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8 great summer terrasses in the Quartier des Spectacles - Part 1

May 31, 2024

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Summer isn’t officially here, but it’s definitely terrasse season! The Quartier des Spectacles has loads of great spots to sit outside and sip a drink, grab a bite and hang with friends. Here’s the first instalment in a two-part look at the Quartier’s terrrasses and patios, staring with the zone east of Saint-Laurent Blvd.

By Sébastien Tétrault

L'abreuvoir
403, Ontario ST. east

A spot that’s been open for 15 years, with a stunning backyard patio that’s heated in the winter and lush in the summer – a fantastic place to be any time, any season. Couples and friend groups gather here to enjoy a beer, sip cocktails and eat delicious fare from the kitchen, from small plates to full meals.

Le Saint-Bock
1749, Saint-Denis ST.

This restaurant and bar’s large terrasse is right on Saint-Denis, making it an integral part of the Quartier Latin’s irresistible vibe. And it’s no surprise, given the brewpub’s menu of more than 500 beers – one of the most extensive in Canada! With the kitchen staying open until late, it’s a good spot for a bite after a movie or a concert.

Brasseurs du monde
1567, Saint-Denis ST.

This Quartier Latin newcomer is a welcoming space serving beers made by its namesake brewery in Saint-Hyacinthe, alongside a large selection of local beers. The menu also includes some delicious brunch options, among other delicious items. And it has two terrasses: one facing Saint-Denis and the other facing the Grande Bibliothèque. An excellent choice for soaking up the neighbourhood ambiance.

Café-bar de la cinémathèque
355, de Maisonneuve BLVD. East

Located inside the Cinémathèque québécoise, you can’t beat this café as a pre- or post-movie stop. Set back from De Maisonneuve Blvd., the intimate, welcoming terrasse is the place to go for an impromptu happy hour. You might even spot some local film luminaries in the wild!

Jardins Gamelin
Place Émilie-Gamelin

One of the city’s biggest, greenest terrasses is found in Les Jardins Gamelin, an urban oasis that sets the beat for Montreal’s summer. If you’re thirsty, hungry or just want to rest your feet, it’s a handy pit stop on any downtown outing. The Casse-croûte, by Les Survenants, has an appetizing selection of snacks and refreshments.

Le Sainte-Élisabeth
1412 SAINTE-ELISABETH ST.

This Euro-style pub is known for its hidden patio whose luxuriant vegetation instantly transports you to another place and time. The charming establishment, on a small eponymous street perpendicular to Sainte-Catherine East, is an amazing spot for after-work drinks, romantic outings and get-togethers with friends.

Emmanuelle Lounge
2, Rue Sainte-Catherine EAST

Located on the fifth floor of the 2-22 Building, this new lounge boasts an unbeatable view of the Quartier des Spectacles. Founded by local DJ and entrepreneur Donald Lauture, it’s notable for its elegant setting and refined vibe, great for hanging out with friends old and new. You’ll appreciate chef Nick Bramos’ menu and Dimitry Saint-Louis’ cocktail creations.

Café Bloc

1209-1211 BOULEVARD SAINT-LAURENT

A café of many pleasures, featuring nearly 100 climbing blocks for climbers of every level. You can have a good workout before retiring to the café and rooftop terrasse, where you can quench your well-earned thirst with a well-chilled microbrew.

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