It’s March. It’s cold. And we are not happy about it all.
So what better way to cheer up than to start dreaming about summer?
We can’t wait until the sun starts basking on our faces again and patio hopping becomes part of our weekly agenda.
Speaking of patios, Montreal is full of them. From spots that have been around for years to newcomers that have crated major buzz with the chic and the cool, we had a really hard time narrowing it down to our favourites.
But we did it. We put together 21 patios from one end of the city to the other that will hopefully lessen your weather depression and make you bring out that Margarita early on.
Start up the summer gears; we’re about to take off…
A stunning and chic space in Griffintown housed in a 3200-square foot converted loft-style space with seating for 140 indoors, plus another 90 on the terrace. The menu isn’t cheap but the ambiance and space is wroth the pretty penny.
We look forward to this patio every summer; always a good time, filled with an amazing mix of locals and classic music that just makes you feel fuzzy inside. This British-inspired pub in Little Burgundy is a guaranteed good time every single night.
New City Gas
Even though it’s located off the beaten path, New City Gas is jamming during the summer patio season with their 5 à 7 on Thursdays. Filled with young professionals and Montreal’s movers and shakers, this is the perfect spot foe networking and enjoying drinks in a huge outdoor space.
As with all of famed Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurants around the world, Maison Boulud, located inside the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, is unique to its setting. An outdoor dining area overlooks the garden in the summer months, and a 46-seat glass greenhouse is open off of the main dining room if you wish to be covered from the direct sun. Look out for the swans in the pond. Seriously.
A dream team of nightlife and restaurant professionals recently launched the highly anticipated Jatoba, a sleek gourmet destination in Montreal’s business district alongside Chef Antonio Park. Yhis summer, a patio is slated to open for about 70 people. Live DJs might be included.
One of the best hidden courtyard patios in Montreal, boasting a gorgeous secret garden with walls of cascading vines. Hint: They pride themselves on some great brews.
Terrace Place d’Armes
An oldie but always a goodie. Located in Old Montreal’s Hotel Place d’Armes, this 7th floor terrace is open late, has awesome views of the city and the iconic Notre Dame Basilica, and even has a retractable roof incase of rain.
Yes, the lineups can get annoying, but this place is so worth the wait. Where else can you find a fish pond and a backyard full of beautiful flowers and trees in the Plateau? Perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
Barraca Rhumerie & Tapas
It’s tiny but fierce. If you’re a rum lover, this is the spot for the most amazing rum-inspired drinks in town. This is also a major local spot, which makes the vibe very authentic Montreal.
Hotel Nelligan Terrace
Old Montreal’s poshest patio, hands down. Located on the top floor of the Hotel Nelligan, the views are astounding, as is the people watching. Full of trendy young professionals, this is definitely a place for those who want to be seen.
A non-pretentious patio in the Plateau open to anyone and everyone, although hipster spotting seems to be a theme here. Tokyo has two terraces with one meant for dancing and the other to just relax and enjoy a serious cocktail. Cool sneakers allowed and encouraged. Did we mention they’ve been open for over 16 years?
Another Old Montreal gem located in a quiet and hidden street in an old factory. This is the place to come for great food, meetings and drinks, as the ivy-covered patio is extremely impressive and cozy.
A newer addition to the downtown bar and club scene, Pandore is located on the fifth floor of a building right in the middle of Quartier de Spectacles, aka Montreal’s summer festival central. This is a seriously happening weekend joint with bottles flowing and tables being turned into dance floors. We’re just warning you.
Le Terrasse St-Ambroise
Located on the Lachine Canal, this spot is always bumping in the summer months; perfect for people watching along the canal as well as grabbing a great beer. If you’re lucky, you might see a dragon boat race in action.
If dance music at noon and a loud crowd is your thing, this might be your spot. Reminiscent of something out of Miami, this is geared for the fist-pumping young professional. Did we mention the views of the port are breath taking?
Griffintown’s most happening and lively restaurant/bar seems to be far away from dying off and summer is when you notice it the most. With Ferraris, Porsches and Lambos parked outside, people come here for the yummy tartar, the fun atmosphere, and clearly to be seen… especially on the buzzing garden patio.
A trendy and quirky Japanese bistro located downtown on City Councillors Street, hidden in the shadow of St-James church. It has a happening patio with Japanese lanterns hanging off trees, giving it a Brooklyn-esque atmosphere coupled with a perfect indie playlist.
Société Des Arts Technologiques
If a communal BBQ vibe is on your patio hit list, this might be your spot. Filled with huge umbrellas, picnic tables, an outdoor grill and a foodie-worthy menu, this is a serious contender for neighbourhood patio of the summer.
Hyatt Regency Terrasse
If you need to host a work lunch or brunch, this patio located on the 6th floor of the Hyatt Regency is the perfect place to enjoy summer festivals and drinks. It overlooks the Quartier des Spectacles, houses great local DJs, and is perfect for a young professional afternoon.
La Croissanterie Figaro
Always packed on summer weekends, this vibrant cafe with an art deco interior and a famous terrace is known for its service, house-made croissants, brunch and eclectic fare; a favourite amongst Outremont locals.
Need to impress your date? Take them here. Seriously. Offering an authentic and classy Italian experience located in a flower-filled courtyard during the summer in downtown’s Golden Square Mile, this patio can only be described in one way: stunning.
This acclaimed Westmount Japanese Restaurant (PK Subban endorsed and loved) by none other then Chef Antonio Park opened their outdoor terrasse last May and will continue to do so this summer. What’s better than basking in the warm air and enjoying the most creative and delicious Japanese dishes in Montreal? Not much.
Cover image from: Le Richmond