The holiday season is pretty much in full swing here in Montreal, and the Plateau is making sure every single day is filled with festive cheer and tunes with the borough's newly installed "Jingle Bell Trees." Currently set up at St. Laurent and Prince Arthur, the jingling tree cutouts will soon be seen throughout the borough and filling the Plateau with the sweet sounds of the Xmas season.
Three green tree outlines make up the holiday art installation, with bells filling up the "insides" of each cutout. Citizens are free to give the trees a light jingle, or just walk by and listen to the festive sounds emanating from the trees with every gust of winter winds. Finally, something slightly enjoyable about the season's frigid gusts.
Right now only one bell-tree is set up, right outside the Scotiabank on St. Laurent and Prince Arthur, with more planned to be installed throughout the borough. One is planned to be set up at Parc des Amériques, while location can all be seen here.
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.