With Divers/Cité taking over Quai Jacques Cartier, the Old Port of Montréal will soon be swarming with gays. Well, at least swarming with more gays than usual. Here are some places to check out around Old Montreal…
DIVERS/CITE BEACH PARTY: Divers/Cité is growing bigger and better than ever! This edition will add two sizzling beach parties at the nearby Clocktower Beach on August 1 and August 2 starting at 5:30PM. After Divers/Cité is over, the party continues every Thursday evening in August for a new event called D/C A LA PLAGE THURSDAYS. Tickets are $15 at the door.
SHOPPING in Old Montreal is easy: Just prowl the cobblestone streets for trendy fashion boutiques. Check out the rich-hipster-haven Rooney on Notre-Dame, high-fashion stores SSENSE and Reborn on Rue Saint-Paul, or Clusier Habilleur on McGill for dapper gentlemen-style clothes.
FOOD is found every couple of steps and your tastebuds can take a trip around the world in one day. Olive & Gourmando on Saint-Paul is packed nonstop for a reason: It’s simply amazing. Try Dolcetto & Co for pizza, Gibby’s for a hearty old-style meal, Le Local to break the bank (and not even care), or seafood paradise Chez Delmo which is popular with the gays on Thursday evenings. If you want cheaper eats, try one of the new food trucks to line the streets.
NIGHTLIFE thrives in the Old Port and it’s definitely a place to see and be seen. The streets might be docile during the day, but at night the club kids take over. For Divers/Cité, Hector Romero will be spinning August 2nd at PEOPL on Notre-Dame, a cozy club filled with a mix of straight/gay/lesbian… Wait for it… “people” aged 25 – 50. Other places to dance and drink in Old Montreal include the underground speakeasy Velvet, yuppie favorite Philemon, or one of the many rooftop terraces that give breathtaking views of the city.
Mado Lamotte will be putting on her mega popular Mascara show at the D/C festival site on Saturday, August 3. In her #DoYourThingMTL video for Tourisme Montreal, she did a tour of Old Montreal in a horse-drawn carriage! These carriages can be found parked all along Rue De La Commune, and will be the most romantic 20 minutes that $40 can buy.
Grab a Bixi from the stands that line the water and cycle up the bike-only path on Berri that will bring you to the start of Les Boules Roses and the Gay Village! Share your pictures and videos from Montreal’s Gay Village, Divers/Cité and Fierté MTL Pride by tagging them with #QUEERMTL and #MTLMOMENTS!