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Nightlife in Montreal

Montreal's 3am closing makes it Canada's party capital. Start off on rue Crescent for people-watching or jazz at nearby Upstairs. East of downtown, Place des Arts hosts symphonies and outdoor festivals. Old Montreal has chic new lounges like Suite 701 while the Gay Village is lined with gay bars. Head to the Plateau for hip DJ bars and Mile End for cool cocktails at L'Assommoir. The smoking ban ensures terraces are full in summer.

Casino de Montréal, Montreal. © Casino de Montréal
Hurley's Irish Pub, Montreal. Photo by Dave Coombs
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Hurley's Irish Pub

Celtic tradition

The Irish have been big in Montreal since the 1840s, and their musical tradition thrives at Hurley's Irish Pub. A street-level terrace fronts this downtown bar, filled with comfortable, semi-subterranean rooms where Guinness flows and Celtic musicians perform nightly.



Address

1225, rue Crescent, Montreal H3G 2B1

Telephone

+1 514 861 4111

Transport

Métro Peel or Guy-Concordia

Website

Hurley's Irish Pub Website

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Réservoir

Beers brewed on site

This brewpub on the Plateau tempts with fancy bar snacks to go with the bitters, ales and lagers brewed on site. Réservoir's ground floor has an industrial feel; upstairs is cosier. Sit on the terrace, watching the people pass below.



Address

9, avenue Duluth est, Montreal H2W 1G7

Telephone

+1 514 849 7779

Transport

Métro Mont Royal

Website

Réservoir Website

Sir Winston Churchill Pub, Montreal
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Sir Winston Churchill Pub

People-watcher's paradise

Sir Winston Churchill Pub's pavement terrace (enclosed in winter) is a perfect vantage point for checking out downtown's pedestrian traffic. A mixed crowd of questing young professionals mills around three levels of bars before hitting one of three dance floors.



Address

1459, rue Crescent, Montreal H3G 2B2

Telephone

+1 514 288 3814

Transport

Métro Peel or Guy-Concordia

Website

Sir Winston Churchill Pub Website

Barraca Rhumerie et Tapas, Montreal. Photo by Lionel Auguste
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Barraca Rhumerie et Tapas

Latin sophistication

The Barraca Rhumerie et Tapas bar is located in the heart of the trendy Plateau. It serves tapas and excellent rum drinks to a fashionable but unpretentious crowd. DJs play Latin-inflected sounds. Sit out on the cute backyard terrace.



Address

1134, avenue du Mont-Royal est, Montreal H2J 1XB

Telephone

+1 514 525 7741

Transport

Métro Mont-Royal

Website

Barraca Rhumerie et Tapas Website

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Suite 701

Beautiful cocktail lounge

The moulded ceilings and arched windows are a beautiful reminder of Suite 701's Old Montreal location. But not as beautiful as the model-gorgeous, moneyed crowd who come for premium cocktails and dancing. Visit the eighth-floor terrace for sublime sunset views.



Address

701, côte de la Place d'Armes, Montreal H2Y 3X2

Telephone

+1 514 904 1201

Transport

Métro Place-d'Armes

Website

Suite 701 Website

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L'Assommoir

Cocktails with panache

Hidden away in ever-cooler Mile End, L'Assommoir gets missed by most visitors. A shame, as the bottle-throwing bartenders mix up more than 250 cocktails. Join the suave clientele to try the basil martini accompanied by tapas and ceviches.



Address

112, rue Bernard ouest, Montreal H2T 2K1

Telephone

+1 514 272 0777

Transport

Métro Rosemont

Website

L'Assommoir Website

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Salsatheque

Latin dance club

For the hottest Latin rhythms in Montreal, look no further than Salsatheque. The 1970s decor may be a bit dated, but that doesn't stop the crowd from twirling and shimmying to the sound of merengue, bachata and salsa, of course!



