Bar Plan B
Though Montreal after dark used to mean La Calèche du Sexe and other such red-light joints downtown, the city’s nightlife is now centered around bars instead of poles. The indisputable heart of it is the Plateau, and the neighborhood (especially along Boulevard Saint-Laurent) can get a little frenetic at night. But this convivial bar—a favorite among the city’s restaurateurs—transcends. Black leather couches and stools give the spare wooden space a loungelike air, and out back, there’s a narrow little garden where you can sip your digestif among vines and flowering bushes (and under heat lamps, should the Montreal weather prove uncooperative).
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.