Montreal’s Most Beautiful Bars: Where to drink in style

the most beautiful bars of Montreal

Are you in search of a beautiful bar 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, they can all be enhanced with a beautiful setting. Whether it’s for a date, a good meal, or simply to meet up with friends for a drink. With plenty of options on our list to choose from, many with stunning interiors designed by some of the most renowned architects and interior designers in the city, allow yourself to be transported in some of Montreal’s most stunning bars!

Looking for more suggestions? We suggest you check out our list of bars where to eat well on a date, the establishments serving the best cocktails, as well as our category of the best wine bars.

Without further ado, here is our list of the most beautiful bars to enjoy an evening drink — or two.

Projet Pilote

Projet Pilote

It’s hard not to gasp when you enter Projet Pilote. The distillery section is separated from the bar by large windows and has its own address on an adjacent street (in order to respect the law). Nevertheless, Guillaume Drapeau made sure to make his still an integral part of the magnificent decor by creating a large glass enclosure. The effect is very successful. Beer vats line the mezzanine of the bar, and are brewed on site under the supervision of Martin Allaire. The metal of the vats and the still give the place an industrial feel that complements the chic and refined decor of ACT Architecture Design. The presence of this material — far from having a simple decorative function — gives a lot of warmth to the place, and the height of the ceilings lets everything breathe.

980 Rue Rachel Est
Montréal

Big in Japan Bar

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 in the city.  From the outside, there’s nothing to suggest that behind the door hides one of Montreal’s most stunning bars.  The breathtaking interior was designed by Braun-Braën, who created a unique space that emphasizes the long, maze-like bar. With a myriad of bottles hanging above the bar from the ceiling, and hundreds of small candles on the bar top illuminating the surroundings, the effect is something else. The cocktails are wonderful, so sit back, and soak up this timeless and intimate bar – ideal for a date!

4175 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Bar George

Bar George is located in a stunning heritage house in the heart of downtown Montreal, and is another to boast the title of being one of Montreal’s most stunning bars. Upon entering, 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.

1440 Rue Drummond
Montréal

Bar Henrietta

Bar Henrietta is a charming neighbourhood bar where the small bites are very, very good.  The retro decor was inspired by the taverns of the 1960s and the massive coffee urn behind the bar — in addition to their bottle display — is sure to capture your attention.  There’s a sophisticated simplicity to the decor here, and it works well. The atmosphere is lively, thanks in part to the reliably good music. Bar Henrietta lends itself perfectly to enjoying a drink with friends, or even a cozy date. The wine selection, with many natural and organic bottles, accompanies their food offering perfectly. Their cocktail offerings are inventive, varied, and not to be overlooked. Note that the owner of tastet.ca is madly in love with one of the owners of the bar, so there just might be a biiiiiiit of a bias here!

115 Avenue Laurier Ouest
Montréal

Bar Furco

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 a space reminiscent of older bars we’ve seen in Berlin, by retaining elements that highlight their age. At the same time, Perron has introduced raw materials as well, adding an industrial look to the high-ceilinged space, and the result is elegant, modern and inviting. The ensuing success is why Le Furco is included in our ‘most-beautiful’ list. Here, you’ll also eat well, such as with the easy-to-share charcuterie plate, a perfect compliment to your drink. Note that Thursday nights seem to be the busiest, so don’t be surprised if it’s crowded!

425 Rue Mayor
Montréal

Cloakroom Bar

Maison Cloakroom is an inconspicuous bar behind the upscale tailor shop of the same name. The historic 19th-century building in which it is located serves also as inspiration for Andrew Whibley, the mixologist and bar manager.  The cocktails he creates are well worth trying – personalized and intricately prepared according to your tastes and mood.  Maison Cloakroom only has 25 seats, highlighting how here it’s all about quality, not 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 hearken back to the days of well-dressed gentlemen.

2175 Rue de la Montagne
Montréal

Le Majestique

In a 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 Montreal’s best bars where you can also eat well. A good time is guaranteed here, which may make Majestique just the place you are looking for for your next date!

4105 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Buvette Chez Simone

Many elements characterize the lovely Buvette Chez Simone. This is another beautifully designed space from the renowned Zébulon Perron. At La Buvette, Perron has created a predominantly industrial space, warmed with wood accents, particularly on the table and countertops. The result is very attractive, making its place on our list of the most beautiful bars in Montreal well deserved. The Buvette is a casual spot with a lively atmosphere, friendly service, and delicious comfort food, perfect for sharing. The menu selections are varied and include small starters, delicious rotisserie chicken (whole or half), fries, salads, cheeses, charcuterie, and a few specials. All in all, the food is delicious and the servings are generous! Note that the Buvette has a lovely terrace, and is on our list of Montreal’s most beautiful terraces.

4869 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Le Darling

Le Darling is a café-bar from the same owners as Majestique and Waverly. In an eclectic and quite honestly a one-of-a-kind setting, you can enjoy a variety of craft beers and ciders. With the abundant natural light, the comfortable leather benches, the lush plants enlivening the space (and air!), and the small curiosities adorning the walls, Le Darling is one of the most beautiful bars in Montreal (and one of our most beautiful cafés).  To accompany your drink — from coffee or wine — they also have a small snack menu available.

