Although shamrocks and leprechauns aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think of Montreal, the Irish community actually does have a long history here. And lucky for us, this history continues at several outstanding Irish bars where we can enjoy a proper Guinness, some of the finest Irish whiskey, and a thoroughly satisfying Irish meal. Without further ado, here are some of the top Irish bars in the city.
Located in the heart of downtown, The Irish Embassy (it’s a pub, not an actual embassy!) offers a mixture of traditional Canadian and Irish cuisine. The building dates back to 1885, and you can enjoy a great beer in this typical decor or even on the terrace with a beautiful view of the garden.
A veritable Montreal institution, Hurley's has been in existence for over 20 years! Whether you are a fan of beers or whiskey, you'll be blown away by the 19 varieties of beer and the 50 options for single malt beverages. Recognized as the biggest seller of Guinness in North America, it is rumoured that several stars have visited the pub over the years.
Although the imported beer on the menu may delight you, it's mostly the dishes that will make you return to McKibbin’s. The fried pickles (we can confirm, they're delicious!), the steak and kidney pie, and mashed potatoes will make you forget any problem, I promise!
With its "live" music five days a week, its imported beer menu – on tap and domestic – and one of the best scotch lists, le Vieux Dublin has it all. The team at this pub located on Cathcart Street will be happy to welcome you to a typical Irish evening!
A Peel Street fixture for more than 100 years, McLean's Pub is the perfect place for any sports fan. You can relax in this magnificent bar and cheer on your favourite team with a good pint in front of you.
Well known by UdeM (Université de Montréal) students, McCarold's offers a nice selection of poutines, reinvented, at more than affordable prices. A nice atmosphere and good beer ensure you’ll have a good time here.
Finally, a place for residents of Hochelaga! Le Trèfle is the perfect place for foodies. With a list of over 100 beers and scotches, your fussy friends will surely find something to their liking. In addition, the decor is sublime and the food is wonderful.
Another downtown Montreal establishment. A warm, welcoming and authentic Irish pub, where it is nice to enjoy a pint of Guinness. You do not like beer? The pub offers a wide selection of whiskey!
Patrick's Pub is the destination of the Quartier Latin which offers 15 beers on tap, both local and imported. It's a bit like finding a part of Ireland in the heart of Montreal, with an impressive selection of bottled beers, wines, Irish whiskeys and scotches. The enchanting scenery invites you to relax, chat and have fun!
Ye Olde Orchard Pub and Grill has six locations where you will find a warm family atmosphere. First opened in the heart of Monkland Village in Montreal in 1996, Ye Olde Orchard Pub decided to grow and opened its doors in downtown Montreal, on the Plateau, in Pointe-Claire, Saint-Sauveur and Châteauguay. Whether you have a small or large appetite, you will have many choices, with a varied menu and a wide selection of local or imported beers and scotches.
This small pub has established itself in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace neighbourhood. With its area for listening to live music, the pub Honey Martin is the perfect place for socializing during a "5 à 7" or for a drink late in the evening!