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STREET PROFILE: BERNARD

Once upon a time, Bernard was the end of the line- literally. Mile End was once a pastoral suburb where families of newly-arrived Greek immigrants mixed with the the second-largest population of Orthodox Jews outside of Israel. Those populations still inhabit the area, but now Mile End is a major artery of the city’s cultural life and Bernard is the main vein…

TOP 10 MONTREAL RESTAURANTS FOR WATCHING THE HOCKEY GAME

Hockey is more than just a sport of fighting goons, a fast puck and guys skating with a stick. Hockey is a culture, a lover and a religion to Montreal Canadiens fans. We talk hockey, we breathe hockey and we eat hockey…

LES NUITS BORGIA: AN INTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCE

Reservations in some of Montreal’s most trendy restaurants can be tricky to secure (and we mean that in a good way), but the most exclusive seat of all might not be in a restaurant at all…

BLUE MET LITERARY FESTIVAL

The Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, April 27 to May 1, is officially 13 years old and, like most teenagers, it’s staying up past bedtime and throwing a serious party…

TOP 10 PLACES TO WATCH HABS GAMES

Montreal’s collective obsession with hockey borders on mania. The Canadiens are now in the playoffs, which means “hockey fever” in Montreal is at an all-time high. Since I’ve been called up to cover sports and leisure for the Montreal Buzz, I’m going to start with an initiation into the anthropologically rich world of Montreal hockey fandom. These are sport bars in Montreal where hardcore fans go…

WHERE TO DRINK DURING THE BLUE MET FESTIVAL

Spring is in the air. Montreal is blossoming and so is the city’s literary crowning jewel, The Blue Metropolis Festival. And where there are writers congregating, you can bet there are drinks being poured…

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…

CELEBRITY SPOTTING IN MONTREAL

When celebrities come to Montreal, they’re just like normal tourists. Take Jake Gyllenhaal for example. When he was here filming Source Code, he stayed in a hotel, played with his dog, ate in restaurants and shopped in stores. The only difference is that, when celebs do it, we take detailed mental notes and then blab about them to our friends. Here are some recent Celeb sightings in Montreal…

QUEBEC WINES AND CIDERS AT THE SAQ

Anyone who has been in Montreal long enough quickly discovers that this is one hell of a foodie town. Amazing oysters. Incredible artisanal cheeses made right outside the city. Organic pork, duck, venison, you name it. And yes, despite the harsh winters, in the lush valleys just south of the city, some very decent wines and ciders are being produced…

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…