4328 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Le Royal

Le Royal is a sumptuous hidden bar tucked inside Le Rouge Gorge. While small, Le Royal is an elegant, comfortable, warm, and intimate space thanks to the gorgeous interior designed by Zébulon Perron. With only 65 seats tucked quite close to one another, the space lends itself well for getting to know the people 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 (they have around 30 to choose from, including some red).

1232 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Montréal

Brasserie Harricana 

Harricana is one of Montreal’s most beautiful microbreweries. Here, they brew around a dozen homemade beers and ciders, all fairly priced.  The comfort food on the menu is delicious and great for sharing, and includes appetizers, snacks, salads, and the more substantial dishes like the club sandwich, burgers, and guédilles (hot dog buns with tasty fillings but no hot dog!). Alain Carle’s superb decor for the space was inspired by the 1970s (barstools, chairs, subway tile floor) and the atmosphere is warm and lively. Harricana is a charming and welcoming place, and one where you can always come to relax and feel comfortable.

95 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest
Montréal

Atwater Cocktail Club 

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 with its fuchsia-coloured benches, beautifully designed bar-stools, soft-lighting, a mirror-covered ceiling, and wooden floor.  The wow-factor, however, 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 tartares, burgers, and other classics. This is a very fashionable place and is also on our list of the best bars in Montreal where you can also eat well.

512 Avenue Atwater
Montréal

Bird Bar

Did you know that Birdbar has a hidden bar tucked-away inside? If not, then allow yourself to discover Henden, an impressive address with a Moroccan-inspired decor. Whether for enjoying a cocktail with a small bite, having a drink before dinner, or finishing off your evening with a nightcap, Henden is sure to charm. Together with their own cocktails, you can also order Birdbar’s champagnes and wine, in addition to delicious oysters, caviar, blinis and other small bites.

1800 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Knox

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 beautiful, 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 garage door. If you like crowds, then the time to go is Thursday evenings.

1871 Rue Centre
Montréal

Nacarat

Nacarat opened in July 2017 inside the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel.  This is a truly sophisticated setting, serving a fine selection of whiskies, wines, champagnes, 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 luxurious environment!

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal

Waverly

If you are in the 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 updated and offers more substantial selections than before, and they also regularly host DJ’s, lending it a more cool vibe.

5550 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

vinvinvin

vinvinvin is a beautiful and colourful bar that brightens up the Petite-Patrie and waters the neighbourhood just right. A superb project from an amazing team who know what they’re doing! vinvinvin offers a varied and truly delicious selection of “living” northern climate wines accompanied by small gourmet dishes to share.

1290 Rue Beaubien Est
Montréal

Taverne Atlantic

Taverne Atlantic is a great place to party or to simply have a drink in the neighbourhood. The address was opened by the trio of Alexandre Baldwin, Alexandre Wolosianski and Éric Dupuis (Bar Henrietta, Tavern Square Dominion, Balsam Inn) accompanied by Simon Cantin (Manitoba). Located in Mile Ex, on Park Avenue, the space is ideal for a lively evening with friends, one-on-one, or solo! As for refreshments, there is something for everyone, and everything is very good. The house quenches the thirst of wine, beer, cocktails, cider and even bubbles lovers.

6512 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Bar St-Denis

Whether it’s to enjoy a delicious meal, a quiet drink on a weeknight, or to party into the wee hours, Bar Saint-Denis has everything it takes to become a landmark for Rosemont residents. The décor is beautifully designed by Kim Parizeau of APPAREIL Architecture. The team chose to use materials that will age well, such as brass, and give the bar character with beautiful lighting. The rest of the decor is designed to create a relaxed atmosphere where everyone feels at home — mission accomplished!

6966 Rue Saint-Denis
Montréal

Vol de nuit

Vol de Nuit opened its doors on April 5, 2018 after metamorphosing into one of the most beautiful bars in town. Designed by Alain Carle and Jerry Carew, the place’s decor is chic and elegant. Its red tones, cabaret-style lighting, velvety chairs and magnificent ceiling mural take you on a journey. Its large and unique space with 150 seats is open; one can comfortably settle in to enjoy good beers, good wines and signature cocktails. A very chic address on Prince-Arthur Street to discover.

14 Rue Prince-Arthur Est
Montréal

Milky Way

Located on the second floor of the excellent Fugazzi restaurant, the Milky Way bar invites its customers to continue their evening in an unusual atmosphere. A galactic-coloured staircase leads you into the bar. Designed by the Gauley Brothers, The Milky Way is all about extravagant elegance, highlighted by surreal lighting colours. To top off the out-of-this-world experience, you’ll enjoy some of the best cocktails in Montreal.

1886 Rue Centre
Montréal

King Crab

King Crab is the hidden bar of Makro, the seafood restaurant owned by Grinder. Like Makro, the decor at King Crab — by the Gauley Brothers — is gorgeous. The 75-seat space has carpeted walls, a selfie corner, mirrors, glittering banquettes, and marble tables, creating an intimate, chic, and elegant space. The beautiful bar is also now part of our list of the best hidden bars in Montreal.

1726 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Nhau Bar

Nhau Bar is the cocktail bar of in Old Montreal! The decor of Nhau Bar, conceived by the talented designer Amlyne Phillips and her team, is once again superb! The space of about 50 seats is both friendly and intimate: there is a long bar and several small tables surrounding it. A hundred lanterns are hanging, giving a festive air and, on the walls, there are rugs and fabrics that are invitations to travel.

600 Rue William
Montréal

Photography by Alison Slattery



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