Montreal visit. Things to do.

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    May 17, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    I'm going up to Montreal next weekend May 23rd to 26th. Any tips on things to do / places to eat.

    I'm going up to visit a female friend who's working up there. So probably no Clubs or Bars. But a good dinner would be nice.

    The weather looks like it might be nice, so maybe some outdoor things?
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    May 17, 2008 11:39 AM GMT
    Hopefully some guys from Montreal will help fill in the blanks!
    I visit Montreal regularly, but always stay with the ex. So will offer a list below I hope is helpful and others can expand upon!
    Enjoy your stay!

    Shopping:St.Catherine Street; stores to do: Simons, Les Aisles de la Mode, Olgivy and Indigo books

    Site Seeing: the old port which has lots of paths to walk around; the bioshpere in the former World Expo park; the Olympic Stadium

    Gay Village: See if you can go out for tea dance on Sunday afternoon, Sky is usually the place, just follow the crowd. That way you still have the evening free. (You have to visit the village at some point - ditch your friend for a few hours if need be icon_smile.gif
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    May 17, 2008 3:19 PM GMT
    When i said no club or bars, what i really meant was neither one of us is really into loud pounding house music. Nor are either of us big drinkers. we might have a couple with dinner, but thats about it.

    Live music is fine.

    She's fine with the whole gay thing.

    And she may have thoughts about where to go, her job has brought her up once before, so she's been there about a month total. although the first time was in march, so it was too cold / snowy to do anything outside.
  • chuckles

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    May 17, 2008 3:25 PM GMT
    Ok, the details on this might be vague, but that's because I haven't been to Montreal in about 4 years. One of my favorite things while I was there was to go to the park, and on Sundays (I think) all of these drummers come together around this big statue and just jam out. It's pretty awesome. I wish I could tell you the name of the park, but it escapes me. Hopefully someone else can elaborate on this for me.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 17, 2008 3:50 PM GMT
    Shopping, shopping, and more shopping...some of the best anywhere. I love Montreal. Be sure to go to the club CAMPUS (I think that's the name?) where the hottest dancers I've ever seen are.
  • Gabriel

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    May 17, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    Montreal is one of my favourite places to visit.

    The old port is great for walking and has great places to grab a bite/drink.

    For eating, great greek places on Prince Arthur - it's bring your own wine restaurants so hit the Régie (liquor store) before. Portions are great and so is the food. The best one is called La Caverne Grecque (the greek cave).

    Shopping - La Bay and the rest of the underground city downtown is good. My absolutely favourite place to shop is a store called Simons (on Ste. Catherine street, Place Montéal Trust in the underground city). Les Ailes de la mode is ok but not a great store. Some nicer places directly on the street. Be certain to buy something from Le Château, it's Canada's iconic fashion forward retailer and was probably the gayest store in Canada for years.

    For a drink, try the W bar downtown. Attractive people, hip environment. Good place to do a little people watching.

    If you speak french, Cabaret Mado is a great fun time. Drag show and themes. The host, Mado is french Canada's answer to Lady Bunny. She's a hoot and the environment is non-threatening - i'd bring my mom to the show.

    If she lives in Montreal, she's probably really open so drag her into Priape (Ste. Catherine street in the village). It's Canada's Gay Store - think leather, porn, clothes, undies etc... drag her into the leather section and get a good laugh at the size of some of the butplugs (omg, some are traffic cone sized!).

    The Starbucks in the village is a great place to people watch as well.

    Pick up a magazine called FUGES (free and available at the door of Priape). It has listings of bars etc...

    The casino is nice and may also have a show of interest. It's on Isle Ste. Hélène and you should get directions via maps.

    If you have any other questions, drop me a line!

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    May 17, 2008 4:03 PM GMT
    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. 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.