We can all agree that Fridays are usually spent dreaming about the weekend, and the hours toward the end of the day couldn’t be longer. If you’re stuck in the office counting the seconds until happy hour, you might as well have a plan. With the sun shining and the birds singing, drinks on a terrace are absolutely essential. Here’s a list of five terraces that should be on your go-to list:
Pub Sainte-Elisabeth 1412 Saint Élisabeth Street
With 17 different beers on tap, and impressive whiskey, wine, and port lists, it’d be pretty difficult to have an average experience on this terrace. This European-inspired pub is home to one of Montreal’s loveliest outdoor spaces. You’ll find ivy-covered walls, trees, and flowers that will make you feel like you’re at an English garden party—just with more beer.
Credit: Pub Ste Elisabeth
Terrasse Nelligan 106 Saint Paul West Street
Nothing says summer like the smell of food on the grill– and Hotel Nelligan’s terrasse has premium cuts of meat and fresh fish specially prepared using that delicious method. This location offers a 180 degree view of the river, the Notre-Dame Basilica, and the beautiful and historical buildings that make up the Old Port of Montreal. The extensive cocktail and wine lists are sure to please on a hot Friday afternoon.
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Bar le Saint-Sulpice 1680 Saint-Denis Street
Open from 2:00pm-3:00am, Saint-Sulpice is a crowd-pleaser. You won’t believe how massive this terrace is. With a big fountain in the middle and plenty of tables, it’s the perfect place to grab an after-work beer. Order some wings, check out their drink specials, and bring all of your friends because there will definitely be enough room.
Terrasses Bonsecours 364 Rue de la Commnune E
Nothing better than taking a walk in Old Montreal and ending up at Terrasses Bonsecours for a cold drink! You have to try their tartares, fresh salads, and filet mignon (to die for!).
Credit: Old Port of Montreal
New City Gas 950 Ottawa Street
Last, but absolutely not least: New City Gas! This is the terrace that had me dreaming of patio-beers all winter long. Their mojitos, sangria, and martinis are famous and amazing. Their spacious, unique terrace is something you’ve got to experience at least once (a week).
Happy Friday, Montreal! Stick to this list, and your weekend will not fail.