Quiet spots to sip cocktails in Montréal

Whether for an intimate tête-à-tête or catching up with old friends, finding a bar with decent decibels and a winsome wine list is essential. You’re in luck because Montréal is full of hushed hideaways, hotel bars, cozy taverns and tons of other cool places where you can raise your glass in a laid-back vibe. Here are 8 serene spots to savour the moment in the city.

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Le Hambar

Situated in the Hôtel St-Paul in Old Montréal, this luminous wine bar offers an impressive list of charcuteries to go with an excellent glass of red. – 355 McGill Street


Neighbourhood coffee house by day, cocktail bar by night. Specializing in gins and amaros, Kabinet immerses you in an intimate ambiance inspired by imperial Russia. Go before 8 p.m. because after, the bar fuses with next-door Datcha and the din amplifies. – 


Henrietta is our get-go for celebrating the week’s highs with a glass of Cava, oysters and its popular cheese, lemon and pepper popcorn. – 92 Laurier Avenue West

Mayfair Cocktail Bar

Mayfair is a bonafide cocktail bar, but it’s also a tea salon that serves alcoholized blends. We love the romantic ambiance that makes us want to rush home and pull on our poshest clothing before ordering a High Society, a sweet mix of vodka and sherry. – 451 Rachel Street East

Rouge Gorge bar à vin

The veru inviting Rouge Gorge promises sensational wines, thanks to the careful thought the owners have put into their vintages. If you get peckish, you can choose from a delicious menu of tapas and small plates. – 1234 Mont-Royal Avenue East


Maison Boulud

The Ritz-Carlton’s chic bar is reputed for its signature cocktail, the Cosmopolitain de l’Orient, which is garnished with a sphere of ice. It’s an artful blend of vodka, Cointreau, ginger infusion, coriander and white cranberry juice—and absolutely sublime. – 1228 Sherbrooke Street West


Taverne Square Dominion

Make a date in this heritage space in the city’s Golden Square Mile to sip a Pimm’s Cup or a Mint Julep. Its tastefully revamped decor makes you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. – 1243 Metcalfe Street


Maggie Oakes

At the bar of the Hôtel William Grey, mixologist Jason William Griffin works quiet magic with his shaker. His reinvented martini has people across the city flocking here to taste it. – 426 Place Jacques-Cartier


Eve Martel

Eve Martel, blogger

As an ad agency content creator and writer for her blog "Tellement Swell", Eve has an insatiable curiosity for urban culture. She is madly in love with Montréal, her adoptive city since 1993, and loves to wander its streets to find new foodie spots, to stroll through its parks and green alleys, and admire its ever-changing architecture.

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