We got a last taste of snow yesterday with that storm! Hopefully, Winter gave all it's got left and that was the last of it... which would mean Spring is right around the corner. Yeah, that's definitely a reason to celebrate this weekend (In Montreal, anything and everything is a good reason to celebrate - never forget that). Don't let the winter blues get to you, get out there and have some fun. You deserve it. As usual, we have tons of suggestions for you to heat up your weekend:
Thursday, March 13th
I don't think you're ready to dance the night away to some funky deep house and techno. Limbo productions is presenting IPANEMA tonight at HABITAT - Montreal's newest hiddent gem on de la Montagne. Their sound system was build for dance ecstacy, you won't be able to resist grooving. View event>
No Kliché will be on the ones and twos at Velvet tonight giving us a taste of his twisted yet genius music to groove to all night! Along side Ryan Playground and Gabe 'Nandez. Best Montreal flavors. View event>
Are you feeling a more laid-back chill good time? Head to Korova bar on Saint-Laurent some great Motown/Rock/Soul playing for you. Always a good time here. View event>
More in a college party mood? Tokyo Thursdays. Good music, all night. Fun people, plenty. Great drinks, in abundance. Regrets, none! View event>
Friday, March 14th
Celebrate St-Patrick's day early this Friday, head to Espace des Arts for Angry Panda...It'll be a crazy animal house/loft party feel. You should even start your early celebration early by catching the OPEN BAR before 12AM! View event>
Get ready to feel good and move that sexy body. It's the March edition of Sex Music at Blue Dog and amazing music will be playing that will get you in the zone - no doubt. There will also be specials on drinks! View event>
SD of Chief Keef's GBE is here In Montreal at Cabaret Underworld this Friday, get ready to vibe and bob your head left to right non-stop to some good rap music. View event>
For you live music lovers...Have you ever seen Kalmunity?! Live 100% improvisation Montreal band that plays a mix of jazz, hip hop, reggae and poetry slam. If you have never seen this group, you are definitely MISSING OUT. Check them out this Friday at the Phi Centre an awesome art gallery/venue . View event>
In the wise words of the forgotten Rebecca Black : "It's Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday." Make it a FUNKTastique one at our usual spot La Porte Rouge! Never disappointed. View event>
Saturday, March 15th
Are you a PISCES?! If so, Clébard has a celebration just for you birthday babies this Saturday. They event have gifts for you! We love this place. Nice ambiance and great times. View event>
Crazy event this Saturday for the techno and minimal lovers. BAKERMAT at Club Soda!! Along side Synapson and Androma. This will be insane, not to be missed. View event>
Keep partying until daylight at Stereo afterhours. Chus and Ceballos will be keeping providing that energy for you to dance to ALL night! View event>
For those club loving peeps, it's always a good time at MUZIQUE! Always a FUN time, crazy crowd and great dance music. View event>
With 2017 right around the corner, it's time to end 2016 off with a BANG! To do so, why not head out to some places in Montreal where you can eat, drink, and socialise with new people. It's time to party up and make what's left of 2016 great!
It's pretty obvious that a great way to make memories is by indulging in food, drinks, and making new friends. So, I comprised a list of some amazing places where you can enjoy fabulous food, wild drinks, and meet fun people right here in Montreal. Each place is unique in their own way and most are actually supper clubs!
Laika is not your typical night out. Instead of being a restaurant, it is actually a local hangout with coffee, small plates, and Sunday brunches. But, it all turns into a DJ lounge at night. So, if you rather have a chill night out where you can meet low-key people, then Laika is the place for you!
Enjoy a fabulous dinner at Joverse and then watch it transform into one of Montreal's wildest clubs! Their food is absolutely fabulous and I strongly suggest getting some of their famous crab cakes! Afterwards, grab a mojito with your girls and meet different people from the most unique places. You can dance, drink, and eat for the perfect night out with your BFFs and the new friends you will make.
Have a Spanish tapas styled dinner at Santos! Santos offers a nice light meal before the real partying starts after eleven when it turns into a hot AF bar. This is the perfect place for a classy night out while meeting new people who may or may not be from Montreal.
Not only can you get a boozy brunch at SuWu, but you can also enjoy a unique dinner before the shots, shots, shots! They specialize in making cocktails and what they like to call 'gourmet bar bites'! You will definitely have a fabulous night out!
