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Montreal is world famous for its nightlife, and offers the full range of options, from the most upscale to the most low budget bars. No matter what your scene, there is something for you.
One popular area for bars and clubs is rue St. Laurent , which is especially filled with dance clubs and upscale bars. The rue Crescent area also tends to be very active and popular at night.
St. Laurent is currently the busiest street for nightlife. NOT crescent street. Some of the more popular spots are the Supper Clubs Buona Notte, Globe and Wood 35. For more traditional montreal night clubs there is club Muzique and club Rouge. For a great bar to meet woman try Pinq Taco.
Many visitors end up on rue Ste-Catherine , the infamous bar and nightlife district that never seems to sleep and which boasts more than a few seedy characters and its share of adult-oriented entertainment places. One fun bar near Ste-Catherine's is an Irish pub called Hurley's ,or try O'Regans Irish Pub ( Montreal's only Irish-owned and operated Irish pub ). Churchill's and Electric Ave . are also popular spots for dancing. Also try Ste-Elizabeth's on the corner of rue Ste-Elisabeth and rue Ste-Catherine. it's a little hard to find but it's a local favourite, especially for university students.
On St-Denis, right above rue Ste-Catherine, you'll find a plethora of bars with great outdoor terrasses (patios). St-Sulpice and St-Ciboire (infamous for its apple beer) have two of the largest terrasses in the area and fill up quickly on the weekends. In the same vincinity, you'll also find a great jazz bar called Beebop on the corner of St-Denis and Ontario. All are great choices if you just want to sit and people watch, or if you feel like getting drunk enough to puke on the sidewalk.
Montreal also has a huge gay community; Montreal was host to the first world Outgames. If you're looking for some fantastic drinking spots this year in the gay village, take a walk down Ste-Catherine Est. There is something to suit everyone's taste. Looking for a night filled with dancing and drag queens? Visit either Unity or Sky, they have both and a rooftop terrasse. Make sure to stop for a few drinks first at Cabaret Mado. Parking is also a great alternative if you're looking for a good gay club and older crowd. Feel like karaoke? Paul, the owner and host, will make you feel right at home at Club Date.
Most bars and clubs in the city close at 3 a.m., however some play- it- by- ear in the summertime (especially true for St-Denis), and can stay open until 4 or 5 a.m. If you're still looking for a place to dance in to the wee hours of daylight (and past) Stereo (858, rue Ste-Catherine Est), an after hours club, opens at 2 a.m. and closes around 10 a.m. and sometimes later!
Chinatown , which runs along la Gauchetière between rue Jeanne-Mance and rue St-Laurent, is a great place to have dinner and shop for some souvenirs beforehand.
Old Montreal, is the oldest area in the city. It's known for its many buildings with fantastic architectural details. This area is now becoming the hot spot for new trendy restaurants and bars. For electronic music Velvet and U.N. are good bets. le Piano Rouge is a piano bar that has fantastic live music, friendly staff, and delicious signature martinis.
There is much more to nightlife in Montreal than just bars and dance clubs. As one of the largest cities in Canada, there are plenty of well-known performers and not-so-well-known musicians playing around the city on any given night. In winter, there is always a Montréal Canadiens hockey game to take in.
In the summer, it's festival after festival, starting with Francofolies, Jazz Fest in July, coinciding with the Fringe Festival , followed by the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and many more. Many of the venues are free. Montreal is especially alive in the summer and some may say rivals New Orleans when it comes to being the city that never sleeps.
When planning a night out on St-Laurent it is always a good idea to visit Montrealnightlife.ca to register for their free vip guestlist which allows you access to all the best clubs for free.