Montréal’s plentiful outdoor terrasses

Rebecca Sellers

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.

This article was updated on August 5, 2020.

We are living different times, but it’s still hot and sunny—and we’re thirsty! So, where can we safely convene for a drink? Montréal’s outdoor terrasses have got your back, putting a spritz of normal back in your life with refreshing summer cocktails, cool beers and socially distanced mingling. Here’s a round-up of outdoor patios that are open (reservations sometimes required):

Rooftop roosts

Foodlab – Be elevated by electronic and other sounds at this cutting-edge perch in Montréal’s former Red-Light district.

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 – Channel the glitterati on this wrap-around terrasse that boasts a fold-down roof and gorgeous views of the old city.

Hotel hideouts

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 patio gives guests plenty of room to relax, in the sun or under its bright parasols.

Bar George – Usher in summer with swanky cocktails on the outdoor bar patio of Le Mount Stephen, an ultra-tony heritage hangout at the heart of the city.

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Curb appeal, downtown

Brasserie Le Pois Penché - An excellent go-to that lets you soak up downtown Montréal’s electric vibe in a posh Parisian bistro setting. Go for its sumptuous 5-à-HUITRES (champagne and oysters) and relax as chill DJ tracks set the mood for awesome conversations.

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.

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 – Kick back and relax with a scrumptious Asian fusion menu and brews on its sleek and airy outdoor patio.

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.

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.

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, bars and restaurants

Loïc - This easy-breezy but elegant Saint-Henri wine bar (and former Molson family bank) serves up a top-drawer list of vintages as well as champagne and cocktails.

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.

Terrasses Bonsecours – With four floors, fresh cocktails and stunning views of Old Montréal and the water, this Old Port get-together is very popular.

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.

Buvette Chez Simone – A sweet little terrasse for wine lovers that comes with a steady flow of street scenery on Du Parc Avenue.

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.

Taverne Saint-Sacrement – Slake your summer thirsts while you soak up the Plateau scene from St-Sacrement’s sidewalk terrasse.

BAR MAMIE – Sip wines and snack off boards filled with charcuterie, cheeses and more from the outdoor tables of this adorable neighbourhood wine bar.

Labarake – Located in the Angus Shops, Labarake delivers delish comfort food, signature cocktails and plenty of leg room on its big outdoor terrasse.

Taverne Midway – Cool cocktails, cold brews and conviviality await on the terrasse of this popular tavern on Saint-Laurent Boulevard.

Rebecca Sellers

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.

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