Get a feel for Montréal’s fun and refreshing terrasses
This article was updated on April 1, 2019.
In Montréal, summer rhymes with terrasse time, and giving winter the ultimate heave-ho with a refreshing cocktail. Oodles of people scenery, sunny rays and some free Vitamin D are just the thing to put you in a summery headspace. Take a look at the city’s plentiful picks:
Observatoire Place Ville Marie – Drink in the sights of downtown from 44 floors up as you leisurely sip cocktails.
Foodlab – Be elevated by electronic and other sounds at this cutting-edge perch in Montréal’s former Red-Light district.
SIX Resto Lounge – Swanky, central and no better place for catching Montréal’s legendary festival action than from up here
Renaissance Montreal Downtown – With a plunge pool just beside, this downtown retreat lets you beat the urban heat while sipping cocktails.
Auberge du Vieux-Port – The secret’s out: the soaring views from this Old-World setting are simply amazing.
Terrasse Nelligan – This Old Montréal top floor terrasse is such a stunner that you need to get here early to enjoy the spoils.
Terrasse Place d’Armes – A go-to for the glitterati, this wrap-around terrasse boasts a fold-down roof and gorgeous views of the old city.
Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal – A lush and relaxing green getaway atop this downtown hotel with a poolside bar too.
Nacarat - A truly sophisticated spot (nothing less from the Queen E, of course) that scores top points for its swish décor and sumptuous cocktails served on its third-floor terrasse.
Perché - East meets West at William Gray, where vistas of soaring church spires and a cool Californian vibe come together for a sense-stimulating study in contrasts.
Renoir - Sofitel’s elegant restaurant terrasse gives guests plenty of room to relax, in the sun or under its bright parasols.
HOTEL10 – Located in a beautiful Beaux-Arts building near the Quartier des spectacles, this cool, vibey patio rocks it out day and night.
Maison Boulud – A truly tony place to hang out on Sherbrooke Street, and you can order excellent eats from its 3-Michelin star restaurant.
Pierre du Calvet House – This centuries-old-stone-home-turned-inn has a green and spacious terrace tucked away at the back.
Curb appeal, downtown
Café Parvis and Bar Furco - Two for one takes on a whole new meaning with this tucked-away café and bar, respectively. Order and drink and take a breather on either of their lush little terrasses, just behind the beautiful St. James United Church.
Biiru – A funky and fresh downtown izakaya (Japanese tavern) whose airy, outdoor patio is perfect for sipping sake.
Jatoba – Smack in the heart of the city, a little lush outdoors in the back of the restaurant, where refined Asian dishes wow.
Brasserie T! – On Brasserie T’s little terrasse, you never miss any of the Place des Festivals’ action and everything from this fine French bistro is delicious.
Taverne F par Ferreira – A stellar spot for cool drinks and fine Portuguese cuisine, right at the nexus of Montréal’s legendary festivals.
Dominion Square Tavern - Head to Metcalfe Street to sip a Pimm’s Cup or a Mint Julep al fresco. This tastefully revamped tavern takes you time traveling.
Balsam Inn - Right next door to the Taverne Square Dominion, the Balsam brings the art of cocktails back, with Montréal’s downtown vibe thrown in the mix.
Escondite (Union Street and Drummond Street) - This colourful and creative “cerveceria de barrio” offers up excellent Mexican eats and delectable homegrown tequila cocktails on its whimsical terrasse (Union) and hints of hacienda in its lush little courtyard (Drummond).
Agrikol - A Village staple and need-to-know Haitian restaurant and cocktail bar. Pretty patio lights, generous cocktails and an ambiance that rocks make it a little piece of paradise!
Grenade - An Asian bar and terrasse open until 3 a.m. with a luxurious patio that guarantees fun, like when the FullMoon Party theme nights get swinging.
Boris Bistro – A sweet spot hidden behind old stone walls in the Quartier international that offers all sorts of cool refreshments and eats on sultry nights or sunny afternoons.
Pèlerin Magellan – A very verdant hideout in the heart of the Quartier Latin that offers a serene escape from the festival hustle and bustle.
