13 Montreal Bars and Restaurants You Need to Hit Before the End of Summer


June flew by faster than you could blink an eye. Or shed a tear.

Which means it’s now time to really kick summer into high gear and enjoy it more than ever.

Besides the usual basking in the sun, trips to the country, and backyard barbeques, there’s no better way to breathe in the summer heat than at the city’s coolest bars and restaurants.

And if Montreal is known for anything, it’s our ability to create some awesome spots for daytime and nighttime drinking, eating, and amazing memories.

So to make your life easier, we compiled a list of the 13 new and classic Montreal Bars and Restaurants you need to check out before summer ends.


Bar Kabinet
Mile-End’s Russian inspired cocktail bar not only serves awesome pelmeni dumplings and seasonal dishes, but their cocktail menu is off the hook. Did we mention they have an epic patio in-front?



Le Red Tiger
Le Red Tiger Resto-Pub finally opened its doors in the Village bringing in rave reviews and good vibes. If you’re into trying Vietnamese street-food, Asian inspired cocktails, and a great laid-back atmosphere with head-bopping tunes, this is your spot.


Lord William Pub
Still in its soft opening phase, Griffintown’s newest pub-resident is open for cold brews, boozy brunches, and a patio to soak up the sunshine.


This new cocktail bar and spiked tea room on
 Rachel Street is named after one of London’s most opulent neighbourhoods offering a menu consisting of 
British-inspired dishes to complement its creative cocktails. Get hipster classy.



If you need some Instagram worthy photo-opps, this is your spot. Amazing Mexican inspired art covers the walls of this new cerveceria located in downtown Montreal that’s serving a creative food and drink menu worth a pretty big ariba. Think Mezcal, smoked meat tacos, and many more drool-worthy items.


Joe Beef
We knew it was only a matter of time before Joe Beef became part of the 100 best restaurants in the world. Need any more reason to visit Anthony Bourdain’s favourite Montreal spot? We didn’t think so.



Le Bremner
Always a favourite for locals and visitors,  this Chuck Hughes’ hot spot not only delivers some of the best vibes and food in the city, but their gorgeous back patio is to die for.


Le Vin Papillon
This Little Burgundy wine bar has been a hit since it first opened. Always jammed and offering fresh and unique veggie dishes alongside a fine list of reds and whites, this spot will double in size sometime in August of this year. Rejoice.



Pizzeria GEMA
Little Italy’s delicious and locally sourced pizza joint may be small but it delivers big with its pizza dishes. Not to mention the people watching opportunities from their front terrace.



“We wanted a taste of the forest in our plates, a taste of nature in our glasses, wood, rock, wind. But over all, we wanted to share in the simplicity of eating well, drinking well, and having a good laugh.” Yep, this pretty much perfectly describes Mile-Ex’s Manitoba.



With the new addition of their casual bar next door, Shinji has expanded and grown over the past year. Shinji Nagai keeps serving the Japanese goodness while trendy crowds flood this Griffintown staple.



Tripes & Caviar
Welcome to Verdun. Thirst-quenching cocktails, an awesome patio, and a creative menu consisting of items like bone marrow and calf heart will spark your curiosity and keep you coming back for more.



Recently the host of our Notable Pure Leaf Summer BBQ, this Mont-Royal contemporary eatery serving a Vietnamese/Southeast Asian fusion menu is on our list of top spots for its new front patio, easy-going nature, and great staff.