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Plateau / Mile End
The Godzilla of MTL speakeasies
4175, Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website
The big tastes of Japan tucked into a hidden hotspot right off the high street. 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.
Cutting-edge on a cost-cutting budget
213, Rachel East Street | Website
The definition of a neighbourhood spot: cheap, cheerful, and self-catering. This place would be easy to miss. Set slightly back on Rachel Street, Le A Bar is one of those casual and affordable nooks that you and your friends will want to keep coming back to. Wondering what makes it really unique? You can bring your own food or even order from a nearby restaurant. For real!
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.
Jazz veiled in the clandestine
3481, Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website
Nestled on the second floor of 3481 boulevard Saint-Laurent, 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.
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.
Quartier des spectacles
Design-savvy rooftop dining
1201, Saint-Laurent Boulevard | Website
A view every bit as good as the food – and what a view it is. Located up on the top floor of the Société des Arts Technologiques, Labo Culinaire offers a seasonal menu centred on local ingredients and a list of natural wines. Its rooftop patio is one of the city’s nicest—and most popular—in summer.
The walls have eyes
Secret location in Quartier des spectacles | 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.
A Japanese secret
Secret location Downtown | Website
Another hidden bar has made its mark with its signature cocktails, sakes, private import sakes, Japanese whisky, tequilas and mezcals. Head to Ryoshi, a fish shack that makes traditional Japanese snacks, and right behind it you’ll find this Japanese treasure!
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!
A secret bar where the pineapple falls
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 affiordable 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 & Cadeaux, Sans Soleil serves exquisite cocktails, wines and sakes in an edgy atmosphere where an impeccably curated selection of vinyl spins the night away.
© Restaurant Le Speakeasy
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
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. It’s a deluxe sandwich shop (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!
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
A clubbing night out that’s equal parts educational, exclusive, and off the hook.The sophisticated Asian pub Flyjin turns into a high-energy club at 11 p.m. They have a wide selection of Japanese whiskey, sake, wine and exclusive beers.
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!
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436, Saint François-Xavier Street | Website
A secret bar inside another secret bar? That’s what Venice restaurant cooked up when it designed Clandestino, an offshoot of Boho. Go there to sip tequila- and mezcal-based cocktails made from one of their 100 private import bottles in a cozy/chic setting. Caliente!
600, William Street | Website
Nhâu Bar is neatly hidden in the new Hà restaurant in Old Montréal. Relax in an elegant ambiance decorated with pretty paper lanterns and enjoy Asian-inspired cocktails and exquisite Vietnamese finger foods from the Hà restaurant.
« HŌM away from home »
504, du Couvent Street | Website
On Rue du Couvent in Old Montreal, HŌM Bar is a recent addition to the speakeasy scene. This trendy bar has sharp DJs spinning tunes for a crowd that’s thirsty for joy and celebration.
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.
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Quartiers du Canal
Down the back alley to luxury
512, Atwater Street | Website
First appearances can be deceiving: Past this back lane door 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. Look out!
© Patricia Brochu
Golden Square Mile
An ultra-stylish triple threat
2175, de la Montagne Street | Website
A tailor, a barber, and a mixologist walk into a bar, but it’s no joke. The seductive Cloakroom speakeasy is hidden in a high-end menswear shop in the heart of the Golden Square Mile. Both 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. The bartender will happily make your cocktail just the way you like it or offer you one of their latest inspirations. Immerse yourself in this modern and elegant throwback to the turn of the 1900s.
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.
Adventure à l’orange
Literally hidden away in a cave below the Soubois, L’Orangerie speakeasy can only be accessed via the adjacent alleyway. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the establishment directly.
Pôle des Rapides
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 South-West borough!
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.