Written by Tanya Kupelian on 26.05.14

Rufus Rockhead isn’t your typical bar name, and that’s because it’s named after Jeff Stinco’s grandfather. In case you aren’t aware, Jeff Stinco is the lead guitarist from Canadian’s Simple Plan band. Jeff decided to take on the Montreal nightlife and he’s done a pretty good job thus far with the help of Eric Lefrancois, owner of Edgar and Philemon.

Not your casual nightlife playground, Rufus is comparable to a trendy NYC hotspot. They cater to a 5 à 7 crowd as well as Montreal party go-ers. Whether you’re grabbing a bite on an intimate date or want to party with a group of friends, you can be sure that Rufus is always full of energy.

Rufus is more than a bar and offers a delicious variety of comfort food. Their menu consists of crispy chicken and waffles, delicious homemade pogos, spaghetti squash and a crab cake burger, just to name a few. When placing your order, the waiter hands you a tiny pencil along with the menu, which is in the form of a checklist.

The elegant and trendy interior design at Rufus Rockhead doesn’t fall short of expectations. Rufus is hard to spot on the outside, but the second you set your eyes on the beautiful narrow entrance it leaves you wanting to head on in and explore the premises. Once inside you’ll find that Rufus is quite the find, with lots of hidden corners and sections, connecting hallways, and levels to discover.

There are bars located on each floor. The second floor is mainly for bigger groups or bottle service and a more intimate feel, while the main floor is more spacious with plenty of seating at the bar or on separate smaller tables. With a different DJ spinning every night and some of the most unique sound in the city, it’s safe to say that Jeff, Eric, and the rest of their team have thought of every one of their customers’ needs.

Open:            Monday through Saturday until 3:00 am
Happening:   Thursday nights

1726 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J

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