Rue Crescent is located in the heart of downtown Montréal found between Sherbrooke Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard. Only three blocks long, it’s one of city’s most action packed streets attracting both locals and visitors alike.
North of de Maisonneuve Boulevard, are the many luxury boutiques and art galleries housed in old Victorian homes. South of de Maisonneuve are the nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
Rue Crescent at night — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Tourisme Montreal. Photo by Stephan PoulinSouth of de Maisonneuve Boulevard are all the pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs. With so much nightlife located within walking distance, this is a popular place to experience Montréal’s famous nightlife. During the warm weather, most of the restaurants open their terraces until closing. This is also the location for many of Montréal’s popular festivals and events featuring everything from live music to full-blown festivals. The unofficial opening of festival season are the Canadian Grand Prix festivities with live performances and street performers.
French brasserie Thursday’s has a lively single bars, an intimate piano bar and a popular disco attracting an interesting mix of people. The Sir Winston Churchill Pub Complex is a mainstay. Downstairs is the actual pub with a wide assortment of English ales on tap. Upstairs at street level is Winnie's Bar-Restaurant where you can grab a beer along with some great pub food. On the third level is the dance club and lounge Karina. For the best Guiness in town, head over to Hurley’s Irish Pub is known for its selection of fifty single malt scotches. There is nightly live entertainment featuring traditional Irish music.
Boutiques on Rue Crescent — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Tourisme Montreal. Photo by Mario MelilloAt the top of the street, just around the corner is the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal and more art galleries. The art galleries in this area showcase a variety of Canadian artists. Galerie Walter Klinkhoff is one of the oldest and best known commercial art galleries in Canada, including works by the Group of Seven, the Beaver Hall Hill Group, the Canadian Impressionists, 19th and 20th century Canadian artists, the abstract expressionists, the Contemporary Arts Society and other moderns, and contemporary painting and sculpture. In between the galleries are the designer boutiques that Crescent has become known for. You'll find top designers such as Parasuco, Hugo Boss, Shan, and Matt Baily.
If you’re interested in staying in the neighborhood, there are several boutique hotels to check into. The De La Montagne Hotel is known for its distinctive Montreal Renaissance décor and rooms with balcony views, marble bathrooms, jetted tubs and canopy beds. There is also an on site cabaret lounge with live music, a piano bar and a disco room. The rooftop pool with a swim-up bar offers an iconic views of Montréal’'s cityscape.
No trip to Montréal is complete without a visit to rue Crescent, party central.