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GREAT PUBS & BREWPUBS

Pubs are a great place for a 5 à 7, to hang out with friends, or even to go on a date. We’ve got tons in Montreal, from classic English pubs to brewpubs specializing in homemade brews, trivia nights to live entertainment, and typical grubs to more upscale eats. Whatever drink, food, and ambiance you’re looking for in a pub, you will surely find it in the list below. 

1. Dieu Du Ciel!

This bustling pub has been around since 1998, and it is known as one of the best breweries in Montreal. They serve artisanal homegrown brews and take pride in the quality and integrity of their products. Crafting different drinks is like a fun lab experiment to them, and they have a variety of creative brews to offer. Every time you go you will see something new, as they are always coming out with innovative concoctions! Although it gets crowded (and quite loud) due to its popularity, the atmosphere is really fun and enjoyable, especially when they have a DJ and live music! If you don’t know what to choose, try the beer tasting so you can sample a few. From Rosée D’Hibiscus, a delicate wheat beer to Péché Mortel, a deep, dark stout infused with coffee, you will surely find something that will impress your tastes buds. You can even ask your server for recommendations since they are very knowledgeable about what they serve. They also have a modest food menu to accompany your beer, from nachos to homemade pretzels. Consistency in quality is what keeps people coming back for more at this popular pub!

Location: 29 Laurier Avenue, Montréal, QC H2T 2N2

Hours: Every day from 11:30 AM – 3:00 AM

Website: http://dieuduciel.com

2. Pub Saint-Pierre

This pub is a favourite among locals and tourist alike. It is located on one of the oldest streets in Montreal, and it is the place to come with your friends for great beer and delicious food. They support local brewers and local growers, and everything is made in house for a truly authentic experience. This isn’t your ordinary pub with typical bar food; the ambiance is warm and inviting with its charming, rustic décor, and the chefs are international so you’ll get a taste of specialty foods from around the world. They have a variety of drinks, from white to orange wine, craft beer, cider, and more. They also have great cocktails, like “A Walk in the Garden,” which consists of iceberg vodka, arugula syrup, lemon, and egg white. The bartenders are true mixologists and will surely impress you with their skills! As I mentioned earlier, the drinks are not the only stars of the show – the food definitely deserves a credit of its own! Sticky miso pork ribs, hand pies like butter chicken and lamb roganjosh, and vegetable gyoza, your taste buds will be going on an adventure! Oh, and you must try their Pavlova, it’s a delicious merengue-based dessert! Now that’s pretty impressive for pub food! The staff is also great and will truly make you feel at home. Happy hour is available every day from 4-7 PM for $2 oysters and $5 drink specials. They also have events happening every day of the week, like trivia nights, Ladies & Vinyl night, live DJs, weekend brunches, and more. Talk about not being your ordinary pub - this is one place that you must visit if you are in Old Port!

Location: 410 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Y3

Hours: Every day from 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Website: http://www.saintpierrepub.com

3. Randolph Pub Ludique

Board games are fun, but if I’m speaking truthfully, they’re a lot more fun when you have alcoholic beverages! This playful pub offers food, drinks, and a collection of over 1500 games for you and friends to play. Your entertaining animator will find the perfect game for you and your crew and explain it in great detail, so you don’t have to spend time reading instructions. Whether you want something serious or funny, long or short, for 2 or 10 players, you’re in for a night full of fun and laughter! They have a unique drink selection to go with the theme of their pub, from the microbrew beers, cocktails, and “potions!” You’ll probably end up spending hours here without even realizing it, playing game after game! As for the food, they have some satisfying options like chipotle mac and cheese, giant hot dogs, pear and honey grilled cheese, tacos, empanadas and more. They also host various game nights at the pub, which you can check out online. Be aware there is a $6 cover charge to play the games!

Location: 2041 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2X 3K8

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM

             Friday & Saturday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM

             Sunday, 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Website: https://www.randolph.ca/

4. Broue Pub Brouhaha

This beer temple has been around since 2008, and it is known as a true neighborhood pub. It’s more of a hidden gem tucked away from tourist, and if you haven’t been here yet, then you must make the trip. This is your good old classic pub - nothing fancy here. A dim room with wood tables, an immense selection of house-brewed beers, and hearty pub food that is refined (but still genuine), like poutine with duck-based gravy (along with smoked meat, mac and cheese, and ribs). The place has an old-fashioned, tavern-like feel too it, and it’s authentic and unpretentious; just like how a pub should be! They usually have a couple of beers on tap, as well as an extensive list of guest beers from other Québec microbreweries. It’s a really fun place to come on game nights or for their nightly shows – for example, on Mondays, they spend an hour and a half watching weird videos on the internet. I mean, why would you want to spend your Monday doing something normal? It’s a truly local experience that’s worth going out of your way for!

Location: 5860 Lorimier Ave, Montreal, QC H2G 2N9

Hours: Every day from 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Website: http://www.brouepubbrouhaha.com

5. Saint-Houblon Quartier Latin

If you find yourself on St-Denis, make sure to stop by at this local brewery! They serve beer and tavern eats from burgers to poutine, but they have more than just pub classics! What’s cool is that they have a farm to ensure that they are serving you dishes made with fresh and local products - from their farm to your table! They have greenhouses that produce year-round for their restaurant, and they even planted their first vines in the summer of 2017. They have a really good selection of beers, which they rotate so you can try new stuff every week, from their own brews to guest beers. They also have a unique cocktail menu that is worth checking out. The servers are also very attentive and knowledgeable and can help you pick a beer that will suit your liking. A plus: they have great music, which adds to the lively ambiance and makes it a great choice for a pub!

Location: 1567 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2X 3K3

Hours: Every day from 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Website: http://www.sainthoublon.com/

6. Burgundy Lion

There’s nothing like a good old British pub, which is exactly what Little Burgundy is, but with a modern twist. Think of a traditional British pub with a contemporary lounge bar offering English cuisine. This pub is laid-back and easy going, but it’s always lively so you know you’re in for a good time! If there is one thing that they’re known for here, it’s the whiskey – they take it very seriously! They have a phenomenal collection (the largest in Québec), with a list of over 600 choose from. They also have a great variety of cocktails, wines, and beer. The menu consists of British comfort food, like scotch eggs, fish n’ chips, bangers and mash, and some with a Montreal twist like English poutine with prime roast beef. They also host quiz night every Monday at 7:30 PM, which has become essential in any proper English pub in the U.K. There are teams of 4-6 people who compete against each other to answer questions from different subjects. The winner of each of the two rounds gets a bar tab! They have a terrace in the summer surrounded by fresh plants, which makes it a great place to come for both the summer and winter months. You can also come here for a traditional English breakfast from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. As if this place couldn’t get any better (or any more English), they also offer high tea. They built a 4-season solarium on the second floor and offer a full high tea experience on Sunday afternoons where you can enjoy sandwiches and other savoury treats, scones, and British sweets. You’ll also get a choice of tea served in Bone china (the true English way), and you can even have some sparkling wine and champagne to go with it. High-quality drinks, food, service, and ambiance – it’s really the top choice amongst Montrealers for a classic English pub experience.

Location: 2496 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H3J 1N5

Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 3:00 AM

            Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Website: https://www.burgundylion.com

7. Hurley’s Irish Pub

There are lots of upscale pubs in the city which are really great, but sometimes you just want to go to a classic Irish pub that’s cozy, has solid drinks, delicious pub grubs, and a fun ambiance! Hurley’s is the place to come for an authentic Irish pub experience. Situated in the heart of Montreal, this local favourite has live music every night, a great selection of beer and whiskey, and classic pub eats like Guinness beef stew (you really can't get any more Irish than that). They have a crowd ranging from 18-year-olds hanging out with their friends to 80-year-old couples dancing to Irish folk music, making it modest and welcoming for everyone! There are several different spaces, each one havening a different vibe. There are rooms with fireplaces, a dance floor, dartboards, and TVs to watch a game; so whatever atmosphere or vibe you’re looking for, you’ll find it here! You can even nestle yourself in a quiet corner for an intimate conversation with your friends if that’s what you prefer – there’s really something for everyone! Order yourself a pint of Guinness and enjoy the essence of this authentic Irish pub.

