Ten of the best places in Montreal to watch Habs playoff games

A group of Montreal Canadiens fans watch the final regular season game against the Detroit Red Wings at McLean’s Pub in Montreal April 8, 2017.
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It’s that time. The time that Montrealers live for. It’s the playoffs and for the first time in two years, our beloved Canadiens are in the hunt for the Stanley Cup.

There’s a buzz in the air and nowhere more so than in the city’s bars, pubs and restaurants where fans of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge will be congregating for as long as Les Boys are still competing for the precious trophy that has eluded the Habs’ grasp for the past 24 years.

Back in the day when Montreal was winning the Cup with re-assuring regularity and the parade was following the “usual route” every June, there weren’t nearly as many bars and restaurants in town showing the games. But with the arrival of wide-screen TVs and the growing popularity of the Canadiens, every second watering hole ici is chock-full of screens and come game night, the drinking establishments are packed with folks sporting the team colours.

Without further ado, here’s a rundown of ten of the best places ‘round these parts to catch Habs playoff games, listed in alphabetical order.

Bruno Sport Bar

Special playoff features: Same drill as every other Habs game at this Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie bar. When you come in, you get a hockey card with a Canadiens player’s name and number and if he scores, you get a free shot.

Screens: 3 100-inch screens and 8 other screens.

Most popular drink: Carlsberg draft.

Most popular dish: The Italian panini, which features Italian cold cuts, lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, with pickles on the side.

Habs playoff prediction: “I’m thinking the first series is going to be the hardest,” said owner Bruno Verrillo. “But if they beat the Rangers, we’re going to go to the conference final.”

Address: 313 Beaubien St. East.

Phone: 514-271-8364

Website: None.

Hours: 8 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Burgundy Lion

Special playoff features: “We’re not a sports bar per se but with the playoffs, we spice it up,” said co-owner Paul Desbaillets. That includes playing the games with sound and being able to watch the games in the courtyard. “When the game is over, win or lose, you just want to hang out. With our place, everybody sticks around and if we win, it really becomes a party.”

Screens: 8.

Most popular drink: Burgundy Lion Ale.

Most popular dish: Fish & chips.

Habs prediction: “I think we’re going to the third round,” said Desbaillets. “We can beat New York but it’s the playoffs and it’s going to go to game seven.”

Address: 2496 Notre Dame St. West.

Phone: 514-934-0888

Site: burgundylion.com

Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Youppi! on the mechanical bull at Chez Serge, making good on a bet the Canadiens made with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, in a photo posted to Twitter on Sunday, June 1, 2014.

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Chez Serge

Special playoff features: The bar is bringing in a food truck, Mi Corazon, which will be parked outside and will serve up Mexican fare, plus chicken wings and poutine, for hungry hockey fans. Chez Serge will also, as always, be working with next door neighbour, Café Mei, to offer Chinese dishes as well. There will be a pump-you-up video of Habs highlights from this season that will be shown before every playoff game.

Screens: 2 110-inch screens, 9 52-inch screens.

Most popular drink: Molson Ex, quart.

Most popular dish: General Tao chicken.

Habs prediction: “We beat the Rangers during the regular season so I have a good feeling,” said Chez Serge owner Paulo Branco. “I’d say we’ll get to the conference final but in my heart I want to win the Stanley Cup.”

Address: 5301 St. Laurent Blvd.

Phone: 514-663-4227

Site: None.

Hours: 5 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Montreal Canadiens fans Larry Skinner (R) Caroline Goyman from Red Lake Ontario celebrate a goal by the Montreal Canadiens during their game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Irish Embassy in Montreal April 8, 2017.

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Irish Embassy

Special playoff features: Will be a heated tent on the back terrace for those who want to watch the games (sort of) al fresco. There will also be a couple of specials on Habs playoff game nights, including a pint of Keith’s and a shot of Bushmills whiskey for $9; and a pint of Keith’s and a burger for $15.

Screens: 14.

Most popular drink: Guinness draft.

Most popular dish: Burgers.

Habs prediction: “We’re hoping they get as far as possible,” said assistant general manager Nick Bignell.

Address: 1234 Bishop St.

Phone: 514-875-8777

Site: irish-embassy.com

Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.

A group of Montreal Canadiens fans watch the final regular-season game against the Detroit Red Wings at McLean’s Pub in Montreal April 8, 2017.

