[Updated on March 8, 2016]
The Irish pubs of Montréal are among the very best places to get an authentic taste of the city’s nightlife while also satisfying your thirst. Though renowned for our wealth of high-end, fancy cocktails spots, if you’re looking for a simple, friendly place to get a pint of beer and some great pub food, Montréal has you covered.
You may be surprised to learn the extent of Montréal’s connection to Ireland. When the Great Irish Famine hit the Emerald Isle, large numbers of Irish immigrants made their way to the new world, many of whom settled in Montréal. It’s perhaps not all that surprising that they were received well by the French Canadians – both groups were Catholic and both groups (this part is largely anecdotal) enjoy a good drink, song and a party. For proof, look no further than Montréal’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade, one of the largest in the world (and a heck of a good time).
In that spirit, let this be your guide to some of the city’s best Irish pubs…..
McKibbins Irish Pub – 1426 Bishop Street and 3515 Saint- Laurent Boulevard
A very authentic slice of Ireland, of their four locations, the original is located in downtown Montréal (where the majority of the city’s Irish pubs are located) and another is conveniently situated on St. Laurent Boulevard in the nearby Plateau Mont-Royal district. These spots are always jumping and are standing room only on St. Patty’s.
Hurley’s Irish Pub – 1225 Crescent Street
A local favourite, Hurley’s is a darkly lit, winding labyrinth of small rooms and intimate seats tucked into secluded corners. They’ve got great draft beers on tap, including some harder-to-find varieties like Murphy’s and Harp, and their food is delicious and wholly authentic. Try the Guinness beef stew.
Brutopia – 1219 Crescent Street
While not technically an “Irish” pub, the always popular microbrewery known for its seasonal beers, lovely pub food and lively music deserves, at the very least, honorary status.
Le Vieux Dublin Pub and Restaurant – 636 Cathcart Street
Great live music and 50 different single malts, the Old Dublin (as it’s known in English) is a city institution that comes as close to Irish pub royalty as it gets.
McLean’s Pub – 1210 Peel Street
This is a pretty straightforward pub, but with a draft list that has over 17 different types and includes some Irish faves, it deserves a mention. And hey, their pool, poker and wing nights are universally beloved.
Irish Embassy Pub and Grill – 1234 Bishop Street
This large, sprawling spot boasts a sleek yet comfortable décor and huge flat screen TVs everywhere. They’ve got a great terrasse, very popular 5-à-7s and food that ranges from pub grub to the more fancy daily specials.
Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub – 1224 Bishop Street
Boasting the “Best Fish n’ Chips on dry land”, Fiddlers Green serves up hearty food, live music Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, plus the Pub Quiz and all-day Happy Hour on Sundays.
Ye Olde Orchard Pub and Grill – 5563 Monkland Street, 1189 de la Montagne Street, 20 Prince-Arthur Street West
A very popular meeting spot with Montrealers of all (legal) ages, Ye Olde Orchard has gone from its original Monkland Village digs to six Montréal-and-area locations. Best of all, they all boast very fun staff members, a good beer selection and above-average food.
Honey Martin – 5916 Sherbrooke Street West
Lastly, just a little off the beaten path in Montréal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (N.D.G.) neighbourhood, is Honey Martin. A homey hole-in-the-wall, Honey Martin is the real neighbourhood Irish pub deal, as their fiercely loyal clientele will only be too happy to let you know.