Simply put, a 5-à-7 is happy hour à la Montréal, but everything sounds (and often is) a little classier in French. A 5-à-7 does generally start at 5pm, but many go much later than 7pm, especially if they’re good. They are a treasured after-work tradition in Montreal, though it should be noted that the “work” part is entirely optional. Being a city of a 1000 options, Montréal has got a variation on the early drinks and food theme to fit with whatever mood you find yourself in… I’ll be covering all kinds of 5-à-7s in the Drink in Montreal series, but to kick it off we spent a little time at Le Local in Old Montréal…
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(Club Chasse et Pêche) After our long chilly winters, Montrealers just can’t wait to get out and enjoy some nice weather. Which is why we flock to restaurant patios (locally known as terraces) as soon as the snow melts. The result is that Montreal city streets are lined with outdoor patios all summer long, with locals lingering with coffees and croissants by day, and cocktails and tapas in the evening. Visitors tell me it adds some je ne sais quoi to the city vibe, but I personally enjoy patios for the people-watching opportunities.
Hotel Nelligan stands alone as the only Montrealer that made the National Geographic Travelers’ Stay List 2009. Not too shabby, huh? Makes me wish I were a tourist! But anyway, what’s cool about this hotel is that it also has two very good restaurants. Named after famous Québec poet Émile Nelligan, I’m told this four-star hotel has amazing boutique-style accommodations, but is also a dream for foodies like me, because they offer two different styles of cuisine.
Saturday. 6 pm. I just discovered the most amazing place for martinis in Montreal!!! Three words: Ateliers et Saveurs! This is a place where you can learn to make cocktails from a professional mixologist and then drink it all!
Hey travelers, surely you’ve heard that maple is the classic Canadian treat. In addition to drizzling the syrup on our pancakes, we eat maple candies, cookies, chocolates – even unexpected twists, like maple whiskey and maple salad dressing.