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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…

Party on St-Laurent in Montreal

If you want to party in Montreal, St-Laurent is one street that you can’t miss. Known locally as The Main, St-Laurent stretches from Montreal’s Chinatown to Little Italy. In this space, it manages to intersect several very different pockets of Montreal’s nightlife scene….

Stereo Nightclub Reopens in Montreal

One of the best nightclubs in the world, Stereo, reopens in Montreal on Labor Day Weekend, Thursday September 3-7. This 5-day party is a Montreal nightlife celebration of dancing that is not to be missed…

Beer Bottle Paradise in Montreal

The province of Quebec has over 1600 micro-breweries serving more types of beer than you could drink in two lifetimes. Sure, most people know the French love their wine, but Montreal is getting increasingly obsessed with some of the best beer in the world…

French Music In Montreal

With the Quebec Folk Festival (the Internationale de Musique Folk de Quebec) in full swing and culminating with some great shows this weekend, this seems as good a time as any to tell you where to find traditional Quebecois music in Montreal…

Piano bars in Montreal

When you think of a piano bar, the line “Play it Again, Sam” comes immediately to mind. You think of guys in tuxedos and gals in cocktail dresses, martinis and cigarettes in hand, serving up requests to the dapper man tickling the keys for dollar tips placed in an over-sized snifter. Given that this wonderful nightlife image comes from decades ago, the piano bar is much harder to find these days. But there are still a couple places in Montreal where you can spend a couple hours going back in time…

Montreal’s Top Terrasses

To understand why Montreal is a must-visit destination during the summer (a whirlwind period of music, comedy, arts and culture festivals, an unending night of long dinners, drinks and after-hours merriment), one need look no further than Montreal’s winters. Montrealers, contrary to popular belief, don’t love the cold. They tolerate it- where do you think all that moody art and music comes from? So they reluctantly hole up in their houses and apartments, confident with the knowledge that, come June, they won’t be inside for a second more than necessary. From this seasonal dichotomy springs the all-out Montreal summer. It is why, on any night of the week, you will see the bars of St-Laurent and St-Denis filled with people. It is why a quiet dinner out becomes an all-evening affair. And it is why, on a sunny day, every patio (known in Quebec as a “terrasse”) in the city is filled from the second it opens until several moments after it closes. Being a city of endless variety, there is a terrasse for every type of occasion, mood, whim and/or fancy. Here then are some of Montreal’s top terrasses…