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Where to find solid 5 à 7 and happy hour deals at Montreal bars

Grab some drinks on the cheap and end that work day with the best bars in Montreal for 5 à 7 and happy hour deals.

Written by
Audrey Carleton
Contributors
JP Karwacki
&
Tommy Dion
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UPDATE, August 2021: Whether we're all heading back to the office sometime soon or we're just choosing WFH, that doesn't mean the happy hours and 5 à 7 deals at Montreal's bars should go neglected! From $1 oysters and wine to feeling like you've got an all-access pass to the taps, we've got a selection here that satisfies anyone's thirst.

Whether it was a long or blissfully short day at work, the temptation to grab a drink come come along, and bars and restaurants start their brief window for happy hour—more commonly referred to as 5 à 7s—in Montreal. It can get pricey if you’re not smart about it, so we’ve put together a list of where to find the best deals in the city right now, from bars with the best beer to the best wine bars, and every one of the best cocktail bars in between. Save that cash; you never know what kinds of things do during the weekend in Montreal may come up.

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Where to find the best happy hour deals in Montreal

Now with its digs on Saint-Denis Street, Turbo Haüs is a neighborhood bar that draws us in—and keeps us there—with its drink and cocktail specials. In fact, during happy hour, pints of beer are $6, a price made all the more delicious with its magnificent terrasse during the summer season in addition to refreshing cocktails at slightly higher prices. Bonus points to its BYOF (bring your own food) policy; there's plenty of options nearby to bring in.

A seductive supper club in the Milton-Parc neighbourhood, this spot’s particularly popular among students. It’s perhaps best known for its trendy leafy interior, killer roster of DJs to transition patrons from day to night and for its bottomless mimosa deal on weekends. They also offer a plethora of deals on weeknights; just ask the staff what they're offering, which normally includes cocktail specials or house beers.

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This Old Montreal pub prides itself on doing things differently, and that gets expressed in a lot of different ways: Having fun with the worn wood décor? Sure. The bar snacks and sizeable lunch and dinner menus doing dishes you'll normally never see at other pubs? Definitely. But if there's one thing they do better than so many other spots in town, it's the prices on drinks. Be they cocktails, wine, beers, or shots, they get super cheap here—sometime dangerously so—when it comes to happy hour.

A microbrewery located on Bernard Street in the Mile End, Helm is a beloved local destination for crafty cocktails, light fare and a wide range of beers on tap that’s proudly been around since 2006. Bonus is that the bar serves up daily discounts on beers and shooters, where pints are cheap and shots can get even cheaper. Their snack menu consists of small dishes that are ideal for munching after a long day at work that suit all diets.

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After nearly 30 years, it took a pandemic to witness the rebirth of the Jardin Milton at the Delta Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown, their return of their peaceful garden is applause-worthy with its location away from the noise of cars, an unpretentious BBQ menu, as well as many solid prices on booze, including the huge carafe of white or red sangria for $25 instead of $35, during their 5 à 7s.

Happy hour deals are one of the things this bubbly Old Port bar is best known for alongside its AAA Angus Beef. Try their pints, cocktails and glasses of wine, all served alongside music spun by house DJs. It’s one of the louder spots on this list for an after-work gathering, but hey, it could be a great way to get to know your co-workers better. There’s even a non-alcoholic Bitburger for your teetotaling friends.

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This Mexican resto bar located on Park Avenue near Bernard Street in the Mile End excels in their offerings of tacos and affordable small plates, but their happy hour deals are just as noteworthy: Local beers and short drinks are cheap while signature cocktails go for under $10, both all night long on Wednesdays. Trust us, their cocktail list—which includes a Pina Colada, a Margarita, and classic Mezcal mixes—is not to be missed.

This chain of plainspoken Irish pubs with locations in Downtown, the Plateau, NDG and Pointe-Claire—plus its pub Lord William in Griffintown—has numerous happy hour deals to accompany their ubiquitously beloved trivia nights. The deals vary by location, so it’s worth double-checking before planning your night, but we can tell you that both drinks and plates of food can get super cheap.

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Another student favourite located downtown, Grumpy’s is a down-to-earth spot with a robust calendar of events, including Wednesday jazz nights and weekly happy hour-style deals from Monday to Wednesday evenings. It’s the spot to be at for checking out local live bands while sipping on cheap pints of pilsner, and if bartenders like the cut of your jib, they’ll give you a deal on shots of whiskey and bourbon.

A sleek bar with ample natural light and exposed brick walls, Pamplemousse is an inviting spot with a diverse list of wines, cocktails, beers and stellar food. On Saturdays, they serve Aperol spritzes (or other cocktails) on the cheap all night, and on select weekdays sell pints of beer for equally low prices. On Mondays, the discount applies to sour beers until 7 p.m., on Tuesdays to select kegs and on Wednesdays to hoppy beers. Pick your poison.

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This bar’s a trendy addition to the city’s downtown nightlife, and attracts many with its décor was modeled after 20th century bathhouses of Montreal and Paris. Complete with blue tiling and a “no diving” sign that evokes and empty pool, its space has received critical acclaim in the short time since opening for its effortless vibes. Plus, each day’s happy hour offers lower prices on glasses of wine and beers on tap. If you happen to drop in on a Tuesday around the same time, take advantage of half-price bottles of bubbles.

This English pub in the heart of Little Burgundy from the owners of Mile End’s Bishop & Bagg and Old Montreal’s Wolf & Workman offers an enticing array of happy hour specials every weekday: Stop by for cheap pints of the Burgundy Lion ale, pints of the Bishop Special Bitter and equally cheap glasses of red and white house wines. The pub has a cozy wooden interior, down-to-earth atmosphere and an abundant food menu to go with its drinks.

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This Saint-Henri neighbourhood dive bar gets dark and loud in its later hours, but during the day? It’s a relaxing home to a plethora of good deals on beers and cocktails daily: Grab $5.75 pints of local beers on tap or $10.50 cocktails, plus an $8 Caesar if you’re looking for some hair of the dog. Great way to start off an evening in their neighbourhood before you end up in a restaurant nearby; there’s tons of them.

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This experimental cocktail spot downtown might serve you the most adventurous drink you’ve had to date this year with the delivery to match, like coming in a Chinese takeout box. Its environment is sleek with low lighting and its mixologists display a level of knowledge and confidence that will leave you wondering if it could get any better. They offer specials on three select cocktails; ask and see what kind of the mood the bartender's in.

This downtown pub is known best for its bustling patio, a secluded and green oasis in the summer. Expansive and surrounded by towering ivory-covered brick walls, it’s one of the most popular patios in the city once warm weather hits. On select days, they offer discounts on beer, so enjoy pints of Boreale, Labatt 50, and Creemore on the cheap and Stella Artois for just a touch more. Get there as early as possible to secure yourself a spot outside.

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This Village bar prides itself on accessibility, having made waves in 2017 for violating city laws in order to place a wheelchair ramp outside. Alongside their slew of elegant cocktails, there’s also a menu of snack, like grilled cheese with caramelized onions and pork or barbecue chicken nachos. These bites tend to pair well with cheap pints of select beers: Renard Blonde, Renard Rousse, Cheval Blanc, Sainte-Ambroise IPA and Coup de Grisou.

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