Hidden Japanese Cocktail Bar in Union Square
Yet another hidden bar popped up in Montreal this summer, but this time smack in the center of downtown and boasting a menu of casual Asian fare. Gokudo is located just outside of Union Square, within one or two blocks of Biiru, Habanera, and Escondite – all owned by the same group.
The bar is hidden behind curtains next to what seems like just a fish shack (or Chirashi Counter). The feel once you enter the space beyond the curtains is casual, but sophisticated. The layout offers privacy by separating the space into small and comfortable nooks, perfect for a date or to catch-up with friends over drinks.
Their cocktail menu features drinks with sake, yuzu and other Japanese-inspired ingredients and are beautifully presented.
The best part – you can actually order from their Chirashi Counter Menu – which means mainly Japanese seafood dishes. In my eyes, their menu featuring handrolls, tartares, bowls and tatakis perfectly complement their diverse cocktail menu. Not to mention, everything we tried was fresh and delicious. The handroll with salmon tartare was citrusy and light, while the spicy tuna tartare was definitely not lacking in spice and was my personal favourite.
I am so glad that I came across this hidden spot and can’t wait to return again and again.
A L L Y O U N E E D T O K N O W
Gokudo is a hidden bar located centrally in Downtown Montreal. Order light seafood dishes from their Fish Shack menu or grab a beautiful cocktail, either way you will want to chill at this sophisticated spot for a while.
Just walk-In • Reserve the Day Of • Reserve the Week Of • Reserve 3-Months in Advance
PJs Would Do • Jeans and a Tee • Effort Required • Dress to Impress
Don’t Expect Much • Pretty Chill • Trendy • Expect a Party
Parking Lot • Free on Sidestreets • Meters • You should Probably Uber
Not For Picky Eaters • Diverse Menu Options • Accomodating • Organic, V, GF
Cheap Eats: $ • Affordable: $$ • Deep Pockets: $$$ • “Let’s Split the Bill…”: $$$$