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Road Trip: Montreal...
« on: February 20, 2006, 08:35:27 PM »
Hey y'all...just wondering if anyone has any tips on places to hang out or cool things to do in Montreal...I am going on my first roadtrip to Canada on Thursday and I would love to hear what you all know about the place...if you have any tips on history, art, sports, and of course, canuck nightlife, I would love to hear them...
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Re: Road Trip: Montreal...
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2006, 09:00:49 PM »
  History: McCord museum downtown, Pointe-a-Cailleieres in Old Montreal. The latter is more classical, the former more suited to tourists looking to have a good time (and the history is more proximate in time)

  Art: MBA (Musee des Beux Arts, downtown). Wonderful collection. For music and performing arts, check local free publications

  Sports: The Canadiens suck this year. They're not worth the ticket price, unless you are a devoted fan/connaisseur. Not much else going on during the winter. But if you really, really want to, there are a couple of curling clubs in the city ...

  Nightlife deserves three distinct categories

  Early evening (food): I strongly suggest at least one visit to Schwartz (St-Laurent), the best smoked meat place in the world, as seen in National Geographic. Yes, the health department would look unkindly on the fauna, but it's an institution. And anyone who tells you that Reuben's is just as good is an idiot. As for food in general, the good old rule of thumb applies: follow the locals. Just stay out of places that are obviously for tourist, like all restaurants in Old Montreal. And at some point, you have to try the poutine (fries, gravy and cheese - order s amall, since your stomach lacks the training to tackle a large). I recommend the Rapido (St-Denis & Mont-Royal) for dinner (above mentioned delicacy) and a show (freaks on the street at 3 AM). If you are fealing more gastronomic, I recommend the "Pied de Cochon" (pig's foot, literally). Looks like an ordinary bistro, but fabulous cuisine (a bit pricy, and a bit showy - I doubt anyone will ever order the Romanee Conti from the menu).

  Mid-evening (beverages): many clubs for many tastes. Bear in mind that the city is divided in two down the middle, and that venturing on the East side might require some half-assed french with plenty of apologies for your ignorance of their beautiful language (just say you're ashamed of your president, regardless of whether or not you are). Saint-Denis is rather safe; the Plateau is hip; and the farther east you go, the cheaper it gets (and not in a good way). If you want to stay among anglophones, you can try Crescent ($$$) or the West Island in general (might require a car). Just remember this key rule: morals are looser, bear is stronger.

  Late Evening (strip clubs): Whatever you do, do not go to Pare. Yes, it's the most famous, but it's also the worst boob for the buck. Same goes for downtown in general. They cater to stuck up American tourists, most of them from Burlington and aged 18-21. What you want are the ones on the periphery. Outside the island is even better. Anything in Laval will provide you with an incomparable ethnological journey into the parallel economy and social stratification, social reproduction, and basic capitalism. Just be aware that boundaries exist, and that humourless bikers control all strip clubs in the province. If you stay within the lines, a good time will be had by all.


Oh yeah. There's probably also some scenery and parks and stuff. Not many people care about that.

But seriously, Mont-Royal, and the observatory, though kitch, is sort of nice. I also recommand driving through the narrow and uneven streets of upper Westmount, where houses are rarely bought and usually inherited. That's is how the other half (ok, 0.1%) lives.


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Re: Road Trip: Montreal...
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2006, 11:00:58 PM »
Thanks very much for the tips! Katia, I am coming up from nyc and am definitely looking forward to the drive (I haven't been out of the city in months) - the casino sounds awesome too...Gilles - wow man this post is very helpful...thanks very much for your ideas (I particularly agree with the "key rule" you cited, which is one of the laws I live my life by...).

Thanks again for the heads up and I'll let you all know how everything goes!
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Re: Road Trip: Montreal...
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2006, 01:10:54 AM »
Schwatz's is a MUST. As are the strip clubs. Don't go to SuperSex though as most tourists do. Try Teasers instead. Mont-Royal is awsome. The museum of architecture is pretty cool. A few hours in old montreal wouldn't hurt. Casino... Damn I miss Montral.
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Re: Road Trip: Montreal...
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2006, 09:46:03 AM »
Make sure you go to the afterhours clubs.  basically rave club where all the strippers and clubbers go at 3am till noon.  Intense experience.  Spend my 21st there.  Going back this summer.
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Re: Road Trip: Montreal...
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2006, 06:44:29 PM »
Haha this is lame that I am on LSD while on vacation, but....do you know of any afterhours places? I would love to hit that up tonight...

So far, Montreal has been THA BOMB...I love this place...have fun everyone -

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Re: Road Trip: Montreal...
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2006, 10:26:38 PM »
When you go to the clubs or strip clubs ask them.  I found a link for them http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afterhour_clubs they have all the names...
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Re: Road Trip: Montreal...
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2006, 06:18:55 PM »
Cheers...
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Re: Road Trip: Montreal...
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2006, 10:41:35 PM »
Tell us how your experience was when your done with your trip..
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Re: Road Trip: Montreal...
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2006, 10:49:47 PM »
go to the peel pub for enormous pitchers then to club supercontact for enormous boobies then to the burger king with the breathalyzer.  all 3 are on st. catherine's street.