If you live in Montreal, you’ve probably walked past them a hundred times, and if you’re visiting, you’ll rarely hear them recommended. These modern speakeasy bars are not signposted and play host only to those in the know. We’re letting you in on the secret – careful who you share it with..!
Big in Japan: The best bar on the down low, Montreal’s speakeasy inspired bar is located on the corner of St-Laurent and Rachel- you’ll find it if you look for the big red door.The mood is candlelit and cool, the people are chic and sexy, there’s great bar food, and if you buy a bottle they might just write your name on it, screw it to the ceiling, and keep it for you until you return another night!
Flyjin: Just a small gold plaque on the wall outside (and maybe a burly doorman) marks this sophisticated Japanese resto bar where people go to see and be seen. Located in Old Montreal on St-Pierre, it has a speakeasy- type vibe that is dark and delicious. A really good choice if you’re hoping for a bite to eat before hitting the next bar.
Le Saint-Elizabeth: This one is signposted, but just judge a book by its cover! What most people who pass by don’t know is that the ordinary exterior hides a beautiful courtyard terrace out back, and it’s a really cool urban oasis, with illuminated vine-covered stone walls towering above you. Go for the cool setting, stay for the great beer and friendly service.
Alexandraplatz: To get to this hidden gem, you’ll need to cross the train tracks into Mile End’s industrial zone, and continue along Avenue de l’esplanade until you find an unmarked door with the numbers 6731.Converted from a run-down garage to an amazing German-style beer garden, Alexandraplatz is rumored to be where celebrities go for a drink on the sly when they’re in town.