Montréal’s hidden bars

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Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard

This article was updated on 11 mars, 2024.

An enchanted forest in a downtown basement. A Japanese bar hidden behind a grey door on the Main. A Tiki bar tucked into the depths of Chinatown. Montréal keeps things interesting by forcing you to hunt for some of its most unique spots. Here’s a guide to the city’s secret bars, revealed one neighbourhood at a time.

Quartier des spectacles

The walls have eyes

Secret location | Website

See and be seen at one of Montréal’s best kept secrets. (But don’t forget the password…) Le 4e Mur keeps their address strictly under wraps. Want to find out where it is? Step 1: Become a member to get on their list (and to have the exact location revealed to you). Step 2: Challenge your brain to find the brick that activates the door. Once you go down all the stairs, you’ll be rewarded with live jazz shows and a Parisian-inspired patio that’s open year-round!

The Secret Garden (with booze)

1412 Sainte-Élisabeth Street | Website

A hidden leafy paradise of a patio amid the hustle-bustle of downtown. Nobody would ever guess that the massive Pub Le Sainte-Élisabeth has one of the city’s greenest and most tranquil hidden patios in downtown Montréal. This is the perfect spot for early evening bevvies before you venture into the nightlife on Saint-Catherine Street.

 

 

Downtown

Montréal’s most beautiful panoramic view

1 Place Ville Marie, 45th floor | Website

Perched on the 45th floor of Place Ville Marie, Sora 45, the sublime Japanese counter linked to the new Hiatus restaurant, excels in sushi, cocktails and refined wines. As a bonus, you'll enjoy an exceptional view of Montréal, which sparkles with a thousand lights after dark.

A Japanese secret

630 Cathcart Street  | Website

Little brother to Escondite, Koa Lua, Habanera and BiiruLe Gokudo is a hidden Japanese bar that shares its space with Le Ryōshi, a fisherman’s shack where you can enjoy Japanese specialities such as sakes and Japanese cocktails that will immediately transport you to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Underground pool

1076 de Bleury Street | Website

At the heart of the business district in the basement of Tiradito is Club Pelicano. With its Art déco style inspired by the Piscine Molitor in Paris, Pelicano lets patrons do a little time travel with an upbeat modern twist. Private wine imports, house cocktails, delicious snacks and a DJ welcome you to step back into a 1930s- and ‘40s-inspired ambiance while moving to Afro, disco and even electro beats. Eclectic and oh-so-pretty!

Follow the pineapple 

1106b Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website

You want Batman? Use the Bat signal. For a Chinatown twist on tiki bar follow the neon pineapple. If you want to find Le Mal Nécessaire, look for the neon pineapple, then head down into the deepest depths of Chinatown. Inside, Mexican styling meets Tiki cocktails and affordable Chinese tapas. You have to see it to believe it!

A trick of the light

1002 Saint-Urbain Street | Website

Chinatown is home to more and more hidden gems. Located in the basement of the delicious Japanese restaurant Fleurs & CadeauxSans Soleil serves exquisite cocktails, wines and sakes in an edgy atmosphere where an impeccably curated selection of vinyl spins the night away.

 

Golden Square Mile

An ultra-stylish triple threat

2175 de la Montagne Street | Website

The seductive Cloakroom speakeasy is hidden in a high-end menswear shop in the heart of the Golden Square Mile. Chic and confidential, it only seats 25 people. If you’re looking for an even more intimate setting, ask to sit in their private alcove. Immerse yourself in this modern and elegant throwback to the turn of the 20th centurys.

An enchanted underground forest

1106 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West | Website

Imagine a raw bar and grill supper club experience, a bar and a nightclub in an underground "forest" that is open Thursday to Saturday until 3 a.m.... Magical! Tucked away beneath the streets of Montréal, the enchanting Soubois drives the city’s underground beat. Hidden within is L’Orangerie, a bar-within-a-bar speakeasy cleverly concealed behind a bookcase. You’ve got to go!

 

Restaurant Le Speakeasy - Cocktails

Old Montréal

The Clark Kent of Old Montréal bars

120 McGill Street | Website

A nightly transformation turns back the clock to prohibition-era surprises behind the hidden door. Le Speakeasy leads a double life:restaurant Vandale by day and gentleman’s watering hole by night. From 6 p.m. onward, look for the red light over the refrigerator door. A retro space with a rough-around-the-edges, gangster-chic appeal awaits!

The hidden permafrost down below

Secret location in Old Montréal | Website

Discover a whole new definition to freezer burn in Old Montréal’s most secretive bar. The Coldroom truly lives up to its name, set up in a real 19th century coldroom hidden behind a black door at the corner of St-Vincent Street and St-Amable. Need a clue on its whereabouts? #followtheduck

Behind the velvet rope

426 Saint-Gabriel Street | Website

An Old Montréal cellar transforms into a world-class nightclub where the beats don’t quit. Some of Montréal’s steamiest soirées happen at Velvet Speakeasy in the basement of Auberge St-Gabriel. This happening club attracts beautiful babes in search of high-heeled shoes, tight clothes and a hazy recollection of the night.

Now we’re flyjin

417 Saint-Pierre Street | Website

Le Flyjin is a sophisticated Asian brasserie on one side and an electrifying nightclub on the other. At the stroke of 11 p.m., the dance floor fills up and the bar unlocks its vast selection of Japanese whiskies, sakes, beers and wines.

An exhilarating experience

640 Saint-Paul Street West (through the alley) | Website

A locked front door in an alleyway, industrial-inspired decor: Stillife, a speakeasy located in the backroom of the brand-new Omakase-inspired Sushi by Scratch restaurant, promises red-hot evenings where sublime cocktails and succulent appetizers flow naturally until the early hours of the morning. A unique experience!

