Your ultimate guide to Montréal’s marvelous patios
Call off the search! Summer in Montréal is sweet but short, and we wouldn’t want you wasting your time trying to track down outdoor patios for dining or drinking. Here are our picks on places up high, mid-level or on the street to enjoy bites and beverages al fresco.
Au Sommet Place Ville Marie – With a June 23 opening date, you’ll soon be able to drink in the sights of downtown from 44 floors up as you leisurely sip cocktails.
SAT – Foodlab – Be elevated by electronic and other sounds at this cutting-edge perch in Montréal’s former Red Light district.
Renaissance Hôtel – With a plunge pool just beside, this brand-new downtown retreat lets you beat the urban heat while sipping cocktails.
Auberge du Vieux-Port /Terrasse sur l’Auberge – The secret’s out: the soaring views from this Old World setting are simply amazing.
Terrasse Nelligan – This Old Montréal top floor terrasse is such a stunner that you need to get here early to enjoy the spoils.
Terrasse Place d’Armes – AA go-to for the glitterati, this wrap-around terrasse boasts a fold-down roof and gorgeous views of the old city.
Hilton Bonaventure – A lush and relaxing green getaway atop this downtown hotel with a poolside bar too.
Hyatt Regency Montréal – Six Resto Lounge – Swanky, central and absolutely no better place for catching Montréal’s legendary festival action than from up here.
Hotel 10 – Located in a beautiful Beaux-Arts building near the Quartier des spectacles, this cool, vibey patio rocks it out day and night.
Ritz Carlton – Maison Boulud – A truly tony place to hang out on Sherbrooke Street, and you can order excellent eats from its 3-Michelin star restaurant.
Pierre Du Calvet – This centuries-old-stone-home-turned-inn has a green and spacious terrace tucked away at the back.
Clubs and bars
Unity – A grandiose terrace at the heart of the Village, with DJs, dancing and stunning city views.
Sky Pub – Rocking a kind of cabana ambiance, you can count on this popular Village terrace to be packed every single night of the summer.
Tokyo Bar – The two-terraced Plateau patio keeps things hopping all night long with music, DJs and barbecues.
Daylight Factory – Light up your day or night with a drink or bite on this spacious and airy outdoor terrasse, handily located between downtown and Old Montréal.
Terrasse Bonsecours – With four floors, fresh cocktails and stunning views of Old Montréal and the water, this Old Port get-together is very popular.
Le Saint-Sulpice – A huge, leafy backyard in the heart of the Quartier latin that’s popular with the university crowd.
Le Sainte Elizabeth – With its ivy-covered walls, affordable drinks and friendly service, this terrace at the heart of the Quartier latin is great spot for kicking back with friends.
Irish Embassy Pub & Grill – Enjoy some laid-back Irish camaraderie and a pint on this comfortable patio at the heart of downtown.
Le Reservoir – A medium-sized laidback Plateau rooftop patio that serves artisanal brews and appetizers.
New City Gas – A massive brick-walled industrial space in Griffintown where the cool young crowds converge for the drinks, dancing and DJs.
La Terrasse St-Ambroise-McAuslan – Located along the Lachine Canal, this terrasse is perfect after a day of canal-side recreation, and has a built-in brewery to boot.
Plan B – Like so many other surprises along busy Mont-Royal Avenue, Plan B is a little tucked-away oasis that’s great for drinks and conversation.
Casa Del Popolo – A teeny Plateau terrasse tucked in the back of a family-run café that regularly features up-and-coming indie acts.
La Buvette Chez Simone – A sweet little terrace for wine lovers that comes with a steady flow of street scenery on Avenue du Parc.
Le Petit Medley – A fixture on Rue Saint-Hubert, Le Petit Medley is regularly packed with locals lapping up that Montréal summer goodness.
Ping Pong Club – Totally cool, totally relaxed and totally neighbourly, the Ping Pong Club on upper Saint-Laurent Boulevard serves up great snacks and drinks.
Bénélux – On the eastern end of Sherbrooke Street, this breezy outdoor brewhouse patio is a popular summer favourite.
Rebecca Sellers, blogger
Hailing originally from the big country skies of Manitoba, Rebecca adopted Montréal over 20 years ago after living in Québec City and France as a student. When she is not writing, translating or teaching English, she can be found pedaling the city’s bike paths, strolling the streets in search of hidden gems, and striking up conversations with local merchants, creators and folks in the neighbourhood.
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