The Montreal guide to a great girls' night out

Ladies, leave your men at home! There’s nothing like a good night with the girls. Grab your girlfriends and head to these seven hotspots for a girls’ night out to remember.

Santos

1
191, rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z5

This trendy tapas bar in the Old Port is a perfect place for drinks with the girls. They offer a wide variety of cocktails, a cool ambiance and good music to get your night going. Their sangria and mojitos are both definite crowd pleasers. Stop by on Tuesday evenings for ladies night; you’ll receive VIP treatment.

Restaurant Big In Japan

2
3723, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V7

When we hear of Big in Japan, we tend think of the restaurant visited by Anthony Bourdain on The Layover. But what most people don’t know is that is has a sister bar on the corner of Saint-Laurent and Rachel, only identifiable by its big red door. The space is intimate, and the vibe is casual at this Plateau speakeasy, which makes it the perfect hangout for cocktails and conversation with the girls.

Bar Philemon

3
111, rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z5

If you’re looking for a cool lounge vibe with specialty cocktails, Philémon is the place for you and your girls. With its very “Montreal” feel, you’ll have a great time, whether you go for cocktails before dinner or find yourself there dancing well into the evening. The crowd is of the trendy young professional nature, without being too pretentious.

La Champagnerie

4
343 rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H3

There’s nothing like a good glass of bubbly to celebrate a night out with the girls, and La Champagnerie is just the place. Champagne is available by the glass or by the bottle, with over 70 to choose from. Bottles are a good option for groups; they start as low as $50. They also offer a wide variety of cocktails and a wine list if champagne isn’t your thing. If the bar isn’t too busy (for safety purposes), they’ll show you how to open the bottle with a sabre.

Mckibbin's Irish Pub

5
1426, rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E6

If you’re looking for an unpretentious, fun-packed ladies’ night, head to McKibbins on Bishop Street for their ladies’ night on Wednesdays. The $10 cover for women will give you access to $2 mixed drinks all night long. The top floor plays today’s hits and has a large dance floor so you can get your groove on.

Le Bar Candi

6
1148 av du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1X8

Candi Bar is the place for girls who love the sweet stuff. The décor is pretty awesome, and made up of pink and purple mega blocks. The drink menu is presented on a large lollipop wheel, and many of the slushy drinks are topped with delicious candy. Don’t worry; they also have a regular drink menu to cater to those without a sweet tooth.

Club Unity

7
1400, rue Montcalm, Montréal, QC H2L 3G8

If you’re looking for a great night of dancing with your girls, Club Unity is the place for you. Located right in the village, it’s recognized as one of the top gay bars, and prides itself on being very friendly and respectful. It has two floors, a VIP lounge and a large rooftop terrasse open during the summer months, and plays the hottest tracks all night long.

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