At La Quincaillerie, the cocktails are original, the art nouveau décor is stylish, and the long wooden tables are ideal for big groups. The bar is also conveniently located next door to legendary 24-hour diner La Banquise and you can bring in your food from there as long as you’re drinking. Music nights and board games make it one of the best hangouts in Plateau Mont-Royal. Go on Mondays for record night when drinkers choose which records to play.
980 Rachel Est., Montreal, QC, +1 514 524 3000
Bílý Kun, pronounced Billy Coon and meaning white horse in Czech, is a chic, modern, tavern and an excellent venue to grab a few beers or take a date to. The interior is dark wood with pale cream walls and low lighting, though it’s the rows of stuffed ostrich heads above the bar that will catch your eye first. Guest DJs play from 10pm onwards, or drop in for performances by Montreal’s finest jazz duos and trios
353 Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC, +1 514 845 5392
Most of Montreal’s internationally renowned DJs have played at Laïka, one of the trendiest spots in Plateau Mont-Royal. It is a favorite amongst creatives and works simultaneously as a café, restaurant, and bar. Laïka’s multi-functionality means that it is open for over 12 hours each day. If you like music, head here in the evening to hear some of coolest new sounds coming out of Montreal, particularly electronic music.
4040 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, +1 514 842 8088
Perhaps better described as a nightclub, there is minimal seating in Korova; but nonetheless, it’s a great place to grab a cheap drink (prices are cheapest before 11pm). Generally described as a hipster dive bar, it attracts an arty crowd and hosts a diverse line-up of DJ nights, from soul to punk, to Motown and rock ‘n’ roll. By midnight, most customers have moved to the dance-floor but if you don’t feel like dancing, there is also a pool table, foosball table, and photo booth to keep you entertained.
3908 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, +1 514 904 6444