Photo cred - Julie Soto
Montreal certainly has no shortage of awesome nightlife; however, despite the wide selection, the music at dance clubs tends mostly to be fairly similar. To be sure, there are plenty of places to hang out around the city whether you’re into pool, jazz, contact dances, or something else altogether. But, if you’re looking for a straightforward club experience, you’re mostly confined to jamming out to EDM or hip-hop.
Luckily, there’s a place in the Plateau for those of us who prefer to get our freak on to the beat of a different, more old-school sort of drum: La Rockette.
Like any good club, La Rockette always boasts a fun atmosphere, loud music, and a crowd who’s ready to dance up a storm. Cover is always affordable, and drinks won’t put too big of a dent in your wallet.
But what really sets La Rockette apart from other establishments of its caliber is the soundtrack. Don’t come here if you’re looking to get loose to the latest hit by Avicii. If, however, your musical tastes skew older (as mine do), it very well may be the place for you.
Off the top of my head, here’s a short list of artists I’ve thrown down to at La Rockette: The Beatles, David Bowie, Billy Idol, and Queen. You can certainly have your own dance party to this sort of music whenever you damn well please, but you’ll struggle to find it in a club-like atmosphere on a consistent basis anywhere else in the city
It’s not like La Rockette is totally allergic to newer music, either. Maybe it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise given the city it’s in, but they’re not above blasting “Rebellion (Lies)” and goading the crowed into a drunken Montreal sing-along.
As an added bonus, the range of music at La Rockette leads to an equally diverse crowd, age-wise. Partying with some folks twice your age might not be your go-to idea of a good time, but there’s something undeniably charming about seeing older couples who haven’t outgrown the city’s nightlife. They certainly tend not to be curmudgeonly types, and they’re happy to let you and your friends get out your youthful energy while they party at their own speed.
Even if you don’t think of yourself as a big rock fan, but just want a change of pace from the soundtrack of a typical Montreal club, La Rockette very well may be the place for you. Next time you’re planning a night out in the Plateau, give it a shot, and you just might come to understand why it’s so much fun to “Twist and Shout.”