The Most Beautiful Bars of Montreal : where to drink in style

Update 15 January 2020   |   Published on 21 February 2018   |   11 shares
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The Most Beautiful Bars of Montreal : where to drink in style

Are you in search of a beautiful bar to as a destination for your evening celebrations? Luckily for you, we figured it was time to create a list dedicated to the most beautiful bars in Montreal. These addresses are some of the most creative and eye catching design projects in this city. With the help of this list, we hope that the process of sorting the dull from the diamonds when choosing a bar is just a little bit easier! We are most fortunate to have numerous gorgeous bars in our city, and as true Montrealers, we consider them a point of pride. Whatever the occasion may be, there is never a time that cant be improved by a beautiful setting, whether it’s for a date, a good meal, or maybe just to meet up with friends for a drink. With plenty of options on our list to choose from, many with stunning interiors created by some of the most renowned architects and interior designers, allow yourself to be swept away in the atmosphere of some of Montreal’s most stunning bars!

Without further ado, here is our list of the most beautiful places to enjoy an evening drink.

If you are looking for any more suggestions of great addresses in Montreal, check out our list of the bars that serve the best food, or our list of the best BYOB restaurants in Montreal. With such an impressive abundance of gourmet addresses in this city, we have full roster of other lists on our website!

If you know of any other beautiful bars that deserve to be on this list, send an email to [email protected] to let us know! We are constantly updating our lists to keep them as accurate as possible.

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Big in Japan bar is not only one of Montreal’s well-kept secrets but most definitely one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful bar.  Seen from the outside, there’s nothing to suggest that behind the door is hidden one of Montreal’s most stunning bars.  The breathtaking interior was designed by Braun-Braën and the effect on this unique space emphasizes the long maze-like bar, with a myriad of bottles hanging above it from the ceiling and hundreds of small candles on the bar top illuminating the surroundings.  The cocktails are wonderful so sit back and and soak up this timeless and intimate bar – ideal for a date!

Bar George is located in a stunning heritage house in the heart of downtown Montreal, and it too, can boast of being one of Montreal’s most beautiful bars. Once you are inside, the beauty of the building’s architectural history immediately catches your attention, where the immense historic wood panelling surrounds the large round bar area with its marble countertops.  There is also a dining room offering  a traditional English cuisine. This is a perfect place to have a drink in what are truly exceptional surroundings.

 

Located in the heart of the business district, Le Furco is ideal for an after work drink. Co-owner and interior designer Zébulon Perron has created surroundings within a space of high ceilings, somewhat like the older bars we’ve seen in Berlin, by retaining elements that highlight its age. Yet, at the same time, Perron has introduced raw materials, adding an industrial look and the result is elegant, modern and inviting. The ensuing success is why Le Furco is included in our ‘most-beautiful’ list.   You do eat well here, and the easy-to-share charcuteries are perfect with your drink.  It seems that Thursdays are most popular and that’s when it can be crowded.

 

Kampai Garden is always buzzing during cocktail hours, not surprising when it can hold around 650 people!  This bar and restaurant has three separate open-plan spaces, spread over three half-floors, and adding to the lively atmosphere is the particularly modern and colourful decor. The “Garden” in Kampai refers to the fantasy garden which is located at the back.   The menu at the bar is pretty healthy and Asian-inspired and customers come mainly for tatakis, poke, hot dogs with Gaspor sausages and tacos of braised beef or tempura shrimps. If you are looking for a unique place for a date, then Kampai Garden should be your destination.

 

Buildings formerly constructed for banks in the early 20th Century make ideal locations for restaurants and bars. Bar Loïc is located precisely in one of these and the conversion has resulted in a lively and friendly space, most attractive and one of our favourite bars. This elegant interior is the design of the talented Kyle Goforth.  There’s a great outdoor deck as well for Montreal’s summer weather. Loïc serves some good gourmet small bites, and try ordering either a classic cocktail or a wine from the organic, natural wines listed on the brief but well-thought through wine list.

Maison Cloakroom is a inconspicuous bar behind the upscale tailor shop of the same name. This is a historic 19th-century building and is the inspiration for Andrew Whibley, the mixologist and bar manager.  The cocktails he creates are well worth trying – personalized and intrically prepared according to your tastes and mood.  Maison Cloakroom only has 25 seats so it’s all about the quality, not the quantity. If you look around, there is also a nod to the bar’s street-front haberdashery clientele of the past, with a number of portraits that hark back to the days of well-dressed gentlemen.

 

If you are in Mile-End and like a neighbourhood bar where you can hang out with friends and drink a beer, try the Waverly.  Their summer terrace counts as one of Montreal’s best and the bar itself is also one of the most beautiful bars in the city.  The menu has been elaborated offering more substantial selections than before and the Waverly regularly hosts DJ’s, lending it a more cool vibe.

