8 marvelous Montreal bars and breweries

August 14, 2017 / Montreal

Visit Montreal’s best bars and breweries

Montreal is full of great places to enjoy a cold beer, from microbreweries to quirky bars. Whether you enjoy ales or stouts, you won’t be disappointed by the city’s offerings.

1. Darling

Beer lovers will be in heaven at this trendy new bar which features 11 brews and 3 ciders on tap. The décor is reminiscent of the 1930s, with a dash of industrial and steampunk design thrown in for good measure. The best part about this bar is that you’ll never pay more than $6 for anything poured from a tap. If drinking makes you hungry, you can chow down on a cheese plate or a charcuterie board.   

Where: 4328 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

2. Reservoir

Pick your poison at this cool Montreal hotspot, which offers an impressive beer list of 20 brews. For something a bit different, try the seasonal beer made with local morello cherries. A weekend brunch from Chef Marc-Alexandre Mercier is also offered, so be sure to arrive hungry on Saturdays and Sundays. Expect to see a wide range of dishes on the menu, from luscious lobster to a posh grilled cheese sandwich. If the weather is nice, be sure to head outside to the sunny terrace.

Where: 9 Avenue Duluth Est

3. Brasserie Harricana

This Montreal hangout is part restaurant, part bar, and part craft brewery. It takes beer seriously, measuring gas composition, pressure, and temperature with the city’s only Flux capacitor draft system. The expansive food menu is also worth a try, featuring items including filet mignon and tofu popcorn. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays. The interior is simple yet inviting, making it a favorite for locals and visitors alike. 

Where: Rue Jean-Talon Ouest

4. Isle de Garde

This microbrewery is the product of 6 beer enthusiasts who came together to create a stylish drinking hole in Montreal’s vibrant La Petite-Patrie neighborhood. It’s a one-stop shop for great beer, offering 24 rotating on-tap brews. The interior is fun and welcoming, but the party usually spills outside in the summertime. The cuisine balances somewhere between fancy bistro and old-fashioned comfort food, with items ranging from beef tartar to old-fashioned mac & cheese. 

Where: 1039 Rue Beaubien Est

5. Dieu du Ciel

You’ll immediately feel at home at this neighborhood microbrewery, which features modest wooden tables and an unpretentious bar with 19 draft beers. This is the kind of place that takes beer so seriously that it doesn’t need to waste time on elaborate décor. Just about every flavor profile is on offer, satisfying even the most particular of beer drinkers. If you get hungry, be sure to order a delicious homemade pizza.  

Where: 29 Avenue Laurier Ouest

6. Vices & Versa

This drinking hole boasts an incredible 35 beers on-tap, so you’re bound to find something right up your alley. A number of cask ales are also on offer. The outdoor patio is a lovely place to throw back a few cold ones, complete with communal tables and a shade tree. The interior is equally nice, with exposed bricks and a chalkboard of beer offerings. The food menu offers pizzas and burgers, both of which pair perfectly with a frosty pint. 

Where: 6631 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

7. Terrasse St-Ambroise

You won’t find a better place to enjoy a cold beer on a hot day. This outdoor terrace features an abundance of tables, and happens to be a great place to rest your feet after biking along the Lachine Canal. All the beers come from the McAuslan Brewery, which is located on the same grounds. There’s a pour for every level of thirst, with beers offered in flights, glasses, and pitchers. Traditional bar food is on offer, including nachos and burgers. 

Where: 5080 Rue St-Ambroise 

8. Benelux

This hip and relaxed hangout offers a variety of beers brewed on-site, with the seasonal apricot blonde being a favourite among locals. Enjoy your pint on the outdoor terrace, which has sofas big enough to fit you and all your friends. Burgers, sandwiches, and other dishes are on offer, but true brew fans will opt for the pulled pork, which has been cooked in dark beer. This is a great, laid-back place to enjoy a few cheap drinks. 

Where: 4026 Rue Wellington 

Montreal’s outdoor terraces, quirky bars, and beer taps are the perfect place for a cold beverage and good company, so what are you waiting for?