13 Beautiful Outdoor Montreal Terraces to Visit This Summer
As the snow begins to melt and we become reacquainted with our old friend, the sun, Montrealers excitedly flock to their neighbourhood patios to make the most of the summer. There’s no better accompaniment for sangria than a warm summer breeze and nothing more charming than twinkle lights glowing at dusk. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of Montreal’s best terraces for you to drink, eat and be merry all while taking advantage of those memorable summer days and nights.
Sitting on a quai in the Old Port, Terrasses Bonsecours is both a bumping nightclub and a hip Miami-style eatery with a huge patio that extends over the whole building. Enjoy the variety of sangrias and cocktails offered while the smell of barbequed tapas wafts throughout the terrace. Spend a relaxing 5-7 among friends or take advantage of Terrasses Bonsecours’ patio that eases into a nightclub atmosphere at 11pm.
12. Bleury Bar à VinylPhoto credit: Jasmin Leblanc
Bleury, the bumping bar on a quiet street in the Place des Arts area, is a quirky joint that features live electronic music from up-and-coming DJs, jam sessions, as well as an improvisational jazz night each month. Walk through its many rooms until you reach the quaint terrace where you’ll find an intimate setting for a pause from the music inside. The patio is surrounded by vibrant red brick walls, a wooden canopy overhead and colourful fake flowers jutting out of just about everywhere. Enjoy their reasonably-priced beer at an average of 7$ a pint, and let your night get a little blurry.
11. La Terrasse Saint-AmbroisePhoto credit: Jeffrey Philipp
After a day of strolling or biking along the Lachine Canal on a nice day, there’s no better way to finish it off than with a pint at La Terrasse Saint-Ambroise. The internationally loved McAuslan brewery in the Sud-Ouest area has a beer garden right outside where the brewing magic happens. Just off the Lachine Canal, terrace-goers can order a range of St-Ambroise’s alcoholic products which are all ultra fresh and on tap. Opt for the ever-popular apricot beer that’s got a great fruity flavour. If beer doesn’t make your heart sing, they offer a Minot White apple cider.
10. Le Sainte-ElisabethPhoto credit: Jonny M. via Yelp
Head to where the locals go to feel at home. Le Sainte-Elisabeth’s terrace certainly knows how to draw a crowd to its great location between Downtown and the Gay Village. Their selection of reasonably-priced local beer and cocktails keep patrons coming back for more. The terrace itself is surrounded by the exterior walls of towering brick buildings with vines extending all the way to the top, giving it a beer garden feel. Ideal for groups, especially for a pint before or after a show at Metropolis or Club Soda, Le Sainte-Elisabeth is a no brainer choice for terrace enthusiasts.
For an elegant evening accompanied by traditional French fares, Old Montreal’s Bistro Boris has a flowery terrace with white umbrellas and wooden tables. Tree branches and leaves stretch overtop, and a variety of plants jovially sit between the candlelit tables. Dig into their grilled salmon, tartares, and foie gras and pair these with a bottle of wine from their long menu. Savour a tasty glass of wine into the late evening hours on this buzzing terrace.
Café Santropol’s terrace is a little oasis in the Plateau area. Trees offer shade to patrons enjoying one of their delicious stacked sandwiches. Quirky mirrors and hanging ornaments occupy the space, and the artwork on the bright blue fence give this little haven a light, bright feel. They offer a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads which are all tasty and usually combine a bit of salty and sweet. Indulge in a chocolate milkshake and you won’t be disappointed. Did we mention that there’s a mini pond too? Well, there’s a mini pond for anyone looking to reenact the story of Narcissus.
Get a taste of Port-Au-Prince decor and Haitian food at Agrikol. This charming backyard terrace is surrounded by pendant twinkle lights, delicate white garden chairs, and candles setting the romantic mood. Agrikol gets even cooler, being the labour of love of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire. Along with their co-owners, the couple collected artwork while in Port-Au-Prince which you can now admire throughout the restaurant. Their list of house cocktails is extensive, and each is stronger and more delicious than the last. The dishes are mainly meat-based and grilled to perfection. There’s a possibility to order a pumpkin dish off the menu for vegetarians, but meat is definitely the specialty when making the most of an evening on this glowing terrace.
At the top of the Société des Arts Technologiques is the Foodlab’s beautiful little terrace that overlooks Montreal’s entertainment district. Foodlab’s menu is as experimental and transient as the contemporary events hosted in the building. The dishes are updated based on the season and availability of the produce. They offer Canadian fares and an extensive wine list with dozens of white, red and rosé bottles to choose from. Naturally, twinkle lights extend across the patio, adding to the overall charming atmosphere.
In the lower Plateau on the ever popular street for restaurants, Duluth, Le Réservoir has a rooftop patio perfect for a 5-7 accompanied by international tapas dishes. The atmosphere is casual, occupied by the hum of people chatting excitedly. Pints go for approximately 7$ each with options to order a 750ml bottle of their house beers. Enjoy a few draft microbrews on a warm summer evening and people watch on the busy street below.
Tucked-away in a Mile-Ex alley, this hipster joint will make you feel like you’re having a beer in your friend’s garage. Open from June to October, the bar offers drinks at unbeatable prices: a glass of beer for 2.50$, a pint for 4.75$, mixed drinks from 5$ to 7$, and wine from 7$ to 8$. The setting is inspired by the many similar bars found in Berlin: it’s got a minimalist DIY feel and–of course–twinkle lights overhead for good measure. Head there for a casual night out with a little bit of romantic ambiance sprinkled in.
On the ever popular Saint-Denis street in the Latin Quarter, St-Bock Brewery is about to open the largest street terrace in Montreal. With 125 seats in the glorious sun, enjoy their extensive list of artisanal craft beers (44 on tap) and selection of 850 bottles! Pair your drink with some hearty pub food like their beer gravy poutines, burgers, nachos and chicken wings.
This Old Port restaurant offers sweeping views of Old Montreal and the Saint-Lawrence river. Five stories up the Nelligan hotel, this rooftop terrace beckons to patrons with the delicious scent of meat and fresh fish cooking on the outdoor grill. Their bartenders are cocktail experts, mixing delicious sangrias and house creations. The heaters and retractable awnings ensure that this terrace is open for lunch and dinner in the summer, rain or shine.
1. Marché des ÉclusiersPhoto credit: somontreal.ca
For a more casual experience in the Old Port area, Marché des Éclusiers is a micro-market where you’ll find locally-sourced and sustainable food produce from different Quebec companies. Featured local drink and food producers include Volcanic Organic coffee, Velish & Co. salad bar, Diablos BBQ, Pastaga drinks and food, Lawrence butcher, and many more. Pick up your food and drink and head to their charming terrace on the Lachine Canal.