The other night my girlfriends and I ventured out to Mme Lee, the revamped former Jello Bar whose dramatically transformative - and much welcome - 21st century face-lift has, of late, attracted quite the crowd. "Its sort of cosmic-industrial..." we concluded, with the design now featuring angular, weighty structural accents and futuristic filament lighting that seems to reference Yayoi Kusama's mirrored infinity rooms and your stereotypical subway station all at once.
Sitting near the front window, our bartender, whose dexterous ease in mixing our cocktails only compelled us to drink more, had us try an array of cocktails; their Chinese Delight, le Laloux, and Miss Lee Mash hit both fragrant and flavourful notes, and were in general big hits all around. Happily buzzed, I recall purveying the subway tiled space with great intrigue; It is larger than it seems at first glance, and has a cool, grounded edge that gives it serious late-night potential to become one of Montreal's best new bars of 2013.
With the kitchen open until 11 pm and a menu full of fun, perfectly sharable plates, Mme Lee has positioned itself as a great place for 5a7 or late-night drinks during the week. For late-night-meets-early-morning fun on the weekends, be prepared for a long line-up and a young crowd of red-lipped beauties sporting top-knots and a lot of Alexander Wang. Very fun, especially if you get there early and tuck into a table near the back. Enjoy!