Montreal Nightlife A great place to begin a night out on the town, L'express, (3927 rue St-Denis, (514) 845-5333) is a classic French bistro with checkered tile floors, potted palms, a cozy dining space, a large bar and an impressive wine list. This Montréal landmark gets packed, so don't forget to make reservations.
An English-style pub in the revitalized St-Henri neighborhood, Burgundy Lion (2496 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, (514) 934-0888) is a raucous hangout for both sports fanatics and Anglophiles with plenty of flat-screen TVs and British-themed décor. Whiskey connoisseurs love the Burgundy Lion for its extensive selection, but beer, wine and mixed drinks are also on the menu. In summer, the pub's outside terrace is popular with locals.
Ask a Montréaler for a good place to have a beer and Dieu du Ciel! (29 av. Laurier Ouest, (514) 490-9555) invariably comes up. This brewpub has earned a reputation for its inventive craft brews that include one called Mortal Sin, a dark beer made with coffee, and others flavored with hibiscus or maple syrup. In other words, if you think you've tasted every kind of beer, this is the place for you. No wonder its name means roughly “God in Heaven!”
As you might guess from the name, La Distillerie (300 rue Ontario Est, (514) 448-2461) serves an array of tasty alcoholic concoctions that they have helpfully grouped within categories: tropical, fruity, tart, etc. This busy little bar in the Latin Quarter is also widely known for its happy hour and for serving drinks and Goldfish cracker snacks in mason jars. Be forewarned: The line to get inside can be long.
Revelers crowd into Le Lab Comptoir a Cocktails (1351 rue Rachel Est, (514) 544-1333) as much for the bartender performances as the cocktails. Try to grab a seat at the counter to watch these top-notch mixologists juggle bottles and pour flaming liquids. Nondescript on the outside, Le Lab is an intimate, dimly lit corner bar on the inside serving carefully crafted, subtly flavored drinks with more than a little flair.
If you think the crowd is young at Tokyo Bar (3709 boul. St-Laurent, (514) 842-6838), that's because it probably is. College students tend to be over-represented on the two dance floors, so even club kids in their mid-20s can sometimes feel like senior citizens. The décor is a mashup of Asian disco and airport lounge, and when crowds get too close for comfort inside, you can retreat to one or the other of the bar's spacious outside decks for a break.
For something fun to do with friends, head to Stereo (858 rue Ste-Catherine Est, (514) 658-2646) in Montreal's Gay Village, which regularly scores world-renowned DJs and attracts a diverse following among lovers of pounding techno rhythms and late-night dance parties. A classic mirrored ball hangs over a spacious dance floor, and the sound system has earned raves from audiophiles.
A nightlife fixture on “The Main,” as St. Lawrence Boulevard is called, for more than 20 years, Le Belmont (4483 boul. St-Laurent, (514) 845-8443) offers a diverse lineup of performers and guest DJs, serving as both dance club and concert venue. When you need a rest, there's a pool table room lined with flat-screen TVs to escape to.
If you're in the mood to dress up and treat yourself to something extra, head to Muzique (3781 boul. St-Laurent, (514) 282-2224), one of Montreal's most upscale dance clubs. The lighting is swank, and the great music comes in two flavors: hip-hop in one room, house and techno in the other. The club's rooftop patio (locally known as a terrasse) is an elegantly lit, laid-back spot to relax with friends.
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Canada levies a 5 percent Goods and Service Tax. Québec's provincial sales tax is 9.975 percent on goods and services. The Montréal area hotel room occupancy tax is 3.5 percent per night.
Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont), (514) 252-3400; Montréal General Hospital (Hôpital général de Montréal), (514) 934-1934; St. Mary's Hospital Center (Centre hospitalier de St-Mary), (514) 345-3511. These can be reached at (514) 890-8000: Hôtel-Dieu, Notre-Dame Hospital (Hôpital Notre-Dame) and St. Luke's Hospital (Hôpital Saint-Luc).
1255 rue Peel Montréal, QC H3A 3L8. Phone:(514)844-5400 or (877)266-5687
Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), formerly Montréal-Dorval Airport, 22 kilometres (14 mi.) west of downtown in Dorval, handles commercial flights.
Nearly all major rental-car companies serve Montréal, and desks are inside airline terminals at the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, and VIA Rail Canada, (514) 989-2626, operate from Central Station, 895 de la Gauchetière beneath Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel. Part of the underground city, Central Station is connected to the Métro subway and to Windsor Station at rues Peel and de la Gauchetière.
Adirondacks Trailways runs to New York City. Orléans Express operates inner-city service within Québec. The Gare d’autocars de Montréal (Montréal Coach Terminal), 1717 rue Berri, serves Canada and the U.S. Megabus buses link several Ontario cities, and connect to Buffalo, N.Y.
Cabs are plentiful in Montréal; you should have no problem hailing one. Taxis are metered, and fares generally are fixed at $3.45 to start, plus $1.70 for each kilometre (.6 mi.) traveled as well as 63c for every waiting minute. Major companies are Diamond, (514) 273-6331; and Taxi Co-op, (514) 725-9885.
Société de transport de Montréal (STM) provides bus, Métro (subway) and commuter train service throughout greater Montréal.
Large vessels put in at Montréal's docks. Port d'escale du Vieux-Port de Montréal (Bassin Jacques Cartier), 333 rue de la Commune Ouest, charges $18 for a minimum 3-hour stay, plus $6 per additional hour for vessels less than 18 metres (59 ft.) in length, or $66 for a minimum 3-hour stay, plus $22 per hour for vessels measuring 18 to 24 metres (59 to 79 ft.). Overnight rates $2.30-$4.15 per .3 metre (1 ft.) per day, depending on the season. Rates may increase on weekends, and there are discounts for stays of 7 or more days; phone (514) 283-5414 to verify pricing.