Live it up at Montreal's best nightlife destinations

By Maria Barillaro

Montreal is known for many things: poutine, bagels, smoked meat and more. But one of its true highlights is the fabulous nightlife. Here are some of the top places to check out for a taste of the best nightlife in Montreal.

Live it up at Montreal's best nightlife destinations

New City Gas

If you’re big on electronic beats, world famous DJs, and dancing till the wee hours of the morning, this trendy Griffintown nightclub is your new best friend. Join fellow clubbers for live concerts in this industrial-style building, or just kick back and relax with some after-work cocktails.

Hurley’s Irish Pub

If there’s one thing you can count on in Montreal, it’s variety. If pubs are your scene, this downtown staple is a must. Beer on tap, live music, and delicious pub grub are just a few of the reasons patrons keep returning to this authentic Irish Crescent street pub. One of the most popular pubs in a city of many, Hurley’s is a good time for beer lovers of all ages – legal ages, of course!

Philémon Bar

A wine connoisseur will always have a memorable night at this St. Paul wine bar in the Old Port. This upscale bar serves delicious tapas, oysters, and of course, a wide selection of local and international wines. Those in the know have figured out that Philémon Bar is ideal for a low-key night out on the town. Good wine, good music, and good company is always a good idea.


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Terrasse Place D’Armes

When the warmer weather hits, nothing makes for a fun night out like an evening on a terrace – and one overlooking the city, to boot! The terrace atop this swanky hotel is perfect for enjoying cocktails, burgers, and the view of the city, which includes the famed Notre Dame Basilica just off to the side.


This brewpub is a hotspot just about any night of the week. Patrons love the friendly staff, freshly brewed beers, vegetarian eats, and live entertainment. With beer on tap, three bars, and a heated terrace, Brutopia is a great place to enjoy the city’s bustling nightlife in a setting that is both entertaining and cozy.

Upstairs Jazz Bar

Montreal’s nightlife has something for everyone, including jazz lovers. This well-known Mackay Street jazz bar often features internationally known musicians, as well as local stars. In addition to the sweet sounds of jazz, you can also take in the cozy atmosphere, indulge in nachos, shrimp pizza, or a juicy burger. With a side order of wine, beer, or some pretty unique liquor concoctions like the Upstairs Negroni – a vermouth like you’ve never had it before – you’ll enjoy jazz in a whole new way.

Cabaret Mado

Every Friday and Saturday night, this nightclub promises spectacular performances. Hosted by the one and only Mado, this drag queen show is racy, wild, and more fun than you can imagine. Call ahead to reserve a seat in the centre of the action so you can get a great view of the impeccable performance. The performers are talented, funny, and love to engage with the audience and make sure fun is had by all.

Montreal’s nightlife has something for everyone. Whether you want to rock out to some funky electronic beats, or cozy up with a fine wine in a relaxing atmosphere, the city is bursting at the seams with late night fun and entertainment all around.

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