Québec’s largest metropolis is undeniably a city of wine drinkers, and that’s apparent with its extensive range of wine bars across the city. From top-quality wines by the glass or bottle, these are Montréal’s best wine bars.
Montréal’s wine bars are some of the best in the country. Largely due to the city’s French influence, which is apparent from the talented local winemakers to the know-how of the city’s top importers, these wine bars are stocked with the most exciting small-batch domestic wines and some of the best imports you can find outside of Europe. What’s more, these places exude an equally cozy, sophisticated charm that pointedly sets the mood for another glass. Whether you’re in the mood for a funky, natural beaujolais or a classic, full-bodied burgundy, here’s where to go for a night of great wine and good vibes with friends.
Nestled into the corner of Park Avenue and Sherbrooke Street, Pullman is among Montréal’s very first wine bars. It’s just as well-loved for its international and local vintages today as it was when it opened its doors back in 2004. The sophisticated wine hub boasts more than 450 different wines, with over 50 available by the glass. Great for large groups and intimate encounters alike, the space features three floors and has cozy bar seating for groups, as well as tables nestled into more quiet nooks and crannies.
Although the little sister to Montréal institution Joe Beef is one of the city’s toughest bars to get into (there’s a strict no-reservation policy), Le Vin Papillon is a must-visit for natural wine lovers and adventurous eaters alike. You can even order a glass of wine while waiting in line. The chalkboard wine list changes regularly, often featuring unusual and rare imports you won’t find at any other wine bar in the city. What’s more, thanks to the Joe Beef influence, Le Vin Papillon’s small sharing plates are not to be missed, particularly the smoked carrot éclair.
Located behind Montréal’s beloved Saint-Henri pizza joint Elena, Club Social PS offers a selection of natural wine by the glass or bottle. Order yourself a freshly baked pizza al taglio (by the slice) and relax in Club Social PS’s bright and vibrant drinking space. During the summer, the below-ground café-wine bar features an outdoor space and urban oasis, surrounded by the restaurant’s small garden.
Located just a few blocks down the road from Club Social PS, this buzzy wine bar and dining space is a great compromise for anyone looking for excellent wine with a party vibe. During the afternoon, Loïc is the perfect venue to stop by for a lazy glass, but by night, it feels more like a nightclub than a wine bar – expect dancing, lively music and a younger vibe.
Nestled into bustling Van Horne Avenue in Outremont, this sophisticated wine bar is well worth the trip. Cozy and intimate, without too much loud music to drown out conversation, Boxermans is where you’ll want to bring a date or an old friend for a good catch-up session. The small bistro has just 40 seats, and the service reflects the bar’s intimate feel. The unpretentious staff are happy to chat about the bar’s by-the-glass offerings and always ensure your tastes are met before walking away.
Perhaps more of a French café than a wine bar, Larrys has become an establishment for curious wine drinkers thanks to its impressive wine list, which features both natural wines from Québec and international imports. The resto-bar also includes an all-day menu, which ranges from classic breakfast sandwiches and nachos to more refined fare, such as smoked carrots and tartare.
Vin Mon Lapin is situated in an intimate setting, which has just 30 seats, and doesn’t take reservations. However, it’s very much worth the wait in line. Once inside, you’ll find small plates from chef de cuisine Jessica Noël and executive chef Marc-Olivier Frappier, and a wine list by sommelier Vanya Filipovic. The menu boasts an ever-changing offering of local and international natural wines that are admittedly hard to find anywhere else.