The Best Live Music Venues in Montreal, Canada

Montreal's vibrant nightlife extends to its live music venues
Montreal's vibrant nightlife extends to its live music venues | © ColsTravel / Alamy Stock Photo
Montreal is full of sights and sounds to take in, not least of which is its music – so be sure to head to one of the city’s great music venues, many of which feature homegrown talent. Here, we highlight some of the venues in Montreal that shouldn’t be missed.


Music Venue, Theatre
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Located in central downtown Montreal, MTELUS (formerly Métropolis) was built in 1884 and has since gone through a series of transformations to become the music and entertainment hub it is today. The venue can be transformed into several different iterations, including a concert hall, a discotheque and a fancy reception hall. As a concert hall, it has hosted popular artists and bands such as David Bowie, Coldplay and Green Day.

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Bar Le Ritz PDB

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
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With wood-paneling around the stage and an excellent bar, Bar Le Ritz PDB is a hip space to listen to local bands and dance the night away. Guests can enjoy drinks and make use of the coat room during the cooler months, and its a great place to hit if you’re hoping to get a feel for the local music of Montreal.

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These recommendations were updated on September 22, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.