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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…

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN MONTREAL

From the simply intimate to the ludicrously grandiose, from the under-your-nose to the off-the-beaten-path, Montreal once again plays host to a huge array of partays this New Year’s Eve, any one of which just may be just the ticket to ringing in a new year that some sayers of sooth are predicting will be our last. Might as well do it up right this NYE…

DELICIOUS DRINKS ON MONTREAL’S WATERFRONT

Nothing beats having a chilled drink by the water and, since Montreal is an island, there’s no shortage of bars, cafés and restaurants overlooking the St. Lawrence river – especially in Old Montreal. The trick is finding the right spot, as the best and most scenic waterside bars are mostly hidden from view. Here are some of my personal favourites…

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.

5 COCKTAILS IN 5 MONTREAL BARS

After seeing my cohorts down 5 Shots at 5 Bars and 5 Beers at 5 Bars, I knew I had to get in on the action. So I called up fellow Montreal Insider Sophie to hold my hand through our tour of 5 Cocktails at 5 Montreal 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…

Drink in Montreal: Cocktails with Francine

What the Hotel Loews Vogue’s L’Opera Bar lacks in size, it makes up for in Francine. You see, Francine has been the bartender there for 20 years (“I started when I was 15” she told me with a mischievous laugh) and legend has it she makes a mean cocktail. It was clear that some serious investigation on my part was required…

FREE STUFF IN MONTREAL FOR LADIES ONLY

This one’s for the ladies. When you’re planning your next girl’s getaway, here are four freebies (personal assistance, make-up application, dinner and drinks) to give you that special VIP feel – and save you a few bucks for shopping spring essentials like a new pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses or Lanvin flats. Eyes on the prize…

OLD MONTREAL AT NIGHT

Let the record show, there’s no finer place in the city to nurse a cocktail than Old Montreal. It’s the gem of Montreal’s more sophisticated nightlife scene and its architectural pride and joy…

THE MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: WHERE TO DRINK

The Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world. Musical giants such as Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown have all captivated crowds since the festival’s debut edition in 1980. Today, more than 2 million people attend the Montreal Jazz Festival yearly. But the Jazz Fest is not just about music – it’s about life’s pleasures. And truth is, there’s nothing like a bit of jazz to awake my yearning for a glass – or two – of lilac wine. As famous saxophonist Steve Lacy once said: “Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it”. Well, the popular Montreal Jazz Festival is now 31 years-old and well above Quebec’s drinking age. Here are some cool places near the festivites to get your sip on!