Mile-Ex is the nickname for the semi-industrial area—characterized by abandoned or repurposed factories, food processing plants, and garages—between the Mile End and Parc-Extension neighborhoods in Montreal. In its most recent iteration, Mile-Ex has been home to artist’s studios and creative venues. Nowadays, the neighborhood is evolving into something trendier. Here are some of the most popular bars in and around Mile-Ex.
This tiny indie music bar technically lies just beyond the borders of Mile-Ex, though the neighborhood demarcations are not quite precise. Le “Ritz” P.D.B. (or “Punks Don’t Bend”) was formerly Il Motore, a beloved indie dive bar. It’s co-owned by the Montreal concert promoters Blue Skies Turn Black, and it’s known for hosting memorable music nights.
Located between Mile-Ex and Little Italy, just west of Jean Talon Market, Brasserie Harricana is a local brewpub with a chic, contemporary vibe that serves different artisan beer options along with gourmet eats (vegetarian-friendly options are available too). A unique twist is that you can write on the walls of the restrooms—within the text balloons wallpapered on the walls.