Hurley's Irish Pub
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 19
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
3.79/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This Irish pub sits on the south end of Crescent and has the honor of being the establishment where I had my very first pint of Guinness (June 2006). I came back on December 16 to re-visit a fond memory. Quiet and relieving at noon, but rocking with live bands at night. The staff is dressed well and knows how to pour the pints. I should note that the service can slow to a crawl at night, so be patient if you plan to visit at night, but during the day that shoudn't be a problem. 25 taps sit behind the bar, but 5 of them are dedicated to Guinness. Some of the non-Guinness taps include Tetley's, Murphy's and two McAuslan offerings. Bottles of major brand lagers are sold as well if you don't want something made with top-fermenting yeast. Beware of the prices though, pints will set you back an extra dollar compared to other places. Overall, a fun place to hang out at.
12-25-2007 20:17:06 | More by DoubleJ
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
Hurleys is a very nice Irish pub in downtown Montreal. The atmosphere is great as it is a very dark place, with dark wood all over the place and a very traditional look. There is a real fireplace going in the Winters and this pub is a great place to warm up to a pint during the cold Montreal winter months. The tap-list leaves somthing to be desired, but i'll be damned if this pub isn't the best place in the whole city to drink some Tartans special with some fine Irish natives. The servers are nice, with the one female Irish bar-tender I had being very pretty and attentive. She even gave me a whole pint of Tartan for free...
a classy place...good prices too, around $5 (CAD) for a 20oz of Tartan!
08-05-2003 15:12:38 | More by francisweizen
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located next door to Brutopia (see my reveiw) Hurley's is your typical sprawling faux-pub that consists of a warren of brick-walled dining areas with a central bar in the middle and a large terrace in the back.
Also typical is the beer selection: Guinness, Smithwick's and Kilkenny's, the latter being unavailable in the states.Great burgers that fill you up in preparation for the night ahead, which might involve listening to live music. Of course, I would've enjoyed that but decided to make an early departure (to McKibbins) because of the horrid service - I think Hurley's actually derives from the Gaelic term "hir hool he," which can be roughly translated as :He who sits at the bar and gets little service." Anyway, not the high point of Montreal's nightlife - unless you don't care.
06-12-2007 21:42:14 | More by jjboesen
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located on the lively Crescent Street in the seemingly English speaking area of town.
The interior was broken down in to numerous cozy dining areas toward the left as you walk. The main bar is to the right, surrounded by a dining area/band stage. The upstairs featured a secondary bar and lounge type atmosphere.
The beer list consisted of the usual suspects. The appearance of Beamish (alongside Guinness) was a nice surprise. The food was decent, and again typical fare.
The live music started around 9:00 PM and the place packed out.
11-28-2009 23:17:39 | More by plaid75
3.41/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | $$
Long on atmosphere but short on selection.
This would be a great place to make your local pub. Friendly, good service, no surprises (including the taps). Not having been to a pub in Ireland, it would be hard for me know if this is what the typical Irish pub was like. The entrance is one level down off the street. The small 10 seat bar is immediately in front of you as you walk in. There are a few small rooms behind the bar. The place has low ceilings and lots of stone. It was slow the night I was there and the service was good. The bartender was even nice enough to suggest bars where I could find a selection from Unibroue on tap (which was surprisingly hard to find downtown). Ten or twelve taps, most of what you'd expect (Guinness, Boddingtons, Murphey's, etc.) with a few Candadian beers thrown in. This would make a great regular place to meet with friends to play darts, but not a place to discovery the breweries that Montreal, Quebec, or Canada have to offer.
08-08-2013 03:47:17 | More by LittleDon
3.21/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Hit up this place on a Friday night, after having some great beer close by at Brutopia.
Dissapointing beer selection, bad service and great atmosphere.
Couldn't even get our waitress to tell us what was on tap, all she kept saying was "Guiness? Guiness?- we close soon, so please order".
I insistently inquired about St. Ambroise, and she said no-twice.
Anyways, Guiness it was-big bucks too!
Whatever, it was after midnight, we were in Montreal and there was the coolest fiddle players ripping up the place.
This place was packed,too. We were outside in like a courtyard,
under the stars, with a stone wall enclosing the area.
I was surprised how early they were closing up, we only had time for one before they started flipping the chairs up, and we were just getting started!- This is Montreal-right?
Anyways, there was a great vibe going down at this place, everybody was freaking happy. People singing with the fiddlers, some were doing the jig, others were having intimate conversations in the outskirts of the interior of the joint.
And hotties! OMFG, at the time I was single- and talk about Montreal foxes!
Finally, the fiddlers blew my mind with a scathing rendition of "Enter Sandman"..WTF? It was paradise for a short few minutes.
On the way out the door, the crowd had thinned enough so that I could actually see the taps at the bar, and there was the St. Ambroise.-
05-07-2005 13:48:26 | More by brewandbbq
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
Hurley's Irish Pub in Montréal, QC, Canada
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.