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Montreal’s best cocktails : where to enjoy delicious drinks

Update 29 May 2019   |    Published on 23 March 2018
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Montreal’s best cocktails : where to enjoy delicious drinks

It is difficult to agree on the true origins of cocktails and their varying names but the days of prohibition in the United States were undoubtedly a major player in the creation of this type of alcoholic beverage. During the time of the prohibition era in the United States, the only alcohol that was available had to be illegally produced. The resulting effect was awful tasting, incredibly strong liquor that had to mixed with something tastier in order for people to drink it – et voila, there were cocktails. 

Today, cocktails are more popular than ever, and the simple equation of mixing different alcohols with various ingredients leaves a lot of room for creativity. By manipulating the flavours, colours and quantities of a drink’s ingredients, mixologists are now creating increasingly inventive and delicious beverages. Mixology is an art! Simple or elaborate, we love a good cocktail to quench our thirst. Or maybe you’re the type who prefers to catch up with friends and loved ones over a fruity drink. Regardless, there will be an address on this list that will work for you!

Finally, here is a list of several Montreal addresses where you can find delicious cocktails that look just as impressive as they taste.

If you know of any other bars that serve amazing and creative drinks that deserve to be on the list of Montreal’s best cocktails, send an email to [email protected] to let us know! We are constantly updating our lists to keep them as accurate as possible.

If you are looking for more suggestions of this kind, check out our list of bars where you can eat the best food, the most beautiful bars of Montreal, or the best bar patios in the city.

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Gokudo

630 Rue Cathcart, Montréal, QC, Canada

Located in the city centre, this Japanese cocktail bar welcomes everyone into a unique and mysterious space. Gokudo is a new addition to our list of Montreal’s most beautiful hidden bars! The seven Japanese-influenced cocktails currently on the drinks list are carefully prepared and the quality of the ingredients are excellent. Gokudo is located within Ryõshi Restaurant whose delicious cuisine can be ordered while at the bar.

Mayfair Cocktail Bar

451 Rue Rachel Est, Montréal, QC, Canada

Experience life in the Victorian era when you come to the Mayfair Cocktail Bar, located in the heart of the Plateau. In surroundings reminiscent of a typical Engish tea house, this nightclub-style bar offers an excellent list of original cocktails created by Lawrence Picard. These are quite novel and include ingredients such as tea or kombucha, and can be accompanied by servings of bite-sized food, similar to afternoon tea.

Bar Palco

4019 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC, Canada

Palco is a lively bar in Verdun and welcomes its customers not just for drinks but also to have them participate in games and other cultural activities happening in their space. In addition to their fine selections of beers, wines, sparklings and snacks, there is a wonderful variety of cocktails such as Lemonade Chaï (white Bacardi rum, lemon juice, chaï syrup, coconut milk) or Paper Plane (Wild Turkey, Averna, Apérol, lemon).

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Boho

436 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montreal, QC, Canada

Located in Old Montreal, Boho welcomes everyone into colourful and bohemian surroundings, ideal to enjoy a good cocktail. In addition to more classic drinks, we are presented with brightly coloured house cocktails created with a wide variety of spirits, and also mojitos accompanied by a paleta (alcohol-infused sorbet on a stick – hand crafted). To accompany these, order some of the small dishes from Boho’s neighbour, the Venice MTL Restaurant.

Big in Japan bar

4175 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC, Canada

Also on our list of hidden bars in Montreal, Big in Japan bar is a superb establishment on St Laurent Blvd. In addition to its good saké, beers and bourbons, the bar offers around 15 delicious cocktails to enjoy in a quiet atmosphere. Amongst other things, we continue to be impressed by the huge quantity of candles that illuminate the space. Big in Japan should be on your must-try list.

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Cloakroom Bar

2175 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC, Canada

Behind the upscale tailors Maison Cloakroom is the bar carrying the same name, welcoming its customers into an elegant and soft atmosphere. This is not only where cocktails are inspired by the late 19th century era but above all, where they are ‘tailored’ to the tastes and preferred alchohols of Maison Cloakroom’s customers. Mixologist Andrew Whibley is behind this distinct concept.

 

Bar Kabinet

92 Avenue Laurier Ouest

Kabinet is a small Russian-inspired bar on Laurier St West. The decor is antique and cozy and the charming staff concoct delicious alcoholic beverages. On their cocktail list, discover a wonderful variety of excellent cocktails with Russian influences – quality guaranteed! We love Kabinet’s originality, the privacy and during the summer months, the large terrace!