Address

1220, Peel St, Montreal H3B 2T6

Telephone

+1 514 875 0016

Transport

Metro to Peel

Website

Salsatheque Website

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Tokyo Bar

From R&B to techno

Well-established Tokyo Bar on the Plateau has been drawing clubbers for years. The main room offers R&B and top 40 hits, the cool 'blue room' house and techno. Head to the great roof terrace to chill out.



Address

3709, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal H2X 2V7

Telephone

+1 514 842 6838

Transport

Métro Sherbrooke

Website

Tokyo Bar Website

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Muzique Montreal

Luxurious nightclub

Acclaimed DJs pump out a mix of electro, house, pop, sultry R&B and rock across the violet-lit dance floor inside Boulevard Saint-Laurent's sleekest club, Muzique Montreal. The city's most beautiful sip champagne on the rooftop terrace on warm summer evenings.



Address

3781, Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal H2W 1X8

Telephone

+1 514 282 2224

Transport

Métro Saint-Laurent

Website

Muzique Montreal Website

Complexe Sky, Montreal. © Tourisme Montreal/Stéphan Poulin
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Complexe Sky

Gay Village clubbing

Complexe Sky is one of the big gay venues in the Gay Village. Start off in the ground-floor bar or head straight for the roof terrace if it's sunny. The club resounds to beats from salsa to hip hop.



Address

1474, rue Sainte-Catherine est, Montreal H2L 2J1

Telephone

+1 514 529 6969

Transport

Métro Beaudry

Website

Complexe Sky Website

Casa del Popolo, Montreal. &copy Justin Bur
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Casa del Popolo

Music for the people

Jazz and blues dominate the diverse array of live music at the Casa del Popolo on the Plateau. Hip-shaking dance sounds, percussion specialists, jazz bagpipe, calypso and folk also feature. Vegetarian food and draft beer appease the bohemian clientele.



Address

4873, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal H2T 1R6

Telephone

+1 514 284 3804

Transport

Métro Laurier

Website

Casa del Popolo Website

Casino de Montréal, Montreal. © Casino de Montréal
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Casino de Montréal

Round-the-clock games

Encompassing three separate buildings on Notre Dame Island, the Casino de Montréal is open 24 hours a day. The former Expo 67 pavilions contain all the games you'd expect to find in a casino: blackjack, slot machines, roulette and more.



Address

1, avenue du Casino, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal H3C 4W7

Telephone

+1 514 392 2746

Transport

Métro Jean-Drapeau, then bus 167; shuttle bus

Website

Casino de Montréal Website

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Upstairs

No-nonsense jazz club

Downtown jazz bar Upstairs is actually down a few steps from the street. Big names are infrequent, but the groups appearing five nights a week are more than competent. The bar snacks and substantial meals are pretty good too.



Address

1254, rue Mackay, Montreal H3G 2H4

Telephone

+1 514 931 6808

Transport

Métro Guy-Concordia

Website

Upstairs Website

Place des Arts, Montreal. Courtesy of the Montreal Tourist Board
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Place des Arts

Centre for performing arts

On downtown's eastern edge, Place des Arts hosts symphony and chamber concerts, opera, ballet and theatre in five halls seating from between 138 and nearly 3000 guests. It is also the hub for the entertainment district's massive summer festivals.



Address

175, rue Sainte-Catherine ouest, Montreal H2X 1Z8

Telephone

+1 514 842 4200 (tickets +1 514 842 2112)

Transport

Métro Place-des-Arts

Website

Place des Arts Website

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Jello Martini Lounce

Live grooves

Lava lamps and vintage fixtures make downtown's Jello Martini Lounge look like a 1960s recreation room, though one with 50 kinds of martinis. DJ sets and live music - groove, swing, salsa - help fuel dancing and a cheerful, fun-loving crowd.



Address

151, rue Ontario est, Montreal H2X 1H5

Telephone

+1 514 285 2009

Transport

Métro St-Laurent or Berri-UQAM

Website

Jello Martini Lounge Website

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