Montreal Nightlife: Seven of the City's Best Bars and Clubs
With its French-inflected charm and dynamic art and music scene, Montreal is known for its vibrant nightlife. From craft cocktail dens to all-night dance clubs, here are a few of the city's best after-hours spots:
This downtown Montreal venue caters to a range of music tastes, from house to pop, and features both live music and DJs. Don’t miss the Sunday-night hip-hop parties.
Mix and mingle with beautiful locals at this three-story Crescent Street lounge and restaurant. In winter, the ground-floor lounge offers a range of signature cocktails; in summer, head to Notre Terrace, the spot’s sleek rooftop bar, for drinks and a view of downtown. Tip: Le Newtown’s happy hour offers some of the best deals in the city.
Le Rouge Bar
Set on a section of Saint-Laurent known for its nightlife, this popular club is a good option for those hoping to avoid the younger set of Montreal partiers (legal drinking age in the city is 18). The unpretentious club’s two large, spacious floors are lined with comfy banquettes and feature DJ-curated music sets that range from ’80s rock to house music.
This sleek nightclub has a reputation for hosting large crowds and epic parties, not to mention the occasional celebrity (Tommy Lee, Vin Diesel, Flo-Rida, and Deadmau5 have all been spotted here). The upscale hotspot features multiple rooms and dance floors decked out with custom LED screens and elaborate lighting, plus a rooftop terrace that’s open during the warmer months.
Reminiscent of a luxurious Parisian hotel, Suite 701 offers a sexy ambiance and a killer cocktail menu crafted by the bar’s resident mixologist. Located in Old Montreal, the swanky restaurant and lounge also serves modern brasserie cuisine made with local ingredients, like grilled hanger steak with sweet potatoes and spinach, or smoked trout with rapini and Parmesan chips.
International DJs and musicians head to this beloved Montreal club for its old-school sound system (get ready for some loud bass) and hopping late-late-night scene. Expect nonstop house and techno and a crowded dance floor outfitted with springs and shock absorbers.
Le Lab Comptoir a Cocktails
This hidden gem tucked away in the Plateau neighborhood is one of the best cocktail bars in Montreal. Customers are served by “labtenders” who skillfully guide patrons through a deep menu of creative craft cocktails, like the 1848 (raspberries, Tiki 1930 syrup, homemade ginger beer, Fernet-Branca, and Plantation Original Dark rum) and the Bitter Smoked Sour (egg white, simple syrup, lemon, Laphroaig Quarter Cask Whisky, and Campari).