The cold may suck, but as with all of life's hurdles, you need to find the silver lining, and in Montreal, it's that with dropping temperatures also comes the opening of the Old Port's Ice Fishing Village. December's warm weather wasn't fit for ice fishing, but January's deep freeze has made the grounds solid and safe, with the official opening date of the Montreal Ice Fishing Village now set for next Wednesday, January 14th.
Montreal's Ice Fishing Village is located right by the Clock Tower Quay in the Old Port, with heated cabin (and tents) shelters, capable of housing up to 12 people, set up all on the ice. Everything from poles to fishing licenses (which you will need) is on-site for you, so no need to bring anything but your body and the desire to fish.
Two things you can bring along, if you so choose, is food and snacks, and (amazingly) alcohol, just so long as it's not a copious amount. The fact that you can pack your own drinks and snacks is pretty amazing, as you can chill out with friends, have a few beers, and spend a relaxing winter day ice fishing like they did in the old days, minus the brews maybe.
Montreal's iconic Greenspot Restaurant is selling hot dogs for 74 cents this weekend, September 18 and 19, to celebrate its 74th anniversary.
On Facebook, the Saint-Henri eatery says it's converting its small parking lot on avenue Greene into a picnic area for the event.
And the wiener fun doesn't stop there. Greenspot is having a contest on its Instagram page where followers have the chance to win 74 hot dogs — a prize they can redeem at their discretion.
The restaurant invites followers to share the Instagram post and tag three friends to enter the contest.
Daily two-for-one deals have also been part of the 74th-anniversary celebrations.
Dating back to 1947, Greenspot serves American and Quebec diner classics (including a long list of hearty poutines) amid retro decor (including individual table jukeboxes — they don't work but they're super charming!).
Get the details on the 74th-anniversary hot dog deal below.
Greenspot Restaurant 74-cent Hot Dogs
When: September 18 and 19, 2021
Where: Greenspot Restaurant, 3041, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal, QC
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.