Our national holiday St-Jean Baptiste is 4 days away, and everybody knows that this holiday is meant to be PARTIED OUT. But I can almost guess with certainty that you're still trying to figure out where the fuck to get your drink on, and whatthe fuck to do exactly.
So here are a few suggestions on how to show off your Quebecer pride, always in a drunken way.
On the road to Quebec
Why not, right????
Alright, now maybe you were thinking of taking a weekend trip to Quebec city, because let's be real, this is the fucking core of the party.
On the Saturday, go to the Abraham Plains (behind the Concorde) for the Party Clandestin de la St-Jean, to listen to some live bands including Imposs, Omnikrom and Quebec Smashers. Then party it up until morning to the music of a series of DJs from all over Quebec.
For us Montrealers who don't have a ride to QC
Saturday, June 22nd
We URGE you to go out at la Place des Festivals and check out all the free shows happening at Les Francofolies de Montréal. Check out their site for all free shows playing on Saturday.
Sunday, June 23rd
Spend the morning kayaking on canal Lachine (you can rent them at the little shop just across the bridge from Atwater street), and the afternoon having beers at the St-Ambroise brewery patio. If you're still in the area, go see Sam Roberts open for the Tragically Hip at the outdoors stage on the canal Lachine - an event presented by Osheaga.
Monday, June 24th
TONS of stuff to do on the actual Saint-Jean day but we STRONGLY recommend you get your Quebec roots on and check out the event organized in Villeray called "Le Québec au coeur de Villeray".
What to drink?
Now, to get the party started while showing off our Québécois pride, here are a few recommendations for beers MADE IN QUEBEC:
- L'Éphémère: these 750 ml bottles come in various flavours: cranberry, apple, cassis, peach, and raspberry. Why not try all of them in one night??
- L'Aphrodisiaque: Once you're tipsy and just need a little push to put a move on that hot girl/ guy next to you, try this 5% Stout. ''Aphrodisiaque'' is a natural substance that stimulates sexual desire... oh yeah.
- La Chanvre rouge: Look for the hemp leaf on the bottle. Infused with roasted chestnuts. No, you can't smoke it.
- St-Ambroise à l'Érable: Is there anything more Quebecer than getting drunk on maple beer?? The other option is to make beer batter with it for your hangover pancakes the next morning. TOUGH IT UP.
All these delicious beers can be bought at any "good quality" depanneur. Sorry Ontario, you suck.
What to eat?
This Saint-Jean post would not be complete without your hangover food recommendations.
Pretty simple. Quebecers love their greasy poutines and hot-dogs. Go to your closest La Belle Province (google maps) and you will be in heaven, no matter if you're drunk, hungover or just plain normal, its all good. It works for everybody.
OK dudes. So I hope that gives you enough places and ways to party HARD this coming weekend... they are predicting rain for the weekend, but don't be lame and let that stop you from going out. Have a great St-Jean Baptiste ESTI!!!
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Montreal's iconic Greenspot Restaurant is selling hot dogs for 74 cents this weekend, September 18 and 19, to celebrate its 74th anniversary.
On Facebook, the Saint-Henri eatery says it's converting its small parking lot on avenue Greene into a picnic area for the event.
And the wiener fun doesn't stop there. Greenspot is having a contest on its Instagram page where followers have the chance to win 74 hot dogs — a prize they can redeem at their discretion.
The restaurant invites followers to share the Instagram post and tag three friends to enter the contest.
Daily two-for-one deals have also been part of the 74th-anniversary celebrations.
Dating back to 1947, Greenspot serves American and Quebec diner classics (including a long list of hearty poutines) amid retro decor (including individual table jukeboxes — they don't work but they're super charming!).
Get the details on the 74th-anniversary hot dog deal below.
Greenspot Restaurant 74-cent Hot Dogs
When: September 18 and 19, 2021
Where: Greenspot Restaurant, 3041, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal, QC