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04-29-2011, 11:47 AM
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Found a few places. Thoughts?

Baldwin Barmacie
Blue Dog
Korova
Billy Kun

BTW guys, I'm in my early 30s, so keep that in mind.



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And all those bars you listed are good. I've been to all of them so I can vouch for it. Baldwin though might be a little too business crowd-ish so I would avoid it. Other similar or interesting places in the Plateau area: Bar Waverly, Sala Rossa, Le Belmont, Chez Serge (for hockey), Blizzarts(just beside Blue Dog) and Salon Officiel.

Both Belmont and Salon Officiel have good events going on tonight if you feel like partying right off the plane.

Edit: Yacht is playing at Il Motore on sunday. Great band and nice venue.


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Visiting Montreal

Bonjour mon amies, je suis visite le Montreal.

OK, so I'm visiting Montreal at the end of June. And I know absolutely nothing about Montreal. Coming from the west coast, and I'll be spending a few days there. Are there any things to do? See? Any 'must-visit' restaurants?

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PS, I'm also going to Toronto, New York, Ottawa, and New Jersey for the first time. If there's anything the see/do there, please let me know!

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Everything you need to know is in this thread.

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OK, so I'm back. Before I get into this post, I just wanted to thank everybody who took the time to reply to my post. I knew it was last minute, but I knew I'd get replies (I don't post about hockey because I'd have to be on this forum 24/7 to keep with you guys).

I usually like to research where I'm going a bit so that I know where to go and what to see based on what I like so that I don't waste a lot of time. This trip was VERY last minute though as I stumbled on the flight deal on Wednesday night and had to switch up my work schedule to accomodate. Then I didn't book it until Thursday night because I had to sort it out with work that I could go. Then Friday I had to work 8-5 and then go straight to O' Hare (from Milwaukee) to catch my 9pm flight. So I picked up two books from Barnes and Noble on my lunch break on Friday. Having had good luck with their Barcelona edition, I picked up Frommer's Montreal Day by Day as well as The Rough Guide to Montreal. The Former is a really quick read and handy little reference. The latter though, assuming you have the time, is a better read and a better guide to the city as the maps while... inconvenient as they're within the chapters so you have to dig, they're very detailed. ALSO, based on some of the bar/resto recommendations some of you made I hit up Yelp! for some reviews. It turned out to be a great move as I found an interesting sounding bar that turned out to be perfect in the end, but more on that later.


747 Bus from the airport and the Metro

This is a great service and was really easy to use. It's $8 and the route takes you to just about anywhere you'd have a hotel, especially if it's downtown. Much better than the $35 flat cab rate (plus tip). I arrived at midnight though which meant a 45 minute wait, but if you arrive during more normal hours you'll get a much more regular schedule. They have PDF of the brochure online. ALSO, the ticket works for 24 hours (and this is to the hour from what I can tell, so you really get full value for you money) afterwards on all metro lines and buses. So for $8 I got a free ride to the airport and a full day of metro rides (probably at least 8 rides that day) my first day. I then got a 3 day pass which covered Sunday, Monday and then Tuesday's ride back to the airport. Just note that it's cash only, and coins at that, but you can get a ticket at the airport using bills.

The Metro was fast, clean and easy. My recent comparisons would be Barcelona and San Francisco. Barcelona's system is much bigger and covers more areas while also being fast, clean and easy. However Montreal's is easier as you can change lines in 60 seconds when you're at a connecting station. That's to be expected as there are less connecting lines, but still it's really convenient. Compared to San Francisco, the Montreal Metro covers a lot more area, has more convenient lines and is much faster and cheaper. Overall the trains their peak seemed to run every 5 minutes, at their longest every 15 minutes. It all depends on the time of day. The green line was the best for me, but I just wished it ran parallel to the orange line up Saint Laurent so that you didn't have to walk to Saint Laurent at night. The walk isn't far mind you and trust me, I pounded a lot of pavement in 3 days, but it just means an extra 10-15 minutes generally depending on where you're going. Overall though the Metro was great.


