There’s no doubt about it, Montreal has some of the best nightlife in the world. With an impressive number of clubs per capita, our great metropolis has a lot of fun to offer. From large, popular hot spots to small, sweaty after-hours dance parties. Sadly, dozens of these clubs have vanished over the last few decades.These days, so many new condo towers stand where dance floors once throbbed with energy. For some of you this will be a nostalgic flashback, and for the rest of you, here's what you missed out on.
The Dome introduced me to the world of clubbing, as I am sure it did for many other Montrealers of my generation. The Dome was not only big, but it also had a very cool interior; you got a large dance-floor, a plethora of bars, and a VIP lounge with a multitude of sofas, great for taking a breather after one too many vodka shots. It was divided into two floors including a second story mezzanine overlooking the dance floor. The club was renowned for its cages and theme nights. Foam party anyone?
Extremes was the club that you went to when you were finally old enough to stop going to the Dome. It was a great place to hear hip-hop on Thursdays (spin Thursday) and dance/techno on Fridays and Saturdays. The crowd was young but old enough to NOT throw up on your feet at the end of the night. There were two bars serving up drinks and an upstairs that overlooked the dance floor, which made for an interesting spot to people watch. The best thing about Extremes, Boustan’s at 3am – enough said.
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Club 1234 was one of Montreal’s trendiest nightclubs. The club had three floors, the bathrooms in the basement. The main floor was a mix of contemporary styling with updated pieces of classic architecture separated into two different and unique dance spaces, and lastly a very swanky VIP lounge on a mezzanine, with sleek bars and people to match. Oh and did I mention that the club was haunted by the ghost of a recently autopsied woman with a severe, jagged scar running the length of her torso. Yikes!
Club Opera, Montreal’s largest nightclub, with an elegant, sleek and very Euro-chic decor was certainly the most impressive venue the city nightlife had ever proposed. The music was primarily house and techno with international Dj’s spinning nearly every evening. If getting bottles of vodka and reserving sections of the club is your thing, then you would have loved Club Opera.
5. CENTRAL STATION
This plateau hotspot drew out a big crowd primarily in their late-twenties. The club boasted an impressive space with a massive main dance floor to house all the dancing throngs. The a/c and sleek Miami-style décor kept things feeling and looking cool on the main space, although the hip-hop room in the back got packed to capacity pretty quickly.
6. FUNKY TOWN
If you were looking to re-live those golden days of disco, this club would have taken you to funky town in awesome 70’s & 80’s style. It was all there: the raised, lit up, checkerboard dance floor akin to that from the film Saturday Night Fever, velvet walls and the sparkling disco ball. There are hits and fashions that never die, unfortunately the closing of Funky Town may be proof that the reign of the bellbottom pants has finally perished.
Med, the old Wood 35 for you youngsters was a hip and trendy Italian supper club located on St. Laurent Blvd. During the early dining hours sliding glass partitions would be folded to allow fresh air to come in. It was dimly lit with a laid back atmosphere. The ambiance was very retro-hip and red was their very obvious colour of choice for the theme. The crowd was very Eurocentric with an age range of around 30+. After dinner the tables would be taken away, the bottles would be served and the dancing would commence, almost always lasting until 3am.
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8. LE MANOIR
Le Manor, housing three bars on two floors, poured all the classics. This exclusive club, situated in a redstone Victorian mansion, had a mid-century modern look to it. Manoir was equipped with a dining room table seating male and female mannequins, private bedrooms and the structures original bathrooms. Le Manoir’s building was a 120 year Montreal landmark known as the Lyall House, and interestingly enough, used to be a brothel, but was turned into a retro and unusual club that housed only the most chic of clientele.
9. MACARONI BAR
Macaroni Bar was an awesome supper club serving up amazing nouveau Italian cuisine such as gnocchi poutine and other exciting dishes. After dinner the place got absolutely hopping! Macaroni Bar was fairly open with a decor based on black and white contrasting color schemes. There was an outdoor terrace so the place was really jamming during the summer nights. From beginning to end, this place offered a totally unique and fun experience!
Gogos was one of the only bars in town where you could find a party every night of the week. Whether you were looking for a relaxing vibe or to put your dancing shoes on, Gogo’s was there to assist. They had a unique decor made of vibrant colors and funky accessories. It was retro without being corny. You got to sit in funky hand chairs that were super cool and their themed drink menu was printed on a paper vinyl record. Gogo’s music was amazing. It went from soul to rock, hip-hop to house, transcending epochs effortlessly. And lets not forget about the 3am eateries surrounding the bar. Tacos next door, 1$ pizza slices across the street and the infamous peanut butter noodles on the next block. A perfect ending, to an incredible night, at a bar were you always felt like a regular.