The holiday season has come to an end, with many an eve having been celebrated, and another year is now firmly in the books. Hopefully your NYE went smoothly and you are now more ready than ever to take on all the exciting challenges 2015 has in store.
But with all the merry-making you have no doubt indulged in over the last few jovial weeks, you're probably skint as all hell and are probably thinking that January is time for some stone-cold frugal hibernation.
Fear not! We have found you a varied selection of FREE activities and events to partake in this first calendar month of the year, that should ease your whimpering wallet and provide much delight for you and your family.
1. Righteously sleep off that NYE hangover and consider getting some brunch
2. If you are with family, the Saint-Joseph Oratory is hosting a free Family Day with free admission to the museum and other activities January 1
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.