Hotel: Hyatt Regency downtown/Latin Quarter

I was very happy with my hotel. As somebody mentioned, it can be had pretty cheap on Priceline. I got it for $105 a night, but I've seen that some have had it cheaper. I did my price based on what they were saying for a 4-star room downtown via Priceline (and Hotwire), which was $125. Anyway, it's a bit of a dated hotel, but it was still quite clean and nice. I left the room at noon/1pm twice and even though housekeeping had passed over the room already, they came back and cleaned it without my having to ask. The location is great as you're right at the Place des Arts which is nice at night. Of course you're also at the Place des Arts Metro station which is very convenient. I even walked back to the hotel on Sunday night at 3am from Saint Laurent and it wasn't bad at all. In fact I walked back from Outremont (through Mount Royal). I did leave two shirts in the room, so I'll find out tomorrow if they found them and how they'll handle that. Hotel also had a pool if you're interested in that sort of thing. Oh, and a Starbucks across the street was nice as I was able to get bottled water every day.


Pizza

I was told by "locals" that Montreal isn't good for pizza. I'm inclined to believe them as well based on what I read and saw. I hit Woodland Restaraunt based on WeeBey's recommendation and what I'd read online. No offense to WeeBey (who had other great suggestions like Biftek which helped me find bars I'd like), but the pizza is horrible. Exactly what I would expect from that sort of restaurant. I honestly can't believe it advertises itself for pizza, though that's probably more locally. I gave Pizzedelic a try after getting hungry one day and not having a lot of attractive options. I had seen one up off of Mount Royal, but I was closer to the Vieux Montreal location so I went there. It was much more of a nicer restaurant than the one on Mount Royal looked. To the point though, the pizza as quite good. Very thin crust, but very good. My waitress was gorgeous as well. I would definitely recommend Pizzedelic.


Poutine

As I suspected, I'm not a fan of the gravy. I hit up La Banquise and ordered a regular serving. The fries too were so-so too, but it was the gravy that I didn't like. Still I like the concept and I did come up with own Poutine recipe. I call it "Poutine Amerique" and it's fries, curds and ketchup. Anyway, are the curds supposed to warm, cold or room temp?


Bars

Reading the posts from some of you and checking out Yelp! I had a shortlist of places I wanted to check out. Biftek lead me to Blue Dog via Yelp! as well as Korova. Billy Kun's and Baldwin Barmacie seemed interesting as well, but a bit more polished. Well by the time I got to the hotel on Friday night it was 2am and I was dead tired (only one hour of sleep the night before I left and I had to work the day I left). So Saturday night I set out to check out Biftek, Blue Dog and Korova. All sound similar and all are pretty close on Saint Laurent. I had maps too, but I left them at the hotel figuring I'd see them all. In fact I'd passed them during the day and noticed Biftek and Blue Dog then. So I set out. Biftek was standing room only and being a lone traveller I wanted a bar where I could sit at the bar. Blue Dog was dead other than the kids playing Nintendo. So I head up looking for Korova knowing that it was on Saint Laurent. I went all the way up Saint Laurent to at least Outremont and still couldn't find it. I met a girl, a young drunk girl, on the way back. She nor her friends knew of it and I couldn't find it. I just headed back to the hotel after a while as the trains were going to stop. Next night I went armed with the knowledge of the exact address and I knew then it was close to Blue Dog. Well I nearly missed Korova again as it has a small sign and is upstairs. So checked out Biftek and Blue Dog first. Biftek was slower than Saturday night and Blue Dog was oddly closed. So I went straight to Korova.

From the off I liked the place. Total dive bar and they're my thing. Thing was, apart from the bartender and the DJ, who'd followed me upstairs, there was nobody else there. It pretty much stayed that way most of the night until after midnight and probably after 1am. I had a great time though as the bartender, DJ and another bartender who'd just stopped by were all great and I got to know them by name. Great talking to them all and I stayed all night 'til they closed up shop. Literally the last customer there. The DJ that night played garage rock, but when the crowd picked up it at the very end he did more of a dance thing. So after Sunday night I went back on Monday night. Another great night as the second bartender was now bartending. Monday was "dance" night and it was dead again. That was 10:30, but they just opened at 10. It picked up my earlier this time, but more of a 30s crowd (my age). Then the university kids came in. Overall another great night and me 4 girls which of course being just my look was on the last night. Anyway, if you like dive bars, Korova is the place. One of the best bars I've ever been to.




