Wine in the City | Montreal | Canada / by Benoît Lefèvre

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Le Vin Papillon

Le Vin Papillon

For a long time, Montréal has been a famous destination for hosting numerous music, entertainment, and cultural festivals. The metropolis of Quebec is becoming more and more recognized for its vibrant culinary scene. Indeed, a few of Montréal’s restaurants offer some of the best values for your money in North America. The wine scene has followed in this path of quality and now if you want to enjoy a nice glass, Montréal boasts plenty of great wine bars!

Accords

This restaurant and wine bar has become a favored spot for wine lovers in Old Montréal. Natural and biodynamic wines are well represented on the wine list that features no fewer than 500 products. Every day, the sommelier decides which wines will be offered by the glass based on the daily menu and customers’ desires. Food is prepared by the talented chef Simon Mathys and every ingredient is processed and transformed at the restaurant (bakery, pastry, butchery, etc.). Accords has a beautiful terrace, which is a perfect location to enjoy the summer days in Montréal. Accords has opened a second restaurant, Accords Le Bistro, in Montréal’s Entertainment District.

Accords

212 Notre-Dame West Street

(514) 282-2020
Open Mon-Fri 11:30 am to 3 pm, Tue-Sat 5:30 pm to 12 am

accords.ca

M. et Mme

Don’t miss a visit to M. et Mme when you are in Montréal. This wine bar, located at the border of Outremont and Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhoods, has one of the most complete wine lists in the city. Open in January 2016, it already has more than 600 products (a hundred signature bottles will also complete the list very soon). If you want to sample many wines, you can choose between the 40 wines presented by the glass or the half-glass. The top chef, Stelio Perombelon, has worked in many renowned restaurants in Montréal. You can either order finger food at the bar or have a more refined meal in the dining room area. A $24 menu is served after 10 p.m.

M. et Mme

240 Laurier West Street

(514) 274-6663
Open daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

mmme.ca

Pullman

Pullman is one of the first wine bars to have opened in Downtown Montréal back in 2004. Since then, it has become an institution that has trained many local wine professionals. Every member of the staff is a certified sommelier with at least 5 years of experience. The bar has a wine list of 400 to 500 products, with a lot of classical crus from Burgundy and Bordeaux, but also many products from talented young winemakers. Pullman displays some older vintage bottles and an outstanding selection of coveted wines.

Pullman

3424 du Parc Avenue

(514) 288-7779
Open Sun-Tue from 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., Wed-Sat from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

pullman-mtl.com

Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins

Le Comptoir opened its doors in 2010 in the trendy Plateau Mont-Royal area. Chef Segué Lepage wanted to create a place where people can have a glass of wine and match it with delicious house made cold cuts. Today, those cold cuts are so famous that Le Comptoir had to open a boutique to sell them (La Réserve du Comptoir). But the menu is not only about cold cuts as the restaurant also offers a refined market cuisine. Natural and biological wines are noticeable on the wine list, which contains around a hundred different bottles. Le Comptoir suggests about twelve wines by the glass, all renewed each week.

Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins

4807 Saint-Laurent Avenue

(514) 844 8467
Open Mon-Sun from 6 pm to 12 am, Sat-Sun for brunch from 10 am to 2 pm comptoircharcuteriesetvins.ca

Chez Lavigne

Chez Lavigne is the last addition to Montréal’s wine scene. Located in the Saint-Henri neighborhood in the southwest of the city, the wine bar serves wines made naturally without any chemicals. Every wine is available by the glass, which is nice if you are in the mood to discover. Thursday Happy Hour is a nice time to enjoy a deal of $1.50/oyster and the $10 discount on each bottle! The Food is excellent and made with fresh, locally supplied products.

