Taking NYCers to Montreal
I'm a Montreal expat now living in NYC, and a couple friends and I are going to Montreal this weekend. Unfortunately I'm pretty out of touch with the cheap eats / late night / bar scene in the city and was wondering if anyone had any good bets for cool places to go -- places that would impress, or at least satisfy, New Yorkers who particularly like this city's cocktail scene. We're having dinner at Salle a Manger Saturday night; anything near there? Have heard Baldwin Barmacie is good but what else is around Laurier? Where do we go to eat at 2am now that Boustan is closed (assuming we are too far from VIP)?
Realize this is pretty incoherent but basically I just want a few bars to go to in the Plateau area, a few around St. Lawrence and a few further West downtown, so wherever we end up I'll have a good idea of the next stop. Don't want to end up taking them to McKibbins, Verandas or Peel Pub because I don't know where else to go.
Baldwin Barmacie is definitely a must for a hip, cocktail experience.
In the plateau, you can hit Bily Kun for bars.
Closer to downtown, you can check Little Burgundy, Montreal's most up-and-coming area. Particularly Burgundy Lion for a gastro-pub experience or Drinkerie for a wine bar experience.
If you want something right smack in downtown, you can try Rosalie's for food+drinks+party (they have a great terrace).
There are tons of options in Old-Montreal. You can try l'Appartement where you can both eat well and party downstairs. You can also check out Terrace Nelligan (great view!).
As for late-night eats, if you were partying on Saint-Laurent, Big in Japan opens til 3 AM on the weekends. Or, if you were on Saint-Denis, you can try l'Express.
I really like la Buvette on parc between St-Joseph and Villeneuve. You can eat and drink!
Food is mainly charcuterie and cheese platters. They have very good roasted chicken that reminds me of home cooked food.
You can then head over to Baldwin, it's 5 minutes walk.
Most of the bars are now in Old Montrea, wich offers you a nice variety of bars and restaurants.
In that area I enjoy going to Communion where all meals are meant to be shared. The sommelier, Maxim, always makes great recommandations. And from there you can go to Philemon bar or Cofessionnal. They're both walking distance.