Summer may be winding down but you don't have to let your liver know that. Keep the spirit of Summer alive with the quintessential Summer drink: Sangria. Nothing quenches thirst and repels the harsh rays of the sun better than the magical combination of liquor, juice, and wine that is sangria. Here are some of the best spots in Montreal to enjoy the tasty Summer drink.
Rocking one of the largest terraces in Montreal, Saint Sulpice is always a great option to enjoy some sangria with friends. A front terrace is also available, along with four other floors all equipped with bars, if they huge back terrace gets full. If you've ever been to Saint Sulpice on a Friday or Saturday in the Summer then you know how full it can get, so rest assured there are other options to sit and drink.
Diablos BBQ Smokehouse
BBQ joints don't exactly scream sangria, but Diablos breaks the mold. With an entire two pages devoted solely to sangria (all taken from the 'Punches & Sangrias recipe book), the Diablos sangria list features (below) cool concoctions likes the Sakegria (made with Japanese sake), among many others. For an even cooler cool-down drink, try out Diablos' alcoholic slushy drinks, made with their own in-house slushy machine!
SKY Pub Club
Taking it over to the gay side of town/the village, SKY is the go-to sangria spot. Sporting a sexy rooftop terrace, and epically large 4L pitchers of sangria, SKY is a venue for all summer alcoholics. If you're feeling frisky SKY even has its own hot tub on the roof, just be sure to bring your own swimsuit. No commandos allowed.
Students of McGill are well aware of the crazy drink specials at Gerts, and no other gets the student body more rowdy than Wednesday Sangria Night. Hump day is celebrated at Gerts with $11 pitchers of sangria, arguably the cheapest in the city. Gerts is open to the general public, not just students, so feel free to drop in on a Wednesday for a very sweet deal.
Make Your Own!
Ok, a slight cop-out, but people don't realize just how easy sangria is to make, and much more affordable if you do it yourself. A basic recipe goes as follows:
One Base Alcohol (typically brandy, but vodka or even gin is ok) + Liqueur (like peach schnapps or triple sec) + Soda/Pop (sprite and ginger ale work well) + Juice & Fruits (orange being the classic) + Wine to top it off
So many variations can be made, such as Spiced Pomegranate Sangria or Kiwi-Apple White Sangria. Just be sure to get the portions to your alcoholic liking!
Did we miss any awesome sangria spots that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @MTLBlog #sangria. Happy Drinking!
A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."
The maze installations are being created by Quebec's Charlie Larouche (Glassware Artist), Jeroen Kleijn (DJ & Olfactory Artist) and Chantal Royer (Botanical Artist) who were inspired by the taste of Bombay Bramble, a new naturally-flavoured raspberry and blackberry gin.
The experience will be completely free, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part.
In addition to a Bombay Bramble sample, guests will leave with a signature Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass that they can use to stir up fun drinks at home.
Hedge Maze at the Old Port
Bombay Sapphire Canada
When: August 6: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 7 and 8: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 430, boul. Saint-Laurent, Old Port, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Hedge mazes are fun, but even better when they're boozy.
Why You Need To Go: For the rest of the summer, seven spaces recreating colourful urban gardens are scattered along avenue Mont Royal. There's a colourful skate park, a light and shadow garden, a rose mural, and other funky spots to check out.
Why You Need To Go: If you've been craving something greasy, you'll be happy to know that you can get a free burger for a limited time at Burger King. All you have to do is download the restaurant's app and place an order over $1 to get a free Whopper.
When: Every day until September 6 from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: Place des Commencements; 200, rue de la Commune O., Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can find Place des Commencements located at the end of the Grand Quai in Old Montreal, which has the most beautiful green terrasse where you can sit on chairs and admire Habitat 67 and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It's an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Address: La Brise du Large; 1800, Chemin des Iroquois, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is the new waterfront park on the Lachine Canal, La Brise du Large, that you have to check out this summer if you want to sit in the shade for a picnic or feel like you're in the South.
Why You Need To Go: A trip to the museum is always a good idea — especially when it's free. Note that the Christian Dior et Chapleau – Profession : caricaturiste exposition will cost you $9.50 on Wednesday evenings, but the rest of the museum is free to visit after 5 p.m.
Swing By This Sandy Beach In The Middle Of Downtown
Where: Saint James United Church, 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
When: June 4 to September 26, 2021
Why You Need To Go: Yes, you read that right — just outside Saint James United Church is the coolest sandy beach hangout, where you can even bring booze. It's the most relaxing place to chill in the middle of the downtown core.
Performances will take place "on different stages" with "a limited number of spectators once in the afternoon from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. and once in the evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
Health measures will still be in place and wearing a mask will be mandatory when festival-goers are outside of their designated spots.
There will be more than 20 vibrant events for you to enjoy throughout the summer, with some of the best and up-and-coming local DJs spinning tunes in the sunshine.
Tickets for the first weekend will go on sale on July 1.
Then, "tickets for upcoming events will be on-sale gradually in the next weeks," according to Piknic.
Piknic Electronik officially returns on Saturday, July 3.