Canada’s Best Bars

Exclaim! - - MY CITY -

Our monthly My City fea­ture asks Canadian mu­si­cians to high­light the best of their home­town: the food, hang­outs, shops — what­ever makes it feel like home. Al­most ev­ery time, that means a bar or two, the kind where every­body knows your name — or at least has a neat gim­mick. Here are some of the best.

CAL­GARY PIN-BAR 501 17 AV­ENUE SW

Cal­gary has some sweet pin­ball ma­chines across the city, but now there’s Pin-Bar, a brand new spot ded­i­cated to the pin­head com­mu­nity. (Miesha & the Spanks)

MONTRÉAL LA BUVETTE CHEZ SI­MONE 4869 AV­ENUE DU PARC

Sim­ply the best wine bar in Mon­treal. The am­bi­ence is per­fect and the staff al­ways add new wines on the menu — [it] never gets bor­ing. (Char­lotte Cardin)

OT­TAWA THE “SPEAKEASY” AT UNION LO­CAL 613 315 SOM­ER­SET STREET W

Speakeasy is a Pro­hi­bi­tion-era term for places sell­ing il­le­gal liquor; this place mim­ics that feel. This be­hind-the-li­brary-shelf bar in the base­ment of stel­lar haunt Union Lo­cal 613 is al­ways packed and friendly. (Kelp Records’ Jon Bartlett)

ST. JOHN’S MAL­LARD COT­TAGE 8 BAR­ROWS ROAD

A cozy, un­pre­ten­tious spot in scenic Quidi Vidi Vil­lage, Mal­lard fea­tures in­gre­di­ents well-known in New­found­land, re-imag­ined into so­phis­ti­cated com­fort food. Our favourite time is Sun­day brunch, when lo­cal mu­si­cians play tunes while we chow down. (For­tu­nate Ones)

VAN­COU­VER THE BLACK LODGE 630 THE KINGSWAY

This Twin Peaks- in­spired bar is the place to run into the ag­ing mu­si­cian set. They’ll only tell you where it is if you’ve been play­ing mu­sic for at least a decade. Sit in a cozy log cabin, eat pou­tine and lis­ten to Thin Lizzy. You’ve earned it! (Hockey Dad Records’ Ryan Dyck)

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