Hurley's Irish Pub
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 19
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.65/5 rDev +23.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Hurley's is one of my favorite pubs to visit. It has a great atmosphere, I usually stick downstairs. One of my best memories there has a U2 cover band playing all night, spending time with my soon-to-be girlfriend and having about 10 pints of cider (not considered beer anymore on this site, but I'm still a cider nut).
Our waitress was the coolest ever, even looked Irish and understood English very well. She had to deal with some really bad drunks one night, which we also got to watch and she basically told them off, haha, but she treated us very well and was super quick to refill our drinks. I even got a picture with her, haha :)
The place has a very cozy vibe to it although it gets fairly packed, but I really liked the brickwork they did and the way it's set up. Although more bathrooms could be handy.
Can't say much for the selection as I didn't venture past the cider, but I do remember they had plenty taps going, at least 20. Food was pretty good for pub stuff, didn't get full meals but kept the appetizers going.
01-12-2008 18:33:29 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.65/5 rDev +23.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is my favorite bar in the world. Period. While not truely a "beer bar" it doesn't slouch in that category. What is absolutely amazing about this place is the atmosphere and the music. How many Irish pubs have you been to in your time with that cheesy manufactured Irish look? They've got Guinness crap all over the walls straight from the distributor, and that makes the place an Irish pub? Thats a place trying to be Irish. This place IS IRISH.
There are two bar areas... there is the main area (depending on who you talk to) on the ground level, actually a little below street level. This is a dark cavernous area with various rooms and nooks and a decent sized square bar. To the back of the bar is one of two small stages Hurleys has. Every night they have live Celtic music at Hurleys. Featured on most weekends is Solstice.... a duo of fiddle player Jonathan Moorman and guitarist/vocalist Pat Lesyk. You will never hear a better fiddle player in your life, I garauntee it.
Upstairs is a larger bar area. It is more open upstairs, and bands with more pieces play up here. I spend most of my time downstairs as I like the atmosphere (and the music) more, but thats me.
The service at this place is quite good. The bartenders are all quite friendly and most are actually Irish. The waitresses can get overworked at times, but they do a better job than most that I've seen, even when they're swamped.
Now for the beers. Hurleys has about 20 or so tap selections, most in the Irish/English/Scottish sector. Lots of stuff you can't find on this side of the border, such as Kilkenny, Cafferys, Smithwicks and Tartan. They also have an unbelievable oatmeal stout on nitro called St. Amboise. It is brewed in Quebec. Don't miss that one. They also have Hoegaarden, Murphy's, Boddingtons, Newcastle, Harp, Bass, Keith's, and of course Guinness on tap, to name a few.
If you're ever in Montreal, do yourself a favor and drop into this place.
12-10-2003 15:19:05 | More by ChrisBowers
4.55/5 rDev +21%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Hurley's is also my favorite pub in the western world. Every time I am in Montreal, I make it a point to pay a visit to Hurley's. I will tell you why.
First, the atmosphere is very warm and friendly. From the bartenders to the servers, they greet you with a smile. Second, the food is incredible. I highly recommend the grilled chicken sandwich. The cooks use a "special sauce" in the sandwich that makes my taste buds go nuts. Third, Hurley's has a large selection of beers and spirits. They have both Guinness and Guinness Extra Cold, and the bartenders know how to pour a perfect pint. Finally, the music is the coup de grace. If you catch Salty Dog with Miranda playing the fiddle at Hurley's, then you are in store for an exciting and fun-filled night. Hurley's has a knack of bringing good live music to their faithful customers. I can't wait to go back to Hurley's in March. Salut!
01-23-2004 03:59:03 | More by tommy78
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
Hurleys is a very nice Irish pub in downtown Montreal. The atmosphere is great as it is a very dark place, with dark wood all over the place and a very traditional look. There is a real fireplace going in the Winters and this pub is a great place to warm up to a pint during the cold Montreal winter months. The tap-list leaves somthing to be desired, but i'll be damned if this pub isn't the best place in the whole city to drink some Tartans special with some fine Irish natives. The servers are nice, with the one female Irish bar-tender I had being very pretty and attentive. She even gave me a whole pint of Tartan for free...
a classy place...good prices too, around $5 (CAD) for a 20oz of Tartan!
