The best sports bars in Montréal
This article was updated on February 20, 2019.
Montréal’s best sports bars only want to make sports fans happy – and they’ve got the multiple screens and cheering fans to prove it. If you’re heavy into hockey, can’t get enough college basketball or love a long baseball game, you won’t miss any of the sports action while you’re here.
Downtown and Old Montréal
From pro sports to the Olympic Games, there’s somewhere to watch in every corner of the city, though Montréal’s biggest sports bars are located downtown. In the heart of the Village on Sainte-Catherine Street, find the ever-popular Station des Sports, while nearby MVP Sports Bar packs fans in on two floors. With two locations – near the Bell Centre and by the Old Port – La Cage - Brasserie sportive makes watching hockey, soccer, tennis, UFC matches, you name it, a favourite. Also near the Bell Centre, you’ll find beer specialists Bier Markt, hosting sports fans who also love a good craft beer and restaurant 1909 Taverne moderne welcoming groups big and small, including kids, to watch its massive screen. Closer to Concordia University downtown, busy La Belle & la Boeuf Burger Bar serves up a mean burger and poutine and Forum Sports Bar boasts 32 big screens, a bowling alley and billiards tables.
If you’re more into dark wood, brass accents and old-timers who can tell you a story or two about the Habs, make yourself at home in the city’s downtown pubs, where good food, good people and even local sports stars can be found. Try welcoming Irish pubs McKibbin's, Hurley’s and the Irish Embassy out for size, or step into the action at Ziggy’s Pub, McLean’s Pub or Ye Olde Orchard Pub & Grill.
The character-filled Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood may be known for its arts and music scenes, but it’s also where you’ll find many an affable sports fan. Standing out as the biggest sports bar in the Plateau, Champs plays all the games on twelve screens, serves great bar food, offers a rental space for special events and expands onto Saint-Laurent Boulevard with a summer-season patio. Pool tables and big screens gather fans at nearby Bar St-Laurent Frappé and its summer patio. And you won't miss a Canadiens game at hole-in-the-wall mainstay dive bar Barfly. Adding a more raucous – yet still somehow laidback? – atmosphere to the neighbourhood are Chez Baptiste and craft-beer purveyor Le Boudoir Café-Bar on Mont-Royal Avenue, while nearby Fitzroy looks like an interior designer's dream but puts the game on while you play some pool. At L’Barouf on Saint-Denis Street, hockey and soccer fans often spill out onto the sidewalk in front of the café’s big window.
Mile End and Little Italy
Massive screens, major party energy and a mechanical bull boost Mile End’s Fabuleux Chez Serge into being much more than a sports bar, but make no mistake, no one dances on the bar until the game’s over – respect. Hockey, soccer and great grub make Mile End British pub Bishop & Bagg a must. For more soccer all year round – especially during World Cup and Euro – along with some of the best lattés in town, head to Mile End’s Café Olimpico to find not only Italy fans but supporters of teams far and wide. Closer to Parc Jeanne-Mance, Bar Monsieur Ricard plays all the games and has a patio and karaoke nights. While up in Little Italy, you'll find more soccer fans and excellent espresso at Caffè Italia. For more neighbourhood vibes, check out Bruno Sport Bar, serving up a mean latté on its large patio not far from Beaubien metro station.
Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri
Not only are Saint-Henri and Little Burgundy home to several of the city’s best new restaurants, but The Burgundy Lion pub rivals the big sports bars for its enthusiastic soccer and hockey fans, adding excellent food and drink to the whole game experience. Not far from there, check out retro-cool La Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde. Explore Saint-Henri further to find refreshing drinks and sports on the screen at Le Tequila Bar and creative fresh food at Grumman '78’s airy dining room, complete with a big screen for game time.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.