Free Live Music Venues in Montreal

Don’t feel like laying down serious cash for a big-ticket show? Still want to hear some live music, but looking for something a little different? These Montreal joints will keep the cash in your pocket while you groove to live tunes.

Hurley's Irish Pub

1
1225 rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B1

If you want your free live music with a properly poured pint of Guinness, you'll be in luck here. Charming, festive, raucously energetic at times, this is where you can get your fix of traditional Irish music. But there’s more than that. With two separate floors for live music, this well-appointed old school pub also hosts local bands and more.

Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill

2
1254, rue MacKay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H4

If jazz is your thing, you’ll want to check this place out, with its relaxed atmosphere and scrumptious food. Early evening shows will cost you a few bucks, but here’s the thing – the jazz goes late, and all the late shows are free entry. With a growing and loyal customer base, this place’s reputation is rapidly rising.

Bar Flye

3
4062A, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y8

This is a dive bar, plain and simple, but that’s the objective. You’ll find country, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly, roadhouse, and sometimes punk and hardcore on different nights of the week. Amidst the grit and grime, there’s a homey vibe to this ancient, unaltered building. It’s a locals’ local where you can get to know the regulars, but don’t miss it as you cruise past all the nearby hipster joints.

Le Divan Orange

4
4234, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z3

Le Divan Orange is an old favourite on the local scene. While not every show is free, many are and the bands are always cutting edge. If you’re in the audience, you’re probably in the know and looking to discover new talent of the coolest variety. The space is well-decorated, funky and comfortable, even when the crowds are packed in. There’s live music every night, from a wide variety of genres.

Le Cagibi

5
5490, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S1

There’s a little something for everyone here. It’s a café, a restaurant, a watering hole, an art gallery and of course, a live music venue. The clientele is an eclectic mix of rag-tags and vegetarians, but all of them inviting. Le Cagibi is a place to chill and get into that Mile End vibe.

Bistro Le Modavie

6
1, rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Y6

Modavie offers up live jazz seven nights a week. It’s an upscale bar and bistro spread over two floors, with a full-scale Mediterranean-themed dinner menu. The old-world interior matches its historic Old Montreal setting perfectly. With its energetic ambiance, Modavie is sure to kick your night up a notch or two.

2 Pierrots

7
105, rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1J1

If you’re in need of some good local flavours, you’ll find them at Old Montreal’s 2 Pierrots, with its endemic crowds and melange of Québécois folk, pop and rock shows. It’s an intimate, friendly neighbourhood pub, and live music happens every Friday and Saturday.

House of Jazz *PERMANENTLY CLOSED*

8
2060, rue Aylmer, Montréal, QC H3A 2E3

For decades this has been the joint to see the world’s biggest and best jazz musicians when they come through town. Often called the Jazz Mecca in Canada, this legendary landmark is classy, timeless and relaxed. The acoustics are unrivalled, and the Louisiana-style fare is delicious. Beyond the big names, you’ll discover great emerging artists too.

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