Where to Listen to Live Music in Montreal

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Winter isn’t going anywhere in Montreal, and all the snow and chilling temperatures definitely makes you crave the warmth and comfort of a cozy space with a good vibe. Whether it’s jazz, blues, indie, pop, punk, or rock that you like, there are plenty of places for you to enjoy good live music over some food and drinks in Montreal. Here’s our list of favorite spots.

Dépanneur Café

This Mile End coffee shop, and bed and breakfast, is a veritable institution, welcoming rising musicians of all ages around the clock to hang out by the piano or at the mic stand. The bohemian and friendly atmosphere of the place makes it one of our favorite live music brunch spots. The terrace/back garden is also very nice during the summer months. — 206 Rue Bernard Ouest

Café Résonance!

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Also in Mile End, in a basement on Avenue du Parc, is a spacious café specializing in vegan cuisine, experimental music, and phenomenal coffee. It’s a whole concept. Order the bol rouleau d’avocat — our favorite — and catch one of their evening concerts, featuring artists playing in stylings from jazz to modern classical. On Sundays, the collective Kalmunity Jazz Project (which we love) does a lot of improvised soul music. It’s definitely worth seeing. — 5175A Avenue du Parc

Le Bureau Bar & Tapas

Le Bureau Bar à Tapas is a trendy spot with 50s-inspired vintage charm serving up excellent Spanish tapas. Absolutely order the grilled octopus and wash it down with a cocktail or a glass of one of their imported wines. There’s jazz on Tuesdays, piano-blues on Sundays, and DJ Setenflammé on Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll have a good time in this lively atmosphere, surrounded by the beautiful people of the Griffintown district. — 1642 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

La Casa del Popolo

Since the 2000s, this neighborhood favorite has served as a vegetarian café while offering an eclectic mix of music and art. The best of the independent music scene, from here and abroad, comes to perform every day of the week and many events are free of charge. Don’t miss out on the hidden mini-terrace at this iconic Montreal location, which is always teeming with people in the summer. — 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Other recommendations: 

The sister restaurants La Sala Rossa, where you can enjoy some tapas before one of their rock or jazz concerts, and La Vitrola, which features more experimental and punk music. An honorable mention goes out to le Dièze Onze, a great jazz club in Le Plateau Mont-Royal, and the family-friendly musical brunch at the Filipino restaurant JuniorWe also love Le Verre Bouteille, Le Quai des brumes, L’Escogriffe and Les Foufounes Électriques.

This article originally published on our sister site Maudits Français.