Montrealers are a pretty simple breed. We love food, drinking, hockey, going out, and having fun, which can be said for nearly all citizens. Still, tourists and newcomers can be wary of the ways of Montrealers, which isn't unfounded, as the passion inherent to the city's natives can easily turn from joy to hatred if you do the wrong thing or make the wrong comment.
We don't want anyone to get cussed out or punched in the face, so instead of telling you about the sure-fire ways to get a Montrealer pissed, we'll let you in on some not-so-secret ways to easily gain some love from the people of the city. Whether you're looking to make your fling into a legit boy/girlfriend or you just want to get along better with your Montrealer roommate, here are 10 keys to the heart of (almost) any Montrealer.
1. Bring Them A Cafe au Lait and a Croissant in Bed
All Montrealers love coffee, and brunch. Make that love extend to you by bringing both to yours in bed.
2. Bring An Already Rolled Joint to Tams
Even if you're not a regular smoker, at least it shows you've got the street smarts to grab on your own. Plus, sharing is caring.
Stepping outside and finding a clear path to the car/bus is a rare miracle in the winter, and no Montrealer can not cherish whoever made it happen
4. Score Them Habs Tickets
The ultimate heart-hack. This will not only breed love, but undying devotion and sheer awe.
5. Go To A Small Bar With Them to Watch the Game
Alternatively, if you can't work miracles and get actual tickets, just go to a chilled out sports bar to watch the Habs game. Automatic points gained for being into the Habs, even more if you get the first pitcher of beer.
6. Go Get Them La Banquise at 4am When Everywhere Else is Closed
All hearts open at the thought of poutine, especially late night drunchies poutine. Your face will now be linked to their preconceived cognitive framework of poutine-love.
7. Take Them To A Smoked Meat Shop Other Than Schwartz's
Schwartz's is for basic tourists, so show you know more about the city's iconic foods than a common visitor to the city by heading to Lester's, Rueben's, Snowdown Deli, or Smoked Meat Pete's for the most cred.
In English or French, either one will win you points.
9. Get Them An SAQ Gift Card
Love and happiness in a plastic-rectangular form.
10. Chill With Their Friends And Go To A House Party
Even if you understand half of what's being said in French, at least it shows you're willing to make an effort. Everyone loves a partner than can vibe with their pals. Extra points if the house party is in a 'burb of the city.
11. Suggest Igloofest Instead of Ice Skating
Boring old ice skating can be done in any city. Let your Montrealer know you can have the real kind of fun despite the cold and rock out at Igloofest 2015.
12. Make Them Homemade Montreal Bagels
Buying MTL-bagels is barely even a kind gesture. They're super cheap and can be purchased at any hour of the day. Show how truly exceptional you are by making them some iconic Montreal bagels in your own kitchen, it's easier than it sounds. Here's how.
13. Take Them To A BYOW Over A Ritzy Old Montreal Resto
Suggest the latter, then say "nah lets just save some money and get a little tipsy at a BYOW." You'll fake them out and help them realize how amazing you in comparison to all the other punks running around town.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.