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Hey all you out-of-towners, here's all the information you'll need to survive Montreal - well enjoy it at the very least!

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EATING :: FRENCH 101 :: GETTING AROUND :: HOT SPOTS :: SHOPPING (coming soon) :: SLEEPING :: STRAIGHT FACTS





>> These are simply a listing of Montreal's food joints. For more information make sure to check out www.menumontreal.com

>> For high-end dining in Westmount, make sure to checkout the Mess-Hall


Cheap'N'Greasy
Those are the type of places that we all love to visit after a long night of debauchery. Always greasy, always cheap…

Arabic
Cheap. Tasty. Fast. The Middle-Eastern answer to fast-food. Nothing beats a Shish Taouk or Falafel at three in the morning.

Asian
Technically, we are speaking about East Asian food (for those geography nerds among you). Great if you are looking for big portions and small prices. Whether it's pre-party or just a casual dinner, it's always a good bet.

Indian
Excellent food, but not the type of restaurant you would stroll to after a long night of clubbing. However, it's great for a quiet dinner or date.

Italian
A more romantic type of restaurant, enjoy a nice meal among friends or with your significant other. Inquire if you can bring your own wine.

Latin
Latin American food (and this includes Brazil); this encompasses all types of restaurants. Classy, tasty, casual, romantic, somewhat spicy and sometimes cheap.

High-End Fast-Food
The Rolls-Royces of fast-food. These restaurants (somewhat) fall in the fast-food category, and yet there is something that distinguishes their food from their generic counterparts. Coming to think of it, Schwartz's deserves to have a category of its own.

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Or how to say "nice ass" in French

So you think the ever-popular Voulez-vous couchez avec moi? mixed in with a couple (dozen?) of drinks is more than enough, but…errr…wait a minute…Anyway, French culture is a BIG part of Montreal and has a lot to offer so you might as well sit back and indulge in it. It is true that you can get by in Montreal using only English, but we had to fill this spot up, so here’s a quick and useful (or not) guide to French. And if you end-up getting laid as a result of this, you owe us $10 – Dr. Bender’s drinking habits don’t come cheap you know?

The Basics
  • Hello - Bonjour (If you’re anything like us, you’ll never get up in time to use it so stick to Bonsoir, it’s the same as Bonjour, but used in the evening)
  • The Subway - Le Métro (Anglophones have come to adopt this one, so you’d better use it too)
  • A pattio - Une Terrace (Anglophones have adopted this one too)
  • A BigMac with fries - Un BigMac avec une frite (We recommend ordering a poutine though)
  • Where am I? - Où est-ce-que je suis? (Now that’s a good fucking question!)

Finding Your Way
  • Where's my hotel? - Où est mon hôtel? (Unless you’re doing it hobo-style, this might come in handy)
  • Where's the (name of club/bar/lounge)? - Où est (name of club/bar/lounge)?
  • Where is the nearest bar/club? - Où est le bar/club le plus proche?
  • Where's the closest strip-club - Où est le club de danseuses le plus proche?
  • Dude, where's my car? - Il est ou mon char?

Starting/Finishing the Party
  • A pitcher please! - Un pichet S'il-vous-plait! (the 't' is silent)
  • A beer! - Une bière!
  • Can I have a contact dance? - Est-ce-que je peux (the 'x' is silent) avoir une danse à dix (the 'x' is silent).
  • Dude, I'm friggin' drunk! - Yo je suis tellement fait!
  • I gotta puke? - Je dois vomir!
  • I got to take a piss - Je dois aller pisser.

Flirting
  • Teach me French - Apprenez-moi le français (Little do they know, you’re already a master in French and are only using this line as bate…man is this guide brilliant or what?)
  • Your place or mine? - Chez toi ou chez moi?
  • Do you want to sleep with me tonight? - Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? (I you don’t already know this one, I would recommend visiting Toronto – it’s a tough, but fair punishment)
  • I love Quebecers!- J'aime les québecois (for males) / québecoises (for females)
  • Nice ass! - Beau cul!* (the 'l' is silent)

    * Speaking of which, where's this rock song in Quebec that goes: "Au Québec tout commence avec le cul et finit par un bec". It litterally means that in Quebec everything starts with some ass and finishes with a kiss...so rock on people, rock on...you've come to the right place!


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Or how to get from one party to the next

Taxis
I can’t help but find myself wondering how some of Montreal's cab drivers got their license. I mean they have nothing but utter disrespect for human life and traffic laws, but I guess at least they get you where you want to be in less than no time. The initial charge is $2.50 and then $1.20 will be added each kilometer…and don’t forget to give the guy a nice tip for not crashing the car.