In an somewhat eclectic setting, Majestique is constantly crowded with foodie enthusiasts, so finding a seat can be a challenge! Much of the decor has been kept from the previous business which was in this space until the 90s. There are excellent oysters to be enjoyed here along with some of Montreal’s best fries, delicious oven-baked periwinkles and other fine dishes. So it should come as no surprise to find Majestique on our list of best bars to eat.  It’s always fun here and Majestique could be the unique place you are looking for when heading out on a date.

What characterizes La Buvette Chez Simone?  The comfort food you get to share in this bar setting. This is another beautifully designed space from the renowned Zébulon Perron and at La Buvette, he has created predominantly an industrial look but also included the use of wood, particularly on the table and countertops.  It is very attractive and this is why La Buvette Chez Simone is included in our list of the most beautiful bars. This is a casual setting where the service is friendly.  The menu selections are varied and include small starters, delicious chicken or half chicken, fries, salads, cheeses, charcuterires or simply choose from the specialties.  All in all, the food is both delicious and the servings generous! The terrace is included on our list of Montreal’s most beautiful terraces.

Le Darling is a café-bar from the same owners as Majestique and the Waverly. In an eclectic and quite honestly a one-of-a-kind setting, enjoy a variety of craft beers and ciders. The abundant light is thanks to the many windows and the comfortable leather benches with countless plants and curiosities of all kinds have made this place one of the most beautiful bars in Montreal (and one of our most beautiful cafés).  To accompany your drink, there is a snack menu available.

Le Royal is another hidden bar, found inside Le Rouge Gorge. It is a small space, pleasant, comfortable, both warm and intimate, thanks to the gorgeous interior, designed by Zébulon Perron that speaks to its sumptuousness and elegance.  With only 65 seats, all placed quite close to each other, it lends itself towards getting to know those sitting around you. Le Royal is certainly well-known for its cocktails, but consider trying a good bottle of wine or a bottle of bubbles (there are around 30 to choose from, some red).

Harricana is one of Montreal’s most beautiful microbreweries where they brew around a dozen homemade beers and ciders, all fairly priced.  The comfort food on the menu is good to share, for example appetizers, snacks, salads and the more substantial dishes like the club sandwich, burgers, guédille (hot dog buns with fillings but no hot dog!) and salads.  Alain Carle’s superb decor is inspired by the 1970s (barstools, chairs, subway tile floor) and as such is included in our list of Montreal’s most beautiful bars. Harricana is very welcoming so you can always relax and feel comfortable.

Located in Vieux Montréal, Boho welcomes you into a very colourful and bohemian setting.  The soft turquoise-coloured benches and fuschia-coloured floor fit perfectly together, tied in by the exposed white-painted brick wall. You’ll find some of the best cocktails in Montreal at Boho! The selection goes beyond the classics and into signature house cocktails with bright colours, using a wide variety of alcohols, such as a mojito accompanied by a paleta (homemade alcohol-infused ice cream bar).  Conveniently, Boho’s neighbour is Venice MTL restaurant who prepare small plates to accompany your drinks.

Atwater Cocktail Club is another of Montreal’s hidden bars and also another very beautiful bar to try.  The Gauley Brothers (Tobey and Taylor) are behind the eclectic decor of fuchsia-colored benches, beautifully designed bar-stools, soft-lighting, a mirror-covered ceiling and wooden floor.  The wow-factor though, has to be the shelves of bottles behind the bar.  If you are hungry, the great cocktails can be accompanied by anything from the menu of Foiegwa such as tartars, burgers and other classics. This is a very fashionable place and is also on our list of the best bars in Montreal for eating.

Did you know that within Birdbar, there’s also another bar tucked-away? If not, then allow yourself to be surprised and impressed by a Morrocon-inspired decor when enjoying your cocktail with a small bite, or having a drink before dinner, or finishing off your evening with a nightcap. Together with Henden’s own cocktails,  you can also order Birdbar’s champagnes and wine, in addition to delicious oysters, caviar, blinis and other small bites.

Knox is a lovely tavern located in the heart of Pointe Saint-Charles, in a most welcoming and casual atmosphere, where everything from just enjoying a drink to tasting a wide variety of beers and eating hearty good food, is up for the taking.  Everything is nice, from the herringbone patterned wood floor to the exposed red brick walls and the climbing vine up to the ceiling. The light streams in thanks to the many windows and glass-panelled raising door.  If you like crowds, then the time to go is Thursday evenings.

Nacarat opened in July 2017 inside the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel.  This is a truly sophisticated setting, serving a fine selection of whiskies, wines and champagnes but also good beers and above all, high-end cocktails created by renowned mixologists.  Nacarat is spacious, with 166 seats and an additional 10 on their outdoor terrace during the summer season. This is where you want to come for extravagant cocktails, sipped in a perfect intimate style within luxurious surroundings!