3 Montreal Restaurants You Must Try Before a Night on the Town
Before the travel pre-gaming rituals begin, it's always smart to start off with a full stomach to ensure that the night doesn't end prematurely. Although there are countless restaurants in Montreal to choose from, below are three standout spots that offer delicious food and fantastic pre pre-gaming cocktails...because yes, pre pre-gaming is a thing.
Any restaurant that has a drink called The Big Booty Ho may raise eyebrows, but SUWU is an all-around cool place known for it's hip-hop themed cocktails, bar bites and music. By day, it's a cool hangout for drinks and small plates, but by night, (depending on the day of the week) it turns into a full out party that consists of Canadian hipsters dancing to American hip hop and trap music, DJ included. If you are visiting Canada and are feeling homesick for your beloved hip hop, SUWU is your spot. After a few bites and a drink or two, this pre-gaming bar may be your first and last spot of the night!
Address: 3581 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2T6, Canada
The wait tends to be long and the restaurant is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall, but if you're in Montreal and you don't dine at Restaurant Kazu, you are doing yourself a major disservice. This tiny dive is known for serving some of the best authentic Japanese food in town, hence the long lines on a typical weekend night. Although the atmosphere is small and hectic, the presentation is top notch and entrees like the Japanese Style Bibimbap (pictured) will leave you happily stuffed. You won't get your average alcoholic libations here, but you will get a selection of inventive Japanese cocktails and sakis that pair beautifully with the entrees.
Side note: Arrive early to avoid a long wait, and make sure you have cash, as they do not accept debit or credit cards.
Address: 1862 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1, Canada
One could describe Deville Diner Bar as nostalgic and modern rolled up into an pink restaurant. Inspired by the menus and atmosphere of a 1950s diner, Deville Dinerbar offers an upscale take on diner classics, with their signature appetizers, comfort food and their cocktail book. Not a cocktail menu, an actual book, with everything from alcoholic milkshakes to fishbowls. Menu favorites include the Seafood and Chorizo Paella, and fun drinks like the Gummy Bears on the Beach (pictured). Although they take walk-ins, it's best to make reservations to guarantee that you get a table.
Address: 1425 Rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3A 1P4, Canada