What many know as a “patio”, we Montrealers call a “terrasse”. Either way, they’re the place to be during our intense summer months, so here are some of Montreal’s best spots for enjoying a cold beer or three…
Benelux: One of Montreal’s many artisanal breweries and pubs, Benelux features over 15 different kinds of beers brewed on location. The selection is made up of beers with quirky names like the “Bunk Buster” and the “Killer Howalski” an 8.6% beer that’s aged for nine months in oak brandy barrels. Average beer drinkers will find the selection of craft beer impressive, as seasoned drinkers will appreciate the intricacies of the craft beer process. Take it all in on their friendly terrasse especially on Sundays for their “Biergarten” specials – $5 pints on select brews!
Terrasse St. Ambroise: Terrasse St. Ambroise is the perfect spot to stop for a cold one after cycling, roller blading, running or walking along the historic Lachine Canal. The picturesque scenery of the Montreal’s southwest borough is the backdrop of our very own McAuslan brewery – a Montreal landmark for over 25 years. With their very own specialty beers and ciders on tap, making a decision is understandably difficult, so try their “tasting paddle” a wooden board of six of their finest brews.
Le St. Sulpice: A Montreal institution for over 30 years in the Latin Quarter, this spot is wildly popular with local University students as well as the working crowd for their awesome happy hour specials and 2-liter pitcher deals. Their massive garden terrasse and courtyard is the focal point of St. Sulpice’s four-storey compound which houses eight bars that feature karaoke nights and collegiate parties.
Complexe Sky: Sky is a multi-floor complex that strives to satisfy all senses; housing a nightclub, restaurant, pub and even a dedicated tanning terrasse. Through the summer months, the stretch of St. Catherine Street in the heart of the Gay Village turns into a giant pedestrian mall. Sky’s curbside terrasse extends right into the street welcoming friendly faces to enjoy monstrous pitchers (4 liters!) of their signature sangria and two for one beer specials.
Brutopia: A brewpub located in the heart of downtown, Brutopia is a fixture in the city for its three terrasses and their signature all-natural traditionally brewed ales made on the premises. Their roster includes a Raspberry Blonde Ale house specialty that is heavy in raspberry aroma, the seasonal “Chocolate-Stout,” an award-winning creamy stout, and their very popular “Frosty Morning.”
Terrasse Bonsecours: Located in the heart of the Old Port, Terrasse Bonsecours is one of the most popular destinations for after-work drinks, offering a panoramic 360-degree view of downtown, Old Montreal, and the St. Lawrence River to round out the work day. Whether it’s for happy hour, cocktails on the weekends or even renting part of the complex for a private event; with three bars, booths and bottle service, Terrasse Bonsecours is also the ideal place to watch the sky light up during Montreal’s summer fireworks competition.
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