Enjoy the last days of summer on these 7 terrasses in the Quartier des Spectacles
September 1, 2023
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Summer isn’t quite over yet! There’s still time to drop by any of the many places in the Quartier des Spectacles where you can sit outside and enjoy a bite to eat or sip a cold drink. Here are seven terrasses to discover and rediscover!
463 Sainte-Catherine St. West
A new addition to the Quartier, Le Balcon’s outdoor patio on the parvis of St. James United Church quickly became a favourite spot for Quartier denizens. Open daily (except when it’s raining) from 6 p.m. to midnight, you’ll find a tempting menu of delicious food and cocktails. The atmosphere is always festive, thanks to the funk and electronica served up by DJs Cynful and Nav.
1433 City Councillors St.
As soon as you walk through the door of this elegant Japanese tavern, you feel transported. Known for its traditional dishes – perfect for sharing – and its irresistible sake bombs, the establishment also has a charming and surprising little patio tucked away from the hubbub. A great spot for groups!
1485 Jeanne-Mance St.
Right in the middle of the Quartier des Spectacles, this restaurant belonging to Haitian-Canadian chef Paul Toussaint serves up an elegant celebration of pan-Caribbean cuisine and island culture. The establishment provides a space for meeting and gathering, with a setting reminiscent of a traditional marketplace. And its terrasse on Jeanne-Mance St. puts you right on Place des Festivals!
1201 Saint-Laurent Blvd.
It’s well worth the climb to the third floor of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) for a visit to the Foodlab. The bar and restaurant, whose mission is to serve innovative fare, features a large patio that seems to float over the trees of neighbouring Place de la Paix. The seasonal menu is built around local ingredients and accompanied by a large selection of natural wines, microbrews and creative cocktails.
1412 Sainte-Élisabeth St.
Located on the street of the same name, perpendicular to Sainte-Catherine, this European-style pub is famous for its large hidden courtyard, so full of luxuriant vegetation that you’ll forget you’re in the heart of downtown. The two-storey bar is great for happy hours, dates and hanging out with friends.
1594 Saint-Denis St.
Named after the heiress who donated a parcel of land behind Théâtre Saint-Denis, this new bar is located on the roof of the Studio-Cabaret lobby, boasting a fantastic view of Saint-Denis St. The pleasant space, open Wednesday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight, is the perfect place to hang out with friends over drinks while enjoying some tapas from the grill.
335 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East
This bar inside the famed Cinémathèque québécoise is the ideal place to have a coffee or something stronger before or after going to see a film. It includes a cozy and welcoming terrasse set back from de Maisonneuve – an excellent spot for an impromptu round of drinks after work. And there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see some local movie luminaries chilling discreetly !