Buses
There are plenty of buses around Montreal that’ll get you almost everywhere. The standard fare is $2.50 (a weekly pass for both, the metro and buses, will cost you $17) and no, they don’t give any change; so have your cash ready. If you think about staying out later than 1am you should check out the night-bus schedule. By the way, don’t forget to pick up a transfer from the bus driver; this will allow you to use another bus or metro within a given timeframe.

Metro
The subway or Metro system, as we Montrealers like to call it, consists of five lines and includes 65 stations. If you want to limit your traveling to the downtown core,the green and orange lines are the way to go. The standard fare is the same as for the buses ($2.50) and it works really simple: you pay your $2.50 and you can go as far as you want to; no complicated zone system, that is solely reserved for the hapless suburbs. However, be aware, that even though it may be a great way to get around town during the day, it should not be your favored mode of transportation for late night/early morning partying; the green line and orange lines shut down at about 1am on weekdays and 1.30am on Saturday (please seek specific information for each station on the STM website). In case that any of you care, each Metro station is said to be designed by a different artist and hence may look rather unique. The interior design really encompasses everything; the bland and the aesthetic, the flamboyant and the mundane, the garish and the unpretentious, the crude and the elegant. So, if you really would like to see some futuristic 60’s art-kitsch, go underground. By the way, on the first level of each metro station (just after you enter through the turnstiles), there are automats that provide transfers for the commuters.

Car
If you decide to come by car, just remember those few words of wisdom: Montreal drivers are ruthless, the cabbies are a danger to humankind, and the road signs are either illegible or illogical. Please bring a map, patience and nerves of steel.

Foot
It is quite convenient to access the downtown core by foot; just watch out for the cars, it’s not as if people will stop for you.

Bike
There are plenty of bike-paths along the island of Montreal; just watch out, or else your bike might be stolen. Equip yourself with a good lock and a helmet.

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Crescent (between René-Levesque and Sherbrooke)
Newcomers to Montreal will be attracted to rue Crescent (seen in the above picture), with its flashy lights and vibrant nightlife. On the weekend, the cumulative noise from invasive sound systems and late night party-kids drowns out any sense of sobriety, and engorge you with a heady sense of excitement. It's easy to be caught up in the rush on rue Crescent, and with its density of bars, is a target for well-dressed clubbers.
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Sainte Catherine (between Atwater and St-Denis)
The Montreal shopping experience is neatly tied up on Ste-Catherine, the tourist destination of choice, especially those carrying stacks of American or European bills. As a result, the streets of Ste-Catherine flood with misplaced, delirious Americans, brutally mispronouncing the French names of the streets they've heard about. All the ideals of Montreal are neatly tied up and proudly on display here: on one block, a church, next to a strip club, next to a leather shoe store, next to another strip club.
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Saint Laurent (between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal)
St. Laurent is the street where everything comes even; east-west streets start at 0 here, and it is an invisible division between English and French Montreal. It is here, however, that the real feeling of Montreal comes to life in sinister undertones; St. Laurent has a rapid mix of restaurants, bars and stores, which make the street enigmatically busy - no matter what time of day.
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Saint Denis (between René-Levesque and Mont-Royal)
St-Denis offers everything that Crescent doesn't. Crescent is the majority Anglophone and stacked with clubs. St-Denis is Francophone and bursting with bars and pubs. If you're into sitting back, sipping beer, and immersing yourself in French-Canadian culture then head to St-Denis.
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Prince Arthur (between St-Laurent and Carré St-Louis)
Prince-Arthur is small and has the only pedestrian zone in Montreal. Finally a chance to sit back, sip on a drink and watch all the beautiful people pass by. The street might be small, but the tiny part east of St-Laurent has a lot to offer. Greek and Italian restaurants are stacked next to each other, separated by the occasional bar or café. A good place to start any night, especially during the summer.


The Old Port (Metro Champ-de-Mars or Places D'Armes)
The old port has a European feeling to it; full of tourists, expensive cafes, restaurants, snobby waiters and horse crap. But nevertheless, if you are looking for a romantic outing, or simply yearning for a touch of "Old Europe" the old port is always a good bet. For the hopelessly romantic among you we suggest visiting the old port for one night during our annual international fireworks competition.

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>> Check out the Square Phillips Hotel at www.squarephillips.com.


Large Hotels
Plenty of them to go around. Montreal is equipped with trendy, classy, styling, and/or family oriented hotels.

