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The Best New Year’s Eve Parties in Montreal

Since we’ve already set the mood for New Year’s Eve in Montreal, in this post we’re going to blaze through a comprehensive guide of what to do on December 31st this year…

Montreal and The Red Bull Music Academy

I often make grandiose, sweeping statements about the incredible strength of one of Montreal’s specific music scenes. Whether I’m talking about indie rockers or DJs, it really is just my opinion. That’s why it’s great to have something like the Red Bull Music Academy, which tangibly proves that when it comes to beat-based music, Montreal is probably the king of Canada…

DRINKS AT THE HOTEL LE ST-JAMES

Located in Old Montreal, the Hotel Le St-James is certainly in the running for this city’s nicest hotel. At the very least, it’s where Madonna and The Rolling Stones stay when they’re in town (the Stones, apparently, rent the entire hotel when they do). When meeting up with several of my fellow Montreal Tourism Insiders, only a place with this degree of swankitude would do…

Montreal Nightlife gets Sporty

Though you wouldn’t know it from our currently near-tropical (for Canada) weather, Montreal gets quite cold in the winter. Us Montrealers know that the winter will always rear its frosty head. How do we deal with it? Besides curling up near the fireplace with a bottle of red wine and some Arcade Fire albums? We get out there and get active…

New Years Eve Montreal

Montreal for New Year’s Eve? Great nightclubs, great concerts, great parties with great cocktails and people? Great idea. Because, as regular readers of this blog know, Montreal’s reputation as an international nightlife destination is well deserved…

Weird Montreal Holiday Parties

If you’re anything like me, you have more than enough egg nog-fueled events coming up on your social calendar. Sure, the holiday season is a time to give thanks, but it has also become a time to wear bad sweaters while making endless small talk. Thank Christmas that there are some off-the-wall holiday events going on this year in Montreal that allow you to celebrate the season while actually having a good time…

Some of Montreal’s Best DJ Nights

I know that the internet loves it some “Best of” lists, but it’s a little presumptuous, no? When you’re talking DJ nights in Montreal, it really comes down to what type of music you want to listen to and where. There are so many going on that, even in my infinite wisdom, I’ve probably missed a few. That’s why I included “some” in the title. And heck, sometimes the best DJ night is just the one happening tonight…

Best Bar Snacks in Montreal Part 1

Most people have a soft spot in their hearts (or livers) for the dive bar. The unpretentious, cheap and totally relaxed hole-in-the-wall-watering-hole is sometimes the perfect choice for a night out. And what almost always comes with these establishments are stomach-softening bar snacks. You’ve got peanuts (aged 2-12 years), stale cheesies and the ever-present drink-inducing pretzels. But in Montreal, there are plenty of ways for you to set the bar snack bar a little higher….

Montreal Bach Festival

You wouldn’t be crazy for thinking that a classical music festival does not totally fit the “nightlife” mandate. To that I would I say: did you read my post about Star Wars and the symphony? Ok, so the Star Wars soundtrack might not be the best proof of my interest and expertise in the field of classical music. But any music fan worth their salt has to recognize the incredible complexity, scope and beauty of the genre. Or, at the very least, allow themselves to be swept away by hearing it performed by professionals in a sublime setting. This is what the Montreal Bach Festival offers the city from November 21st to December 5th…

Playing Pool in Montreal

Over the last several months, I’ve written a lot of posts for this blog about places that serve drinks. I’ve told you about the city’s best terasses (and explained that that is French for “patio”), Irish Pubs and, more recently, where the best places in Montreal are to go bowling. The next logical step, if there is such a thing in the nightlife department, is to tell you where the best places to play pool in Montreal are…