorum while gnawing on a fried chicken drumstick but the uniqueness of Dinette's picnic basket concept can hopefully distract from any issues with table manners. Southern comfort food fills the menu alongside classic cocktails such as a margarita done right, with egg white. You can get it all packed into a basket with tablecloth, sauces, and everything you need (minus the cocktails) anytime of the year, but in the winter months it might be easiest to sit at the counter.

Snowbird Tiki Bar

Tiki drinks undeniably make for a good time, whether it’s on a first date or otherwise. Plus there are benefits if your date ditches, like getting to enjoy an entire flaming tiki punch bowl to yourself. Who needs love anyway?

Cardinal Tea Room

Right above popular bar Sparrow is this solid option for the teetotalers, the hungover, or simply folk who don't want to drink on a date. The spectacular interior should impress any love interest with a sense of aesthetics, while pillowy tea cakes and cucumber sandwiches add something novel in a patisserie-fixated city.

Larrys

Whether you’re committing to sharing an entire bottle, or playing it safe with wines by the glass, Larrys is the perfect oenophile first-date spot (but fares well for beer and cocktails, too). Stave off hunger with small plates, and if it’s not going well, you don’t have to commit to sitting through an entire meal.

Cinéma Moderne

For the date that appreciates film and food, there’s no better bet than Cinema Moderne. Grab a bite in an adjoining café-bar before enjoying a show in their quaint, 54-seat theatre. Keep an eye out for regularly scheduled special events as well.

Bar Henrietta

The flawlessly designed reincarnation of the former Baldwin Barmacie on Laurier could be described as resembling a classy Portuguese boathouse. The prices are definitely on the classy side too, but it's worth it if for those looking to impress. A modern wine list focused on Portugal and France, and small plates with plenty of chorizo and seafood are the hallmarks.

Agrikol

Though it’s squarely on the restaurant side of this list, Agrikol is a super-flexible date location and less of a classic appetizer-mains-desserts place. Admire the loud interior, and wash those plantains and Haitian-style grilled meats down with innovative rum cocktails. (There’s also ‘Ti Agrikol, a more boisterous bar, next door.)

La Buvette Chez Simone

If you need a casual and affordable wine bar for after-work drinks, Buvette is your go-to. You have the option between the mahoganied interior, which radiates warmth, or a spacious terrasse right on Parc. Charcuterie and cheese are good date bets, and you can safely order drinks that aren’t wine and still enjoy it.

Majestique

Some bars are places you would only go with friends; some are places you only take dates, but Majestique is both. Suggestive foods for your date like oysters and hotdogs are on the menu, and the cocktails strike a balance between being refined without approaching pretentiously molecular levels of mixology. The vibrant interior is also a nice distraction from any stilted conversation, too.

Réservoir

One of the most refined beer spots in the city, Réservoir leans away from a loud and more boisterous brewpub atmosphere and the terrasse overlooking Duluth Street is prime seating. Since a takeover from the owners of much-loved restaurant Hôtel Herman, the upscale bar food is also exceptional. Réservoir is first and foremost a microbrewery, so check your date's gluten tolerance levels first.

Else's

Almost like an upscale dive bar, Else's is an ideal low-pressure date venue — with a solid menu of comfort snacks and a low-key approach to cocktails, it's hard to feel underdressed but also hard to walk away without a certain warmth towards the bar (and hopefully, your date).

Pamplemousse

Downtown Montreal can be a weird place for dining and drink options and Pamplemousse is a much-needed casual-but-not-party addition to the scene around Place des Arts and the Latin Quarter. With 20 different local brews on tap, there’s something for everyone, whether your date is an avid beer drinker or not. Check out the wood-fired food menu, too.

Cold Room

A hidden gem in the heart of the tourist zone, Cold Room is tucked away in (surprise) a former cold room and only accessible by ringing an inconspicuous doorbell on St-Vincent Street. It’s award-winning bartender Kevin Demers’ first bar of his own and the carefully designed drinks, many of which use shrubs (in short, flavoured vinegars), have drawn many fans since its inception.

Caffe Un Po' Di Piu

The latest from the Olive & Gourmando crew is perfect for dates at any time of day. Coffee date? Check. Brunch? Check. After-work aperitivo and antipasto? Check. Given all the options, it can be a whole-day affair, if the date is really good.

Club Pelicano

It might be weird to take a first date to a swimming pool, but it’s definitely cool to swing by a bar that feels like you’re hanging out in an old school public bath. In any case, the ambience here makes for some interesting conversation. The cocktails are on point too, with boozy concoctions like their frozen paper plane.

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Crew Collective & Cafe

Located in a former bank in Old Montreal, Crew has one of the city's most stunning interiors, with solid coffee and light breakfast and lunch foods to match. A caveat — Crew is billed as somewhat of a work space so if you show up when it's jammed, you may be stuck at a less-romantic communal table with young professionals churning out "content" or "SEO" from their laptops, but there are plenty of date friendly nooks. Note that Crew doesn't serve alcohol outside of special events.

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