Small Hotels
Cheaper and lower quality than some of the larger hotels but creates an air of comfort and community.

Bed & Breakfast
Expensive but provides a good ambience for a nice romantic getaway.

Dorms and Inexpensive rooms
Designed and priced for backpackers. Book in advance because rooms can be scarce in the summers.

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Useful facts about Montreal that you must know

Partying
  • The legal drinking age is 18.
  • Stores are not allowed to sell alcohol after 11pm (a good thing to know in case you want to get that late evening alcohol fix before you go to a bar that will charge twice as much).
  • Bars/clubs are not permitted to sell alcohol after 3am; the last call is usually at around 2.30am. If you still want some more alcohol than you are advised to check yourself in the Betty Ford clinic.
  • If you consider yourself a voracious party animal then go check yourself into one of the many afterhour clubs Montreal has to offer and spend the morning dancing with your insomnia-tic comrades.
  • For the more upscale clubs and lounges in Montreal you should attend 'styling'…we will leave that up to your imagination (for those who don't have one…that means no jeans and runners).
  • You will find most of the strip-clubs on and around Ste-Catherine Street, however, try to avoid the shadier strip-clubs in the East End.
  • The bigger tip you give to a bouncer at a strip-club the nicer your view of the honey-pot (duh!!!).
  • Don't let them catch you at a strip-club without a drink.
  • Recently there has been a trend in Montreal where most of the strip clubs are straying from the traditional classy and respectable "look but don't touch" policy to the more crass "grab and squeeze" policy. Most of the strip-clubs allow contact dances - I can see some of the more perturbed and perverted souls among you already salivating!
  • In case you are wondering why there is a huge line of women standing outside of a club named 281 on Ste-Catherine Street, well, for the ladies who are reading this, 281 is a club with well strapped males swaggering their stuff.

...and some other comments
  • Montreal weather can be shitty or amazing! Make sure you check before you get here.
  • Contrary to what you have heard; most people speak English here.
  • There is much more than an ocean that separates France from Quebec - we speak the same language but that's as far as the similarities go.


Other things about Montreal that you must know

  • We usually think of Montreal, Canada as a cold weather city, and Paris, France as a much warmer city than Montreal, but the fact is that Montreal is south of Paris.
  • Montreal is the largest French-speaking city in the Western hemisphere.
  • In 1917, the Montreal Wanderers of the National Hockey league had what is probably the worst run of bad luck in the history of hockey. After winning their opening game, they proceeded to lose games 2 through 6, and then their stadium burned down, ending the team's existence.
  • High School starts in grade 7 and ends in grade 11.
  • Highway 20 has stoplights. No kiddin'.
  • We don't use any of those complicated long names in Montreal, it's the 'Spos, the Habs, the Hos (really? / No not really) and the Als.
  • Canada's first banking institution was the Bank of Montreal, chartered in 1818 with capital of $250,000. Today, the bank reports profits of over C$1 billion per year. Obviously the bank now moved its headquarters out of Montreal into Toronto. Well, at least the name remains.
  • Montreal has 4,183 police officers and 975 patrol cars.
  • Montreal has 2,271 firemen and 1,300 fire hydrants.
  • According to Utne-Reader the Plateau Mont-Royal ranks 4th on the list of hippest places to live in North America.
  • According to Travel&Leisure, Montreal ranks 10th among the most popular cities for restaurant quality.
  • The average Montrealer needs to work 14 minutes to be able to afford a BigMac. In comparison a Muscovite has to work for 74 minutes and a New Yorker only 12 minutes.
  • Montreal is 31st in a ranking of food prices among international cities. For comparison, expensive Tokyo is first and New York and L.A. rank 5th and 6th respectively.
  • In a similar ranking, Montreal is placed 27th in the price of men clothing. New York and Chicago lead the list, followed by Tokyo.
  • Rent is cheap in Montreal. The city is 51st on a list of 58 international cities.
  • Hotels and Taxis are also cheap here. We are ranked 55th and 21st respectively.
  • The Montreal Jazz Fest attracts 1,600,000 visitors during its two weeks, while the Just-for-Laughs festival has 1,457,622 spectators.
  • July is our warmest month with an average temperature of 20.8ºC (69.4ºF).
  • Montreal has about 61 days of snowfall per year.
  • Montreal had 9,700,000 visitors in 2001.
  • There are 14,620 hotel rooms in downtown Montreal.
  • We almost would have had a downtown baseball stadium.

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