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SAINT PATRICK’S DAY 2013 IN MONTREAL

Montreal’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations take it up a notch this year as the annual parade and general shenanigans happen to coincide with the real St-Pats this Sunday, March 17. Get in on the excitement – some of it family friendly, some of it less so – starting with the parade at noon on Sainte-Catherine Street at Fort and raucously moving east to Philips Square over the next three hours…

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.

BAR HOPPING ON AVENUE MONT ROYAL

Mont Royal Avenue starts from Avenue du Parc and crosses the Plateau borough from west to east all the way to Frontenac and beyond. The stretch centred around St. Denis and Mont Royal Metro Station is my favourite part, filled with boutiques, bars, and restaurants. On these still warm fall afternoons, what a great place to relax on a terrace and have a cocktail or two after work…

MONTREAL OYSTERFEST: SHUCKERS, CHEFS, BANDS AND WINE

Montreal’s not a place you’d associate with premium oysters and seriously good shuckers? Well, think again… and if you’re in town on Sunday, September 11, prepare to be pleasantly suprised at the third annual Montreal Oysterfest. The nearest sea may be hundreds of miles away but this is, after all, a food-crazed town where locals have a special weakness for all things served on crushed ice, from the insanely good snowcrab legs at Garde Manger to the exquisite urchins and mussels sourced locally and served at the Brasserie T! (when in season) – not to mention the top-notch oysters at Joe Beef and L’Orignal…

7 GREAT ROOFTOP PATIOS IN MONTREAL

You say patio, we say terrasse. Whatever you call it, when the weather is nice the place to be is under the open sky. And what’s better than a terrasse in Montreal? Why, a rooftop terrasse in Montreal! Here are some of my faves.

MONTREAL BEER FESTIVAL: JUNE 8-12

Montreal is a city that honours culture and sophistication. Probably the most important festival of this kind is Le Mondial de la bière, or as it’s known by the elite: BEER FEST.

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST BY SQUIRROG

Heyo, Squirrog here, the biggest Jazz Fest fan in all of Mont- Oh snap, look at all those people looking at me in that picture! Get a room, it’ll last longer!  Where was I? Oh right- so I can’t believe I got a job playing Frogger for Tourisme Montreal! Wait… getting a text from Foxutan… Oh man, that guy is hilares… wait, what’s a blogger? Anyway, JAZZ FEST!

5 BEERS IN 5 MONTREAL BARS

Since our 5 Shots in 5 Bars post went over so well, we decided to initiate another study in the highly scientific series where we visit some of Montreal’s best bars, pubs and clubs and sample their best drinks. Here then is 5 Beers in 5 Bars…

5 BEST BARTENDERS IN MONTREAL

Montreal has plenty of places to grab a beer, a cocktail or a shooter or 6. But as any accomplished nightlife regular knows, it’s often not the bar that makes the evening memorable but the person working behind it…

5 PUBS FOR SAINT PATRICK’S DAY

If you’ve never been to Montreal for St Patrick’s day, you really should consider coming this year. You should also consider keeping your plans fairly light for the morning after…