Romantic bars in Montréal
Though the cold hand of winter has finally gripped the streets of Montréal, inside our city’s restaurants and bars the climate remains cozy as we snuggle a little closer together for warmth. In the spirit of romance, here are seven canoodle-worthy bars sure to spark something special for you and your better half.
Big in Japan
One of the city’s (almost) best kept secrets, Big in Japan remains one of the Plateau’s swankiest bars. With tuxedoed bouncers, luxurious curtained off walls and a dimly lit wrap-around bar, this is a great place to bring a first date if you’re looking to impress. It’s where I brought my boo when we first met and now, we’re married so take my word for it.
A great place for a cleverly crafted cocktail (or two) and a snack to go with it, Renard is one of the Gay Village’s destination bars. The vibe varies depending on the night and from 5 to 7 pm the place is likely to be packed but there are always a few quiet corners where dates work magically.
Behind a wooden wall in a men’s clothing store and barber shop you’ll find Cloakroom, a beautiful bar where the cocktails are as impressive as the dark decor. This bar is a great place to make a great first impression or an excellent choice when the date is going so well, you don’t want it to end.
Built within the warmth of stone walls, Le Royal on Mont-Royal Avenue is a classy underground bar perfect for cozying up with that special someone. The cocktails and wine list are particularly outstanding, offering something for every taste.
Pub Saint Pierre
Because sometimes only a pub will do, Pub Saint Pierre is a beautiful spot in Old Montréal for a laid back night out on the town, whether you’ve been with your partner for 10 minutes or 10 years. The friendly staff, warm decor, excellent drinks and well above average pub grub make for a great night out. A romantic walk through the storied streets of Old Montréal is always a nice touch for a date.
The dangling plants and colourful lights of Darling on Saint-Laurent Boulevard offer something truly unique when it comes to a bar. The relaxed, bohemian vibe creates an atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else on the Main, making a date at the bar a very memorable night out.
The hot, hot heat of ‘90s Miami is alive and well at Boho in Old Montréal, no matter how cold it gets outside. An eclectic decor, excellent music and delicious food make Boho a must see for any nightlife lover. Coconut flavoured cocktails complete with piña colada infused popsicles are sure to turn the heat up on a date to muy caliente.
Blair Dohey, writer
Blair Dohey is a Canadian writer and blogger who relentlessly tracks down the coolest things to do and see in Montréal and loves discovering amazing restaurants and bars in the city. When he’s not writing about his travels through Montréal, you’ll probably find him sitting at a bar, chatting with friends and laughing at his own jokes.