For good food, good drinks, and new people, I recommend going to Pink Flamingo! Not only will you feel classy AF, but you will also enjoy nice champagne and some delectable food! Their french cuisine is fabulous and the atmosphere is elegant enough that you can meet new people who aren't complete wierdos.
Not only does Soubois have the best nightlife in Montreal, but their food is to die for! They offer fresh quality ingredients that come together to make the most delightful dishes. One of their most famous dishes happens to be their duck tartar! So this is definitely the place to be for a wild night that fulfills your food desires, drink desires, and social desires.
For authentic Italian dishes, like their amazing pizza, I recommend checking out Bevo! Not only are they a pizzeria, but they are also a bar! You can drink up and meet as many people as you please while enjoying the class atmosphere.
Suite 701 is honestly a perfect place for a boozy brunch as it is located right in the heart of Montreal! Not only do they have superb food, but they have amazing drinks. They offer a very impressive boozy brunch where you and your BFF can get tipsy at while enjoying some great eats and deep convos. They even have “Option Grande Soif”! A 2 hour open bar add-on option that is completely perfect for a fun night out.
Big In Japan is definitely the place to be if you are looking for a nice candlelit dinner over some hot AF drinks! I strongly recommend Big In Japan if you want to have a fun night but if you would also like to meet new people in an elegant way.
They offer Japanese fusion izakaya that pairs perfectly with their nightlife. After you complete you crazy meal, you can have a wild night since then it turns into a club with a live DJ. Flyjin in is super trendy and a great place to meet new and fun people in Montreal.
Toyo is a classic example of a teppanyaki restaurant! Here, you and a few of your friends can grab a table with some other Montrealer's and enjoy a wild dinner with some drinks. There may not be any dancing but there sure will be some socialization!
If you love some awesome burgers and some even more delicious and larger than life drinks, then I suggest checking out Deville! They have these amazing fish bowl drinks, doughnut balls, salads, burgers, and much more to make your mouths water while you can simultaneously meet new people.
Auberge St-Gabriel is perfect for some refined new French cuisine in a chic and restored historic inn that later turns into a superb club! The stone walls are antique AF but also beautiful. You can party up and meet some great new people!
Pick a day, grab your best friends and get out there.
Ah yes, it is summer and it't time to get wild... on a budget for the majority of us young Montrealers. Montreal is home to hundreds of great bars and clubs but let's be honest, sometimes your wallet is lacking game to compete with these hot bars. Not to worry! Instead of breaking your head over which bar you want to go to with your power group of friends on a budget just check out this list!
This list is designed to help you enjoy Montreal's summer'16 without putting a dent in your bank account. These cheap bars provide great service and superb drinks that range from a variety of beers to hard liquor. So I suggest taking it upon yourself to go to one bar a week with your friends to enjoy the rest of the summer in Montreal!
This is truly fun for everyone whether you are 18 or 25! Going for drinks doesn't have to be a hassle anymore since you won't need to dump your whole wallet out for one night with your friends! I mean who knows, even if you aren't broke one day you might still go to these bars just because of how amazing they are!
If you enjoy going out during the week to down town Montreal, than Winnie's is the place for you! It's location is perfect and it's prices are even better! They have great specials like on Tuesdays where they have 2$ shots! It's a great place to get drunk on a budget this summer with your friends since it is always bumping.
If beer is your go to drink, then I suggest checking out Le Sainte Élisabeth! It has a beautiful terraces and pints for under 5$ everyday! It's a great place to just hangout or to get tipsy at since you are basically drinking in a garden!
For cheap beer and even cheaper shots, Madatter is another great location to get tipsy at with your friends! You can enjoy cheap shots that are around 3 dollars and pitchers of beer for 10 dollars. This is all due to the “recession proof pricing” that Madhatter has instilled in their store policy. They even have 1$ beer on a Thursday night!
If you just love beer and Saint Laurent street, then McKibbin's is the place for you! It has a great party atmosphere with pints of beer for under 5 dollars! So you can enjoy a cheap night out while walking down St. Laurent street tispy.
For some huge and delicious 10$ pitchers you should definitely check out Bifteck! They have great service, a chill environment, and great drinks! Not only can you get tipsy here, but you can also relax and play some pool even if you are on a budget.
