Now we all love going out but unfortunately can't always afford it, especially with the price of alcohol today, so what better way to enjoy and be able to afford an evening out then by bringing your own.
Lucky for us here in Montreal we have a wide range of restaurants that offer exactly that. So instead of splashing out crazy amounts on alcohol for an already very expensive meal, reduce your costs and buy a bottle or 2 from the SAQ.
Below I have put together a list of some great restaurants of all shapes, tastes and sizes here in Montreal where you can bring your own wine and are sure to enjoy a great evening out:
Tandem offers delicate and beautifully presented food in a relaxed but yet sophisticated setting. Located in the heart of Villeray bring your own wine and enjoy the night away on their terrasse. They offer a wide selection of fine French cuisine and even have a table d'hôte menu for added value.
If you are looking for a fun, good value for money evening in an exotic and different setting this is the place for you. As you enter you take off your shoes and settle into a cosy and traditional setting mimicking North Africa. The word La Khaima actually means “the nomad tent” in Arabic, and is known for it's comfort and hospitality typically found in Saharan nomadic tents. Mauritanian food is served in this unique setting in the heart of Mile-End.
This restaurant is considered one of the best and highest recommended BYOW restaurants in Montreal. Again it serves mouth watering French cuisine but is unique in its detail, presentation and flavor. Due to it's popularity reservations are highly recommended, as well the finest of wines to match their exquisite menu.
This is for all you italien, pizza and pasta loving foodies. Napoletana offers a casual, laid back atmosphere with simple but tasty food. The restaurant is actually been named the first pizzeria in Montreal due to the arrival of the Italien immigrants and is located in little Italy.
This latino inspired restaurant offers a large rang of strong and dominating flavors with peppers and lime being the key ingredients for the majority of dishes. So if you are looking for spice and flavor to match a strong wine this is the place for you.
If you really want added value and you are ready to take on an "all you can eat" then this is the place for you. Situated right in the Plateau, Takumi’s menu features both sushi and Asian fusion dishes to be greatly enjoyed by all.
This is a very unique, traditional and cozy Greek restaurant that can be thoroughly enjoyed by all, whether you are in a group of friends or looking for a romantic setting for 2. They have a beautiful and quint terrasse and serve freshly prepared Greek food, therefore take full advantage of their social and relaxed atmosphere to bring and consume as much alcohol as you like.
Nevski's khachapuri, a Georgian cheese bread dish, is made with homemade dough and a mix of cheeses, topped with a runny egg yolk — and the restaurant's menu even teaches you how to eat it.
Its Moscow mule menu, four different takes on the classic drink — made with different spirits, ginger beer, fruit syrups and citrus — even offers mules by the pitcher for $29. There's also an extensive cocktail menu with 10 other Russian-themed options, and a few other pitcher options available for the same price.
Nevski also has a menu of dumplings stuffed with different meats, herbs and vegetables.
Though the menu also offers Russian-inspired desserts, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth with a boozy milkshake menu made with Russian ice cream, milk, Russian waffles, and vodka, Kahlua, whisky and Amaretto.
With so much alcohol on the menu, it's hard to choose your preferred drink — Nevski also offers a wide-range vodka menu, which you can enjoy with a side of bread and pickles in true Russian form, along with a wine and beer list.
Cuisine: Russian and former Soviet republics
Address: 1228, rue Stanley, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Eat and drink like a Russian, surrounded by artsy kitschy decor inspired by the streets of Saint Petersburg.
Thai SELECT Signature is the highest level of certification, given to restaurants that exceed all criteria. Restaurants with this certification "personify authentic Thai characteristics, serve Thai food made with quality ingredients, offer an elevated setting, and provide outstanding service."
Thai SELECT Classic, the second level of certification, is given to Thai restaurants with "excellent quality all around" that "embody authentic Thai Cuisine with considerably good service along with great value."
Thai SELECT Casual is the lowest level of certification. While these restaurants still offer authentic Thai food, they're more "on-the-go" and have limited customer service.
In what could possibly be the most fun experience you'll ever have getting a vaccine, Piknic Électronik is partnering with the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal to host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Sunday, July 11.
The clinic is open to festival-goers as well as anyone visiting Parc Jean-Drapeau. Since it's no secret that drugs and alcohol go hand-in-hand with music festivals, we asked what you should you know if you're planning on getting a vaccine dose and also planning on being inebriated.
A Piknic Électronik spokesperson told MTL Blog that "there are no known interactions between vaccines and substance use (drugs and alcohol)."
Still, public health told us it does not recommend attending your vaccination appointment under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Annie Dufour, media relations advisor for the CIUSSS, gave us a few reasons why that is.
Firstly, she said the health care provider giving the vaccine needs informed consent from the person receiving it before administering the dose.
"Alcohol and drugs can impair the ability to fully understand the information given," she said.
Secondly, the side effects of excessive substance use and the side effects of drugs and alcohol may be the same, making it difficult to interpret "clinical manifestations" after vaccination.
In other words, how can you tell if you're feeling faint due to a reaction to the vaccine or due to too much booze?
She said health care professionals on-site will be able to assess whether a person can receive the vaccine.
According to Piknic, the location and time — from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the entrance to the site — were chosen strategically in order to ensure people can give their clear consent if they want to get vaccinated.
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La Maison Onyx is a pop-up that will run between July and October, giving marginalized chefs a stage to showcase their culinary expertise. Up first is Saint-Henri's Tropikàl Restobar, a Caribbean and Afro-Latin restaurant, which will be there from July 7 to July 27.
Tropikàl will be followed by Maquis Yasolo, an Afro-Québécoise restaurant in Saint-Henri. Later, MasterChef Canada’s Marissa Leon-John of Elle Jay’s Private Dining and Afro-Vegan chef Evy Mendes of Cantine Toca Toca will be serving up delicious eats.
La Maison Onyx is an initiative by DESTA Food, a Black youth network and non-profit business incubator for Black businesses.
According to a DESTA Food statement, La Maison Onyx will feature street food-style menus using local Quebec products, chef-led market tours at Jean-Talon Market, and on-site food demonstrations.
More chefs and Montreal restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
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