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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…

SPEND A WEEKEND IN MONTREAL’S GAY VILLAGE

So you need to get away for a few days. Maybe you’re looking for a mini-adventure, a small repose or a three day party. Look no further than Montreal and its dramatic Gay Village! Montreal lies within spitting distance of huge urban centres like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto and Ottawa. It’s easy and affordably accessible for a quick and fun weekend getaway…

MONTREAL’S BEST CHARCUTERIE

Charcuterie. The word is music to the ears of any meat-lover. It comes from Chair-Cuite, the French term for “cooked meat”, and is used to refer to any kind of preserved meat: sausages, pates, terrines, bacons, you name it. Most often, in France, charcuterie refers to pork products, but not solely, and in Montreal, the most famous form of charcuterie is our peppered beef brisket, otherwise known as Montreal Smoked Meat…

MONTREAL’S BEST HOT CHOCOLATE

The chill is in the air, and with that comes the desire for hot chocolate. It’s primal. Luckily, Montreal’s old-world/new world vibe makes it a great place to sip on choco – you get all the tradition of a Belgian or Swiss cup of cocoa goodness, with rock-and-roll elements such as salty caramel or chile for the adventurous palate. Here are some of our favourite places to stop off for a rich, unguent cup of chocolat chaud…

5 MARTINIS IN 5 MONTREAL BARS

We’ve already done 5 Shots in 5 Bars, 5 Beers in 5 Bars and 5 Cocktails in 5 Bars and Montreal has so many great bars that it’s always difficult to narrow down a Top 5. But, after careful planning, we finally settled on the Top 5 Best Bars to help you get out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini…

SLEEK WINTER CHIC IN MONTREAL’S SNOW VILLAGE

Starting January 6, Montreal’s Parc Jean Drapeau will be blessed with a magically stylish winter wonderland known as the Snow Village. For our friends from warmer climates: yes, stylish winter wonderlands are possible. Montreal is, after all, a city that holds one of its coolest festivals, Igloofest, in January. And since this village boasts a hotel, restaurant and bar among many other icy delights, I’d strongly consider cancelling that trip south and booking a ticket to come get down up north…

12 GAY & LESBIAN THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

It is November and the homosexuals are getting chilly. Time to make a trip to H&M and stock up on scarves. All the scarves. The weather here in Montreal has played nice, so I’m really running behind in my late-fall/pre-winter fashion shopping. At least all the visitors that come to Montreal this time of year can enjoy temperate weather while taking in all the beautiful fall colours. So as the Gays and Lesbians saddle up their scarves and fashion boots, here are 12 things they can do in Montreal…

STEAK AND SCOTCH AT LA QUEUE DE CHEVAL

We’ve got far more accomplished food bloggers here at the Montreal Buzz, but when I saw that there was an event featuring a Single Malt Scotch ambassador at La Queue de Cheval, one of Montreal’s premiere steakhouses, I did what any editor worth their salt would do: assign the story to myself…

HALLOWEEN IN MONTREAL: FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Montreal residents generally don’t need an excuse to get out and enjoy their city. But if ever there was one, it’s Halloween, which very comfortably slips the city – and its seasonally-appropriate Old World sensibilities – into an otherworldly embrace each and every October 31, with a colourful array of activities and events, tricks and treats…

CHUCK HUGHES OPENS NEW RESTAURANT IN MONTREAL: LE BREMNER

It’s true that Montreal’s newest secret favourite restaurant is anything but a secret anymore. But while it’s tempting to relish the speakeasy vibe of Chuck Hughes’ beautiful basement Le Bremner, we really oughta share. Because a night out here spotlights something that makes this city great: Chuck Hughes—but not just his celeb factor, which is a little weird considering the chef-turned-TV-star still works the line in both his restaurants when he’s not off shooting his new TV show. Rather, go for the food and the vibe: Homey and inventive soul food, Montreal-style…