Waterside watering holes
Marché des Éclusiers - A top pick for sipping a spritz along the lovely St. Lawrence River, with the bonus of a historic grain silo (No. 5) and the water to gaze upon.
Canal lounge - What floats our boat? This little glassed-in beauty near the Atwater Market, where cocktails et al. can be sipped bow or stern or somewhere in the middle.
The Terrasse St-Ambroise - A popular spot where Montrealers flock noon and night, with superb views of historic industrial buildings. Lap up the cold craft beer and laid-back atmosphere.
4 Origines - There’s nothing like a cold beer to beat the heat and 4 Origines’ handcrafted brews offer post-parched happiness. On top of a taproom for tasting, this creative microbrewery affords great views of the Lachine Canal, plus you can bring your own eats to snack upon.
Clubs and bars
Loïc - This easy-breezy but elegant Saint-Henri wine (and former Molson family bank) serves up a top-drawer list of vintages as well as champagne and cocktails.
Club Social P.S. - Whether you’re craving espresso and dolce by day or pizza and wine by night, you need to meet the verdant terrasse of this bright and stylish wine bar/take-out counter (behind the prestigious Elena restaurant).
The Burgundy Lion - Whether quaffing a pint of stout, sipping a dram of whiskey or enjoying a swanky cocktail, this Brit pub/modern lounge bar is infused with authenticity.
Rouge Gorge - Unwind with sensational wines at the Plateau hotspot. Feeling peckish? You can choose from a delicious menu of tapas and small plates.
Bar Palco - The lush oasis out back is a Verdun go-to, and signature cocktails like the Botanique or Marécage are thirst-quenchingly terrific.
BENELUX brewpub (downtown and Verdun) – Two times the fun at these breezy outdoor brewhouse patios, one on Sherbrooke Street, one on Wellington Street.
Unity Club – A grandiose terrace at the heart of the Village, with DJs, dancing and stunning city views.
Complexe Sky – Rocking a kind of cabana ambiance, you can count on this popular Village terrace to be packed every single night of the summer.
Tokyo Bar – The two-terraced Plateau patio keeps things hopping all night long with music, DJs and barbecues.
Daylight Factory – Light up your day or night with a drink or bite on this spacious and airy outdoor terrasse, handily located between downtown and Old Montréal.
Terrasses Bonsecours – With four floors, fresh cocktails and stunning views of Old Montréal and the water, this Old Port get-together is very popular.
Le Saint-Sulpice – A huge, leafy backyard in the heart of the Quartier latin that’s popular with the university crowd.
Pub Le Sainte-Élisabeth – With its ivy-covered walls, affordable drinks and friendly service, this terrace at the heart of the Quartier latin is a great spot for kicking back with friends.
Irish Embassy Pub & Grill – Enjoy some laid-back Irish camaraderie and a pint on this comfortable patio at the heart of downtown.
Le Reservoir – A medium-sized laidback Plateau rooftop patio that serves artisanal brews and appetizers.
New City Gas – A massive brick-walled industrial space in Griffintown where the cool young crowds converge for the drinks, dancing and DJs.
Plan B Bar – Like so many other surprises along busy Mont-Royal Avenue, Plan B is a little tucked-away oasis that’s great for drinks and conversation.
Casa Del Popolo – A teeny Plateau terrasse tucked in the back of a family-run café that regularly features up-and-coming indie acts.
Buvette Chez Simone – A sweet little terrasse for wine lovers that comes with a steady flow of street scenery on Du Parc Avenue.
Medley Simple Malt – A fixture on Saint-Hubert Street, Le Petit Medley is regularly packed with locals lapping up that Montréal summer goodness.
PING PONG CLUB – Totally cool, totally relaxed and totally neighbourly, the PING PONG CLUB on upper Saint-Laurent Boulevard serves up great snacks and drinks.
Rebecca Sellers, blogger
Hailing originally from the big country skies of Manitoba, Rebecca adopted Montréal over 20 years ago after living in Québec City and France as a student. When she is not writing, translating or teaching English, she can be found pedaling the city’s bike paths, strolling the streets in search of hidden gems, and striking up conversations with local merchants, creators and folks in the neighbourhood.