Mile End has been a location of choice for the Montreal-Clubs.com Crew since the start and now that we've met the brains behind the organization, we'll be there more often. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Susan (one of the owners) to talk about the phenomenon that is the Mile End Bar.
Being not too impressed with the whole pretentiousness of lower Saint Laurent Street, the young and hip owners decided to go far up on the Main, and set out to impress the hell out of the Plateau and the rest of the city for that matter. They opened a bar with none of the pretensions and all of the style characteristic of the venues further down south…you know, a place that people can actually enjoy. It's a great location to sit back with a couple friends or a date. And if you're not lucky enough, you can go to meet the beautiful people, but a note to all you young-ones out there, the crowd is an older one (25-40).
How would you describe the Mile End? Well what most articles on the nightspot will describe is its amazing design. They recruited the young designer Jean Maxime Labrecque and whoever said that excellence comes with age obviously never met this guy because his minimalist design won the Commerce Design Award. The venue is not only great looking, it's also huge...2 floors and mezzanine each with their own allure. The first floor resembles a trendy bar, the second has more of a club feel – a dance floor sometimes forms during the night, but this is definitely not a club. Finally, the top floor has a very loungy feel to it. All together, the venue accommodates up to 400 patrons.
Although size does matter, the Mile End is much more than dimensions and design, it's also great music, great ambiance and great people. In fact the house music they spin there is what made this place hot in the first place. Their affiliation with the reputable Turbo Records enabled them to score great DJs like James Di Salvio, Mark Dillon and Tiga, as well as Martini Brothers from Germany, Stephane Cocke (featured on a compilation sponsored by David Langlois), Sean Kosa, Romeo Kardec (also spins at Stereo Bar) and Olivier Bergeron.
In The End...
So what do you get when you cross a great location with an award winning décor and amazing house DJs? Mile End Bar, that’s what! As one of our readers said, the vibe that the bar exudes is phenomenal. But remember, this is definitely not a club, it is, however, a must see!
Best Nights >>> Thursday's 5@7 and Fridays