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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…

Image Battle Contest

Things move fast these days. If you’ve just figured out what an iPOD BATTLE is, forget it. That’s over already. What’s the new “new”? It’s called an “Image Battle” and it’s going on right now at the SAT in Montreal…

Lady Gaga in Montreal

When Lady Gaga kicks off her world tour in Montreal on November 27th at the Bell Centre, the world will be watching. In just a few short years, this pint-sized singer has become one of the most famous musicians in the world and this tour will, no doubt, dominate the entertainment media in each one of the 16 cities she plays. As a blogger, I’m fairly confident that I could just write “Lady Gaga” 50 times in a row and this would still end up being one of my most read posts…

Star Wars: May the Symphony Be With You

The music from the Star Wars movies has become so well-known that I could write something as ridiculous as “dun, dun, dun, da dun-dun, da dun-dun” and you’d actually know what I was talking about. One huge part of our multi-decade obsession with the George Lucas film franchise is the iconic music that accompanies it and, later this month in Montreal, you’ll get the chance to hear it in person….

Where’s the Nightlife in Downtown Montreal?

In the summer, Montreal’s downtown core is hopping almost every night of the week. From the Jazz Fest to Just for Laughs to Francopholies, you can basically just wander down and find an evening’s worth of entertainment. But when festival season packs up shop for the winter, most people think that the area’s nightlife scene disappears with it. But, with a little digging, Montreal’s downtown reveals that there’s more going on there after-dark than you might think…

Absinthe at Sarah B

Hotel bars seem to renovate at a higher-than-normal rate, though as just one part of a larger space, the changes are often fairly restrained. So when a well-known hotel in Old Montreal, the InterContinental, installed a new bar devoted to absinthe, it caught my attention…