Written by Jonathan Brouillette on 05.06.15

The image a terrace often evokes is that of the 5 à 7 beer or sangria pitcher shared among friends. Sometimes, however, restaurants develop a very different feel for their open air areas. Newtown has done just that with its brand new rooftop terrace mojito bar. Overlooking Crescent and De Maisonneuve, the beautiful wooden space seamlessly transitions between its lounge-like inside to its airy outside. The signature feel of giant window walls which Newtown is known for continues on its 3rd floor to give the whole space an outdoor feel even when in the lounge.

Newtown Mojito Bar Terasse Montreal (13)

What of those mojitos? Those minty champions of springtime freshness are the perfect fit for the open space. Newtown has upgraded the already delicious mojito with choices galore ($9). First, choose among their vast selection of rums. Follow it up with a choice of fresh fruit from the market. Finally, finish with a choice of raw or white sugar and your choice of filler drink. Add to it all the wonderful mint we love and you may find yourself with the mojito of your dreams. We were lucky enough to try out five separate varieties starting with blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, and orange, and then ending with a particular Pimm’s mojito with cucumber. Of the five, we were divided on which was the best, however the zesty orange and smooth Pimm’s were certainly front runners.

Photo: Jonathan Brouillette (@darksteelangel)

Thankfully, Newtown did not only serve those deliciously bubbly mojitos or we would have crawled home. They chose to pair their light and airy drinks with spicy and hearty finger foods. There were a large variety of right-out-of-the-fryer empanadas. While the meat and spinach ones were good in their own right, the salty and earthy mushroom and cheese morsel was absolutely perfect to counterbalance the zesty orange mojito. On the other hand, the seafood ceviche bar had smiling cooks expertly mixing salmon, shrimp, and succulent scallops in a mystery mixture including lime and Siracha. The result was both beautiful and delicious, especially with the option of fiery peppers meant to have you downing your mojito to alleviate the burn.

Photo: Jonathan Brouillette (@darksteelangel)

If the opening was any indication of the potential of Newtown’s Mojito Terrace, then our summers will be full of the minty, bubbly pop of mojito magic. On a street dedicated to the celebration of food, alcohol, and music, Newtown has handily managed to rise above. In fact, standing on their new rooftop terrace will have you looking down upon the entirety of the rest of that street.

1476 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B6
(514) 284-6555

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