You've got to give it to Bar Waverly; they've injected a heavy dose of cool into the corner that most characterizes mile-end, reconstructing a former 1920's brothel into an unassuming, hipster hangout replete with stiff drinks* and one hell of a ceiling. I'm not sure why I always end up here whenever I've had a particularly terrible day, but presumably it has something to do with its industrial cool yet no hassle vibe and their great music, which includes "a roster of the freshest DJs around playing the gamut of rare grooves, new electro, vintage tracks, and everything in between, minus the crap."
The immediate popularity of the bar last year amongst arbiters of Mile-End cool speaks to its fresh, modern refurbishments, with new floor-to-ceiling windows that open in the summer months to flood the space with warm Montreal air and light. This is when it becomes the perfect joint for a late afternoon drink full of people (and fixie!) watching. Return later that evening, and you're bound to be amongst an edgy crowd who likes to have fun in that old-school classic Montreal way, making it a surprisingly refreshing addition to the Main. Plus you can go get bagels after. So I think that pretty much settles it, now, doesn't it.
*Bar Waverly gets extra points for serving one of the best dirty martinis in the city
Bar Waverly | 5550 St. Laurent (corner St. Viateur) | Montreal, QC | H2T1S8