Great Montreal barside dining

Sometimes you want to enjoy good food over drinks. Grab a couple of bar stools at any of the following places and let the friendly bar staff take care of you. You can thank us later.

Belon Oyster Bar

1101 Rue De Bleury, Montréal, QC H2Z 1N1

After years spent supplying Montreal’s finest restaurants with the best oysters out there, shucker extraordinaire Daniel Notkin opened his eponymous Old Montreal seafood restaurant in 2014. Stop by for happy hours or dinner and be sure to take advantage of the central wrap-around bar to witness all the shucking action.

Brasserie Central

4858, rue Sherbrooke O, Westmount, QC H3Z 1H1

This is Westmount’s most versatile meeting spot, offering brunch, lunch, 5 à 7 and dinner. Take advantage of their $20 lunchtime table d’hôte revolving around market-fresh cuisine and linger on for some champagne and oysters later.

Le Boucan

1886, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1M6

Before the recent explosion of BBQ joints, there was Le Boucan. This smokehouse pioneer paved the way for others with its signature Southern specialties. Noteworthy menu items include the BBQ chicken and aptly named 5 Napkins burger. Now that’s what we call finger-lickin’ good!

Deville Dinerbar

1425, rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3A 1P4

This retro-modern diner serves up huge portions, with finger foods, burgers, sandwiches ribs and more on the menu. The long bar with leather stools is ideal for a meal with a friend, and some great cocktails.

Restaurant Barroco

312, rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A3

Can a place be both intimate and trendy? Barroco manages to do just that. This fabulous Spanish restaurant also has an excellent cocktail program. Drop by for party night and be sure to check out the signature paella Barroco; you won’t regret it.

Café Ferreira

1446 Rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1S8

Montreal’s bastion of Portuguese gastronomy, Ferreira boasts an intimate and upscale interior with a long bar and signature wall of broken, colourful dishes. Grab a couple of stools for some serious people-watching and feast on the likes of sardines, cod, tuna, calamari, octopus, bouillabaisse or the daily catch; if you haven’t guessed yet, this is a seafood haven.

Taverne Monkland

5555, av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1E1

A Monkland Village stalwart for two decades, this popular neighborhood gem has recently expanded its repertoire with late-night Tuesdays and Thursdays and burger & beer Wednesdays. We can’t think of a better way to ward off your mid-week blues.

Brasserie Lucille's

4124, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Westmount, QC H3Z 1P4

The team behind Lucille’s Oyster Dive and food truck in NDG expanded their portfolio with a massive steakhouse/rotisserie/seafood pusher. Be sure to hit up this happening place if loud music, people watching and surf n’ turf is your thing. Hits here include the grilled seafood linguini and the lobster roll with ribs.

Every passing year confirms the death of fine dining as we once knew it.  Small, affordable, made-to-share plates have cut across all cuisines and eased their way into the upper echelon of Montreal’s newcomers for 2017.  Fall may be creeping in on us soon, but there’s still plenty of time to try one of our suggestions below – the places that caught our attention, for better or for worse. (Added suggestions by Kelsey Rolfe)
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