Wine bars and places to visit for an extended happy hour

It's happened to all of us: we arrive at a 5 a 7 with the best intentions in the world, only to leave hours later than we meant to. The author of the "Guide du vin Phaneuf", Nadia Fournier, recommends some places that are ideal to begin - or spend - the evening,

Le Bar Loic

1
5001 rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1T2

This newly opened wine bar is housed in what was once a bank and post office. On the second floor, there is a show venue with an adjoining bar and on the ground floor, a wine bar. The offering is not very vast - eight whites, eight reds, three roses and three bubblies, all from organic farming and private imports - but the quality is perfect and the list changes weekly.

Buvette Chez Simone

2
4869, av du parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4E7

Buvette chez Simone is a cozy place where you can sit at a table with friends. Simple and unpretentious, the menu offers a few appetizers and hearty dishes of roast chicken, as well as a nice selection of wines by the glass.

Pullman

3
3424, av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2X 2H5

This modern downtown establishment is a go-to place for any wine lover in Montreal. The menu offers many small plates and very high quality wines, all served in a manner that is both courteous and professional.

Restaurant Vin Papillon

4
2519, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6

A new addition to the Joe Beef family, this wine bar is located right next to the famous Notre Dame Street establishment. Sommelier Vanya Filipovic holds down the fort and offers a selection of the world’s best wines, mostly organic and otherwise "natural.” Guaranteed pleasure! No reservation is necessary.

Satay Brothers

5
3721, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1P8

After having gone back and forth for a long time between a summer location (Atwater Market) and a winter location on Saint-Jacques Street, the Winnicki brothers finally took up residence on Notre-Dame Street in the Saint-Henri neighbourhood. The wine list is concise but delightfully paired with Singaporean cuisine that is as exotic as it is delicious.

Rouge Gorge

6
1234, av du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1Y1

The wine bar of Alain Rochard and Laurent Farre - former owners of the restaurant Le Continental - has quickly established itself as a go-to place for wine lovers of the Plateau neighbourhood. The establishment has a bar permit, so there is plenty to enjoy if it’s not food you seek. That being said, the Rouge Gorge also offers a great range of small dishes to satisfy your appetite, all while exploring the wine list.

Cul-Sec, cave et cantine

7
29, rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1P7

Located near St. Laurent Boulevard, Martin Juneau’s cantina also serves as a neighbourhood wine shop. It offers a nice variety of small, simple and delicious dishes such as chopped liver and private, imported wines to enjoy at the restaurant or to take away with the purchase of a meal.

Wine holds no secret for the "Guide du vin Phaneuf" author Nadia Fournier. Here she presents us with her list of Montreal spots where meals are made memorable thanks to some of the best wine in town.
In the mood to go out and indulge without breaking the bank? Follow the advice of Nadia Fournier, author of the "Guide du vin Phaneuf", and bring your own wine as you visit these great Montreal restaurants.
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