Posted on April 13th, 2010 by .

Last week New York Magazine recommended six cities for short term getaways in an article called The Party-Round-the-Clocker. Montréal was one of them.

The magazine offered up a selection of world-wide destinations for “beer geeks, jazz enthusiasts, pool crashers, electro clubbers, and professional hobnobbers.” Montréal was placed in the ‘Five Nights’ category along with Warsaw, Poland.

Here’s what they had to say about Montréal.


Go clubbing in artsy quartiers in Partytown, Canada.

Arrive thirsty: Montrealers view drinking cheaply as their birthright. Case in point: Apportez votre vin (Bring your own wine) restaurants are spiking in popularity with the still-sluggish economy. Guzzle your own red—bought at the closest government-run wine purveyor, SAQ store Mont-Royal (514-521-8230)—at the new Le Quartier Général (514-658-1839) in the Plateau district, where the blackboard menu is scribbled with tasty oddities like rabbit saddle with sunchokes and mustard sauce. In the same neighborhood, watch the sunset on the rooftop patio of super-loud Muzique (, which, like many Montreal clubs, is characterized by French élan, Ibizan D.J.’s, and Canadian friendliness. The current party central is in downtown Montreal, at the Opus hotel’s Koko Restaurant & Bar (, where you can get juiced on hibiscus-laced cocktails ($12) and then sprawl out on low-backed chairs and eye Francophone models and their fabulous friends as they stumble down the lime-green runway. (A recent patron: Lady Gaga.) Crash at Le Westin (from $169;, which opened last spring in the former Gazette printing-press building with a great martini bar, called Reporter, in its mezzanine.

OR: Count on the Eastern Bloc for stiff drinks and an edgier scene.


We, of course, are tickled pink. When the sun sets, most Montréalers will tell you that we’ve got something pretty special going on.

I would add a couple of sentiments to the blurb. Firstly, it really is ideal to have five days in Montréal. But, due to our geographical proximity to NYC, it is also totally realistic to have an un-rushed, two-day-weekend-getaway. Secondly, Montréal has a thriving Gay scene, so if you’re talking nightlife, you can’t forget the gays!

Anyway, we send our thanks to New York Mag. Call us when you’re in town next. Drinks are on us.

Kisses from Montréal!


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