A next-level night on the town with these 5 cocktail bars
If it’s cocktails you’re after, there’s no better place to be than Montréal. We’ve got you covered with swanky (and sometimes hidden) cocktail bars and other nightlife hotspots that impress with their inventive mixology and upscale atmosphere. Slip into something snazzy and get ready to start a great night out on the town with these excellent cocktail bars.
900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West
The definition of sophisticated cool, Nacarat sits in the prestigious Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in the heart of downtown Montréal. While relatively new, this world class cocktail bar has quickly become the place to see and be seen while sipping on some of the finest cocktails ever blended. While it’s almost impossible to narrow the list of cocktails offered that you must try, start with a Café va bene (Cynar, blackcurrant cream, coffee, blood orange) and slowly sip your way through the menu.
901 Square-Victoria Street
The W Montréal has been the epicentre of great nights out for well over a decade. Bartizen is the hotel’s new house bar and the drinks are a multi-sensory must for cocktail lovers. While their cocktail menu consists of mostly local gins and other locally sourced ingredients, it's the edible perfume that they added to their cocktails that bring them to a whole other level. The Romeo (gin, dill, cucumber, fever tree tonic, soda, lavender perfume) is a great place to start.
2175 Montagne Street
There’s more than meets the eye at this men’s clothing retailer and barber. This downtown establishment also features a hidden bar that sits behind a mirrored wall. Inside the bar, style reigns king. With just enough space to fit a couple of dozen people, real-estate is prime, and the cocktails are sublime. The award-winning bartenders and mixologists have put together a tantalizing selection of original cocktails that you can’t have anywhere else. Try That Other Drink (Bulleit Bourbon, Cocchi Amaro Vermouth Di torino, Cynar Artichoke Amaro, Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters).
1241 Mont-Royal Avenue East
A new addition to the Plateau’s ever evolving nightlife scene, India Rosa is an Indian restaurant with a beautiful bar that serves cocktails infused with ingredients like rosewater, cardamom, blood orange and more. This Indian twist on classics plus their original concoctions are enough to have you making your way up to the Plateau for cocktail hour. Try the Tiki Bohemia (dark rum, spiced rum, Malibu, Cointreau, orgeat syrup, lime juice, passion fruit puree and pineapple juice) or, if mocktails are more your thing, they feature a fine list of alcohol free drinks as well.
1101 Maisonneuve Boulevard East
Montréal’s Gay Village has been slowly reinventing itself over the last few years and Le Blossom is part of that revolution. This restaurant and bar is an Asian food and drink fantasy featuring a sake bar circling a large cherry blossom tree at its centre. This edgy restaurant has a cool eighties vibe and a delectable cocktail and menu featuring drinks blended with tea and flowers. Try the Akira (gin, Lillet, chrysanthemum tea and rose syrup).
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.
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