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QUEER MTL: 10 Alternative Party Places in Montreal

Montreal is a cultural quilt made up of different people from many different places. While much of Montreal’s gay scene takes place in the Village, there’s a whole alternative queer scene scattered throughout the Downtown, Plateau, Old Port, and Mile End. If you’re looking for a queer-friendly party place in Montreal, check out these venues…

5 Montreal wine bars with great menus

For the past few years, Montreal has seen the proliferation of the wine bar concept, where one can discover some great bottles or revisit favourite ones. Most of these wine bars offer a list comprising of predominantly private imports and quite a few of them have chosen to work with natural, organic and/or biodynamic products…

Drinks, dancing and dinner at the Casino de Montréal

Freshness, vitality, reinvention, excitement and confidence – just a few of the things you’d expect to get in any kind of makeover. And for their all-encompassing, 4-year, $305 million makeover, the Casino de Montréal got all of these things in, well, spades… Completely reimagined gaming and entertainment areas were central to the comprehensive re-conception of the Casino de Montréal, and after that the sky was the limit. Almost literally. For example, located in the very centre of the redesigned Casino, surrounded by three massive mid-air structures supporting relaxation areas, is a 21-metre tall, 48-screen multimedia installation displaying original video content courtesy of Montreal-based light and sound magicians Moment Factory. It’s an immersive sensory experience like no other, and is representative of the meticulous attention to ambiance throughout. Indeed, atmosphere is key to the re-think. Look no further than the Casino’s new dining areas: four different styles, four different atmospheres. The à la carte resto Le Montréal offers three settings – the atelier du chef, the lounge and the côté urbain – for reinvented classics, as well as an amazing, river-front view of the city skyline. The Pavillon 67 features a gourmet buffet while AJIA boasts a range of flavourful Asian… / Read More →

Intercontinental Montréal: A luxe niche right downtown

When the lavish Intercontinental Montréal changed hands in 2009, the new owners ordered a complete redesign. In came California-based firm Zebrowsky Design Group, who had a mandate to do everything from redecorate the furnishings to completely transform the lobby’s layout. Montreal and its European heritage was a big part of Tim Zebrowky’s inspiration for all those decisions, from minute to mighty; we caught up with him to discuss his ideas…

Montreal Food Tours: Bar Hopping in Old Montreal

Do you grab a drink or go on a city tour? No more dilemmas: The thoughtful folks at Montreal Food Tours have just launched a new tour that hops you to snacks and libations all around Old Montreal…

QUEER MTL GUIDE: A VERY DYKE DAY IN THE MILE END

The reach of QUEER MTL extends far beyond the Boules Roses of the Gay Village and into some of the trendiest places on the Island of Montreal. If you’re a cool lesbian, or want to hang out with cool lesbians, then this guide (and neighbourhood) is for you…

HOTEL HERMAN DELIGHTS MILE END DINERS

Hotel Herman is not the kind of hotel where you can reserve a room. In fact, it’s not a hotel at all. What it is is a great restaurant that just opened its doors a few months ago in the heart of the Mile End neighbourhood…

MONTREAL BUZZ GUIDE TO NEW YEAR’S EVE 2012

New Year’s Eve in Montreal, a town with a well-established reputation for not taking its festivities lightly, provides ample opportunity for old acquaintances not to be forgotten or never brought to mind. From Crescent Street to St-Laurent Blvd., from downstairs jazz clubs to skyscraper-high dance clubs, and from comedy to cabaret to food to live music, ushering in a New Year in Montreal is fraught with nothing so much as possibility. Consider these your keys to the city, and more importantly on Dec. 31, the party…

THE MONTREAL BREWPUB EXPERIENCE WITH LOCAL MONTREAL TOURS

They say that the best way to get to know a city is to drink up the local experiences and feast your eyes on the sights. Actually, I’m not sure anyone has said that, but based on Local Montreal’s tours, people really should start. Local Montreal offers informal walking tours that focus on Montreal’s distinct culture, history and gastronomy. They provide a much needed, authentic, non touristy glimpse into the heart of the city. We teamed up with Local Montreal for their Brewpub Experience tour where we strolled around the plateau, sampled some artisanal beers and became acquainted with some of the city’s best kept secrets.

MONTREAL’S BEST KARAOKE

In Japanese, karaoke literally means “Empty Orchestra.” In Montreal, karaoke means empty shot glasses and making a fool of yourself for the enjoyment of your friends and many strangers. Montreal not only has a few iconic and dedicated Karaoke bars, but lots of bars have weekly or monthly karaoke nights!