Montreal in Late October
I'll be in Montreal Friday night thru Sunday in late October. Friday night is the birthday of a friend (we are both from New York) so I'm just looking for suggestions as to where the best bars/bar-hopping locations are, as well as places for a nice(ish) dinner?
We'll be in town Friday-Sunday for a music theory conference, so really any recommendations would be very much appreciated as to where we can eat/drink. Particularly for poutine!
For a birthday dinner, check the 2 previous topics (there’s lots of recommendations there):
- Where to dine out for our anniversary dinner http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/658038 or
- Where would should you take your best friend for their birthday? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/659643
for bar hopping, i would recommend the concordia area (bishop, crescent, mackay). i've done my share of pub crawls during my undergrad years and you can easily hit 10 bars within a 2 - 3 block radius (mckibbons, winnies, brutopia, mad hatters, hurleys, 3 brasseur, irish embassy for example are all about 500m distance). Unfortunately, I do not know any good poutine (or you can settle for la belle province) places around there for post drinking food (although you can have decent lebanese or just pizza.. beside, when you're drunk anything taste good :P)
My other recommendation (which i am less familiar with) is in the plateau on st-denis and then finish the bar hopping at la banquise for poutine.
There are some Montreal institutions such as Schwartz's for Smoked Meat, Au Pied de Cochon for uniqueness, and La Banquise for Poutine. It's hard to make dinner recommendations without knowing your price range and neighbourhood. If you do a search, you'll find several restaurants that keep on coming up as favourites of Montreal hounders.
The young and loud bar scene is on Crescent and Bishop Streets. St-Laurent between Sherbrooke and des Pins is expensive and trendy. If you continue further up St-Laurent, from des Pins up to Laurier there are a variety of bars, generally catering to a younger and hipper crowd, including many places for live music. Montreal also has some great brewpubs, my favourites being Dieu du Ciel and L'Amere a Boire.
What kind of places are you looking for? Younger? Older? Live music? Good DJs? Upscale? Divey? www.montrealmirror.com is the main English alternative weekly and has extensive club and bar listings.
Try O.Noir. http://www.onoir.com/
I was too busy focusing on my sensory deprivation to remember what the food tasted like, oh, I mean I was overwhelemed by the flavors and textures as my dinner mate and I tried to identify whast each item was. It got really loud at times, and then we would be shushed. I guess we feel we have to scream when we cannot see. Final say? It was very good. Great experience....I would not hesitate to do it again.