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The Holidays Can Be Very Demanding but These Montreal Bars Are the Perfect Escape 

Take the edge off with some delicious cocktails and drinks at any of these six bars in Montreal. December is always a wild month with winter settling in, snow falling, and plenty of shopping and planning for Christmas. It can get incredibly stressful dealing with the long lineups at the grocery store or simply dealing with other impatient people who never seem to be thinking straight. 

With snow on our roads, even driving gets more stressful because it always feels like people forget the rules of the road as soon as a couple of flakes of snow accumulate. Even at the office things can get more hectic because with time off at the end of the month you might have to make up the work you will not be able to accomplish during your vacation days. 

Even buying gifts for your loved ones can be stressful, not sure what to get them or if you can afford them in these turbulent times. Ahhh the holidays are such a joyous time and after that rant, you might be thinking I need a drink and that is where these six Montreal bars can help you stay in good holiday spirits and avoid being the Grinch. Hell, even the grinch needs a drink or two this time of year and who knows maybe you will bump into him in one of these bars. 

Milky Way Cocktail Bar

Brought to you by the Barroco Hospitality Group, the Milky Way Cocktail Bar offers some of the most unique and tastiest cocktails in Montreal. Learning from the infamous Atwater Cocktail Club Milky Way steps up its mixology game to make sure your lips are always begging for more. Milky Way décor is absolutely stunning, and you will feel like you got lost in an exotic grotto in Montreal. There is no guestlist and they do not take reservations so showing up early is always recommended. 

Location: 1886 Rue Centre, Montréal, QC H3K 1H9, Canada


Club Pelicano

Club Pelicano is a hidden secret in Montreal that once you have experienced it, you will want to dive right back in again and again. Found below the Tiradito restaurant in Downtown Montreal the first thing that will catch your eye at Club Pelicano are the decorations which were inspired by a French Deco swimming pool. There will not be any water to swim in, but their cocktails are worth splashing your taste buds in. You can grab some snacks while you drink and enjoy different DJs playing your favorite songs every night. 

Location: 1076 Rue de Bleury #001, Montréal, QC H2Z 1N2, Canada


The Coldroom

The Coldroom is another hidden Montreal Bar that is worth finding and at the Old Port of Montreal, all you need to do is find the duck. That is right find the Illuminated duck, ring the doorbell and a doorman will help you get in. Inspired by secret speakeasies from yesteryear The Coldroom is one of Montreal’s finest cocktail bars that change their menus regularly which can only keep you coming back for more. Remember follow the duck!

Location: Rue Saint Vincent, Montréal, QC H2Y 1G8, Canada


Le Majestique 

For a magical holiday experience heading to the main to Le Majestique on any given night is sure to give you what you need. A seriously good drink and even tasty bites to hold you over. Le Majestique is always bustling with action and its rustic décor is certainly fitting with the holiday season. Their food menu is worth trying through and through and their most expensive dish is only 23$. All their dishes complement all their cocktails making your experience a majestic one. 

Location: 4105, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC


Big in Japan

You will not need to cross the Pacific Ocean to experience a Japanese-style speakeasy because Big in Japan is on Saint Laurent Boulevard. Big in Japan’s décor has sleek lighting that invokes a certain warmth that makes you want to get cozy with some drinks. You will not help to notice the whisky bottles hanging from the ceiling over the bar or the classy waiting staff ready to serve you. You can “rent” one of those hanging whisky bottles and have a year to finish it off so there is no pressure to get all down in one seating. 

Location: 4175 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada


Snowbird Tiki Bar 

Escaping the cold is nearly impossible in Montreal unless you are hopping on a plane to visit your favorite resort down south, but Snowbird Tiki Bar will have you feeling like you are on a wild beach anyways. This eclectic tiki bar spared no expense in its deco jamming in as many tiki-inspired items as possible to get you in the mood for a party. 

Their menu of course reflects the general theme of the bar, and you can enjoy the tropics with every sip of your cocktails. It might be frigid outdoors but at the Snowbird Tiki Bar, you will forget the snow in no time. 

Location: 6388 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M2, Canada