Chez Lavigne

4280 Notre-Dame West Street

(514) 939-1111
Open Tue-Sat at 5 p.m.

chezlavigne.com

Restaurant Les Cavistes

Located on Fleury Street, in the North of Montréal, Les Cavistes is a little far from downtown. Nonetheless, it is one of the most “serious” restaurants when it comes to wine and was awarded a certificate of excellence by the Wine Spectator in 2016. The restaurant offers a nice bistro cuisine to pair with the 200 wines on the list. If you want to order by the glass, you’ll have plenty of choice between 12 whites, 12 reds, 4 sparkling and 12 dessert wines! Les Cavistes organizes around 50 workshops and tastings annually, so don’t hesitate to have a look at their event calendar in case you are able to join one of them during your stay in Montréal. A $22.50 menu is served after 9 p.m.

Les Cavistes

196 Fleury West Street

(514) 508-5033

Open Mon-Fri from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., daily from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

restaurantlescavistes.com

Rouge Gorge

The owners of Rouge Gorge, who also have a vineyard in Southern France (Vignoble du Loup Blanc), are well-known within the Montréal food scene. Open in March 2015 in the Plateau Mont-Royal area, the bar has an extensive wine list of around 400 references, including a unique collection of many vintages of grands crus from Languedoc-Roussillon in France. The cozy bar offers between 30 and 40 wines by the glass. The food menu is made of some classics like oysters, cold cuts and cheese, but also daily meals, if you’d also like a bite to eat.

Rouge Gorge

1234 Mont-Royal East Avenue

(514) 303-3822

Open daily from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.

rougegorge.ca

Cul-Sec

Close to Little Italy District, Cul-Sec mostly showcases natural wines, but also biodynamic wines. Launched in 2015 by the famous chef Martin Juneau, it is a bar and a wine shop at the same time. Indeed, if you buy food to go, you can also buy some bottles on your way home. It is also very practical if you need to buy some wine late at night as it’s open until 11p.m. Moreover, the bottles are very affordable, as the markup made by the bar on each bottle is one of the lowest I’ve seen! There are around 100 products on the wine list, mostly French wines. Cul-Sec also serves delicious comfort food and is a very friendly place to enjoy drinks with close friends.

Cul-Sec

29 Beaubien East Street

(514) 439-8747
Open Tue-Fri from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat-Mon from 5:30 pm to 12 am

culsec.ca

Bar Loïc

Situated in the Saint-Henri neighborhood, Bar Loïc is not only a wine bar, as you can also find a great selection of beers and cocktails. If you’re looking for great wine, Loic is definitely worth the visit. Biological and biodynamic wines represent the majority of the 50 products on the wine list. Around 8 wines are poured by the glass. The food is simple, made with just a few ingredients, but the meals are well executed and very tasty. The wine bar is so friendly and so laid-back it’s like a second home for wine lovers.

Bar Loïc

5001 Rue Notre-Dame West Street

(514) 439-6806
Open daily from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.

barloic.ca

Buvette Chez Simone

Buvette Chez Simone opened in 2008 with the objective to set up a European-style wine bar combining quality and affordable wine and food. The wine list has around 60 references and you will find about twenty wines by the glass that are replaced every two weeks. If you’re hungry, try their roasted chicken! Some customers come to the Buvette for the chicken only! The bar is also popular for a last drink as it is open until 3 a.m.

Buvette Chez Simone

4869 du Parc Avenue

(514) 750-6577
Open Mon-Sun at 4 p.m.

buvettechezsimone.com

Vin Papillon

Located close to the Atwater Market, Vin Papillon is the sister institution of the notorious Joe Beef restaurant. Favoring natural and biological wines, Vin Papillon is a very relaxing bar to have a drink and a bite of food with friends. Around a hundred products are available by the bottle and 12 wines by the glass. Because the menu constantly changes there is no printed wine list. Instead everything is displayed on chalk menu boards. Vin Papillon has a great terrace where the BBQ never stops during summertime and the chef, Marc-Olivier Frappier, likes to magnify vegetables in his meals. No course is more than $20 so you can enjoy the food without emptying your wallet.

Vin Papillon

2519 Notre-Dame West Street

(514) 282-2020
Open Tue-Sat from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.

vinpapillon.com