July 26, 2012 – If you feel like dancing til dawn or downing a cold one, the two latest additions to Montréal’s social scene have something for everyone, from beer-loving bears to dancing queens.
Never to miss a beat, the Village offers Apollon—a brand-new LGBT nightclub inspired by the Greek god of music and arts. Located in the neoclassical Station C building (circa 1911), the two-level 500-capacity club features five bars, a giant LED screen, cozy lounge space, a huge dance floor, Hellenic imagery adorning the walls and all sorts of areas great for mixing and mingling.
For each of the four nights a week it’s open, Apollon’s owners have come up with a custom-made party theme. On Thursday nights, it’s “City Beats”, with hip-hop and mainstream music catering to the student crowd, while Friday nights feature top 40 video clips – with live remixes – during “Top Video”. “Olympe” is the name of Saturday’s hot line-up: expect Montréal DJs to keep the dance floor packed and sweaty, while the “Luxur” night lets partygoers recoup and relax on Sunday.
Across town, the new owners of Alexandraplatz in Mile-Ex (Mile End and Parc Extension) have given people a place to quaff a cold one in an unpretentious yet chic Berlin-style “biergarten”. Half inside and half out, this new watering hole has a minimalist décor and a feel-good vibe, and the communal wooden tables make it great for conversation.
Aside from the laid-back atmosphere and great opening hours (daily!), Alexandraplatz offers hard-to-beat prices on beer—a glass for only $2.50—plus in-house cocktails and fresh lemonade for teetotalers. They’ve also got a barbecue set up on the terrace, and serve no-fuss fare like hotdogs or vegetarian nachos. While it’s a wee bit off the beaten path, it’s definitely worth the detour: just make sure to get there during the warm weather because this darling little beer garden only slakes your thirst from June to October.