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Drinks to share: 6 perfect pitchers in Montréal

It’s summer in Montréal, and that means “taking it easy” is serious business. There’s so much to consider: which park to picnic in, what festival to check out, which neighbourhood to explore, which terrace to spend the evening on—we know, it’s hard work. You’ll deserve a reward after such an exhausting day, and we have just the thing in mind: a frosty pitcher of drink with pals to kick the evening into gear. Below are six Montréal establishments that serve up variety in this familiar vessel, and speak more to “craft” than “draft”.    TBBT: TOKYO BAR BACK TERRACE – 3709 Saint-Laurent Boulevard As if there weren’t enough things to love about Tokyo Bar’s back terrace in the summer, the St-Laurent club’s lower patio serves up pitchers of the classic shandy. A perennial favourite in the U.K., the timeless beer cocktail is traditionally a mix of a pale beer and ginger ale. If you haven’t tried one before, now would be the time, and TBBT would be the place. LA BELLE ET LA BŒUF – 1620 Sainte-Catherine Street West Beverage options risk being overwhelming at this popular downtown resto-bar. La Belle et la Boeuf has an expansive drink menu, and it’s… / Read More →

7 must-try Caesars in Montréal

Invasion Cocktail is right around the corner and, to get into the spirit (pun intended) of things, here are 7 amazing Caesars you absolutely must try in Montréal. This quintessentially Canadian cocktail is a salty take on the Bloody Mary that’s synonymous with summer and the patio lifestyle. And if anything defines Montréal in the summer, it’s terrasses! Maybe that’s why we’ve perfected this drink to the point of madness?  L’Gros Luxe This baby has the full-meal deal of Caesars, literally. There’s a whole Caesar menu featuring offerings from the humble classic to the outright outlandish! Take the Billy the Kid Caesar, which sidesteps the classic vodka altogether and is made with Jim Bean bourbon and topped with a fried pickle and onion rings. Or how about the Oh Dear God, which surprises with the spicy kick of Jägermeister alongside the Clamato and is topped with a slider? For the whole shebang, go ahead and order L’Gros Caesar. Le North End The concept behind the Caesar at this stylish Rosemont oyster bar is super cool: you basically build your own. Once you order, you get a glass with three ounces of vodka, tomato juice and fresh clams, and they present… / Read More →

#MTLMOMENTS: Girls’ Night Out

As part of our #MTLMOMENTS F1 Nightlife stunt, we picked two fabulous ladies from Toronto and brought them to Montreal for a surprise weekend of wild nightlife. Dressed to the nines with a clutch packed with nothing but the bare necessities—lip gloss, ID, phone, hotel key—Meghan and Kate were ready to experience how Montreal does a girls’ night out. Strutting out of their suite at the luxurious Hotel Place D’Armes in the Old Port; they head to Suite 701 for some pre-dinner cocktails, La Fabrique for dinner, New City Gas for dancing, and finally ending the night savouring a famous poutine at La Banquise. After an unexpected weekend in Montreal, that clutch was filled with nothing but everlasting memories! Ready for your own soirée with your girlfriends? Book a wild weekend in Montreal at – and when you get here, don’t forget to share your Montreal Moments using the #MTLMOMENTS tag on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Come to Montreal and save with our amazing Sweet Deal Hotel Package!

#MTLMOMENTS Nightlife Stunt brings Toronto to Montreal

Using a red hot #MTLMOMENTS Ferrari as bait, we pulled off a specular Montreal nightlife stunt by surprising three lucky duos from Toronto with an impromptu trip to Montreal for a wild weekend of food, drinks, dancing and fun…

Gardens of Light Illuminates the Night

As evening falls in the Montreal Botanical Garden from September 6 to November 3, the annual Gardens of Light show reveals all the delight, romance and mystery of a night walk through a pastoral space. The uniquely Montreal exhibition adds another level of adventure within the garden, whether you’re on a date, among friends or with the whole family… An abundance of light and colour fills the Chinese Garden, where lanterns of all shapes and sizes sit along the paths, nestle among the plants and float among the lily pads in the garden’s large pond. This year, the Magic of Lanterns focuses on the biodiversity of the lush tropical rainforest of Xishuangbanna, highlighting plants and trees of the region by surrounding them with lanterns that depict historical figures, represent regional artifacts, and take the shape of pandas, frogs, butterflies, catfish, and other animals. Learn more about Xishuangbanna on nightly tours beginning at 6:30 p.m., and throughout the evening hear music that emulates the rainforest. The bright and colourful display in the Chinese Garden contrasts beautifully with the subtle illumination of the Japanese Garden, an exhibition begun only last year as an addition to the 20-year-old Gardens of Light. Quebec design firm… / Read More →

Cocktail time at the Botanical Gardens and Planetarium

The Botanical Gardens and Planetarium have made date night into a science, nay an art. If you’re looking to romance someone in a unique way this summer, then check out this date night itinerary featuring flowers, cocktails, and stars…


Montreal has been asking its visitors to capture and share the special and unique moments from their visit by hashtagging their photos and videos with #MTLMOMENTS. As tourists and locals alike started experiencing and exploring the city, those #MTLMOMENTS started flowing in! Here is a small curated selection of some #MTLMOMENTS courtesy of… YOU!

VIDEO: Mondial de la bière 2013

2013 was the 20th edition of the Mondial de la Biere, Montreal’s premier event for beer lovers, held at the Palais des Congres. As the video proves, there’s clearly something about sampling beer from around the world that puts people in a good mood (it’s probably the beer). See you there in 2014!  

Thursday nights under the stars at New City Gas

If Wednesday is hump day, Thursday is now bump day thanks to New City Gas. Griffintown’s hottest event venue is opening its amazing terrasses every summertime Thursday, 4-11 pm. There’s no better view of Old Montreal from up there – you’ll feel like you’re king of the city…

Aires Libres 2013 takes over the streets of Montreal’s Gay Village

The mercury creeping up, patios rolling out and the shirts coming off means one thing: summer in Montreal’s Gay Village. The 2013 edition of Aires Libres will soon be underway once the famous Boules Roses are strung up above the pedestrian-only paradise of Sainte-Catherine street…