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Best Montreal 5-a-7: Part 2

A couple friends recently pointed out that my previous post on Montreal’s best 5-a-7s seemed to all be located suspiciously near my apartment. I responded that if that was my main determining criteria, I would have included the 5-a-7s that I regularly throw in my apartment as the workday comes to a close. I also wouldn’t have included that sneaky “Part 1” in the post title. But, point taken. So, in part 2, we stretch our drinking wings a bit (p.s. please don’t drink and fly)….

Montreal gets Black and Blue

I was hired to be a nightlife blogger for Montreal because I know the city’s nightlife scene fairly well. I was also hired because if I don’t know much about something specific, chances are I know someone that does. With a scope as wide as “things that happen when it’s dark,” there’s no way I’m going to love all of it. I bring this up because, while it’s not really my scene, the Black & Blue ravedown happening on Sunday October 11th, might be yours…

Pop Montreal Big Ticket Picks

Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga…this post has nothing to do with any of those people and everything to do with the real, genuine music coming to Pop Montreal this year. But hey, I won’t tell Google if you don’t…

Polaris Music Prize and Montreal

The Polaris Music Prize is an annual music award given out to the best Canadian album of the year. Though Canada already has the Juno Awards, Polaris is special because unlike the industry-centric Junos, it’s given out based exclusively “on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales or record label.” It has also helped show that Montreal has one of the best music scenes in the country…

Montreal’s Best Irish Pubs

The Irish pubs of Montreal are some of my favorite places to experience the city’s nightlife scene. Though this city may be home to a wealth of high-end spots to get fancy cocktails, if you’re looking for a simple, friendly place to get a pint of beer and some great pub food, Montreal has you covered…

Montreal bloggers invade Toronto

On Thursday, September 3rd, the Tourism Montreal Bloggers will be in Toronto giving away 9000 Montreal bagels. And some free trips to Montreal…

Pop Montreal and Montreal

In a city flush with festivals, Pop Montreal is, by a long shot, my favourite. Not simply because the music they’ve bringing to the city since 2002 is right up my alley (one year I caught almost 40 different acts ), but because they continue to expose people to some of Montreal’s best-kept secrets…

Best Montreal 5-a-7: Part 1

Ah, the Montreal 5-a-7, a beloved local tradition that is basically just a “happy hour”. Why is it so popular? Perhaps it’s no more complicated than this: Montrealers are social people who love being out and about, so who wants to wait until late into the evening to meet up with some friends for martinis, cocktails and other great drinks? To help you find out where Montrealers go for their favorite 5-a-7s, I’ve assembled a list of the best in Montreal…

Montreal Poker: Where to Play

Poker is the biggest card game in the world and, though Las Vegas is still king, Montreal has become an international destination for poker players of every skill level. Even Cirque de Soleil’s Guy Laliberte is known as a huge fan. From the VIP poker room at the Montreal Casino, to some other spots you may not have heard of, Montreal is holding all the cards necessary to take care of all your poker needs…

Nascar: Racing Back to Montreal

With no F-1 this summer, Montreal car racing fans are abuzz with the return of NASCAR in Montreal on Friday August 28-30 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. A city that loves cars and partying, Montreal is the perfect place to experience this awesome and unique event…