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McLean’s Pub

Special playoff feature: Business as usual. “We have a ton of screens and they’re all devoted to the Habs,” said general manager Stuart Ashton. After the games, there will be an MC who will host a hockey-trivia quiz. There is also a hockey menu that includes the Jean Béliveau – sirloin steak – and the Knuckles sandwich in honour of former Canadiens bruiser and current TSN 690 host Chris ‘Knuckles’ Nilan.

Screens: 25.

Most popular drink: Labatt 50.

Most popular dish: Burgers.

Habs prediction: “I think we could go three rounds,” said Ashton. “I’d love to go to the final but can we? It’s a whole new season. Price has been incredible but we gotta score some goals.”

Address: 1210 Peel St.

Phone: 514-392-7770.

Site: mcleanspub.com

Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.


Special playoff features: Business as usual.

Screens: Two.

Most popular drink: Molson Ex.

Most popular dish: Sausage submarine.

Habs prediction: “It’s not going to be easy,” said Sandra Momesso, who has worked at the N.D.G. landmark since it opened in 1978. “The playoffs is a whole different thing.”

Address: 5562 Upper Lachine Road.

Phone: 514-484-0005

Site: momesso.ca

Hours: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.


Special playoff features: The Old Montreal pub and restaurant has live music on Thursdays and Saturdays but if the Habs are playing those nights, the band will only hit the stage after the game.

Screens: 7.

Most popular drink: Smoked Old-Fashioned (2 ounces of bourbon on the rocks, with a splash of maple syrup, smoked in their special machine).

Most popular dish: Salmon tartare.

Habs prediction: “Better than last year,” said manager Jérémie Labbé.

Address: 60 St. Jacques St., Old Montreal.

Phone: 514-843-8585

Site: rosewoodmontreal.com

Hours: 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Sir Winston Churchill Pub Complex

Special playoff features: Business as usual.

Screens: 25.

Most popular drink: Molson Canadian draft.

Most popular dish: Jambalaya.

Habs prediction: “I’ve been a Habs fan since my birth and this is the first year I’m very confident that we’ll go far,” said manager Corey Stone. “I never thought that we had the size and grit before and Price is going to shine. And we’ll have big guys to protect him.”

Address: 1455 Crescent St.

Phone: 514-288-3814.

Site: winniesbar.com

Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Montreal Canadiens fans Jean-Claude Ferron (L) and Michael Cormier celebrate as the Montreal Canadiens win in overtime the Red Wings-Habs game at Taverne Normand in Montreal April 8, 2017.

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Taverne Normand

Special playoff features: “We will have really retro diner-ish specials” said manager Alex Ouellette. The specials will include chicken wings, nachos and grilled cheese. Also there will be a DJ spinning the tunes, including during the commercials. In addition, a Normand tradition is they put the jersey of the opposing team on the floor at the door, so fans get to walk over it on the way in. If the Habs win the series, that sweater then goes up on the wall. Charles Prévost-Linton, who sang the national anthem at the Canadiens games at the Bell Centre for years, used to show up for Habs playoffs games at the Taverne Normand and during the Canadian national anthem, they’d turn the sound down on the TV and he’d stand on a bench and belt out O Canada. But for the moment, he is not booked to appear at the tavern during these playoffs.

Screens: 8.

Most popular drink: West Shefford blonde.

Most popular dish: Nachos.

Habs prediction: “I would say at least two or three rounds,” said Ouellette. “It really depends on Price and whether he can stay healthy.”

Address: 1550 Mount-Royal Avenue East.

Phone: 514-525-8748

Site: latavernenormand.ca

Hours: 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Ye Olde Orchard

Special playoff features: “Those who are not fans become casual fans, casual fans become real fans, and real fans become crazy,” said Ye Olde Orchard owner John Orr. “It’s the rite of spring in Montreal.” If you turn up at the new Laurier location – formerly the Laurier BBQ – wearing the Habs colours, you’ll get a free beer.

Screens: Lots.

Most popular drink: Keith’s.

Most popular dish: Fish & chips.

Habs prediction: “I think we could go all the way to the final,” said Orr. “We have the team.”

Address: There are locations on Monkland Ave. in N.D.G., de la Montagne downtown, Prince Arthur St., Pointe Claire village, St-Sauveur, Châteauguay and Laurier Ave. in Outremont.

Site: yeoldeorchard.com

Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.