a quick note. if you read an address and it says (street name) E or O... it means Est or Ouest (east or West). most of these are based off of Rue St-Laurent also called "the Main". Ste-Catherine runs a huge span of the city and has most of the shopping. starting around rue Guy on the west end of it, and it gets less interesting/hookerish just a little bit past University (where they have The Bay).
Dancinchuck, you're talking about the TamTams
they happen every sunday at Parc Mont-Royal. there's beach volleyball courts, lotsa grass, and wicked music all day long. if you make a stop over at the Jean-Talon Market
you can get some nice fresh foods for a picnic at the TamTams
along the same lines there's Piknik Elektronik
on sundays. this one costs money however. 5-10 bucks i think depending what time u show up. as opposed to international style drum jams, this has DJs spinning music at Parc Jean-Drapeau (outdoor concert venue)
i don't know much about the village in montreal (bad native montrealer homo) but i do know Sky
pub is the best patio in the area.
outside the village, i would suggest Le Ste-Elisabeth
. coolest patio i've been to yet. hard to get a spot often, but the inside is pretty sweet too.St-Sulpice
on rue Dt-Denis has the largest patio in montreal. at night it gets pretty hipster/university student. multi leve bar and lotsa outdoor space.
live music micro brewery i would suggest Brutopia
on Crescent street. good beers, usually good music even if it's a lil bit loud. other bars along St-Laurent will have some live music too.
you can look up what's playing at clubs like Metropolis
or La Tulipe Noire
for bands. smaller venues which are nice. and then head to clubs/lounges/bars after that. most stuff in these areas are easily accessible by metro and then a little walk. and all the metro stops are listed on google maps.www.stm.info
for bus/metro information. when looking at bus times. make sure you have the right direction, and weekend vs weekday. it can ruin a bus itinerary... and has many times in the past.
you should check out the Old Port
. there are some nice restaurants around there for dinner/lunch. Jardin Nelson
has a nice courtyard for eating. just don't get suckered into one of the touristy restaurants. other good restaurants are Olivier Gourman (reservations for dinner), Garde Manger, Santos, or Mechant Boeuf
. i've been to Mechant Boeuf and the food was really good. it's a supper club so expect a trendy atmosphere. steak tartare was pretty good when i was there.
you can honestly walk up and down St-Laurent, some of St Denis and find a bar that suits you. Crescent street is generally known as the more English/business area. St-laurent is kinda mixed. the places along St-Laurent and St-Denis tend to be more trendy and will have alot more of the lounge type places. i'll ask some other folks about what might be good in the village and get back to you.