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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!

STARS AND CARS AT THE SAINT-JAMES HOTEL

Now that the madness of the Montreal Grand Prix is behind us, let us reminisce on the weekend. Thousands of visitors had the time of their life in the city. Martha Stewart tweeted that Montreal was a “large and clean city with a magnificent river running through it: the St-Lawrence”. She also tweeted that the food was really good, although I’m pretty sure she said that before getting a taste of her first poutine. Sir Richard Branson was spotted at Restaurant Primadonna and Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, who is filming the movie Immortals in Montreal, was seen hanging out on the outdoor terrasse of Time Supper Club. Several parties were the talk of the town, but the reception held at Hotel Le St-James was probably the winner of them all.

GETTING BUSY ON MONTRÉAL’S BLEURY STREET

With better known Montréal destinations like St-Laurent and St-Denis, rue de Bleury ( locals drop the rue de, when they talk of the street), might seem like an odd place to start a series of street profiles. But for those in the know, Bleury is a perfect little stretch of Montréal nightlife…

MEET A MONTREALER : PAULO BRANCO

Last week, my colleague Daniel Baylis introduced you to MEET A MONTREALER, an exciting new feature of this blog that allows you to meet some of Montreal’s coolest individuals. Today, I bring you party host extraordinaire: the one and only, Paulo Branco.

2 New Montreal Nightclubs for 2010

It seems fitting, during this period of the nightlife calendar when we take stock of the past and look forward to the future, that I tell you about a couple new nightclubs in Montreal that will be big in 2010…

The Best New Year’s Eve Parties in Montreal

Since we’ve already set the mood for New Year’s Eve in Montreal, in this post we’re going to blaze through a comprehensive guide of what to do on December 31st this year…

DRINKS AT THE HOTEL LE ST-JAMES

Located in Old Montreal, the Hotel Le St-James is certainly in the running for this city’s nicest hotel. At the very least, it’s where Madonna and The Rolling Stones stay when they’re in town (the Stones, apparently, rent the entire hotel when they do). When meeting up with several of my fellow Montreal Tourism Insiders, only a place with this degree of swankitude would do…

New Years Eve Montreal

Montreal for New Year’s Eve? Great nightclubs, great concerts, great parties with great cocktails and people? Great idea. Because, as regular readers of this blog know, Montreal’s reputation as an international nightlife destination is well deserved…

Playing Pool in Montreal

Over the last several months, I’ve written a lot of posts for this blog about places that serve drinks. I’ve told you about the city’s best terasses (and explained that that is French for “patio”), Irish Pubs and, more recently, where the best places in Montreal are to go bowling. The next logical step, if there is such a thing in the nightlife department, is to tell you where the best places to play pool in Montreal are…

Where to find Karaoke in Montreal

As the video above demonstrates, everyone who lives at my apartment takes karaoke very seriously. Though my colleagues Daniel and Tamy have already taken a stroll down questionable-singing-street, I thought I’d give you an overview of what Montreal’s karaoke scene has to offer the late-night visitor to the city…