Excellent DJ, martinis and chillout decor. There is a terrasse for those extra warm summer nights. A definite Zen sum up! Oh and you have got to try their Lychee concoction, it is sooo tasty...
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Montreal's nightlife goes on all week (yes you can have the time of your life on a monday night) and if its been a sunny day its usually going to be a live night!
Dress Code: Yes, you have got to dress up!
Big, beautiful park with a wonderful view of the city at any time of day... or night?!?
Every time I come to Montreal, I try to visit the Mont-Royal Park, in the heart of the city. It's such a big beautiful place!!!
This time, I went for a nighttime stroll. What a nice, peaceful, romantic, and relaxing walk! The park is open until midnight. Views of the city are superbe from here! See for yourself!
In Montreal, jazz is hott!!! Here, the House of Jazz is a great place to relax and listen to some live jazz music daily. It is fresh, sparkling, classic and classy. You won't be disappointed! Come for lunch, dinner or late-night snacks. Have a glass of wine or two and enjoy the jazz!!!
I was here for New Year's Eve 2011. It was fabulous!!! The decorations were beautiful, the cuisine was exquisite, and the jazz was superbe!!! What a great time!!! Be sure to check out my travelogue for more great pics!!!
Dress Code: Smart-casual or better is prefered.
i was staying in dorval so i went to the bar La Kachette where i saw a wonderful rocker Elaine play on stage. she is a cover artist that has played in many bands throughout her career
the drinks are great but beware there are some drunk bar flys that wanna screw around with you. One of them was calling me stevo & telling me to stop holding my bag n hold a drink & stop being a stiff person
if your lucky you might meet a famous local I cant tell you who it is but thats for you to find
Dress Code: anything goes but closed shoes
Tucked away in the upper part of Montreal's nightlife corridor, Muzique Nightclub is leading the revival of the St. Laurent night scene.
Opening its doors in the fall of 2009 Muzique has redefined velvet rope exclusivity, positioning itself as the flagship for all things fabulous in Montreal's high-end party scene. Attracting a bevy of models, actors and young financiers every weekend to experience Montreal's most extravagant and exclusive events for the mature and distinguished. The awe-inspiring interior is the perfect backdrop to truly experience the city's sense of late-night joie de vivre.
Muzique features 2 rooms where a collaboration of Montreal's best DJ's spin a collection of Electro, House, Classic Pop and Rock from Muzique's famous grand piano DJ booth. Enjoy phenomenal music in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere. Unparalleled service and an eclectic ambiance combine to make your weekly escape a unique experience every time.
Warmer nights feature a rooftop terrace where guests can truly unwind and have fun, all the while enjoying the one club that aims to provide the essentials: good music, a more mature clientele, and most of all a place where you can truly enjoy yourself.
Dress Code: Upscale and trendy.
No sneakers, no baggy clothing or sport apparel
Both of my visits to Montreal have included a stop in at Sir Winston Churchill's Pub on Crescent Street. My second visit in March 2007 showed that the place had been renovated since my first visit in March of 2003. The atmosphere on the main floor is very laid back. It's the type of place that has something for everyone has it is considered a complex made up of 3 floors.
Sir Winston Churchill Pub, Winnie's Bar and Karina's Lounge on the top floor. With these three different atomospheres, you're guaranteed to find something that will suite everyone!
Ladies - you can rest assured - you're pretty much guaranteed to not have to spend a cent on a drink ;) But that's just my experience! Enjoy!
When tourists come to town and ask a local where the best place to party is the reply is usually Crescent street. Most tourists hang out there (particularly from the states) because it reminds them of home. However, Montreal's best kept secret has to be Saint Laurent blvd, or referred to as the main by locals. It offers a variety of clubs, lounges, bars, inexpensive post-drinking restaurants, and everyone is beautiful. The downside is that lines to tend to be quite long to get into bars and clubs but it is worth the wait. My advice is to get there earlier, like 11:00, just to be certain that you will get in. And the bright side is that most places do not charge a cover fee, thus more money to spend on alcohol.
Good places to frequent would be Go Go Lounge, A-side or B-side, Rouge, Suko, Tokyo, and anything else that may catch your eye.
And if you happen to be in town when the main is closed for it's sidewalk sale, the party becomes even wilder and you never know where the night may take you.
