Les Deux Pierrots, Montreal
There are actually two bar/nightclubs by this name on the same block! One is a very modern, laid-back lounge with live jazz, and the other....well!
The night I was there, the band played a very lively mix of French folk-rock (almost like American country music), classic rock and some hard rock/modern alternative. And no matter what was being played, the crowd went wild. People by the balcony railing were doing a can-can-like line dance, everyone else was stomping, clapping and singing.
One note on getting a drink: find a large group of people and stand close to one of the tables. A waiter will come over to take your order. You pay (and tip) by the drink when they are served.
Dress Code: There were bouncers, but they didn't seem overly strict about enforcing a dress code.
LES DEUX PIERROTS et LE PIERRO
Quebecers group and 'chansonniers'. I don't especially like, but it's pure Quebec music and the ambiance is crazy! So, for a total immersion, you've got to go there!
Dress Code: As you please! Jeans are welcome.
Le Pierrot & Les Deux Pierrots
From the same seed, Pierrot (small and intimate) and Deux Pierrots (bigger) are great 'chansonnier' (singer) pub. Great ambiance, great beer, you wont regret the detour!
Dress Code: No dress code, come as you are.
Les Deux Pierrots, Vieux Montreal very close to the Vieux Port. This picture is of the Vieux Port, I believe on the same street you find this great nightlife spot.
This is a very characteristic bar of the francophone population in Montreal. If you are anything but francophone, it will be an experience. Do know a few key french phrases (if you don't already) if you would like to order a drink etc without completely standing out. On Saturday nights, there is live entertainment and a $5 cover (last time I was there). The band will begin with some Quebecois classics and move into more international (usually in english) classics later on, though do not expect this. Everyone there will be francophone and will be stomping and dancing and singing along enthusiastically to the music. Although you may not know the words, you should enjoy it anyway and will have an opportunity to savor real Quebecois life-this is not a touristy place from what I understand so try not to act like one and dont make it out to be one.
Dress Code: Very casual. Montreal is probably the most fashion-concerned of the Canadian cities, but casual attire is fully accepted. Do not get all dolled up as if going to a club, you will stand out. Jeans and a shirt are normal.
Les Deux Pierrots : Friday & Saturday night - Chansonniers ('boîte à chansons')
Le Pierrot : daily at 10PM - Singers
Dress Code: Casual
For those who don't read french the cartoon reads: 'Your son just told you he was going to Deux Pierrots?'