The 12 best Little Italy Montreal bars you must to try
If you’re ever planning a visit to this great little city, make sure to stop by Little Italy for some classic Italian cuisine and amazing cocktails.
In Little Italy Montreal, there are several bars that offer a taste of Italian food and drinks in the heart of the Old Montreal area. Here are some of our favorite bars to try when in the neighbourhood.
Here are our picks for the 12 best Little Italy bars in Montreal:
Where to drink in Little Italy
1. Vices & Versa
The greatest beer in town may easily be found at one of these locations. The 40 beers on tap here include some of Quebec’s best as well as craft beers from throughout Canada and around the world.
Bottled beers from prominent brewers are also available, all carefully chosen. Every day of the week, you may stop by for a fresh pint and check out one of their tap takeovers.
2. Taverne Cobra
A contemporary dive bar filled with inexpensive chug able beers on tap, this is a beer and shot sort of venue. The ambiance is one of a low back gathering.
Do a couple shots at the bar and then wobble over to the pinball machine or arcade games and get a few matches in before your next round.
Just want to drink and chill? They have old games and B movies up on the projector. Drunk enough to let everyone know how you almost made it onto Canadian Idol? They have karaoke too. Follow the bright snake and get swerved.
3. Le Diplomate
Although officially labeled as a restaurant, Le Diplomate is one of the rare restos in town with a bar license.
They also offer one of the deepest reaching wine lists in town, jampacked with wonderful natural wines at some of the lowest rates we’ve found anywhere.
Wine is obviously the star here, but the bartenders can whip up a superb cocktail, and the beer and cider collection although limited is expertly chosen.
Located across from the Home Depot on Beaubien, this could be one of Montreal’s best kept secrets.
A new beer bar in Litte Italy that concentrates on slinging suds from brewers inside the city, it’s an industrial minimalist place – plenty of concrete and wood with an energy level that’s colorful and enthusiastic.
Birra is the type of spot you’d meet up with an old buddy at, and if you’re fresh to its scene, you’ll likely make some new ones there.
Grab a space on the terrasse to drink a cool IPA and spend the time either remembering on the good memories or making new ones.
5. Bar Cicchetti
Matthew McConaughey and Cicchetti are a match made in Hollywood heaven. On the exterior, it’s stylish, elegant, and well-traveled, but what’s going on inside? It’s a party animal.
Friends and spritzes are a perfect afternoon treat at this Italian restaurant. Arancinis are also an excellent appetizer. When the music grows louder and the dancing gets more intense at night, though, switch to negronis.
The only problem is that, despite its location, the audience is really hip, attractive, and ready to party. No Italian disco is being played.
6. Brasserie Beaubien
You’re not here for the beer, but if you are, there is a lot of it. You don’t come for the atmosphere either, but it’s a proud dive. To see some of the top acts in town, you head to this venue every time.
Located on a relatively calm stretch of Beaubien, this unassuming brick façade building is perfect for catching a live performance by local or visiting bands searching for a more casual setting.
A bowling alley next to a dive bar is one of the city’s greatest gay pubs for cocktails, art events, and dance parties.
It’s a hip, comfortable spot where you can stop for a drink on your way to the theater across the street or stay out till the wee hours of the morning.
Pizza Bouquet, their in-house neighbor, also serves some of the greatest pizza in the city, so there’s that.
8. VV Taverna
Between a mechanic’s shop and the local Canadian Tire store, the one and only VV Taverna offers outstanding beer on tap and can make most traditional cocktails, but this bar, which looks like it belongs in your grandmother’s basement, also boasts an impressive wine collection.
Don’t forget to send a shout out to the bar’s matriarch, Maude, on the dance floor where they play everything from Migos to Shania Twain and everything in between.
9. Bruno Sport Bar
This is the only sports pub in Beaubien where douchebags are not permitted. Big corporate franchises like Mikes and Scores have tarnished the reputation of the sports bar. But trust us, Bruno is the real deal.
Whether it’s a game or a beer, there’s always a game going on at this establishment. It’s best to sit at the bar in a position where you can see the TV between the adornment of hockey jerseys and soccer flags.
It’s an oldie, but it sure is a goodie. It doesn’t matter what you call it; it’s a fantastic bar.
For beer lovers, Saint Houblon, the Latin Quarter brewpub’s newest outpost, is a must-stop. They brew all of their own beers in-house and serve them solely at their bars, but that’s not all this establishment has to offer.
A mapo tofu poutine and other more experimental options, such as a spin on standard bar cuisine, are also excellent.
When it came to getting the greatest possible ingredients, they even started their own farm. Excellent brews and cuisine. What more could you possibly want?
11. Le Pourvoyeur
Gin is at the top of the list of spirits worth checking out at the moment, thanks to the recent boom in Quebec distilleries.
At this Little Italy locale, there are more than a dozen gins to choose from, as well as an equally remarkable selection of tonics.
They’ve got you covered if cocktails are more your style. You better believe this ain’t no tub joint. It’s all about the quality, baby.
When Marco Romanelli and Roberto Cardillo founded this wine bar in 2018, it was set up for success. As a bar owner, having your own private wine import business is an excellent method to ensure that the wine is always of high quality.
We now have Signorvino. Try some of their wine selection, which is sorted by color and area, while sitting at the bar or outside on the terrasse in the summer.
If you’re a little tipsy, the Italian food here isn’t bad, but if you’re still sober, a drink of their Grappa assortment is a must.
If you want to take a drink with your friends or enjoy a nice night out, make sure you check out some of these little Italian Montreal bars to enjoy a great drink and meet new people.
There’s something for everyone at these places. They all offer an interesting atmosphere and unique vibe. Some are perfect for a romantic night while others are more fun for a group of friends.