OVERALL, I loved Montreal. I already looked into job openings with my company, but there aren't any and I don't speak French. I'd love to just go back to school and enroll in a university. I know that's the cute girls I met talking, but... Still I'd love to go back soon. In fact I'll probably head back in the Fall. A great city and one of the best in North America I'm sure. Everybody, and this was mostly people who originally are from outside of Quebec, said it's better than Toronto and even better than Vancouver. I've been to neither of them, though I'm sure it's better than Toronto and while I'll be in Vancouver some day soon I'm guessing I won't like it was much. Montreal does have a bit of European flavor, the Canadian San Francisco or Barcelona. You guys have a great city and I pray for the next Quebec referendum to come soon (sadly it won't) so I can buy a cheap condo when everybody flees.

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Anyone know where I could get my habs jersey sewn with PK Subban for the cheapest price.

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Hi guys, I want to go for the just for laughs festival.

Russell Peters' Best Night Ever
28 July 2011 22:00

To be specific.

The only problem I have is I don't understand the seating.

Seats Price

BALGA
B
s 47, 49 $57.64 (Adult) x 2


BALDR
B
s 26, 28 $57.64 (Adult) x 2


LGBG21
1
s 1-2 $57.64 (Adult) x 2


LGBD22
1
s 1-2 $57.64 (Adult) x 2

No idea what those abbreviations or whatever mean. Some help would be nice.

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Does anyone know where i can get my carey price jersey framed in Montreal? Preferably somewherecheap.

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Grand Prix Saturday, where is a good bar/lounge that will be full but won't be too tough to get into tonight?

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Wow, great and somewhat overwhelming thread of information.

Am planning on visiting Montreal for the first time this year for the November 26th game against Pittsburgh. Looks like it's only about a 7 hour drive from where I am in New Jersey.

I'll be digging deeper into this thread in the future, but if I'm looking for some place close to the Bell Centre (within a 15-20 minute walk) with decent nightlife, what's a good area to start looking for hotels?

Thanks so much!

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Mark Cuban was in Montreal recently


Mmmm.... What is he up to ??????

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This thread is ****ing awesome.

I'm going to MTL for the first time in February to catch a couple of games and will certainly be using this thread as a baseline for like everything.

Thanks a billion all!

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Wow, great and somewhat overwhelming thread of information.

Am planning on visiting Montreal for the first time this year for the November 26th game against Pittsburgh. Looks like it's only about a 7 hour drive from where I am in New Jersey.

I'll be digging deeper into this thread in the future, but if I'm looking for some place close to the Bell Centre (within a 15-20 minute walk) with decent nightlife, what's a good area to start looking for hotels?

Thanks so much!
Bell centre is downtown montreal so any hotel close to the bell centre is good.
Montreal has 2 streets on which there are a ton of bars/clubs to choose from.

St-Laurent street is the main one but would be a long walk from the bell centre.
Crescent street which is literally a 2 minute walk from the Bell centre is the 2nd street and it is full of bars, clubs and pubs, you cant go wrong on that street.

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Bell centre is downtown montreal so any hotel close to the bell centre is good.
Montreal has 2 streets on which there are a ton of bars/clubs to choose from.

St-Laurent street is the main one but would be a long walk from the bell centre.
Crescent street which is literally a 2 minute walk from the Bell centre is the 2nd street and it is full of bars, clubs and pubs, you cant go wrong on that street.
Thanks for the info, that helps a lot when choosing a hotel. Real excited to visit your city. I hope you guys take it easy on me though.

