A newcomer on the Montréal cocktail bar scene, Le Mal Nécessaire is a tiki cocktail bar with a twist. What is a tiki drink, you ask? Tiki drinks usually contain rum and fruit juices and are extravagantly garnished with fruit and cocktail umbrellas. Le Mal Nécessaire, located in Chinatown, was recently opened in mid-May. Although hidden in a basement location, you can see its bright neon-green pineapple symbol as you walk down the street.
Dave Schmidt, the mastermind behind Café Sardine, Datcha, and Maïs, is behind this new project, so you may see some familiar and friendly faces at the bar. With a variety of impressive drinks carved out of fresh fruit, you can sip your Abacaxi Mai Tai (two different kinds of rum, Cointreau, lime kaffir, orgeat, and pineapple juice) out of a pineapple ($22) or a Dirty South (Cachaça, coconut water, orgeat, lemon, bitters) out of a coconut ($18). The prices are steep, but each drink has 5oz of alcohol and is served with the entire fruit. If you keep your fruit for your next round of cocktails, you’ll save $2.
If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you can order your favourite classic cocktails, like an Old Fashioned, or their specialty cocktails, like their Chia Fresca with gin, cucumber, coconut, chia, lemon, and Thai basil ($9).
Feeling hungry in between drinks? Le Mal Nécessaire has you covered with a small menu available from the nearby Fung Shing Snack Bar until 11:00pm.
What makes Le Mal Nécessaire unique is that they use lots of fresh fruit in their drinks. You can see them blending coconuts right at the bar so you know your drink is made with the freshest ingredients.
If you’re looking for a different kind of night out and want to try a cocktail bar with a twist, then head over to Chinatown to see Montreal’s newest sensation.
1106B Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J5