08-05-2003 15:12:38 | More by francisweizen
4.14/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
After being dragged to two corporate could-be-anywhere bars by a Bulgarian friend who lives in MTL, I finally got through to her the difference between real local places and homogenized corporate places.
Hurley's has all the Irish bric-a-brac one would expect, but the place is real. And they have St. Ambrose on tap. Finally a place with St. Ambrose on tap!
The Atmosphere: Hurleys is in an Anglo part of town and the default language is English. Listenting to the voices, the place seemed to mostly be populated by Amercians, non-Quebec Canadians and assorted expatriot Brits. Their mode of dress was the businessperson on a weeknight after work look.
This is a wonderful place to have a few pints with a friend. The service was excellent. I would definitely come back. I am looking forward to coming back some evening and listening to some Celtic music.
04-22-2004 13:11:17 | More by Scoats
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
i've been a couple of times here (recently in Feb.) & every time, it reminds me of my trip to Ireland. Mind you, nothing compares to an authentic Irish pub in Ireland. I especially like the fireplace in winters! The usual suspects for beers, but i think you don't come here for vast selection, you come here to chat with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. Pub food is good, especially chicken wings (as per my friend). live music on certain nights & moderate number of TV's. many different nooks & corners to sip your beer. a must on your visit to montreal!
03-06-2007 22:07:27 | More by papat444
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
My favorite Irish pub in Montreal the atmosphere is extremely social and laid back everyone there is just there to relax and chat. It's an older crowd
The quality of everything there is pretty good they have most of your mainstream Irish macros with a few Canadian craft beers mixed in, nothing special, most people order Guinness
Service is awesome all bartenders knowledgeable and friendly
Selection is pretty good, if you won't drink macro beers then options will be more limited, they have an impressive single malt selection
Good quality pub food with a impressive variety of options
08-29-2009 18:14:02 | More by HopBacchus
3.89/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Hurley's isn't very hard to find. Along Crescent Street between Rene Levesque and St. Catherine's so it's considerably less busy around this area than one more block north. It's hard to miss Hurley's; they have a lot of block-front property - there are like four doors.
I went on a nice night, so most of the crowd was outside. I chose to sit inside, away from the bar in the downstairs level, in a small room. It was nice because we had the room pretty much to ourselves. The waitress was very friendly with impeccable English, which is a bit of a rarity in Montreal. The bartenders were incredibly friendly as well. The atmosphere was great. More of a pub and relaxed atmosphere than the more hectic areas of Crescent Street and St. Catherine's.
Tons of taps at this place. All served in pints. I saw quite a few taps were reserved for Guiness. There was Murphy's, Kilkenny, Carlsberg, Newcastle, and a bunch of others. Almost no generic macro to fall back on, so really a great beer-lover's bar.
My only complaint was the pricing. Eight dollars for a pint is a bit pricey, considering there wasn't even the option to get them in 12 ounces or in pitchers. I suppose that's all part of the "traditional Irish pub" feel they were aiming for. I'd say: stop by here and enjoy a few pints, but if you're aiming for a long, long night of drinking, you might want to eventually go somewhere else, because staying here all night will eventually destroy your wallet.
08-12-2008 14:56:37 | More by zerofear13
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Hurleys is more laid back than any of the other places we visited in Montreal. The atmosphere was pretty laid back. There were a few separate areas, so it wasn't like one big party. There was live music playing in one room, then two separate dining/drinking areas, then the bar area.
Most of the clientele was 30+, and it seemed like everyone there knew they were there to just chill and enjoy, rather than to party.
Our waitress was fantastic, very friendly and sociable, and made sure we were taken care of very well.
Selection was a little scant, but we were really only there for some Guinness anyway. Got that and some Carlsberg, which tided us over, and didn't really expand to others.
Overall a very relaxing place to drink some decent beer without having a bunch of skanks or douchebags all over you.
03-14-2009 20:40:57 | More by tittymcj
Hurley's Irish Pub in Montréal, QC, Canada
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.