Social media is slowly becoming flooded with holiday vacation pictures. For the unlucky few of us that are stuck behind this holiday season, it is a great time to explore the Montreal tropics. Throughout our city are bars and restaurants that offer glimpses of paradise and can give you a little taste of the vacation you so desperately need but can't afford.
Warm vacations are great but living in a city as alive as Montreal is worth the cold. If you are constantly searching for places where you can warm up and feel connected to the heat, then our city has a few surprises for you.
From Cuban-inspired cafés and Tiki bars to Thai eateries and Palm Springs-style oases, our city has plenty of opportunity for tropical fun.
This list will guide you through local spots that will give you that vacation feel, without the spending or the passport!
Where: 436 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
From the moment you enter this little slice of paradise, you instantly feel like you are on vacation!
While the décor gives guests the sense of being somewhere warm, the array of fruity cocktails teleport your tastebuds to the tropics.
Boho is a great place to keep hot during the cold months of winter!
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.