Guide to Montreal Nightlife

  • Graphic Jennifer Aedy

Whether you just want some drinks, dance or party with friends, these are the places to go.

BRUTOPIA (1219 CRESCENT ST.)
Serves freshly made brews on site, with live music and an open mic. They even have weekly trivia nights if that suits your fancy.

NOTRE DAME DES QUILLES
(32 BEAUBIEN ST. E.)
Just right for when you want a nice cocktail, but also want to bowl or do karaoke on Sundays.

LE SAINTE-ÉLISABETH (1412 STE. ÉLISABETH ST.)
It’s the nicest hidden terrace you can find in the middle of the less pleasant parts of downtown. Drinks aren’t so cheap though.

ELSE’S (156 ROY ST. E.)
This is what happens when a Norwegian gets sick of suburban Toronto and opens a pub on a resto license. Food and beer.

LE MAL NÉCESSAIRE (1106B ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
Quietly sophisticated basement bar serving some of the best drinks in the city—cool vibe, cool music.

APT. 200 (3643 ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
It’s a cozy bar that looks like somebody’s loft with a house party feel.

BOITE À KARAOKE (2071 STE. CATHERINE ST. W.)
Sing your heart out at this intimate bar/karaoke spot. You’ll either embarrass yourself laughing or surprise yourself.

GRUMPY’S (1242 BISHOP ST.)
Surrounded by numerous similar establishments on Bishop, this one still stands out with its chill vibe and cheap beer.

BENELUX (245 SHERBROOKE ST. W.)
If you’re a beer fanatic, this may be the spot for you. They’ve also got paninis and “EuroDogs”. Open until 3 a.m. every night.

MOOSE BAWR (1817 STE. CATHERINE ST. W.)
It’s a small bar with a cool crowd. It’s an alternative to overcrowded joints like Sports Station.

CASA DEL POPOLO (4871 ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
In Italian, its name means “House of the people”. It’s a nice bar/bistro and a great place for live music. Its name is fitting when you really think about it.

MUZIQUE (3781 ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
This club on St. Laurent has two rooms for partygoers: one for dancehall, R&B and hip-hop lovers, and another for those who fancy electronic dance music.

BLUE DOG (3958 ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
Barbershop by day (crazy, right?!), great bar and live music venue by night!

BIFTECK (3702 ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
If you need to hang around on St. Laurent, go to Bifteck. Good beer, good pool and great free popcorn.

BOBARDS (4328 ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
Nice bar, but even nicer establishment for live music from artists all over the world.

BLEURY BAR À VINYLE (2109 BLEURY ST.)
Small, intimate but rocking spot for live entertainment from hip-hop artists and DJs.

BIERMARKT (1221 RENÉ-LÉVESQUE BLVD. W.)
This place has just about every beer you would want. Every single one. Ask for it, they probably have it.

PETIT CAMPUS (57 PRINCE ARTHUR ST. E.)
There always seems to be a party going on at Petit Campus. Foam parties, a back to school party, a beach party in the middle of the fall…

TOKYO BAR (3709 ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
Can’t afford to go to Tokyo, Japan? Tokyo Bar may not be the next best thing, but you can still have a good time with your friends. Be warned: they have a dress code and proper attire is a must.

NESTA (3519 ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
You may be pleasantly surprised at the music they play at Nesta, as the DJ will often play some of the best hits from last decade. They’ve creatively named drinks too, including the “Mountain Dew Me”.

FITZROY (551 MONT-ROYAL AVE. E.)
This loft space has a bar and wall-to-wall pool tables. If you’re on Mont-Royal and you need a place to chill out, Fitzroy will do.

TRH-BAR (3699 ST. LAURENT BLVD.)
It’s not just your run-of-the-mill bar. TRH-Bar has a bowl for skaters to show off their tricks. Bring your skateboard, crush a few beers, and have a good time!

LE SAINT-SULPICE (1680 ST. DENIS ST.)
Enjoy beers and food at this St. Denis institution, and if you’re up for it, there’s karaoke in the basement downstairs!

MME. LEE (151 ONTARIO ST. E.)
It’s an Asian fusion bar and restaurant that plays R&B and hip-hop! You may consider it as a start for your evening out, but you might end up partying there for the whole night!

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