Heading for the centre of Vieux Hull's Friday party night we found our bus stuck at the Portage/Eddy stop awaiting the arrival of mechanic?/new driver?/explanation of why we were stationary for the last 2-3 minutes?
Well, after 3 minutes of going nowhere, when the destination is only 5 minutes away, it was time to disembark. And so that's how we happened to come across Le Petit Chicago - serendipidty.
Dress Code: This place is pretty louche, as much a drinking den as a nightspot. Across the road the line-up for Hull's premiere night club "L'Addiction" comprises loads of unseasonably semi-naked female flesh whilst Petit Chicago attracts the fully-dressed.
That's not to say that semi-naked female flesh is disallowed, nor even discouraged, but more to say that this is one of the less trendy places here in old Hull and aimed more for those who enjoy the music and atmosphere rather than the mating possibilities.
I've only dropped in for a 10 o'clock beer (well, two) so far and can't attest to how it all pans out in the early hours but it does have the appeal that suits this old lover of the louche;)
By all accounts this is the place to be for the youngish ("ish" being the operative word!!) generation here in old Hull on Friday nights and weekends, especially during the summer when the terrace is in use and local DJ's provide the musical backdrop. Even on a relatively quiet mid-winter weekday evening the cafe has a certain buzz with an almost nightclub feel to it despite the abscence of the DJ's.
The cafe also doubles up as a multi-purpose arts space with regular exhibitions by local artists, occasional local bands and, during the summer, an open-air cinema - website has details of forthcoming events.
Dress Code: No particular dress code noticed on last visit except for lots of layers, but then it was minus 15 or so that night and by the time you've peeled to what would be a summer norm it would be time to start layering up again!!
Ok if you can't resist and you must party, no matter what, this is the place to be in Hull. It is a street called Promenade-du-Portage. This place comes alive on weekends. Especially at night. It has several night clubs, Bars, cafes and restaurants. It is also interesting at day time.
Promenade-du-Portage is like being in two time zones in once. One end is old and vintige and the other end is modern and new with lrge office buildings and shops. You can see some history here just by looking at the older houses.
Dress Code: Casual dress code, Comfortable shoes and ofcourse camera. It is not easy to find parking around Promenade during the day time. Unless you are willing to pay fro private parking.
Please take a look at my Promenade-du-Portage Travelouge for more photos, including street art, wall paintings.
Ottawa has many Irish Pubs, but another one worth mentioning is Patty Bolands . Just down the street from the Irish Village. This pub has such a wonderful atmosphere, very warm and cozy. It’s a two story building with the restaurant downstairs and the bar with live music upstairs… although that doesn’t stop you from being able to order food upstairs. The food here is more traditional than in the other pubs and the music is always good.
Dress Code: Casual
The Heart and Crown is the first of a few Irish pubs in that same location. Now called the Irish Village, you’ll also find the Snug, Mother McGintey’s and the Black Rose . You can walk from one to the other from the inside and bring your beer as you roam. They have a great patio outside between the buildings and not visible from the street. They’ve installed heater lamps, which have managed to keep it warm so you can sit out there even in the fall.
Dress Code: Casual
The Dominion tavern is of course a tavern with a unique twist. The music of choice here is garage/punk... no country music played here! The beer is cheap and we always have a good time.
10$ (cdn) covercharge on nights with a band.
Dress Code: Casual
Hull used to have a great bar with live bands. Unfortunately it closed, so now my favorite spot is going to the Byward Market (yes again, the market is not only for food). I have 2 favorite spots on the market; the Dominion Tavern and the Heart & Crown.
Dress Code: Jeans or anything comfortable.
The night life in Hull is on Du portage but I do not recommend you go there due to the tensions and discriminatory behavior of the locals when they hear English around them. The locals can get aggressive and even violent at times when it comes down to language issues. On Du Portage you'll find night clubs and discos but if I were you, just be gone into one of those sports bars. You can eat and watch the current hockey game on a big screen TV. If you want to go to a night club, just cross the bridge to Ottawa. You can find many night clubs there in Downtown and on Elgin St. If you want to remain in Hull, just find a sports bar.
Dress Code: No dress code. Casual clothes. Try to avoid tops with large English writings on it. The locals are very sensitive to their "language"
The Théâtre du Casino
The New Performance Hall at the Casino du Lac-Leamy
where the furthest seat from the stage is only 25 metres away and 725 of its 1,000 seats are located in the parterre!
THE ELVIS STORY
for the first time outside of Québec City… in the province of Québec! The renowned musical production Elvis Story is coming to the Théâtre du Casino from November 21 to December 28, 2002. This grandiose production casts Martin Fontaine in the role of Elvis Presley, accompanied by four musicians and six backup singers. Relive the musical history of the twentieth century’s greatest rock star! This version of the production was designed specially for the U.S. market and is now playing to rave reviews at the Biloxi Grand Theatre in Biloxi, Mississippi. With the exception of the U.S. version of the show, Elvis Story has been presented exclusively in Québec City at the Capitole de Québec, drawing close to one million spectators throughout its seven-year history. The Elvis Story is a huge success story!
Tickets: $45* (matinée performances at 4:30 P.M.)
$52* (evening performances at 8:30 P.M. )
November 23 and 30; 2002, at 4:30 P.M
December 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2002, at 4:30 P.M.