Dress Code: If you're planning on hitting the main, be sure to dress to impress. Don't show up in a t-shirt and jeans on a friday or saturday night and expect to be let into most lounges and clubs. Jeans are acceptable if they are nice and trendy, but they are always worn with a standout piece, like killer pumps or a great dressy top for women and fashionable dress shirts for men.
For those of you who have heard that Montreal's got the best Night life in North America,,, (maybe following NY), and really want to check it out. Get some rest and head to the gay village around 3:00- 4:00am. on st.catherine just past Berry, there'll be a nice sized line, if you're up for the wait, it's worth it. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $25-$50 at the door depending on who's DJing. You won't be able to purchase alcohol (if it's after 3:00a or before 9:00a) or leave and go back in (they change this rule a lot so ask on your way in and again on your way out if you plan on going back in).
ps. This bar is currently closed for renovations. It should be re-opened by Summer 2010.
Dress Code: anything you feel like. But it's going to be hot, and you'll want comfortable shoes.
My VT friend Isa, her husband and I went here after dinner. It was a nice sports bar with plenty of tables and televisions to accomodate all of the loyal Habs fans inside!
Lots of people were having snacks and food and everything looked really good. We had just eaten dinner so we did not eat here, but the food sure looked good!
Diese Onze is one of my favorite Jazz spots in the world. What makes it exceptional is that it is a nice bar that has live jazz, instead of a club where you pay unnecessary covers to watch live jazz. The simplicity, lack of pretension and of course excellent local and international musicians make this place world class.
My friend took me here for my birthday and I am completely hooked. Great place to visit after dinner. Nice selection of wine and whiskeys and relaxing overall vibe.
B-Side is a exciting lounge/club on the Main. There are two floors and even an open area upstairs which is nice during the summer. B-Side can be unmanageable during Friday and Saturday nights. Still, sometimes the debauchery is worth it. Beautiful bartenders, creative mixed drinks, lots of young Montrealers and a less than pretentious door policy. It's great place to party.
A helpful and informative fellow who I met at the Mondial de la Biere directed me to this outstanding brew-pub in the Plateau neighborhood. He said that "Dieu du ciel" is generally regarded as setting the standard which other micros in the Montreal region aspire toward. It might not look like much on the outside, but inside you will indeed discover a heavenly assortment of some of the best beers in North America.
Food options here are quite limited, so you might want to arrange your eating schedule accordingly - it's not the place to match a fine meal with an outstanding beverage. (I had to make do with nachos.)
I stopped in this amiable St. Denis pub to quaff another excellent Montreal beer, and to sample the tunes of a popular local folk-rock-pop ensemble called "Why Why Not?" The Saint-Ciboire has a wide beer list, and the interior features a large, generous-sized bar - with good space for music - and dancing.
The Just for Laughs Festival runs the entire month of July 2006, I think you can get tickets in advance by calling the box office but we went to the box office on St-Laurent on the day of the show and found they still had tickets left for most of the shows. You may find some discounted tickets for the same day but not all shows are discounted, the one we selected was not discounted.
The website has a full listing of the options, you’ll find stand up comedians, some of them big names like John Cleese or Craig Ferguson, revues, outdoor performances and the show we opted for, La Clique, a cabaret/burlesque show. If you have a chance to see this show in Montreal or in another city, I’d highly recommend it. Sword swallowing, double jointed tricks with tennis rackets that had me laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face, British gentlemen performing incredible stunts, a very naughty magic trick and a bathtub acrobatic finale that’s sure to leave the ladies wanting more (not to mention many of the men).
If you do opt for La Clique, seating is general admission, and although there aren’t really any bad seats, if you get there early, you can get one of the front row seats where you’re likely to become part of the act.
For another review of La Clique, click here
Dress Code: No dress code
Located in the clubbing district, Ultralight plays fantastic raggaeton and soca, mixed with hip hop and r&b. It's high energy and a lot of fun. The interior is decorated in pristine whites, from the walls to the leather couches, and under the black lights, the place positively glows. The booths upstairs can be reserved, and have a built in ice bucket for chilling wine or champagne. Fantastic to prevent potential spillage from knocking over bottles. Drink prices are about average and cover is $15 CAD.
Dress Code: Club wear
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