6 great wine bars in Montreal
Follow our guide to Montreal's wine bars, sit down, sip a glass of wine and relax. Or, have a wine crawl and visit them all!
Phone: (514) 750-6577
Address: 4869 Avenue du Parc, Montréal
This is the typical nice and unpretentious bar where you go with your friends. Buvette chez Simone is very young and hipster, as is the Mile-End, the neighbourhood where it is set. Design is vintage, with high diner chairs and small wooden bistro tables. Hungry? If so, you can order homemade charcuteries or cheese plates, as well as small dishes with fish or meat. Simple as can be. It is the perfect place to end a night out, with the long central bar and common tables that add a festive touch. Friendly service.
Phone: (514) 288-7779
Address: 3424 Avenue du Parc, Montréal
This chic and elegant wine bar is owned by Catherine Bélanger, also co-owner of Estrie vineyard Pinard & Filles. Pullman is built on three stories, each one with its own atmosphere. The menu offers tapas-style dishes to share and match with a bottle or two. Pullman’s geographic situation, on the way to the downtown area, makes it the perfect bar for an after-work drink or before a show. By the way, don’t forget to take a look at the huge glass chandelier made of wine glasses that hangs at the entrance!
Phone: (514) 303-3822
Address: 1234 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal
Co-owners Alain Rochard, who used to own restaurant Continental, and Laurent Farre also own French vineyard Le Loup Blanc and importing agency Planvin. Rouge-Gorge is usually crowded and a bit noisy, but always joyful. In the summertime, the large windows are often open, which makes you feel as if you were seated outside. The food menu is short but tasty, with mostly tapas-style plates and cheese or charcuterie assortments to go with the wines. The best place to be seated is by the bar where you can chat with the sommeliers.
Phone: (514) 439-6494
Address: 2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
This friendly wine bar belongs to the same owners that also run the famous restaurant Joe Beef. The room only seats 30 clients, but the nice backyard terrasse can welcome some more in the summer. The interior design is simple, with old brick walls and bistro tables. The food menu is short and written on a chalkboard, and it offers small dishes of fresh market cuisine where vegetables are starring, cooked creatively. Kitchen is open late, and with its intimate atmosphere, Vin Papillon is the perfect place for a date. No booking possible, so you better arrive early.
Phone: (514) 278-1881
Address: 195 Rue de Bellechasse, Montréal
Forget the typical trendy wine bar: this old Montreal pub is all but modern. Still, its vast room, pool table and finger-food style food menu turn VV Tavernä into a comfy and welcoming place. On the weekends, DJ’s mix some oldies and people crowd the dancefloor. In this 20-year-old ”urban tavern” old patrons share tables with newcomers that are here for the wine list, which makes an interesting disparate crowd. A great suggestion for a Saturday night out!
Address: 1290 Rue Beaubien Est, Montréal
This trendy newcomer sells wine from vineyards that are usually harder to find in other places. The wine list is short but dynamic, and among the numerous Austrian and German bottles you'll find some great Quebec wines, all put forward and available by the glass.