When it comes to wetting your palate, the cosmopolitan city of Montreal has got the lot. By day, micro-roasters, world-class baristas and European-style cafes serve the black velvet stuff, and by night, the city comes alive with establishments ready to fill your glass with everything from cocktails to craft beer and Haitian rhum.
Café Myriade is a mainstay on the Montreal café scene. They’re found in a couple of locations, the newest establishment famously ‘hidden’ under Club Monaco downtown on Rue Sainte-Catherine. Browse the little bookshop on the premises as you sip custom-made Kees Van der Westen Spirit espresso.
Le Mal Nécessaire
A green neon pineapple sets the playful tone at Le Mal Necessaire, a Tiki basement bar in Montreal’s Chinatown, where delicious fruity cocktails are served out of pineapples and coconuts topped with elaborate garnish and tiny umbrellas, served by hipster wait staff.
Newly opened in 2016, Agrikol is the cool kid on the block, its two-story space filled with art and lively Compás music. Montreal has the largest diaspora in the world and Agrikol serves premium Haitian Rhum, best sipped on the terrace during summer.
Big in Japan Bar
Uncover Big in Japan, a secret speakeasy hiding behind an innocuous, unmarked grey door. Once inside, it’s clear why the uber-cool bar is a key player in Montreal’s underground scene. Sip on an enormous selection of whiskeys, along with sakes, wine and umeshu, made from Japanese apricots.
Dieu du Ciel!
Beer enthusiasts – right this way. Dieu du Ciel! on Laurier West is touted as the top microbrewery in the city. Ale and craft beer aficionados will be ecstatic at the range of bold house brews and exotic imports. Surprise your palate with special edition home-grown brews.
Coffee in the Mile-End
People-watching during summer in Montreal’s trendy Mile-End is best done with an outstanding cup of coffee in hand. The Euro-hipster Café Olimpico serves up divine espressos and a relaxed vibe, while Club Social offers traditional Italian-style brews on a sun-drenched terrace.
Take a crash course in mixology or let the Labtenders serve you at Montreal’s Le Lab cocktail bar. Get ready for cocktails with a difference. Think sage, thyme and ginger mixed with alcohols like grapefruit bitters and gin. Expect great music and even better flair bartending.
Mayfair in Montreal
Soak up the chic Victorian-esque décor at upmarket Mayfair. Lounge on plush seating, surrounded by gilded mirrors and a distinct London vibe. Mayfair’s point of difference is its elegant spiked tearoom. Try the delicious Goji Kiss as you get in the mood with some cool DJ beats.
One of Montreal’s leading wine bars, Pullman’s urban-chic design is complemented by an outstanding menu of vino, paired with the perfect morsel. Don’t be afraid to ask the opinion of the knowledgeable wait staff as you choose from a vast selection of French and rare vintages.
Brasseurs de Montréal
Congregate with friends on the sun-kissed terrace at Brasseurs de Montreal in Griffintown, its industrial décor and non-stop world music creating a relaxed, hospital ambience. Soak up traditional Quebec cuisine with an extensive menu of Canadian and imported wines and quality craft beers.