Reimagine an Old Montreal souvenir shop as an elegant (but diminutive) old-school Cuban hotel lobby replete with an ornate glass chandelier and white marble countertops, then stock it with dozens of Caribbean rums and you’ll have what the owners proudly call “Quebec’s smallest bar.” True to its name, El Pequeño holds only nine people — ten if you count the chatty bartender who regales visitors with Hemingway anecdotes while shaking cocktails and pressing Cubano sandwiches. Too tight to fit all your amigos and amigas? Plan a visit during the warm months, when the party spills out onto a cobblestone patio that doubles the bar’s capacity.

TRY: A mucho autentico mojito boosted with mint syrup

Photography by: Dan Estaban


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