World Cup venues 2014?
This time, the World Cup is in the Western hemisphere, with only a couple of hours' time zone difference, so it could mean differences in where people want to gather, and what they might want to eat and drink while watching the matches.
Any favourites or new ideas (possibly including towns and cities outside Montréal + immediate suburbs)?
Spain: Club Espanol
England: Burgundy Lion
Italy: throw a rock and you'll hit one
Portugal: ditto around St-Laurent/Duluth
Greece: throw a rock on Parc Avenue
France: L'Barouf (edit -thanks, Max) (also Marseillaise on Parc)
That's all I got offhand. There's some powers I have no idea where to go, namely Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and Netherlands. Probably around Villeray for the L'American countries? I'll ask around...
p.s. Most matches are just one hour ahead of EST, actually, and the deep interior cities are same as us. So nothing should be more than an hour ahead.
That is true, but there are also two France supporter clubs on avenue du Parc: La Massillia (Marseilles supporters) and Le Parc des Princes (Paris supporters). I think Germany supporters are meeting at Bier Markt, 1221, boulevard René-Lévesque W.
I wouldn't be surprised if England supporters up here converge at Bishop & Bagg pub.
Algeria – Kamela and many others
Argentina – La Milsa
Australia – TA Pies
Belgium – Bières et compagnie
Bosnia and Herzegovina –
Brazil – Champs and many others
Chile – Barros Luco and many others
Colombia – Arepera du Plateau and many others
Costa Rica –
England – Burgundy Lion/Bishop & Bagg
France – L'Barouf/Marseillaise and many others
Germany – Vieux Kitzbühel
Greece – Olympico and many others
Iran – La Maison De Kebab/Château Amoo Jamal and many others
Italy – Caffè Italia and many others
Ivory Coast –
Japan – Imadake
Mexico – La Tamalera/Cactus and many others
Portugal – Champs and many others
Russia – La Caverne and many others
South Korea – GaNaDaRa and many others
Spain – Club Espanol and many others
Switzerland – Alpenhaus
United States – Any Hotel
Uruguay – Churros Montreal
Can anybody fill in the holes?
The original poster mentioned Montreal and vicinity/suburbs, so nothing wrong with Vieux Kitzbuel. Anyway, I think you could pretty much go to any place in the city with a TV set in the coming month and you could be guaranteed any match will be on and there will be an interest.
Most of Bob's venues are places where there will be a large interest, others it seems he just matched the cuisine with the teams but doesn't mean there will be TVs or a crowd. i.e. Tamelara, TA Pies, Ganadara. These places have screens but I can't say I've ever noticed anything but DVDs rolling. Obviously the sports bars and a lot of those cafes will have the most interest.
Well, there is el club social argentino de Montréal, 339 Henri Bourassa E. (near St-Denis and the métro).
Yes, they serve food and drinks.
There used to be Restaurante Argentino at the corner of Beaubien and St-Michel, but it went out of business. It was a fun gathering place, but the food wasn't very good.
Psst, if Italy is eliminated, Argentinos will be welcome at any Italian caffè.
Yes, it is true that Bobards is a Brazil spot, at least at times. It is in the heart of Little Portugal (opposite Parc du Portugal) and both Portugal and Brazil fans hang out there - the bar features or featured many Brazilian musicians - I don't know whether the noise complaints have been sorted out.
Do they serve any food?
Nope, no kitchen.
Glad you mentioned the noise complaints. Good news! Resolution is in sight. Councillor Christine Gosselin has proposed modifications to the bylaws that recognizes bars and showrooms.
I went to a hearing on it on May 27th, it's mentioned in the article linked to below.
In a nutshell: Right now, the same noise bylaw that applies to residential buildings applies to bars. Of course, this is generally not enforced, it would be impossible to have any bars open in the city. The problems started when a few idiots started repeatedly making complaints, and the police had no options but to follow the letter of the law. They even fined people for making noise exiting a bar at 3am! Again, the current law is unworkeable if applied to bars.
Her modifications seem to strike a good balance: Bars and showrooms would get licenses for music if they soundproof their venues. Remarkably, there's nothing in the law about soundproofing right now, and most bars (like Bobards) that have live music don't have the proper show-venue licenses. Nonetheless, soundproofing wouldn't override the ability to make noise complaints. But at least the cops will hopefully take it into account (and be the wiser when the complaints come from just one or two neighbours), or venues can continue to upgrade soundproofing instead of getting shut down.
The second main effect of the proposal would be that new bars/venues won't be allowed to open adjacent to current dwellings (again, kinda blew my mind that Montreal doesn't have clear rules about this already like every other city, but then again, I guess that's why Mtl isn't as boring as every other city). So it will actually be harder to open new venues off the main arteries, and new small neighbourhood bars may be a thing of the past in the Plateau. But if the current crop of bars and informal concert venues can avoid heavy fines and/or being forced out of business by ending live shows, I'm all for it.
Anyway, you can read more here: