There’s a place on St. Laurent street, unlike any other bar on the boulevard. The hostesses say that it’s meant to remain a secret, like an underground bar in New York would. It’s hidden behind a discreet red door, with no signs and an almost undistinguishable address. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was an abandoned apartment. It’s designed this way so that those that aren’t looking for it, can’t find it – kind of like something out of Harry Potter. It has a magical feel about it too. Once you pass the velvet curtains behind the front door, the whole room comes alive. The bar is a room filled with candles and glass walls, bottles hanging from the ceiling, intimate chatter, and some of the coolest looking people in Montreal. There’s no disputing that this bar is one of the city’s hidden gems. It is, in every way, unique.
I’ve gathered some of my favourite pictures from an evening spent there with friends and shared them above. But, in the spirit of respecting the wishes of the bar’s staff, regulars, and its overall charm, I’ve decided not to reveal the name and location. The whole point is to keep the bar a secret, in the hopes that one day you’ll stumble upon it yourself and create your own secret memories. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But just go with. If you happen to find yourself there one day, you’ll know that you’re a part of a select few. And if you happen to walk down St Laurent from now on, wondering… well, keep your eyes peeled for an inconspicuous red door. You never know what kind of magic lurks there.
By Sophia Loffreda
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