The Montreal Canadiens are synonymous with Montreal. The team is one of the most decorated in the NHL and they have the most loyal fan base you’ll ever see. Every year, at the beginning of hockey season, the city straps on its blue, white and red pride, showing our team that they’ll have our support no matter what. The Habs was one of the first NHL teams to be founded and since the first time they hit the ice 1909 they’ve grown to become one of the most lucrative as well. You’ll not only find their iconic emblem emblazoned upon the Bell Centre but now you’ll also see it on three condo towers that have become some of the hottest property in the city. Housed in the first Tour des Canadiens you’ll find 1909 Taverne moderne, a cavernous, three floor sports bar, restaurant, café and tavern that has wow factor written all over it.

img_0606img_0609img_0618img_06241909 wants to reach the broadest audience possible and sports fans and food lovers alike are going to be enticed by what they have to offer. First of all, they have the space to seat over 1400 people across 3 floors, two of which look onto a massive screen that will show games from across the sporting spectrum. Next spring they will launch a terrasse that will add another couple of hundred seats for hungry sports fans. Putting a terrasse outside is a genius move for the restaurant. The entire area is brand new, with a dozen new towers and sky scrapers in various stages of completion changing everything from the ground up. Sprawled out over 25,000 square feet, 1909 is Canada’s largest restaurant and features enough screens to make every seat a vantage point. The décor is modern, relaxed yet more chic that you might expect.

img_0667img_0689img_0694img_0659img_0705The food at 1909 is pretty fantastic. They hit the mark with a menu that has everything you might expect from a sports bar but with a touch of quality sends it soaring above our expectations. The wings are wonderful, the roasted chicken (that comes out in its entirety and topped with onion rings) is ridiculously good and the battered and fried tiger shrimp are simply delicious. The restaurant’s menu also features arancini, homemade pasta, lamb shanks, salads, fabulous desserts and much more. While there were a couple of missteps (especially with the meat stuffed arancini) there nothing a little course correction can’t fix. They’ve been open for 20 days so expect the menus to change slightly. It should also be noted that the top floor of the restaurant (the Plaza level) presents a slightly different menu than the larger restaurant below.

img_0637img_0638Guests of the restaurant can expect live DJ sets to create the soundtrack when the games are not taking over the speakers, there’ll be daily specials on food and drink and with over different beers on tap, you’ll want to go back time and again. 1909 also features special VIP salons, event planners and direct access to the Bell Centre for those dropping in to see a game or a show.

For more information on 1909 Taverne moderne, visit their website here.