Montreal's Riverside bar is transforming into a "winter wonderland" — with drinks!
Courtesy of Riverside
What do you do during the winter when you run a popular outdoor bar? Well, you turn it into an ice bar, of course!
Montreal's famous Riverside St-Henri has frozen over for the winter months, transforming into 'Hiverside,' a terrasse covered with a giant, 40-by-20-foot inflatable igloo, and, inside, a bar and furniture made of ice.
"Amongst the frozen landscape of the sud-ouest and the Lachine Canal, a winter wonderland has emerged," a statement shared with MTL Blog reads.
The bar itself is the work of ice sculptor Julien Doré "of Hôtel de Glace fame," according to Riverside.
Hiverside will have chairs, benches and tables carved from ice and covered in recycled furs. There will also be a heated section at the back of the bar in case you catch a chill.
The folks behind Riverside St-Henri have partnered with mixologist Max Coubès to offer a spin on favourite seasonal drinks. The menu will feature both hot and cold cocktails such as their hot toddy, chocolate martini, cotton candy spritz, eggnog and mulled wine.
Hiverside will be open to the public on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to midnight. The bar will also be accepting reservations on the weekends for 1.5-hour blocks of time. Patrons can reserve time slots from 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only. Walk-ins will be accepted during the weekend too.
Hiverside will have its official opening on Friday, December 10.
The bar promises Montrealers will be "equally amazed by both the beauty and intricacy of what awaits you."
Whether you can't wait to drink hot chocolate and skate with your besties or to enjoy evening light shows, you'll be happy to know the Old Port skating rink is on again in Montreal this year, and we finally know its official opening date.
Located on the Bonsecours Basin in Old Montreal, this skating rink is a must for Montrealers and tourists as it is located at the foot of the Ferris wheel and offers a magnificent view of the city and the river.
For the 2021-2022 season, the site will be open to all starting December 11, when a special opening night is organized. After that, the site will be open every day until March 6.
Skating will be possible Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Christmas holidays. December 31 and February 26 will be special evenings when skaters can enjoy the ice until 1 a.m.
On the program, there are DJ nights every Thursday starting January 6, special "skate dating" days, "karaoke on ice" nights on January 28 and February 26, and other special events.
It costs $8.05 for admission, but a season pass is also available. If purchased before December 11, the pass is discounted by 25% for a total of $24 for the winter.
You can rent equipment for an additional cost, like a pair of skates for $10.45, but you can also rent a lock, helmet or walker for $4.35 each. Use of the on-site lockers is free.
And, you can always end the day with a good coffee and a meal at the Bistro de la Grande Roue. The perfect recipe for a perfect day!
The sixth edition of Montreal's Atwater Christmas Village is serving up seasonal cheer in the heart of the Sud-Ouest. Without a doubt one of the most festive spots in the city, the village consists of dozens of small huts in a European holiday market-style arrangement.
Visitors can browse the creations of local artisans, grab some mulled wine, churros, crêpes or waffles and even catch some free performances.
This year, the Atwater Christmas Village will host concerts, choruses, DJs and circus acts. Santa will be back in his yurt to greet families.
As in previous years, "soirées gourmandes" will take place every Friday: "La Montréal Raclette Party" on November 26, "Noël en Alsace" on December 3, "Noël au soleil" on December 10 and "Noël à la cabane" on December 17.
Jean-Talon Market will host a market covering an area twice the size of its inaugural edition in 2020. It opens on November 27.
The Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal is also making its grand return to the Quartier des Spectacles after a yearslong absence. Open since November 20, it features an Alsatian village and, of course, a huge Christmas tree at its centre.