Over in the east end of Montreal lies Le North End Bar à Huitres. It’s a small and quaint bar with a definite neighbourhood vibe that makes enough of an impression to bring people from across Montreal to come and explore. As an oyster bar with some impressive and seasonal cocktails, this puts it head and shoulders past your average local corner bar.
Nautical décor from accent pieces on the wall to large ropes streaming across the ceiling make this an interesting and familiar interior. With it’s dark and cozy atmosphere, you can easily find yourself saddling up to the horseshoe bar and trying a variety of their cocktails.
Looking for a nice date spot to go with that special someone? Consider a weeknight and have some oysters followed by a Bloody Mary or their DIY Bloody Ceasar station (out of stock for now, but will be back in the spring when the ingredients are fresh and delicious again). Drift away in aphrodisiac bliss while you snack on some of the other well priced bar menu items.
If you want something a little busier, then come on the weekends when they tend to get busier. Sundays are a popular night and fill up early because of their special promotion, $1 oysters. You better come early if you want to benefit from their special, as the promotion only lasts as long as the oysters do.
The staff is knowledgeable when it comes to making drinks and taking care of you. They can make all of the classic prohibition era cocktails as well as some house specialties. Try an Old Fashioned or a Pisco Sour, and when you’re done, try out Bloody Mary’s beer-inspired cousin, the Michelada. If you need a break from the cold of winter, try their mulled wine; it’ll warm you up inside and out. Prices vary from $10 to $15, so you can get a premium cocktail without breaking the bank.
The food menu has some large snack dishes at a small price, like yuca chips ($4) and mixed olives ($4), offering a nice snack. Although these dishes won’t replace a meal, Le North End provides generous portions that will hold you over for a steal. If you want to go for something a little fancier, oysters are what you’re looking for ($30 per dozen). There are also duck club sandwiches ($15) and an impressive charcuterie plate ($18) that keep you planted to your seat to give you plenty of time try out the various drinks.
5800 Rue de la Roche, Montréal, QC H2S 2C8