Pronounced “Billy Coon,” this popular bar is a bit of Prague right in Montréal, from the avant-garde decor (mounted ostrich heads ring the room) to the full line of Czech beers, local microbrews, and dozen-plus scotches. Martini specials include the Absinthe Aux Pommes. Students and professionals jam in for the relaxed candle-lit atmosphere, which includes twirling ceiling fans and picture windows that open to the street. There’s live jazz or DJs spinning upbeat pop most nights. Get here early to do a little shopping in the hipster boutiques along the street.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber