So, it's you or your friend's birthday soon, and you have NO IDEA what to do. Planning birthdays can be really difficult: the 'traditional' birthday party ideas (restaurants, bars) can get old and boring, and you don't want to do something routine for your birthday!
At the same time, you want to invite people from different friend groups, and you want to be in a space where people can talk and mingle. A tall order indeed, but the 20 places and events in this list should satisfy those demands.
Go To The Newest Old Port Show (PY1 Pyramid)
When: From June to September.
Where: 360 rue de la Commune, Montreal.
PY1 is a new, pyramid-shaped venue, presenting immersive nightlife experiences that showcases local talent in a beautiful and original space. Their themed PY1 nights give you an excuse to dress up and go all out. It's going to be FUN.
Find out more on the PY1 website.
Celebrate By Skydiving
When: May-October every day, 8:00 a.m. - sunset.
Where: 200 Chemin Lebeau, Farnham and 29 Route 125, Saint-Esprit.
This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and something many people want to tick off their bucket list. Go with a few friends and have the thrill of your life (for those who are a little too afraid of heights, I can also suggest indoor skydiving).
Find out more about skydiving rates and other FAQS here.
Go To An Escape Room
Where: 1800 rue Ontario E., Montreal.
Escape rooms are a true test of friendship: can you be locked in a room with your favourite people and attempt to solve riddles without getting angry at each other? I think it's worth a shot. Cübe is one of the newest escape rooms in town, and they're one of the best rated. And, on your birthday, you can play a game for free!
Learn more about opening times and room themes on their website.
Go To The New Venture By Aire Commune
When: Starting on June 13.
Where: 185 Louvain Ouest, Montreal.
The newest outdoor work and party space by the people behind Aire Commune is opening this summer. The concept is inspired by greenhouses (duh) and it looks absolutely beautiful.
Check out their website here.
Spend The Day At Village Au Pied Du Courant
When: May 31st to September 15, Thursday-Sunday.
Where: 2100 rue Notre-Dame West, Montreal.
The Village Au Pied Du Courant is a collective project by the water that pops up every year. They have food, drink, and great places to lounge. If you're looking for a place where you can gather and just relax with friends, this is a great place to do it.
Find out more on their website here.
Try A New Spa
When: Open 7 days a week, 7:15 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 71 de la Commune St W, Montreal.
Sometimes you or your friend just want to do something fun and lowkey for your birthday. If that's the case, why don't you treat yourself to a day at the spa? It's the ultimate way to relax. Try Scandinave Spa, a beautiful spa in the heart of Old Montreal.
Find out more about treatments and rates here.
Go To Montreal's Newest Beach
When: Starting in June.
Where: Verdun Beach
Montreal's newest beach is set to open in June. It is a completely new concept on the St-Lawrence river. Bring some drinks and some sandwiches and enjoy the sunshine.
Read out article about it here.
Try A New Bar With A Great Terrasse
When: Allll summer long.
Where: Check out this list of bars with amazing terrasses.
Each year, a host of new bars open their doors for the summer season, and you HAVE to try one of these places with friends. A new bar makes a routine night of getting drinks with friends a lot more exciting.
Find out more about great bars for birthdays here.
Go To The New "Burger And Wine" Bar
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Where: 404 St Sulpice St, Montreal.
A collaboration between Uniburger and Unibar has led to Unibar: Montreal's intriguing new "burger and wine" restaurant. If the burgers taste as good as they look, you're in for a treat.
Find out more on their Instagram page.
Celebrate By Mariokarting In Real Life
When: Pick a date, any date!
Where: You pick the location: they come to an arena near you.
This amazing company offers markio-kart themed go-kart races. I, for one, absolutely want to race on go-karts that can go up to 70 km/h and throw things at my friends, all while wearing ridiculous costumes.
Read our article about it here.
Try A Pole Dancing Class
When: Monday – Friday (open Saturday for private bookings).
Where: 50 rue St-Jacques
Go to the heart of Old Montreal to try a decidedly new art: pole dancing. Whip yourself into shape and giggle with friends as you learn how to dance like a pro. Afterwards, go grab some drinks in the Old Port.
Find out more about the classes on Milan Pole Studio's website.
Try A New Restaurant
When: June – September.
Where: Check out this list of pop-up restaurants in Montreal.
Many restaurants in Montreal are only open for the summer, which means that you have to take advantage of them while you can! Many of these places are outdoors, which makes for a fun and new experience.
Find out more here.
Go To A Cocktail Class
When: Every other Saturday.
Where: 444 rue Saint François-Xavier, Montreal.
Learn how to make your own signature cocktails at a fun cocktail class, and how to differentiate a "meh" cocktail from a great one. Your drink game will be so much stronger because of it. As a bonus, you'll probably even get drunk.
Find out more here.
Go On A Cheap Trip With Your Friends
When: Anytime this summer.
Where: This list has great ideas of where to go for cheap in Quebec this summer.
If you're feeling extravagant, turn your birthday into a weekend-long affair complete with a roadtrip and some fun activities. This is a great thing to do with your closest girlfriends.
Find out more here.
Go To A Strip Karaoke Club
When: The first Saturday of every month.
Where: Café Cléopâtre.
Are you feeling brave? Bare it all at a strip karaoke club. Because if singing isn't embarrassing enough, there's always the possibility of singing in your underwear.
Read our article about it here.
Watch A Movie Under The Stars
When: Starting in mid-June.
Where: Check out this article for details about where the outdoor movie theatres will be this summer.
If you're a movie buff, this might be the perfect event for you. Grab some friends and a few blankets and enjoy the breeze of a warm summer night as you watch a FREE movie under the stars. Popcorn is optional, but definitely recommended.
Read our article for more information.
Go See A New Show At Place-des-Arts
Where: Place-des-Arts theatres and event venues.
There's always something new going on at Place-des-Arts, Montreal's central entertainment district. From concerts, to comedy shows, to art exhibits, there's something for everybody.
Find out more on the Place-des-Arts calendar.
Spend The Day At The First E-sports Complex
When: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Where: 1231 rue Sainte-Catherine St O.
Try spending an evening at Montreal's first e-sports complex! They have a bunch of games to keep you entertained, and they're open late! Not to mention that they also have a bar and a restaurant.
For more information, check their website.
Ride The New Roller Coaster At La Ronde
When: La Ronde opening hours.
Where: La Ronde, metro Jean-Drapeau
Chaos is the newest roller coaster at La Ronde. The amusement park website describes the coaster as an "extreme thrill ride" that, "at any unexpected moment," will "change directions and send you back around the loop in reverse." Terrifying. But great for a birthday celebration.
Check out the roller coaster on the La Ronde website!
Rent A New Airbnb For An Epic Party
When: When it's your birthday.
Where: All over the city.
Find more places on Airbnb.
Now, get out there and use these new and adventurous birthday party ideas to plan the best birthday ever!