A little advice: If you want things to go well, take charge and suggest a place to go. As part of our series on how to have a fun date night in Montreal this winter, we’ll give you plenty of ideas, starting with this one.
Hot tip #1: Hit a great bar if you could use a little liquid courage!
Big in Japan – Plateau Mont-Royal
It’s the best worst kept secret in town! This longstanding establishment makes the top of my list because it’s still as charming as ever. Once inside, you’ll be met with a plush decor and other well-dressed couples who are hoping the seductive mood will help them seal the deal!
Watts – Plateau Mont-Royal
Curious to see what the old Salon Officiel now offers? Stop by Watts, the latest newcomer to Montreal’s bar scene. The makeover seems to have attracted a more mature crowd. Think St-Sacrement patrons, a Suwu- or Fitzroy-style decor, and a festive Mayfair ambiance.
Balsam Inn – Downtown
Instead of hitting the Dominion Square Tavern, why not go to the Balsam Inn next door? This bar-restaurant is celebrating its first anniversary and is definitely worth the stop. If you’re hungry, they offer a good, well-priced menu. The 40’s-style decor is quite romantic, especially if you’re sitting close together at the bar, and the washrooms are quite spectacular too!
Loïc – St-Henri
Southwestern Montreal now offers lots of fun date night destinations, like the unpretentious Loïc wine bar, which offers good quality yet affordably-priced wines for every budget. If there’s a lull in the conversation at some point, you can even check out the show upstairs, at Turbo Haüs. Their Website has all the programming details.
Le Trèfle – HoMa
Have you heard of the hot new Irish pub in Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district? A HoMa regular, who loves the places and the fun, easygoing crowd, tells me that its popularity among couples can be explained by the extensive beer list, the hockey nights, and the menu, which includes oysters, a known aphrodisiac!