Snack N' Blues defies definition; it is neither a jazz club, nor a dive bar, but instead sits comfortably between the two in a league of its very own. This Mile End bar serves up delicious drinks and bottomless bowls of snacks. The entertainment program is as eclectic as the decor and clientele, with everything from film screenings, DJ sets and live music in the mix. While the bar boasts an almost cult appeal, it remains free from pretension, welcoming all with open arms.
Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, this English-style pub offers a warm and inviting atmosphere amid pleasant surroundings. The decor is traditional and designed to make you feel like you are in London. In keeping with the theme, there is plenty of imported beer on tap and the menu presents a variety of pub fare from hearty soups to fish and chips. Once the meal is over, you can indulge in a friendly game of pool or toss a few darts.
There's no dearth of fabulous gay bars in Montreal's Ville-Marie, so what distinguishes Le Stud from the rest? Perhaps it is the bar's gorgeous, all male clientele, or perhaps it is the effortlessly eclectic ambiance that thrives here that draws in the crowds. Le Stud started out with the simple aim of being a place for "men who love men", an idea that is integral to everything about this place. While the vibe is friendly and laid-back, the decor favors a dark, mysterious and sultry style, a balance that is rare and hard to achieve. The music is always great, the drinks are delicious and the parties are wild, with themed nights, pool tournaments and special events galore. During the day, though. Le Stud is simply a great place to enjoy a casual drink with friends.
While most gay bars seem to attract a rather rambunctious crowd, L'Aigle Noir boasts a relaxed and laid-back vibe that pervades every corner, attracting a more eclectic clientele. Gorgeous men in form-fitting attire mingle with their macho and leather-clad counterparts as the fabulous DJ gets the party going. The drinks are strong and the beer is cheap, perfect for a night out with friends. L'Aigle Noir is a great place to meet new people, or to simply hang out with a group of friends, play a game of pool and enjoy a few drinks before heading to the dance floor to strut your stuff.
This local watering hole is reputed to be one of the oldest of its kind in the city. On any day of the week, step inside to find yourself surrounded by a crowd of friendly strangers, sharing a drink and grooving along to music from the jukebox. La Petite Idée Fixe is everything a dive bar should be and more, with pool tables, cheap drinks and a colorful patio sheltered by a mini-army of umbrellas. Forever brimming with bonhomie and good cheer, the bar has all the makings for a fun-filled night out with friends.
Brasserie Cherrier is the epitome of a locals' bar. Friendly, laid-back and invitingly passe, the bar attracts an eclectic clientele with a winning combination of cold beer, sports and pool. What Brasserie Cherrier lacks in contemporary style, it more than makes up for in charm, as attested by the bar's loyal clientele. You won't find any frill or fancy names on the menu, but if what you crave is a cold beer, sports on TV and the freedom to cheer as loud as you please, then Brasserie Cherrier is the place for you.
Nestled in the heart of the city, Pub St. Paul is a popular hangout spot among the locals and tourists. This pub is known for serving an impressive list of beverages that consists of fine wines, various brands of chilled beers, whiskey and other spirits to sip on to as you unwind after a hard day. In case you feel hungry, you can dig into some scrumptious burgers, chicken wings, pizzas or devour the local delights served here. Its cozy interiors and prompt service makes this a great spot to catch up with your friends over a few drinks.
Located on the cusp of the city's Chinatown area, the Metropool is home to the more serious-minded pool player, the one who brings his or her own cue and practices trick shots. There is also room for the amateur amid its thirty-two tables. The hall has full bar service to help enliven the atmosphere when things get too serious, and if you flash a student card you can get special rates on weekdays. Take a peek into the private room to see the Minnesota Fats and Suzy Slims of this world.
This plush lounge is popular among upscale 20-somethings and lovers of local bands and DJs. The main room is outfitted like a British pub with certain retro touches, and customers are as likely to order an imported British or Irish pint as they are the more obvious martini or mixed drink. The other room is where live bands play on Fridays, and where you can shoot a dignified game of pool. On summer nights, music wafts through the open windows onto the wonderful terrace.