Montreal's Musical Pulse

November 9th, 2018

One way to take the pulse of a city is to seek out its live music scene, not only on the weekends but all through the week. By that measure, Montreal is a happening place: dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs feature live musicians, and at many venues you can find performances every night. Here are some options to consider on your next evening out.
 
DOWNTOWN

House of Jazz
Famous jazz club open every evening; full menu of steaks, chicken, and ribs
Info: 2060 Aylmer Street | 514 842-8656 | houseofjazz.ca

Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill
Steaks and bistro fare with jazz every night of the week
Info: 1254 Mackay Street | 514 931-6808 | upstairsjazz.com

Le Balcon Cabaret Music-Hall
Dinner-shows in an outstanding venue
Info: 463 Sainte-Catherine Street West | 514 528-9766 | lebalcon.ca

McKibbins Irish Pub
Live rock or folk music every night of the week; full pub menu featuring their specialty fish & chips
Info: 1426 Bishop Street | 514 288-1580 |
3515 Saint-Laurent Blvd. | 514 282-1580 |
6361 Autoroute Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire | 514 693-1580 | mckibbinsirishpub.com

Sir Winston Churchill
Three-level complex with a restaurant (Sir Winston), pub (Winnie’s) and club (Karina’s); live music at Winnie’s from Wednesday through Saturday.
Info: 1459 Crescent Street | 514 288-3814 | swcpc.com

Brutopia
Craft beer, classic pub food, and live bands every night
Info: 1219 Crescent Street | 514 393-9277 | brutopia.net

Hurley’s Irish Pub
Popular Crescent Street Irish pub that hosts live bands every night of the week
Info: 1225 Crescent Street | 514 861-4111 | hurleysirishpub.com

Le Milsa
Traditional Brazilian churrasco restaurant with dancers and musicians nightly
Info: 1476 Crescent Street | 514 985-0777 | lemilsa.com

Le Pois Penché
A singer entertains diners on Friday evenings at this well-known French brasserie.
Info: 1230 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West | 514 667-5050 | lepoispenche.com
 
OLD MONTREAL

Le French Quarter
Up until recently the location of Biddle’s Jr.; bistro cuisine and jazz every night
Info: 209 Notre-Dame Street West | 514 844-0209 | lefrenchquarter.com

Modavie
French cuisine restaurant with live jazz performances every evening
Info: 1 Saint-Paul Street West | 514 287-9582 | modavie.com

2 Pierrots
Lively folk-rock party music on Fridays and Saturdays
Info: 104 Saint-Paul Street East 514 861-1270 | 2pierrots.com

Solmar
Portuguese-cuisine restaurant with Fado musicians on Friday and Saturday evenings
Info: 111 Saint-Paul Street East | 514 861-4562 | solmar-montreal.com
 
PLATEAU

Le Belmont
Popular club hosting live hip hop and urban music concerts on a regular basis
Info: 4483 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | 514 845-8443 | lebelmont.com

Bootlegger, L’Authentique
Crafty cocktails and snack food with live music every other night
Info: 3481 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | 438 383-2226 | barbootlegger.com

Bistro à Jojo
Cocktail bar with blues or rock music every night of the week
Info: 1627 Saint-Denis Street | 514 843-5015 | bistroajojo.com

Diese Onze Jazz Club
Intimate jazz club serving bistro fare with live shows every night of the week
Info: 4115a Saint-Denis Street | 514 223-3543 | dieseonze.com

Casa Del Popolo
Hip, eclectic café venue for alternative bands, affiliated with Sala Rosa, La Vitrola, and La Sotterenea; among all four, live music almost every night
4873 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | 514 844-4227 | casadelpopolo.com

La Sala Rosa
Restaurant serving tapas and paellas located below the Sala Rossa live music venue
Info : 4848 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | 514 844-4227 | lasalarosa.com

La Vitrola
Small bar featuring independent bands
Info: 4602 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | 514 284-0122 | casadelpopolo.com/en/la-vitrola

Wiggle Room
Burlesque club with occasional live jazz acts
Info : 3874 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | 514 508-9465 | wiggleroom.ca

L’Escalier
Vegetarian restaurant and music venue with shows (mostly jazz) nearly every night
Info: 552 Sainte-Catherine Street East | 514 419-6609 | lescalier-montreal.com

Bílý Kůň
Czech-themed bar with wide range of exotic beers and a menu of snack food; live music, mostly jazz, in the early evening
Info: 354 Mont-Royal Avenue East | 514 845-5392 | bilykun.com

Le Verre Bouteille
Beer, cocktails, comfort food, and franco pop-rock bands on a regular basis
Info: 2112 Mont-Royal Avenue East | 514 521-9409 | verrebouteille.com

Quai des Brumes
Bar hosting an eclectic variety of folk, jazz and rock bands, from here and elsewhere, every night
Info: 4481 Saint-Denis Street | 514 499-0467 | quaidesbrumes.ca

Café Campus
A Montreal institution: a popular dance club for a college-age crowd; also featuring live concerts weekly
Info: 57 Prince-Arthur Street East | 514 844-1010 | cafecampus.com

L’Escogriffe
Beer, cocktails, pub food, oysters, and rock bands almost every evening
Info: 4461 Saint-Denis Street | 514 842-7244 | facebook.com/lescomontreal

Barfly
Former G Sharp bar; live jazz every Wednesday
Info: 4062 Saint-Laurent Boulevard | 514 284-6665 | facebook.com/pg/BarflyMtl
 
MILE-END & NORTH OF THE PLATEAU

Résonance Café
Artist-run café with a vegan menu; jazz, classical, or experimental music every night
Info: 5175A du Parc Avenue | 514 360-9629 | resonancecafe.com

Dépanneur Café
Bohemian daytime café with live music all day
Info: 206 Bernard Street West | depcafe.bitblox.online

Mythos Ouzeri Estiatorio
Traditional Greek cuisine with a live band on Friday and Saturday nights
Info: 5318 du Parc Avenue | 514 270-0235 | mythos.ca

Bar Le Ritz P.D.B.
Small bar and music venue hosting rock bands from all over
Info: 179 Jean-Talon Street West | 438 289-9994 | barleritzpdb.com
 
SOUTH-WEST

Bar de Courcelle
Cocktail bar serving snack food and a short menu of full meals; live music weekly, on an irregular schedule
Info: 4685 Notre-Dame Street West | 438 382-4685 | bardecourcelle.com