Written by Stephania Saridakis on 28.01.14

Jardin Nelson

Jardin Nelson is an oasis within one of our city’s most touristic areas, the Old Port. Open between mid-may and September 2nd, Jardin Nelson is a beautiful restaurant specializing in crêpes. You’ll rarely ever be seated indoors at Jardin Nelson. Instead, the hostess will walk you by the side of the historical building and into a hidden, open-sky, secret garden. Don’t worry you’ll be covered by gigantic inverted parasols in case of bad weather! The courtyard is renowned for its colours and its decorative horticulture; trees, plants and flowers are abundantly visible from all angles. Jardin Nelson also hosts a variety of pop jazz bands every day from noon to late evening. The stage is visible from any of the multiple levels in the courtyard. The food goes without mentioning as well as some pretty savoury sangrias! At night, the terrace is beautifully lit making it an ideal spot for a date.

407 Place Jacques Cartier, Montreal, QC H2Y 3B1
(514) 861- 5731

House of Jazz 

Predominately one of Montreal’s most well known go-to spots for live music is the House of Jazz, which remains one of the more elegant venues around the city. The food is good, even greater is the reputation they hold for having quite an impressive list of performers, consistently. The House has been the birthplace of some big stars and has welcomed some of the biggest names in the game. During the warmer months, grab a seat on the terrace: there’s an excellent view of the live show and you don’t even have to pay the cover fee!

Cover charge: 10$
2060 Aylmer St, Montreal, QC H3A 2E3 ‎
(514) 842-8656

Le Balcon – 304 Notre Dame East

Located in the heart of Old Montréal, Le Balcon offers a great combination of dining and entertainment. You have the choice to order their three-course meal at a fixed price or you can just come and enjoy the show. Musical talent from all around the world is always a guarantee and with its charming décor and sophisticated atmosphere, it makes for the perfect spot for a date night!

Cover charge: none
304 Rue Notre-Dame Est #201, Montréal, QC H2Y 1C7 ‎
(514) 528-9766

Dièse Onze – 4115-A St. Denis

Situated in a basement, Dièse Onze is a cozy venue for live Jazz music. The small stage makes for an intimate experience and the ambiance is just what you would expect from a jazz bar. They have a selection of tapas for those who like to try a little bit of everything. Don’t like to share? Not a problem. There are many other choices for a main dish.

Cover charge: 8$ after 9:00pm (varies)
4115-A rue St-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M7 ‎
(514) 223-3543

Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill 

Don’t let the name fool you; Upstairs is actually in a basement! Upstairs Jazz Bar is the perfect social meeting space for those who love the traditional take on old jazz clubs. At first glance, you can see the appreciation towards jazz music by all of the memorabilia of autographed photos of musicians, giving it a home-like feel like the all-too-familiar New York style jazz club. A recommended place to come and listen to live music by some of Montreal’s finest locals and enjoy some Mexican style comfort food.

Cover charge: 5$ (varies)
1254 Mackay St, Montreal, QC H3G 2H4 ‎
(514) 931-6808


The main attraction constantly bringing Montrealers and tourists alike to Modavie is the live music, seven nights a week. Above and beyond the music is a great menu, don’t forget to bring your appetite along with you because this authentic bistro is known for their lamb dishes and vast wine selection.

Cover charge: none
1 Rue Saint Paul Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Y6 ‎
(514) 287-9582

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