is home to two main clubbing districts: Crescent Street at the west end of the downtown area, and Saint Laurent Boulevard at the east. With multiple universities in the city and the 18+ legal drinking age, Montreal’s nightlife is always pulsing—even in the depths of winter. Here are 10 of the best across all of Montreal.
Nightclub, Canadian, $$$
A beloved mainstay of the Montreal club scene, Stereo on Saint Catherine Street attracts international DJs and musicians who energize its old-school sound system with relentless house and techno. Since 1998, Stereo has appealed to the city’s thriving late-late night crowd, the dance floor is outfitted with springs and shock absorbers and it’s always thick with partiers.
Stereo, 858 St Catherine St E, Montreal, +1 514 658 2646
Situated at the corner of St. Laurent and Avenue du Mont Royal, Le Belmont is part music venue and part bar. At the heart of Montreal’s active nightlife for over 20 years, Le Belmont offers a range of original programming every week that includes concerts and club nights—covering everything from electronic music, to hip hop, rock, soul, jazz, burlesque, and other performing arts, there’s definitely something for everyone at this Plateau hotspot.
Le Belmont, 4483 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, +1 514 845 8443
Datcha is a Mile-End neighborhood bar and nightclub that plays an eclectic mix of electro, house, funk, disco, and “multi-culti” beats. Promoting both local and international DJs, this is a dark, intimate setting that consists of two separate rooms: a dance floor in one and in the other you’ll find the “Kabinet”, where inventive cocktails are created and served up.
Bar Datcha, 98 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, +1 514 279 3555
Bar Datcha | Courtesy of Bar Datcha
A newcomer to the city’s nightlife scene, La Voûte had its grand opening in 2017. Situated in Montreal’s first skyscraper, the vault of the old Royal Bank has been repurposed as an upscale club that caters to a sophisticated clientele in the historic Old Montreal neighbourhood.
La Voûte, 360 St Jacques St, Montreal, +1 514 679 9360
Le Rouge Bar
Bar, Nightclub, Canadian, $$$
Le Rouge Bar
Le Rouge Bar has been voted as one of Montreal’s best nightclubs for over a decade. With two floors, Rouge serves up the city’s hottest DJs in a relaxed atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights. Located at Prince Arthur and Saint-Laurent, this club is always a good bet for a lively night out.
Le Rouge Bar, 7 Prince Arthur St W, Montreal, +1 514 282 9944
Unity can be found in the heart of Montreal’s gay village. Containing three floors, a VIP lounge, and large rooftop terrace, Unity appeals to a varied and diverse crowd that comes for the two different styles of music every night, renowned entertainment, animation, drags, and more.
Unity, 1171 St Catherine St E, Montreal, +1 514 523 2777
Club Unity, in Montreal | © Maxime Gervais/Club Unity
New City Gas
Located off the beaten track in the Griffintown neighbourhood, New City Gas is housed in a complex that was originally built in 1859 for the purpose of transforming coal into gas for lighting the streets and buildings of Montreal. Today, the heritage building has been repurposed into a multi-purpose event and entertainment space that covers 40,000 square feet and two floors. New City Gas hosts a range of large events, including private functions to New Year’s Eve parties. Every week, over 3,000 people head over to New City Gas to party to the tunes of internationally renowned DJs and artists.
New City Gas, 950 Ottawa St, Montreal, +1 514 879 1166
Considered to be Montreal’s best alternative bar and venue since 1983, Foufounes Electriques will appeal to those who are less inclined to the standard club fare of house and techno beats. Les Foufs (as it’s affectionately called by locals) is easily identifiable by the giant spider sculpture climbing its exterior wall on St Catherine Street. The three-floor space includes dance floors, pool tables, a stage for bands, and a booth for DJs, and during the warmer months there is a great outdoor patio. Foufounes caters to punk, metal, hardcore, and electronica fans, regularly hosting top local as well as international bands—in the past they’ve hosted big names such as Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Foufounes Electriques, 87 St Catherine St E, Montreal, +1 514 844 5539
Allure Bar & Lounge
Bar, Nightclub, Canadian
Allure Bar & Lounge
Another relative newcomer to the scene, Allure is located on Mackay Street at the heart of the city. Here, people come to unwind after work with a drink, relax with friends in the evening, and/or to party into to the early hours of the morning. There’s a large island bar and an expansive dance floor, along with a lounge that has its own bar and staff. Music and entertainment is covered by some of Montreal’s best live DJs and dance bands.
Allure Bar & Lounge, 1222 Mackay St, Montreal, +1 514 501 0303
Salon Daomé is a former dance school gone wild. The unique décor includes African rococo furniture and other eclectic designs. Salon Daomé offers up some of the best deep house, electro and techno in the city. Located on Avenue du Mont-Royal in the Plateau neighbourhood, this is a relatively small, loft-like space with a casual vibe and cheap drinks.
Salon Daomé, 141 Mont-Royal Ave E, Montreal, +1 514 982 7070