Who doesn't love experiences that make you feel like you've travelled to a different time period? Most of us enjoy "vintage" or "throwback" events, restaurants and bars. It brings something new to the table and opens our eyes to how things were before the 21st century.
Salon de thé Cardinal, also known as the Cardinal Tea Room, is a two-floor tea room in the Mile-End that not only offers a large array of gourmet teas, but delicious pastries, beautiful seating over looking the street, an amazing chandelier that'll definitely leave you in awe, and of course the vintage feel one may have had entering a restaurant circa 1920's.
According to client reviews of this spot, this is the must-go place if you're a fan of tea - as they have the biggest selection in the city. During the day, the Cardinal Tea Room is a good place to go with your laptop and chill while having a cup of Britain's national beverage. In the evening things pick up a bit and the vibe is much more upbeat, similar to how an evening in a Chicago speakeasy might have felt almost a century ago.
As if it couldn't be any better, their pastries are made in house and are to die for! Some fan favourites are their scones and cheddar-bacon biscuits. The only catch is that the tea room is only opened from Thursday to Sunday, so plan ahead everyone. You are totally going to want to experience this throwback café.
To check out Salon de thé Cardinal's Facebook page click HERE.
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.