Location: 1225 Crescent St, Montreal, QC H3G 2B1

Hours: Every day from 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Website:  http://www.hurleysirishpub.com/

8. Pub BreWsky

Three friends with a vision of opening a microbrewery and whiskey pub, thus in 2015, Pub BreWsky was born. Located in the Bonsecours Market in the heart of Old Montreal, this charming, rustic-chic pub is the perfect place to enjoy, well, a whiskey or craft beer of course! They have about 14 beers on tap, a popular one being the P-Nut Buster, which is a peanut butter and oatmeal milk stout. Don’t fret if you’re not a fan of whiskey or beer, as they also have a large selection of other alcohols including wine and specialty cocktails. The ambiance is very chill and welcoming, and their goal is to really make you feel at home! They have a menu that’s available until 2:00 AM, with creative eats such as quinoa falafels, and chicken and waffles with beer caramel. They have plenty of weekly events, such as monthly beer and whiskey pairings, Randall Nights where you can try infused beer every Sunday and Monday, Whiskies at 10% off on Wednesdays, Board Game Tuesdays, and more. They also have a beautiful, large terrace located on St-Paul Street, which is open almost all year long. A guaranteed good time with great drinks and food in a cozy ambiance!

Location: 380 St Paul St E, Montreal, QC H2Y 1H3

Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM

             Thursday – Sunday, 11:30 AM – 3:00 AM

Website: http://www.brewskey.ca/

9. Pub Bishop & Bagg

This is more of an upscale pub with a focus on serving delicious, high-quality dishes that change seasonally. It isn’t necessarily a gastropub, but rather “a good pub with great food” and a country-inspired cuisine, rather than a traditional British one. Don’t think it’s a fancy restaurant – it’s still a good old classic English pub, just with a focus on serving food with the freshest ingredients! They have an incredible gin menu, and a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. On Sunday evenings they have trivia nights, which creates a fun vibe! From butter chicken pie to jerk chicken thigh, to bangers and smash and Ploughman’s lunch, you’re in for a real treat! It is more on the expensive side but if you’re willing to splurge on a high-quality meal, then it’s totally worth it. It’s a nice change from the traditional pubs in Montreal, but it’s still an authentic experience. They also serve brunch on the weekends, which is highly recommended to try out!

Location: 52 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K8

Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:30 AM – 3:00 AM

             Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Website: https://www.bishopandbagg.com

10. Brutopia

You can’t get any more local than this pub. This business brews in the most sustainable manner, offering locally produced beer. They mainly use malts from local Québec farms and recycle the “spent grain” back to local farms. They have happy hour all day and night on Mondays, where you can enjoy their house beers, cocktails, and wines at a discounted price. There are three floors with three different bars, 3 terraces and one that is heated and is open all year long. Every Sunday, they have Open Mike (the longest running in Montreal) with great live music, and Trivia “Quiz Night” every Monday night. If you come here, you will be supporting an economically and environmentally strong community! They have classic pub eats like burgers, tacos, and nachos, which are all great to enjoy with your beer, but they also have some variety of healthy options if that’s more your thing. It’s a really fun place to come with your friends to enjoy a couple of pints and have some good entertainment.

Location: 1219 Crescent St, Montreal, QC H3G 2B1

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 2:00 PM – 3:00 AM

             Thursday – Saturday, 12:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Website: http://www.brutopia.net

 

 

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