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What's the fairmont close to the BC? I have a family friend who can get us cheap rates, is it worth it?

edit: What's a good, cheapish section to sit in? Not looking for anything super cheap but something where I won't be paying 1000+per ticket would be nice since we have to get 4... :/


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What's the fairmont close to the BC? I have a family friend who can get us cheap rates, is it worth it?

edit: What's a good, cheapish section to sit in? Not looking for anything super cheap but something where I won't be paying 1000+per ticket would be nice since we have to get 4... :/
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is a nice hotel, especially if you get a good rate. One nice thing about going to this hotel (or the Hilton) is that you can get to the Bell Centre underground, so you do not need to wear a jacket to the game. Seats at the Bell Centre are not huge, so not having a jacket that takes up space is a major plus.

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The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is a nice hotel, especially if you get a good rate. One nice thing about going to this hotel (or the Hilton) is that you can get to the Bell Centre underground, so you do not need to wear a jacket to the game. Seats at the Bell Centre are not huge, so not having a jacket that takes up space is a major plus.
Cool. Thanks for the help brother.

In Quebec City I stayed at the Delta near Old Quebec (meh hotel) and the family friend i mentioned before said he could have gotten us cheaply into the Frontenac had he knows we were going.

The QE is probably no where near the same quality (or maybe it is IDK) but still, probably better than a Delta lol

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Hey everyone! Heading up to Montreal the 21st-25th, staying at the Residence Inn in downtown and going to Heavy MTL! Also have to take a visit to the bell centre and the Habs hall of fame...

Any suggestions on a bar/pub that tends to play music toward the heavier side?

I'm definitely going to Hurley's because that place just seems amazing.

Also any other activity suggestions for this weekend? I saw the firework competition has something going on Saturday but I'll be at the concert.

Any recommendations would be wonderful!

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Howdy from Jersey! I was just up in Montreal from Saturday night until this morning, and I can't say enough good things about the city. I fell in love with the city, everyone was extremely nice to me while I was there and I had a great time.

I had a chance to check out the Canadiens Hall of Fame and it was worth the $10.50 for sure.

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Coming to Montreal!

Hello all,

I am planning on coming to Montreal this weekend to visit family and I was curious if there is anyone who knows if any Canadiens will be at Brossard on Thursday or Friday and if it is open to the public. If so, how do I go about getting in?

This will be my first visit to the city so any help would be amazing and any recommendations on other 'touristy' stuff to do would be great as well.

Thanks in advance!

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I'd recommend you to go check that thread.

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Merci!

Although, that thread has no info on the schedule for Brossard. Any link for that?

Ps- If need be, please move to the 'What to do in Montreal' thread. Thanks mods


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Bell centre is downtown montreal so any hotel close to the bell centre is good.
Montreal has 2 streets on which there are a ton of bars/clubs to choose from.

St-Laurent street is the main one but would be a long walk from the bell centre.
Crescent street which is literally a 2 minute walk from the Bell centre is the 2nd street and it is full of bars, clubs and pubs, you cant go wrong on that street.
2 streets? you're joking right? virtually every street downtown is filled with bars, restos and clubs...from bishop and crescent to stanley and peel....east is st laurent and further east is st Denis + the streets that connect them like des pins, Duluth, Rachel etc....virtually all filled with bars and restos...
AND if the dude feels like walking south on st laurent to the old port, old montreal is filled with restos and bars too

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We're 2 guys from Denmark coming over to watch Montreal and Lars Eller on nov 26, and i have a question for you guys. Being from Denmark, we would like a Frans Nielsen NYI jersey, so aren't there any nice shops in Montreal, that have stuff from other teams? Thanks.

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We're 2 guys from Denmark coming over to watch Montreal and Lars Eller on nov 26, and i have a question for you guys. Being from Denmark, we would like a Frans Nielsen NYI jersey, so aren't there any nice shops in Montreal, that have stuff from other teams? Thanks.
There some shops downtown like La Capsule Sportive, Sports Expert and Edition Illimite but you ain't gonna find Nielsen stuff, the only Islanders stuff you will find is John Tavares

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