Top 10 places to watch Habs games

Posted on April 13th, 2011 by .

[Updated January 18, 2016]

Montréal’s collective obsession with hockey, and their beloved Montréal Canadiens, borders on mania. Consider this your initiation into the anthropologically rich world of Montréal hockey fandom. These are the Montréal sports bars where the hardcore fans go…

Taverne Normand
 is a favourite local Plateau Mont-Royal haunt, with a raucous but cozy feel, where sport is king (“Là ou le sport est Roi”), emotions are encouraged to go unchecked, and every game feels like a playoff game. Be sure to get there early for a table. (1550 Du Mont-Royal Avenue East, 514 525-8748)

Chez Serge
 in the Mile End offers hipster denizens a way to avoid sacrificing clubbing over hockey, marrying the two. During ads and intermissions, it’s all DJ tunes, light shows and dancing on the bar. Oh, and don’t miss the TV on the men’s washroom ceiling! (5301 Saint-Lauren Boulevard, 514 270-3262)

Champs Bar & Restaurant is a classic sports bar located on Saint-Laurent that’s as packed with customers as it is with sports paraphernalia. There’s a big hall with banquet tables on the top floor, so you can bring your team. (3956 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, 514 987-6444)

Forum Sports Bar is located in the reimagined former home of the Habs, the storied Montréal Forum, and is a one-stop entertainment shop with no less than 32 giant screens for hockey watching. There are also 16 10-pin bowling lanes for working off any after-match anxiety. (2313 Sainte-Catherine Street West, 514 933-6786)

La Cage Aux Sports
 is the mother of all Quebec sports bar chains. The downtown Bell Centre location is right next to the action. With two levels, 70 television sets, and 4 giant screens you feel like you’re in the game. Plus, the menu features… a wine list! (1212 De La Gauchetière Street, 514 288-1115)

Hurley’s Irish Pub
on Crescent Street in the heart of downtown Montréal. It’s where Habs players, coaches and team management have been known to convene post-game. It consistently delivers fab food, a fine selection of libations and a convivial, hockey-friendly atmosphere complete with live post-game Celtic music. Erin go Habs! (1225 Crescent Street, 514 861-4111)

Café Olimpico not only serves up the winningest coffee in Montréal, it also provides an amicable neighbourhood atmosphere for multi-sport carousing. (124 Saint-Viateur Street West, 514 495-0746)

The La Station des sports chain has two TV-crammed Sainte-Catherine Street locations downtown (one east and one west) that offer sports fanatics all the sensory sports overload they can handle. (2051 Sainte-Catherine Street West, 514 931-5559, 862 Sainte-Catherine Street East, 514 903-8571)

Bier Markt
offers an ideal downtown setting for both hockey and beer connoisseurs alike (we’re thinking there’s probably a fair amount of crossover here). The elegant wood decor provides a relaxed environment in which to consume the more than 150 beers available while watching the game on the many big screens. (1221 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, 514 864-7575)

Sharx is the ideal venue when not everyone in your gang can agree on watching hockey.  Located next to Concordia University in the basement of the Faubourg Sainte-Catherine shopping centre SharxSharx is a sports bar, pool hall and “cosmic” bowling alley, all in one. (1606 Sainte-Catherine Street West, 514 934-3105)

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