The best sports bars in Montréal
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 La Station des Sports, while nearby MVP Bar Sportif packs fans in on two floors. With two locations – near the Bell Centre and by the Old Port – bar and restaurant La Cage 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.
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 McKibbins , Hurley’s and the Irish Embassy out for size, or step into the action at Ziggy’s Pub, McLean’s 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 12 screens, serves great bar food, offers a rental spaces for special events and expands onto St-Laurent Boulevard with a summer-season patio. Pool tables and big screens gather fans at nearby Café Saint-Laurent Frappé and its summer patio. Adding more raucous atmosphere to the neighbourhood: Taverne Normand , Chez Baptiste and beer garden Fitzroy on Mont-Royal Avenue, and L’Barouf on Saint-Denis Street, where hockey and soccer fans often spill out onto the sidewalk in front of the café’s big window. For more neighbourhood vibes, check out Bruno Sport Bar, serving up a mean latté on its large patio not far from Beaubien metro station.
Massive screens, major party energy and a mechanical bull boost Mile End’s 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. Find more soccer fans and excellent espresso in Little Italy at Caffè Italia.
Little Burgundy and St-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 Drinkerie Ste-Cunégonde. Explore St-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.
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