Must see nightlife in Montréal

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    Canal Lounge

    This permanently docked boat-bar nestles along the canal in front of a lovely pedestrian bridge. The over-45-year-old vessel has been converted into an…

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    Big in Japan

    Completely concealed from the street, Big in Japan always amazes first-timers. There you are walking along bustling St-Laurent, you find the unmarked door…

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    Crew Café

    Easily the most spectacular cafe in Montréal, Crew converted the old Royal Bank into a caffeine and laptop powerhouse. Order from a teller, then sip green…

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    La Buvette Chez Simone

    An artsy-chic crowd of (mostly) Francophone bons vivants and professionals loves this cozy wine bar. The staff know their vino and the extensive list is…

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    Barfly

    Cheap, gritty, loud, fun and a little bit out of control – just the way we like our dive bars. Live bluegrass and rockabilly bands and bedraggled hipsters…

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    Sky Pub & Club

    A popular three-level Village complex designed to suck you in for an entire Friday or Saturday night of partying. If you’re a gorgeous guy or looking for…

  • Dominion Square Tavern

    Once a down-and-out watering hole dating from the 1920s, this beautifully renovated tavern recalls a classic French bistro but with a long bar, English…

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    Majestique

    The Majestique manages to be both kitschy and classy at the same time, with wood-paneled walls, warm lighting and a buck's head presiding over the tables…

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    Whisky Café

    Cuban cigars and fine whiskies are partners in crime at this classy 1930s-styled joint, hidden near the industrial sector of the Mile End. The well…

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    Le Darling

    A mix of cafe, cocktail bar and bistro, Le Darling is a one-stop spot for top-notch drinks and bistro-quality eats. Straddling a corner on Blvd St-Laurent…

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    Bar Social Verdun

    A fun neighborhood spot, with outdoor seating, an impressive central bar and live music, Bar Social Verdun is a welcome addition to this up-and-coming…

  • Bar Waverly

    With its engaging decor and a great location, Bar Waverly has established itself in the Mile End bar scene. A full selection of cocktails is complemented…

  • Café Résonance

    A favorite with local writers, artists and students, this cafe-restaurant does fair-trade coffee, a homemade vegan menu, and daily live shows ranging from…

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    Les Sœurs Grises

    Named after the famous Montréal religious order of nuns founded by St Marguerite d’Youville, this swanky concrete-chic bistro-brasserie is equal parts…

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    Bily Kun

    One of the pioneers of ‘tavern chic,’ Bily Kun is a favorite local hangout for a chilled evening among friends. First-time visitors usually gawp at the…

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    Le Mal Necessaire

    For some of the tastiest cocktails in Montréal, look for the neon-lit green pineapple and descend the stairs to this vaguely tiki-inspired bar hidden…

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    Furco

    In a previous life this stylish but industrial hideaway was a fur factory, and its raw concrete pillars, copper bar and modular light fixtures form the…

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    Confessionnal

    Playing heavily on churchy themes, Le Confessionnal is a tempting spot to wrack up a few sins. It has low red lighting, a glowing alabaster-like bar and…

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    Biirū

    Despite the name, this colorfully designed izakaya doesn't serve much biirū (beer). What it does have: creative cocktails, tasty snacks and a festive…

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    Café Olimpico

    Its espresso is excellent, yet this rocking, no-frills Italian cafe is all about atmosphere, as young good-looking baristas whip up smooth caffeinated…