The 10 Best Bars In Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal

Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec | © Chris A / Flickr
Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec | © Chris A / Flickr
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9 February 2017
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Plateau Mont-Royal is fast-becoming one of the trendiest places in Montreal and cool bars with cool drinks on the menu are plentiful. Join a young and energetic crowd at one of these 10 great spots for a cocktail or a beer.

La Quincaillerie

Bar, Diner, Pub Grub, Canadian
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.

Bílý Kun

Bar, Canadian, $$$
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

Laïka

Restaurant, Canadian, $$$
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.

Korova Bar

Bar, Nightclub, Canadian, $$$
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.

Le Divan Orange

Le Divan Orange is a bar and concert venue featuring some of the best live music in Plateau Mont-Royal. Divan Orange states on its website that its aim is to promote emerging music, by ambitiously and actively participating in the development of the live music scene in Quebec. With a capacity of around 150 people, the venue hosts lively and fun nights featuring signed and unsigned acts. There are different acts on each day so check the schedule before you choose which night to go.

Else's

Restaurant, Canadian, Vegan, Vegetarian
At Else’s you have to order food with alcoholic drinks due to their liquor licensing. This is no hardship when the food is delicious; from shrimp appetisers to mussels and chicken wraps, the selection is small but fantastic. The bar is also small, an intimate venue beautifully decorated with old photographs and vintage signs and with a real pub vibe.

La Distillerie No.2

La Distillerie No. 2 is extremely popular among the locals, so much so that you have to get there before 9pm to avoid long queues. In part it’s because of its deliciously flavored, brightly colored, strong cocktails served in mason jars. The ambience also works too, with friendly staff and a décor of dark wood with small tables and dim lighting.

Barraca Rhumerie & Tapas

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Barraca is a bar that puts you in a summer mood. They offer a huge range of rums from around the world, with which to wash down some great Spanish tapas. There are nightly DJs and a patio for guests to sit outside if they wish. The bar opens an hour early on sunny Saturdays and Sundays so you can make the most of the weather.

Le Lab

You are in safe hands if you drink at Le Lab. Founder, owner, and award-winning mixologist Fabien Maillard has over 15 years experience making cocktails. Gabrielle F. Panaccio works with Fabien as director and owner. The founding owner of ProxiBar, she is a%

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