So you’ve spent the day exploring the city, indulged in some of Montreal’s fantastic cuisine, and you’re looking for the perfect spot to grab late night drinks to top off your lovely day. We’ve put together a list of amazing cocktail bars on the Plateau – perfect for the late hours of the evening, or that final nightcap.
Bar Le Lab
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Le Lab is a modern prohibition-era style bar created by renowned mixologist Fabien Maillard. The cocktail menu features 10 pages of glorious drinks from astringent to sweet, exotic to comforting, including a page each for gin, absinthe, and calvados. For cocktail aficionados, you can take away some of their specialty products to add a flare of Montreal to your home bar: Bitters, syrups, mixers, and more.
Where: 1351 Rue Rachel E
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The Mayfair is a cocktail bar and spiked tearoom with an ambiance that nods to late nineteenth century British high society. The warm, plush, ornate furnishing is designed with a previous era in mind – evoking the opulence of the British Empire. The cocktail menu presents a new twist on “high tea” with a fabulous selection of spiked tea cocktails. DJs in-house Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights.
Where: 451 Rue Rachel E
Big In Japan Bar
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Big in Japan is a candlelit Japanese Speakeasy hidden away on St-Laurent Boulevard. An unmarked grey door leads into a small alleyway – turn the corner and you’re transported into a timeless atmosphere of mirrors, silky lounge music, low light from hundreds of flickering candles, and a Japanese-inspired cocktail menu with an intriguing selection.
Where: 4175 St-Laurent Blvd
4. Bar Kabinet
Kabinet is a few steps away from the Plateau on the edge of the Mile End neighborhood, and is well worth the short jaunt to get there. The one, small, high-ceilinged room is inspired by Imperial Russia of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s tiny and truly unique, with most of the seating on high plush stools around the long bar. Ornate hanging lamps cast a dim glow and the cocktail menu features such Russian favourites as the Rasputin, Yubka, Borodino and Bloody Czar. Another plus for this tiny place is that it adjoins the popular Bar Datcha – an intimate dance bar where you can dance the night away to the beats of local and international DJs.
Where: 92 Avenue Laurier O.