Original title : Cocktail O’Clock
For some, the perfect cocktail is sweet and refreshing, while for others, the ideal drink is bitter, sour, or even smoky. Regardless of your preferred sipper, here are 10 spots for the best cocktails in Montreal.
PERLES & PADDOCK
403 rue des Seigneurs
The charming dining menu at restaurant Perles & Paddock is wonderfully complemented by its exciting array of drinks. Thanks to experienced and inspired bar chef, Jonathan Homier, the cocktail menu is both sophisticated and surprising. Using only the finest ingredients—buckwheat honey, cherry bark, Earl Grey tea, flowers—the cocktails also include local and organic products, whenever possible. Sure to please!
901 rue du Square-Victoria
Inside the W Hotel is Bartizen, the quintessential “Gin and Perfume Lounge.” Specializing in Quebec gin & tonics, carefully augmented with craft perfumes, this bar invites patrons on a voyage of discovery and sensual pleasures. The soft lighting and cosy decor perfectly complement the taste experience.
1440 rue Drummond
Bar George celebrates the old in new ways. Tucked in an 1880s Victorian mansion built for Sir George Stephen (in the former Mount Stephen Club), this resto-bar has honoured its historic roots while adding a contemporary —even eccentric— touch. The menu features perfectly executed classic dishes, along with time-tested cocktails. Enjoy a trip back in time!
ATWATER COCKTAIL CLUB
512 av. Atwater
You have to know where to look for this speakeasy-style bar, accessible via the small alley behind famed restaurant, Foiegwa. However, once you step through the door, you’ll feel right at home. This hidden neighbourhood bar boasts an intimate ambience, eclectic decor (everybody loves sitting on the pink banquette) and a dozen simple, yet sophisticated, cocktails. In short, the ideal spot for a drink with friends in Montreal.
900 boul. René-Lévesque Ouest
Ever since it reopened, the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel continues to impress and its cocktail bar is no exception. Nacarat offers a wide array of cocktails presented in the form of a taste wheel. Whether your buds prefer Umami, Bitter, Sour, Spicy or Sweet, you’ll find a number of options to suit your palate. And the presentation is sublime!
THE CLOAKROOM BAR
2175 rue de la Montagne
Since 2015, the Cloakroom has been the bar of choice for Montreal connoisseurs of fine spirits. In this intimate 25-seat space, skilled bartenders reinvent classic drinks from the late 19th to early 20th century, using only the highest quality ingredients. Even the ice is made and carved in house! This artisanal approach shapes the ice specifically for each cocktail ordered, to bring out certain flavours. A premium experience that could well surpass your expectations!
686 rue Notre-Dame Ouest
At lunchtime, happy hour, or any evening, head to Bulma Bar for its small sharing plates, impressive design and Japanese inspired cocktails. This elegant Asian tapas bar located in Old Montreal offers an interesting selection of carefully crafted signature cocktails to enjoy in the dining room or out on the large 90-seat terrace. In short, it promises an Asian-infused visual and taste experience.
630 rue Cathcart
Enjoy an experience worthy of the land of the rising sun at Gokudo! This speakeasy-style cocktail bar offers patrons a Japanese setting with paper lanterns, subtle lighting and a cosy atmosphere. The cocktail menu also honours its Japanese origins, offering simple, well-prepared ingredients. Finally, patrons can enjoy a wide selection of sakes and Japanese whisky, along with scotch, vodka, tequila, gin, rum, mezcal, cognac and bourbon.
451 rue Rachel Est
Mayfair is a bar, a restaurant, and a spiked tea room! In fact, the majority of the cocktails—developed by mixologist, Lawrence Picard—are made with Kusmi tea. The opulent interior evokes the Victorian era. Take a seat, and feel like a British aristocrat. Step back in time to one of London’s most opulent neighbourhoods and sip a cocktail or two!
MILKY WAY COCKTAIL BAR
1886 rue Centre
Located right above Fugazzi Pizza (and accessible via a stairwell twinkling with stars like the Milky Way), this new cocktail bar has arrived in Montreal like a warm tropical breeze. With its immense skylight and colourful decor, you would think you were imbibing in Miami. The cocktail menu offers sophisticated flavours, and the bartenders can even produce tailormade creations to individual tastes. Long live spontaneity!