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Baby it’s cold outside: wicked winter bars in Montréal

With biting winds and snowy sidewalks, winter is definitely in full swing. The good news is that Montréal is a seasoned pro at dealing with the cold, with the city losing none of its renowned vibrancy once the temperature drops. Terrace season may be on hold until next year’s thaw, but we’re excited to have entered the calendrical zone where comfy reigns supreme. Check out these Montréal bars that will keep your cockles warmed ’til spring. Microbrasseries Benelux – 245 Sherbrooke Street West and 4026 Wellington Street Boasting twelve home-brewed beers and featuring a different cask every Thursday night, Montréal brewpub Benelux is a favourite year-round with its warmly-lit industrial interior that’s a perfect haven on a cold winter evening. Brasserie Harricana – 95 Jean-Talon Street West An incredible selection of in-house microbrews await you at Brasserie Harricana, a toasty pub in Mile Ex. Settle in for a spirited Montréal hockey game or watch the snow fall outside from a seat at the window. Brasserie Réservoir – 9 Duluth Avenue East Réservoir keeps its patrons shielded from the harsh winter months in this stylish Plateau brasserie that offers a host of homemade tap beers from their permanent menu along with… / Read More →

Have a Mad Men guy’s weekend in Montréal

The show may be over, but Mad Men’s suits and sexiness – and some of the smoking and scandal too – live on not only in our memories (and on Netflix), but in retro style in Montréal. Tourisme Montréal’s tips for a classy weekend with the guys tap into that Mad Men aesthetic in clothes, restaurants, hotels, barbers, cigars and bars. Dress the part Update or refine your own style in Montréal at luxury retailers of designer suits and brand-name menswear Holt Renfrew, Ogilvy Monsieur and Harry Rosen downtown, or smaller boutiques like Tozzi on Crescent Street, L’Uomo Montréal and Giorgio on Peel Street, Philippe Dubuc on Saint-Denis Street, StockMarkt on Notre Dame Street West, WANT Apothecary in Westmount, and three hot Mile End retailers: Clark Street Mercantile, Les Etoffes and the storefront location of online success story Frank & Oak. If you’re in the market for a new suit, consult our guide to buying a suit in Montréal. Find soft and supple leather wallets, briefcases, bags and jackets at Rudsak on Mont-Royal Avenue and in Eaton Centre and at three central locations of M0851. For slimmer wallets, walk down to Winners in Place Montréal Trust off Sainte-Catherine Street for reduced prices on brand-name shirts, jackets,… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: John Zeppetelli

John Zeppetelli had lived in many places and curated for some of the most renowned contemporary art establishments before becoming Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). The avid runner has breathed new life into the institution, thanks to an infectious passion for art and an ability to speak about it in simple, human terms. This is how he experiences Montréal. Job: Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Favourite pastime: Watching dark, Scandinavian TV dramas. The Bridge, The Killing… I had just travelled to Copenhagen a couple of months before watching The Bridge, and I became obsessed! I also love reading. How long have you been a Montrealer? I am a born and bred Montrealer. I’ve also lived in Italy, Scotland, England, and in the United States. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? I’m very happy with my collection show, “New Discoveries and Other Obsessions,” which just opened on February 28. My first exhibition as Director of the MAC was at another museum, oddly enough, the “1+1” exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, so this is the first I’ve done in our space. I… / Read More →

5 Montreal wine bars with great menus

For the past few years, Montreal has seen the proliferation of the wine bar concept, where one can discover some great bottles or revisit favourite ones. Most of these wine bars offer a list comprising of predominantly private imports and quite a few of them have chosen to work with natural, organic and/or biodynamic products…