Montréal enjoys a reputation as Canada’s slightly naughty city with a robust nightlife. Montréalers are the first to admit they love a good party. Barhopping and clubbing into the wee hours is the norm here. There are party zones along rue Crescent Street, Boulevard St Laurent and in the Latin Quarter along rue St Denis. Further east is the Gay Village and its great nightlife. Hip and trendy bars are also found in the Plateau as well as in Vieux-Montréal. Connecting all these hotspots is the main drag Ste-Catherine with more bars and restaurants.
You’ll never have trouble finding something to do in the evenings. On any given nights there’s plenty of live music, theatre, dance and concerts to enjoy. Montréal is on the concert circuit so headliners are often performing at one of the larger concert venues but you also make a visit to the smaller venues showcasing local talent. Montréal is famous for its thriving musical indie scene. Check out Club Soda, Foufounes Electriques, Le Divan Orange and the Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill to hear a wide array of local musicians.
Neighborhoods bars and lounges are all the rage as well. Many have morphed into a hybrid of sorts offering cocktails along with live entertainment. The Jello Bar, Tokyo and Au Diable Vert are well known for their great dance music as well as the delicious martinis. Be sure to visit at least one Latin club here to enjoy Montréal love affair with salsa. Locals will help you find your inner Latino at the sultry and sexy Salsatheque. Due to the large Irish population, there are also plenty of Irish pubs. Grab a pint and listen to some Celtic music at Hurley’s Irish Pub, the Irish Embassy or McKibbons.
Locals dress up to go out at night, so bring your best party duds with you
Freelance travel writer and editor, Shelagh McNally has been a world traveler since her teens. After 20 years in Toronto, she left her job as Communications Officer for a major bank and moved to Puerto Morelos, Mexico where she helped establish the Miami Herald’s satellite office in Cancun.
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