Montreal’s nightlife is definitely more than enough to keep even the most dedicated night owls happy well into the wee hours of the morning. Bars and clubs are spread out all over Montreal and can be found in lots of the city’s neighbourhoods, from the downtown area to the Quartier Latin and beyond.
If you want to stick to the downtown area, make your way to rue Crescent, which is home to a number of different bars and clubs, appealing to a wide variety of tastes and budgets. Go a little farther afield and you’ll find a fantastic selection of places to go for a drink in the Quartier Latin, including La Distillerie, a small spot serving up a huge selection of cocktails.
Montreal also boasts a fantastic and welcoming LGBTQ scene, the heart of which is The Village, a neighbourhood filled with a great selection of bars, clubs, drag shows, cabarets and lots more. You’ll know you’re here when you see the bright pink parking meters.
For those of you looking for a break from the usual bar scene, it’s good to note that Montreal is home to a number of different movie theatres, including the Cinema du Parc. What makes this place great is that it shows a great mix of international flicks, arty movies and classics, plus they often do interesting retrospectives. If you want to save a couple of dollars on your ticket, go on a Tuesday when the price is $8 instead of the usual $11.
1470 rue Crescent, Downtown, Montreal, Canada
One of the many nightspots along Crescent Street, Ziggy’s stands out thanks to its welcoming, laid-back atmosphere. This is a sports bar, so inside you’ll find lots of TVs showing plenty of different games, along with some pretty cool sport memorabilia. Grab a stool at the bar or take a seat in one of the comfy booths and enjoy the wide selection of affordable tipples.
Open Mon-Fri 3pm-3am, Sat-Sun 2pm-3am.
300 rue Ontario Est, Quartier Latin, Montreal, Canada
Step inside this little bar and you’ll be greeted by loud rock music, friendly staff and a young crowd. Colourful cocktails are the speciality here, many of which are served up in big jars. These are all very reasonably priced but you’ll also find some cheaper deals during Happy Hour.
Open daily 4pm-3am.
105 rue Saint-Paul Est, Old Montréal, Montreal, Canada
With plenty of seats both inside and outside, this is a popular spot to stop for a drink after wandering around the city’s Old Town area. This microbrewery always has a great selection of beers on tap and offers great value pints, half pints and pitchers. Don’t worry if you’re not in the mood for beer, as cocktails and plenty more are also served up at the big bar.
Open Sun-Thus 8.30am-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 8.30am-1am.
1680, rue Saint-Denis, Quartier Latin, Montreal, Canada
Spread out over a few floors, this is a huge spot with one of the most popular patios in the city and as such attracts pretty big crowds. Drinks specials including cheap pitchers of beer or sangria are offered regularly and there’s plenty of entertainment. This includes everything from karaoke to a disco in the basement. All the big sports events are also shown on TVs throughout the bar.
Open daily noon-3am.
Various, Montreal, Canada
Montréal is home to a huge, vibrant LGBTQ scene and there are lots of gay-friendly bars and clubs to check out. Some of the more popular are Club Unity (1171 rue Sainte-Catherine Est), which is one of the city’s biggest gay clubs, and Cabaret Mado (1115 rue Sainte-Catherine Est), which hosts regular drag shows. Le Drugstore (1366 rue Sainte-Catherine Est) is a popular lesbian hangout.
3575 Du Parc Avenue, Downtown, Montreal, Canada
If you’re looking for an alternative to the bar scene, this movie theatre is a great choice. It’s a comfy spot showing an interesting mix of international flicks, arthouse movies and classics. Retrospectives focusing on famous actors or directors are also a frequent occurrence, and the prices are pretty reasonable compared to most of the mainstream cinemas in town.
Check website for schedule; admission $11, $8 on Tuesdays.