Summertime in Montreal means patio season—or terrasses, as locals usually call them. While street-level terrasses are common among the city’s bars and restaurants, rooftop versions are often more exclusive. Offering stunning cityscape views and summer breezes along with their cocktails, here are some of the best rooftop bars in Montreal.
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Reservoir is a microbrewery in the Plateau that offers a variety of local and other craft brews, including cherry-infused porter and oatmeal stout, along with a menu of refined and reimagined pub fare. The upstairs terrasse doesn’t necessarily offer stunning panoramic views of the city, but it’s a breezy spot to enjoy some time with friends and indulge in some people-watching at any time of day.
By taking the Place d’Armes Hotel elevator to the seventh floor, you’ll find the beautiful Terrasse Place D’Armes overlooking Old Montreal. The rooftop bar here has a lounge atmosphere that offers a 180-degree view of the elaborate Notre Dame Basilica and the city skyline, and there is a retractable awning that provides shelter from the elements. Enjoy cocktails, wine, and a variety of artisanal beers on a sunny summer afternoon, and stay well into the night until the bar closes at 3 am.
This elegant yet laid-back terrasse also offers views of Old Montreal, the Saint Lawrence River, and the surrounding cityscape; Terrasse sur L’Auberge sits on the roof of the Auberge du Vieux-Port Hotel. By day, the terrasse operates a French bistro, and at night, it emerges as a bar-lounge. This spot is also a great one to watch the regular summertime displays of fireworks offered by L’International des Feux Loto-Québec.
Hotel Nelligan’s rooftop bar offers a unique view of the city, standing roof-level with the Notre Dame Basilica and giving visitors a close-up perspective of the surrounding century-old architecture. From the other side, Terrasse Nelligan offers great views of the river port that follows the St. Lawrence River.The terrasse is also heated and has a retractable rooftop that keeps it open rain or shine.
Also located in Old Montreal, Terrasse William Gray is an upscale rooftop patio situated on the eighth floor of a luxury hotel bearing the same name. The terrasse offers panoramic views of Montreal, including Place Jacques-Cartier, the St. Lawrence River and Montreal’s Ferris wheel, to be enjoyed alongside light bites and sophisticated cocktails.
The SIX Resto Lounge overlooks the ever-lively Quartier des Spectacles, so from the sixth floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, you can enjoy the hub of Montreal’s festival circuit while also remaining above the hustle and bustle of the surrounding downtown core. In addition to a variety of cocktails and other drinks, there is also a unique chef-created menu.
For a rooftop patio with more of a party atmosphere, Tokyo Bar is a perfect choice. Located on the festive Saint Laurent, the venue is usually busy with nightlife-loving folk—no matter what night of the week. The terrasse—open starting at 10 pm daily—is always crowded and full of rowdy good fun.
Perché Bar Terrasse is a California-inspired resto-bar that is relatively new to the rooftop bar scene in Montreal. Situated four stories above Place Jacques-Cartier, Perché offers a healthy culinary menu that includes sandwiches, tacos, poke bowls, and salads.
Complexe Sky is one of the most popular gay nightclubs in Montreal, and it consists of three floors of partying. During the warmer months, the terrasse is opened, adding another layer to the already lively atmosphere. The terrasse here is famous for its hot tub—and for its giant (and cheap!) 4L pitchers of sangria.