With literally a pub, bar, and/or club on every corner, we are truly spoiled for nightlife options in this city. Not that we're complaining, but sometimes the standard format can get a little redundant, making a night out with friends seem somewhat routine after a while. If that sounds at all familiar, we've got a novel idea just for you that's sure to shake those November blues right off.
Every month, the Casino de Montréal puts on theme nights offering a variety of free shows, entertainment, prize giveaways and much more, with November being no exception. Happening every Friday evening, the Casino de Montréal is hosting special Mixology Nights featuring TVA's Ça fini bien la semaine personality and master flair bartender Maxime Boivin.
These Mixology Nights include a live DJ, Quebec ice cider tastings, mixology workshops, special Holiday cocktails, flair bartending shows, and weekly draws for a $1,000 prize package including a dinner for six at Le Montréal restaurant.
With free shows every week, 4 different restaurants, 4 bars, over 100 table games and 2,600 slot machines, and free parking, the Casino de Montréal is a good time on any day, just especially on Fridays for the month of November.
For countless years, well-known spirits brand, Bombay Sapphire, has taken even the pickiest gin lovers on a delightful taste and sensory journey.
Recently, they set their sights on creating a diverse range of premium gins, the newest addition to which is Bombay Bramble — an eye-catching, crimson-coloured gin created with 100% natural fruit flavours.
Rather than using artificial flavours, colours and added sugar after distillation, Bombay Bramble is instead made with freshly harvested blackberries and raspberries for a rich fruit infusion and a bold new gin.
A versatile, ruby-hued gin with fruity summer flavours obviously sounds delicious, but does it live up to the hype? I decided to try Bombay Bramble for myself and share my thoughts.
First up, it's good to know that a 750 ml bottle of Bombay Bramble is widely available around Montreal. You can get it at the SAQ for $29.95, and it has an alcohol level of 43%.
I decided to try it by itself over ice first so that I could taste all of its subtle flavours. After my first sip, I noticed how dry Bombay Bramble is compared to the overly sweet (in my opinion) flavoured gins I'm used to. So on that front, I was pleasantly surprised.
As for its aroma, Bombay Bramble smells quite strongly of blackberries and raspberries, with subtle notes of juniper berry, coriander and a hint of lemon zest. The natural botanicals are expertly captured, giving this well-balanced gin a fresh, crisp taste.
Nevski's khachapuri, a Georgian cheese bread dish, is made with homemade dough and a mix of cheeses, topped with a runny egg yolk — and the restaurant's menu even teaches you how to eat it.
Its Moscow mule menu, four different takes on the classic drink — made with different spirits, ginger beer, fruit syrups and citrus — even offers mules by the pitcher for $29. There's also an extensive cocktail menu with 10 other Russian-themed options, and a few other pitcher options available for the same price.
Nevski also has a menu of dumplings stuffed with different meats, herbs and vegetables.
Though the menu also offers Russian-inspired desserts, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth with a boozy milkshake menu made with Russian ice cream, milk, Russian waffles, and vodka, Kahlua, whisky and Amaretto.
With so much alcohol on the menu, it's hard to choose your preferred drink — Nevski also offers a wide-range vodka menu, which you can enjoy with a side of bread and pickles in true Russian form, along with a wine and beer list.
Cuisine: Russian and former Soviet republics
Address: 1228, rue Stanley, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Eat and drink like a Russian, surrounded by artsy kitschy decor inspired by the streets of Saint Petersburg.
Fresh off its run along the Lachine Canal in the Sud-Ouest, Les Guinguettes has opened to the public in Parc Jean-Drapeau, the park society announced via press release.
Described as "a venue you might find at a seaside resort," Les Guinguettes "[invites] citizens to take back the banks of the Saint Lawrence River" in a "colourful setting" that "includes dining tables, temporary swings, ping-pong tables, stages for hosting outdoor shows and a luminous decor which creates a fabulous evening ambiance."
The vegan restaurant Merci Tata is also popping back up, bringing its menu of tapas, burgers, waffles and cocktails by the pitcher to the island park.
Visitors can enjoy all this along with a view of the city.
"This outdoor refreshment area, which has been ingeniously set up, will enable visitors to unwind and relax for a few hours in a charming setting that affords a unique view of downtown Montreal," Société du parc Jean-Drapeau Director-General Isabelle Bonneau said in the press release.
Get the details below.
La Guingette du Parc
Cuisine: Cocktails, tapas, burgers and desserts
Address: Île Sainte-Hélène river shuttle dock zone
In Montreal, summer means more than just fun in the sun. It's a season that brings people together — something many Montrealers have been missing over the past year.
There's no doubt summer 2021 is particularly special. With restrictions easing for the first time in months, the spirit of celebration is in the air, and people are ready to make this season one for the history books.
Is there any better way to kick off summer in this city than with Saint-Jean-Baptiste? As a celebration of Quebec's heritage and history, it’s one of the province's favourite holidays and with good reason. From bonfires and barbecues to fireworks and fêtes, St-Jean is when Montreal truly comes alive.
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Why You Need To Do It: No St-Jean would be complete without a feast to match the fête, so fire up the grill and get cooking.
With COVID-19 gathering restrictions shifting in Montreal, you might be able to even kick it up a notch and have a backyard potluck — while following all pertinent COVID-19 safety guidelines, of course. Include some fave Quebec cuisine, like the famed poutine, to really go all-in on the holiday.
Watch Fireworks From A Rooftop
Why You Need To Do It: You're never too old for fireworks, and there's nothing quite like watching this spectacular display each St-Jean.
This holiday, call up your crew and find your way to a viewpoint, like a rooftop terrasse, to catch a glimpse of the show for yourself.
Have A Picnic In A Park
Why You Need To Do It: Whip out your picnic basket and fill it up with your fave food and drinks for an idyllic — and free — way to celebrate the holiday. You could even pack a Pepsi for each of your friends and submit those unique codes for a chance to win some sweet summer stuff.
Montrealers are spoiled for choice when it comes to parks. From Mont-Royal to La Fontaine, Jarry, Angrignon and more, the only hard part is deciding where to meet up.
Why You Need To Do It: Band together with your roomies or friends to host a pandemic-friendly celebration in your backyard. Organize food, drinks, games, a playlist, and don't forget to decorate with all things white and blue to commemorate St-Jean.
The best part about this one is that you'll never have to go looking for a bathroom.
Grab A Drink At A Terrasse
Why You Need To Do It: With Montreal terrasses open, soaking up the sun while sipping margs, mimosas or an alcoholic-free beverage is a splendid option for a summer afternoon. And on St-Jean, there's no better way to catch up with friends and celebrate all at once.
Why You Need To Do It: Since St-Jean honours Quebec's heritage, it's also a chance to embrace some local history too.
Place Vauquelin Fountain and Dorchester Square are a few of Montreal's fascinating historical sites that you can check out. Plus, with few visitors in the city right now, it's a great time to play tourist in your own town.
Go Swimming At An Outdoor Pool
Why You Need To Do It: During peak summer, especially on a day like St-Jean, escaping to an oasis in the heart of the city can be exactly what's called for. Thankfully, Montreal is home to many outdoor pools, some of which are free and others that require a small fee.
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