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

Published on November 29, 2021
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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!

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. It’s a matter of respecting the law. Nevertheless, Guillaume Drapeau made sure to make his still an integral part of the magnificent decor by creating this large glass cage. The effect is very successful. On the mezzanine of the bar are lined up the beer tanks, brewed on site under the supervision of Martin Allaire. The metal of the tanks and the still give the place an industrial look that blends very well with the chic and refined decor signed ACT Architecture Design. The presence of all 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.

Bar Henrietta

Bar Henrietta is such 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 captures your attention next to all the bottles.  There’s an intended simplicity to the decor and it works well. The atmosphere is lively, thanks to the good music, and Bar Henrietta lends itself to enjoying a drink with friends or even a cozy date. The wine selection, many organic, works perfectly with the food and the cocktail selections are varied and not to be overlooked. Note that the owner of tastet.ca is madly in love with one of the owners of Bar Henrietta so there just might be a personal preference here!
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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 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.
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Cloakroom Bar

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.
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Le Majestique

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.
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Buvette Chez Simone

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.
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Le Darling

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.
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Le Royal

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).
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Brasserie Harricana 

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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.


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.

Taverne Atlantic

Taverne Atlantic is a great place to party or just have a drink in the neighborhood, orchestrated 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 drunken evening with friends, in duo or solo! As for refreshments, there is something for everyone and it’s very good! The house quenches the thirst of wine, beer, cocktails, cider and even bubbles lovers.
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Bar St-Denis

Bar Saint-Denis has everything it takes to become a landmark for Rosemont residents, whether it’s to enjoy a delicious meal, a quiet drink on a weeknight, or to party into the wee hours. The décor of Bar Saint-Denis 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 and it is mission accomplished.

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 staircase in the colors of the cosmos leads to this bar in the colors of space. The Milky Way’s appearance, by Gauley Brothers, is all about extravagant elegance, highlighted by surreal lighting colors. To top it all off, we drink some of the best cocktails in Montreal.
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King Crab

The King Crab is the hidden bar of Makro, the seafood restaurant owned by the Grinder. Like Makro, the King Crab’s decor is really great. The talented Gauley Brothers created this space. Carpeted walls, a selfie corner, mirrors, glittering banquettes, marble tables; the 75-seat space has a feel of The Factory. The space is intimate, chic and elegant; the aesthetics of the bar is very successful – the address is now part of the hidden bars of Montreal.
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