If you love delicious candy flavored shots t a reasonable price, then Nesta is the place to be! Nesta can be considered a lounge, club, or bar depending on the night and it is the perfect place to go to on a Friday for drinks with your friends!
For some affordable drinks in a party atmosphere, Blue Dog is the place it be! The music is super fun and you won't regret going there on a Saturday night! It is always busy and filled with people who are just as broke as me and you.
Ah yes, Cafe Campus... What Montrealer hasn't been there at least once in their life. Cafe Campus may charge you a cover fee but that;s only because their drinks are SO cheap! Everyone is always drunk there and the reason being is because of how cheap everything is! So save money and drink the night away.
For some exotic beer only $5.75-6.50 a pint then Dieu Du Ciel is the place to be. Not only are their prices on point but so is their quality of beer! You can also enjoy their cute terasse in the summer time for a nice refreshing drink. You will be saying "oh mon Dieu!" after every sip!
They describe themselves as a hipster cafe and I could not agree more. I was actually just here at Casa Del Popolo yesterday to enjoy some live music. They have a great atmosphere and really cheap drinks that everyone can enjoy. They have two rooms; a cafe lounge area and a bar! It is gorgeous and super chill.
When it's a hot summer day and your looking for a cute terasse to enjoy some nice drinks at, then I recommend heading to the secret Alexandraplatz! They have great drinks that are within your budget and the ambiance is fun and light hearted. Most importantly, you get that hipster vibe!
For a delightful cheap time I recommend heading to La Shop in Montreal's Plateau area! Not only is the environment fun and fresh, but it is also SO cheap! Everyday they have shots that are 2-3$ each so it truly is the perfect location for cheap drinks in Montreal if you want to have a wild time!
As you walk down town this summer, I suggest checking out Moose Bawr to save some money on drinks! Moose Bawr serves reasonably priced drinks in a fun atmosphere that includes delicious food and much more. You can;t go wrong with Moose Bawr on a weekday or on the weekend when you are broke!
Popular nightclub Muzique has been in some seriously hot water this past week, after Michael Duchard was shot right outside of the club on the corner of Roy and Saint Laurent last Thursday. The assault is likely linked to gang violence.
Fearing retaliation from Duchard's acquaintances, potentially putting other citizens at risk, the SPVM called an emergency hearing with Quebec's Liquor Control Board to have Muzique forcibly shut down in order to prevent any further incidents.
Once the hearings finished, it was ruled that Muzique would be able to stay open, but with some rather strange (and arguably offensive) conditions.
One of suchconditions is, if Muzique hopes to remain in operation, hip-hop music can't be played at the venue, reports Metro. UPDATE: Muzique clarified that the "no hip-hop" rule will only be enforced on Sundays.
Yes,the SPVM have pretty much led to the banning of hip-hop music in Montreal. Cue Footloose jokes.
Another condition the venue must follow is an increase in security guards, which actually makes sense, to help diffuse dangerous situations. So, those heading the hearings obviously have a sensible mind, and yet still couldn't realize the notion that "hip-hop increases crime" is inherently ridiculous.
And that's pretty much what the "no hip-hop" condition says, even if not blatantly. I'm sure those who created this condition feel justified in their decision, but to say that the banning of hip-hop is simultaneously silly, unjustified, and mildly racist is an understatement.
Obviously the SPVM and Quebec’s Liquor Control Board have a very negative perception of hip-hop, and subsequently those who listen to the style of music. And because of this bias, a club is actually forced to remove an entire genre of music from its playlists.
How long Muzique will be banned from playing hip-hop remains to be seen, but the increased security will be a probable mainstay from now on. But will Muzique now be violence-free without hip-hop? The short answer is no, because music doesn't hurt people, humans do that just fine on their own.
Friends, what's the best thing about Montreal? The awesome food? The amazing culture? The beautiful people? Yes, yes, and yes. Pretty much everything about Montreal is great. But one of my personal faves about this city? You can have a lot of fun - for free. That's right. There are certain awesome events in this city that won't break your wallet, but will definitely break that boredom streak. Don't believe me? Well, you should, friends. Read on for 40 FREE Things To Do This March 2016 In Montreal.