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
Nice warm ambiance in the students ghetto, with many kind of homemade brews and eats. Nice people, nice service.
The kind of beer they make is called artisanal. It's an art!!!
Dress Code: No dress code. I don't go out in places like this.
Brutopia is where someone from Montreal brought us. It is a fairly nice little pub style bar. Seems like it is very popular as there was lots of people there. I do not know how we ended up getting a table. There was also a live band playing which was nice. The only thing bad about this place was the amount of cigarette smoke! Compared to New-Brunswick where smoking it public places is banned, it was a huge adjustment. I soon found out that almost everyone smokes in Montreal!
Dress Code: Casual
The AMC Forum used to be "The Forum", where the Montreal Canadiens played hockey. But it has since been turned into a multi-use entertainment facility consisting of a multi-screen cineplex, a huge arcade, a billiard hall, a comedy club, and a number of restaurants and cafes.
It's a great place to take kids as well as a fun place for just adults to go out and play.
There are several "in" places in Montreal. If you're right downtown then Rue Crescent (Crescent Street) is the place to go. In the 3 block stretch between Sherbrooke and Rene-Levesque you will find dozens of restaurants and pubs.
Best to visit when the weather is warm as the patios open up and the people watching begins!
Dress Code: Montrealers tend to dress to the "9's", especially when they go to places like Rue Crescent. One certainly cannot be overdressed here, I assure you!
This is a chilling place.. Typicall from St-Denis..The cover is very cheap.. the beer is good and so is the music.. It is rock/r&b kind of music. The average age is about 25 years old. I always go back to the Central Ganesh. I like dancing there with the girls.
Dress Code: No dress code.
Montreal is famous for having plenty of two things: Churches and Strip Clubs! Curiously enough one always seems to be in close proximity to the other!
This sort of entertainment hasn't interested me since my early twenties but it seems to have great appeal for other men. To each their own, I suppose. As they say in French, c'est la vie!!
Best sweaty, dance on the tables bar in Montreal at the moment ...go early and go go all night, velvet rope is enforced most nights...excellent get off your ass music..drinks have some punch, waitresses and waiters make you feel like a million bucks..
Dress Code: hip funky hippie anything goes
It's the kinda place beer cost almost nothing, the same regulars have been visiting the tavern, pub, "brasserie" for 20 years. The decoration brings you back 20 years back and the service goes from super-friendly to outright hostile.
Some people loves visiting Dive bars...I'm one of them.
Dress Code: Dress to be invisible....
No flashy thing, no fashion, don't look to young and leave your sunglasses at home
Kind of lounge, bar, pub. A place to take a pint, sangria or portos and talk with friends. Special on beers between 3PM and 8PM. It is really not a place for snobs. Very relax and friendly. Windows open during summer, good to know for non-smoker.
In Exit they play mostly the newest hiphop and r'n'b tracks and house. So if you like dancing to this kinda music then this is your spot! Just prepare to sweat cause the dance floor was really crowded!
With my friend we had tequila shots - only with tomato juice instead of lemon. It might sound weird but it was actually really good!
Dress Code: You don't need to put on anything really fancy but in sneakers you might not get in. They seemed to be stricter on guys than girls thou - as always...!
The Jello Bar is a live-music club venue where once upon a time you could catch DJ's like Amon Tobin perform. When I visited, it was a particularly quiet week, but we managed to see a local funk band, Dr Sax, which was actually really fun.
The atmosphere is somewhat retro 70's, with low-lying couches and tables. There is a small dance floor and a completely separate room in the back. The waitresses dress seductively and the house DJ is... well... we nicknamed him "DJ Breakdance" because he would play these cheesy dated techno tracks from the early 80's and it seemed appropriate at the time!
The Jello Bar has a multi-page martini menu, which is fantastic, however, the prices are absolutely outrageous at $10 a drink - a lot more expensive than what I'm used to at even expensive restaurants. Considering that the club is fun but not posh, I'm assuming they charge so much for martinis because
a) they can, and
b) the waitresses kneel down to the low table and pour the martinis right there for you.
While prices are expensive, the service at Jello Bar *is* fantastic. Our waitress was adorable and the manager seemed to make special note of us - asking us how we were enjoying ourselves. We even were brought a round of free shooters, on the house, from the staff. How awesome is that?!
Dress Code: Fun but casual. I don't think there's much of a dress code, but everyone in Montreal dresses up, so you might as well dress up rather than down!
It seems the Montreal nightlife is very active; It was the "Festival juste pour rire" when I was there, and there were street theatre and other artists animating the streets at night.Many bars open late at night; mainly between old city centre and Sherbrooke avenue.
Dress Code: casual
My friend took me to Café Campus one time last summer - we drank and danced a lot that night!! =) The music was a bit of everything, many hits from the 80s....I liked the atmosphere - the club was completely full (mostly students) and everybody was on the dancefloor! The beer's cheap if you buy a big can of it ;)
Dress Code: I guess you can enter wearing anything you want
Great place to catch the latest sporting event and meet up with friends!
The drinks are very reasonable, you can find a tasty sandwich, a real italian coffee for less than $1.50 and they have a babyfoot table!
As for the music, it varies; there are different DJs practically every night...
Make sure you get there early, its a small place and has become quite popular since it opened.
Find it on the corner of St Laurent and Des Pins (expect a mix crowd).
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