Montréal’s Secret Bars: Our Three Hidden Gems
Montréal speakeasies are a modern echo of the 1920s American Prohibition, when alcohol was the centre of attention. Today, underground bars are a common theme in la belle province. Where the saying “the forbidden fruit is always the sweetest” still rings true, these are our top three hidden bars in Montréal.
‘Big in Japan’ bar
4175 St Laurent Blvd
Somewhere on St-Laurent a grey door goes completely unnoticed. If you find it, open it and enter into a scene straight out of Sophia Coppolla’s cinematic classic Lost in Translation. Servers in tuxedos will lead you through a corridor protected by heavy velvet curtains into a main room glowing with candlelight. Once inside, let yourself be lulled by Edith Piaf’s songs playing in the background as the scenery transports you back to a time when the liqueurs were drunken and our hearts were prohibited.
photo cred: Big In Japan
Atwater Cocktail Club
512 Atwater Ave, atwatercocktailclub.com
In an alleyway of the former industrial district St-Henri, behind a door bearing a drawn Statue of Liberty, is a local hidden treasure. Complete with padded pink armchairs, colourful cocktails and a cozy atmosphere, the Atwater Cocktail Club, ACC (as it’s known), is the ideal place to discover creative drinks by mixologists.
photo cred: Atwater Cocktail Club
2175 Rue de la Montagne #100; cloakroombar.co
This British-inspired barber and bar is situated on Rue de la Montagne, behind a hidden wall next to a suit shop. Don’t let the old building fool you, after passing through a corridor filled with portraits of gentlemen, you’ll emerge in one of Montréal’s hottest cocktail bars. Cloakroom doesn’t have a menu, so simply tell them what kind of flavours you enjoy, and watch in awe as they create your perfect cocktail.
photo cred: Cloakroom Bar