Le Mal Necessaire
May 11, 2018
From the moment you spot the neon green glow emanating from Le Mal Necessaire, the clues are there that you aren’t going to have a typical Montreal night out. The hunch is confirmed when you descend the steps (right past the luminous lime pineapple responsible for the buzz) into a den of tiki drink heaven and revelry of epic proportions. To say that Le Mal Necessaire offers an escape from the city streets above is a slight understatement, as the decor takes you back in time to the heydey of tiki bars in the 50s and 60s. There’s bamboo-effect old school tiles on the floor, wooden-slatted seating cut full of retro angles, and stone walls lined with various beachcomber memorabilia. It’s the drinks that complete the journey to a party in the South Pacific though, and in addition to all the standards (think painkillers and mai tais) done right, they also throw in few escapist house concoctions like the Dirty South (cachaca, coconut water, lemon, and orgeat) the Chia Fresca (premium gin, coconut water, cucumber chia seeds, lemon, and Thai basil), and the Necessary Evil (bourbon, amaro, Islay whisky, pineapple, lemon, and cinnamon). A favorite among the bartenders in Montreal, expect lively nights at Le Mal Necessaire, and if you get hungry, there’s Cantonese bites on offer from Fung Shing upstairs, so you know you’re in good hands.