Atwater Cocktail Club 

512 Avenue Atwater, Montréal, QC, Canada

The owners of Foiegwa are behind the Atwater Cocktail Club, another “member” of our list of Montreal’s hidden bars! There is a vast choice of very good and very generous cocktails, all to be enjoyed in quiet and colourful surroundings. We also appreciate the possibility of ordering mouth-watering meals from Foiegwa to accompany our drinks!

Le Royal

1232 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal, QC, Canada

Le Royal is the small hidden-away bar of Rouge Gorge. More intimate and mysterious than its older sibling, Le Royal is known in particular for the mouth-watering cocktails. The drinks list is the work of mixologists Alexandre Beaudin and Dimitry Saint Louis, and there is also an excellent selection of wines and sparklings by the bottle.

Agrikol

1844 Rue Atateken, Montréal, QC, Canada

The Haïtian restaurant Agrikol offers delicious exotic dishes but the sublime cocktails are what really attract everyone. Although they are somewhat more expensive than the other places suggested on this list, we love their tropical rum-based cocktails and cane sugar juice, made in-house.

Le 4e mur

2021 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC, Canada

The one-of-a-kind Le 4ième mur is also one of our hidden bars in Montreal where excellent cocktails are served! The bartenders here are truly passionate and concoct a wide variety of delicious and amazing creations. This is a ‘speakeasy’ bar with all the mysterious allure of secrecy and also what adds immensely to the enjoyable time spent at Le 4ième mur.

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Taverne Square Dominion

1243 Rue Metcalfe, Montréal, QC, Canada

The Tavern Square Dominion has been open for 40 years and counts as one of Montreal’s most beautiful places not only to eat but also to drink a good cocktail. We love to sit in this magnificent period setting that has us travelling back to another era. Among the vast choices of alcoholic beverages, there are more than 20 classic cocktails reflecting these special surroundings, all created by Alexandre Baldwin.

The Emerald/Le bar sans nom

5295 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC, Canada

This Mile End bar, formerly known as Le Bar Sans Nom, is renowned for its selections of cocktails and boho-chic atmosphere. In addition to excellent service, we come to The Emerald to drink classic cocktails, carefully but perfectly executed!

 

Bishop & Bagg

53 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest, Montréal, QC, Canada

Also located in Mile End, Bishop and Bagg is a casual English pub where eating and drinking is done really well! The cocktails are excellent and there are a wide variety of gins on offer. If you are a fan of cocktail competitions, head over to Bishop & Bagg every Tuesday for their event. You will find very friendly staff at Bishop & Bagg and in addition, they broadcast sports matches.

Le Mal Nécessaire

1106 b Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, Canada

Le Mal Nécessaire was the first bar to open in Chinatown and it too, is on our list of hidden bars in Montreal. Set in an original decor with tropical tastes, there is a long list of more than 20 delicious, exotic and sophisticated cocktails, each one more impressive than the other! And for true mixology fans, Le Mal Nécessaire hosts Drunken Masters competitions where you can admire bartenders testing their skills and speed.

Le Lab

1351 Rue Rachel Est, Montréal, QC, Canada

If you are looking for speciality cocktails carefully prepared by passionate bartenders, then Le Lab is where you should go – a must for Montrealers and tourists alike. Since it opened in 2004 on the Plateau, and in 2016 with a second location in the Quartier des spectacles, this bar remains a pioneer in the art of mixology! Le Lab lists more than 20 different gins and a selection of over 15 absinthes, in addition to a wide variety of specialty cocktails, classified by style such as “light and fragrant”, “adventurous and comforting” and even “astringent and exotic”!

Nacarat

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal, QC, Canada

Located in the renowned Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Nacarat offers a high-end cocktail experience. The cocktails here are made with pure brilliance by passionate mixologists, ranging from the classics through to QueenE original creations from past decades. We come here not just to savour delicious cocktails but also to drink in Nacarat’s superb location, all contributing to the special experience. The selection of beers, wines, whisky and champagnes at Nacarat are, as to be expected, also excellent.

Perles et Paddock

403 Rue des Seigneurs, Montréal, QC H3J 1X7, Canada

Perles et Paddock is a superb new restaurant that opened in June 2017 and proposes an ideal space in Griffintown to enjoy an excellent cocktail! And what a space – there is seating for 80! Perles et Paddock is the impressive result of renovating an old garage on rue des Seigneurs : this is a one-of-a-kind location. Enjoy cocktails created by Tao Zrafi, who returned to Montreal after stints first in New York, then Toronto – where he opened a cocktail bar.

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