Back to the 20s
54 rue Saint-Jacques | Website

Once you have passed through the front door, you will receive an exclusive access code which you need to make a note of. Then, follow the red arrow to find the hidden trapdoor that will allow you to enter the code and gain access to the Grotto Speakeasy. Inside, you will find an intimate and quiet environment with velvet banquettes, lanterns, impeccable cocktails, and tapas to share in the wee hours of the morning. It is a completely confidential space where you can relax and enjoy your time.

Mexican confidential

436 Saint François-Xavier Street | Website

A secret bar inside another secret bar? That’s what Venice restaurant cooked up when it designed Clandestino.. Go there to sip tequila- and mezcal-based cocktails made from one of their 100 private import bottles in a cozy/chic setting. Caliente!

Opium Den

600 William Street | Website

Nhâu Bar is hidden away in the basement of the restaurant in Old Montréal. In an elegant atmosphere dotted with pretty paper lanterns, you can enjoy cocktails with Asian-inspired cocktails and exquisite Vietnamese bites from the Hà restaurant.

« HŌM away from home »

504 du Couvent Street | Website

On du Couvent Street in Old Montréal, HŌM Bar is a discreet addition to the speakeasy scene. This trendy bar has sharp DJs spinning tunes for a crowd that’s thirsty for joy and celebration.

 

Atwater Cocktail Club

Quartiers du Canal

Down the back alley to luxury

512 Atwater Street | Website

First appearances can be deceiving: behind this back lane doorway awaits a golden paradise. Just a stone’s throw from the trendy Foiegwa diner at the back of an alley is the intimate—you might even say sensual—Atwater Cocktail Club brimming with luxurious vegetation, welcoming bench seats and mirrors on the ceiling. The menu features 450 types of alcohol and 16 signature cocktails, all served in a flamboyant ambiance. 

Good trouble in the Henhouse

1800 Notre-Dame West Street | Website

Don’t be a chicken and head downstairs to Griffintown’s newest hidden gem. Tucked away in the basement of beloved fried chicken joint Bird Bar, Le HENDEN is Kimberly Lallouz’s latest development. A lengthy, carefully curated cocktail list offers the perfect after chicken dinner (or before, or both for that matter) aperitif.

In deep waters

1726 Notre-Dame Street West | Website

The King Crab bar-lounge is hidden away in the basement of the Makro restaurant, Grinder's little brother. Open from Thursday to Saturday until 3 a.m, it's a cozy, glitzy spot with a jet-set feel that's perfect to round out an evening of cocktails and merriment.

A hidden galaxy of glam

1886 Centre Street | Website

Here’s another magical spot created by Barroco Group: Milky Way Cocktail Bar is a twinkling jewel perched above Fugazzi, an incredible pizzeria in Pointe-Saint-Charles. Just follow the starry staircase up to the hidden galaxy of glam. Open 7 days a week until 3 a.m., this bar must have some serious gravitational pull because it’s always packed. Or maybe it’s the cosmic cocktails that keep the crowds coming back until the early hours of the morning. Discover this gem in an emerging area of the Southwest borough!

A hidden bar within a bar
3002 rue Saint-Antoine Ouest | Website

A dozen places make up Far West, a bar hidden inside the new Baby Far West bar/nightclub in Saint-Henri. In the heart of a subdued, intimate setting that's designed to evolve, enjoy a molecular mixology experience of the highest level: "L'Étude". Make your reservations!

Plateau / Mile End

Up close and personal

380 rue Gilford | Website

Sneak behind a delivery door to revel in a subdued atmosphere with a burlesque vibe. Open Thursday to Sunday, Le Magpie Magique is the Plateau's coziest new address where you can enjoy cocktails and Mediterranean specialities.

Zen redefined 

4175 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website

Carefully hidden at the corner of Rachel Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Big in Japan serves up a tasteful ambiance and tasty cocktails made from Japanese spirits. It’s a subdued spot that’s perfect for a romantic rendez-vous.

A rare bird

1234 Mont-Royal Avenue East | Website

An elegant bar with a chill, laid-back vibe, Le Rouge Gorge in the Plateau-Mont-Royal district offers two distinct experiences: upstairs on display to see and be seen, and downstairs away from prying eyes in an intimate, 1920s-style decor. Local DJs set the beat to blissful evenings complemented by succulent cocktails, sparkling wines and champagnes.

Clandestine jazz 

3481 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website

Nestled on the second floor of 3481 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Bootlegger L'Authentique offers a warm and mellow atmosphere in which to savour primarily whisky-based signature cocktails. Or sample the special selection of hundreds of brands of scotch, Irish, rye and bourbon whisky. Complementing the laid-back vibe is the eclectic variety of hip-hop/funk, jazz, blues and soul musicians who often take to the stage.

 

Little Italy, Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie and Villeray

Under the tropical sun

6388 St-Hubert Street | Website

Located on the Plaza St-Hubert, the Snowbird Tiki Bar's hidden terrace is a secret tropical hideaway. Open every day, it's the perfect place to kick back and relax with friends, fruity cocktails served in sculpted "Inca" or "pineapple" glasses in hand.

 

Rosemont Confidential

Secret location in Rosemont | Website

The Petit Secret in Rosemont is the latest whisper on everyone’s lips. Accessible only with a secret code that changes every month, you'll have to become a member of this new secret society to enjoy its exclusive, laid-back vibe.   

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard has been writing for over 10 years. She specializes in lifestyle, tourism, travel and food, she writes for the media as well as for different companies, agencies, freelancers or associations. Always in search of innovative concepts and top places to be at, she is also constantly preparing her next trip.

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