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Weekend in Montreal

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by HotlantaHoward, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. gort

    gort Senior member

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    Fairly relevant to the OP, I am planning on setting up my brother's bachelor party in Montreal in July. Was looking at two companies that put together the bachelor party plans for you. montrealvip.com and montrealnitelifetravel.com

    First off, anybody have any idea if these places are legit and/or worth it?
     
  2. SField

    SField Senior member

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    Fairly relevant to the OP, I am planning on setting up my brother's bachelor party in Montreal in July. Was looking at two companies that put together the bachelor party plans for you. montrealvip.com and montrealnitelifetravel.com

    First off, anybody have any idea if these places are legit and/or worth it?


    Why would you need to pay someone to set up a bachelor party?

    If you're doing the typical bro party, it means dinner, dive bar, strip club, then maybe a nightclub or another bar. You don't really need to organize that.
     
  3. SField

    SField Senior member

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    For Steak, Gibby's is very good. I have gone there a couple of times on business. I agree Schwartz is great for Montreal smoked meat. I have also been to Cafe Fereira for seafood which was fantastic. I am going in a couple of days and I am trying Cafe Europa which I was told is fantastic as well. i hope this helps. David
    Gibby's is god awful. Shitty meat with horrendous sides served by morbidly obese habitant middle aged women. I cannot think of a more awful place to spend like $50.
     
  4. gort

    gort Senior member

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    Why would you need to pay someone to set up a bachelor party?

    If you're doing the typical bro party, it means dinner, dive bar, strip club, then maybe a nightclub or another bar. You don't really need to organize that.


    Yeah good point. I guess I was just thinking going to a city I had never been I wouldn't know any good spots to go. Having someone else plan it all would be easy but then again how hard is it to ask the concierge at the hotel or something which strip clubs and bars are good. Plus internet forums are good for that too. [​IMG]
     
  5. SField

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    Yeah good point. I guess I was just thinking going to a city I had never been I wouldn't know any good spots to go. Having someone else plan it all would be easy but then again how hard is it to ask the concierge at the hotel or something which strip clubs and bars are good. Plus internet forums are good for that too. [​IMG]

    What's your budget, what kind of guys are you with?

    Would be very easy to make an itinerary from that in about 5 minutes.
     
  6. gort

    gort Senior member

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    The crowd is going to be a bit diverse. We have two guys who are still in school (one in law school, one in undergrad) who are both getting married this year as well so they have little money to spend. A few of us are at six figures or close to it, and two guys are shitty paid school teachers. [​IMG] Some guys wouldn't mind spending something in the 4 digits while others would cringe at spending over $400 either because they simply can't afford it or are cheap.
     
  7. EL72

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    I went to a new place on St. Denis (corner Rachel) for NYE in MTL called Le Hachoir and was pleasantly surprised. Nice steak tartare and cool meat dishes (I had a tourtiere that was delicious) with nice decor and atmosphere. It turns out the place is owned by a guy I know who used to be a doorman at Disalvio's (a club I hung out in the late '80s/early '90s) - Alain. Nice guy and even offered us drinks on the house.

    I will echo Medwards rec since i also had lunch at L'Express and it still rocks - best croque monsieur this side of the Atlantic - it's one of the few places I miss about MTL.
     
  8. SField

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    The crowd is going to be a bit diverse. We have two guys who are still in school (one in law school, one in undergrad) who are both getting married this year as well so they have little money to spend. A few of us are at six figures or close to it, and two guys are shitty paid school teachers. [​IMG]

    Some guys wouldn't mind spending something in the 4 digits while others would cringe at spending over $400 either because they simply can't afford it or are cheap.


    I mean it's very easy to just go bar hopping in montreal... you don't really need a plan. I don't like strip clubs but if I were you I'd avoid shit like Super Sexe. I think Mum Boucher's place is supposed to be the best.. Chez Paree.

    Stay at the W or something. It's really easy to go out in Montreal. You can get in pretty much anywhere if you're getting bottle service so lines are irrelevant. It also isn't that expensive, but $400 would not be as easy (though totally doable if you want to... but they might have to be subsidized by the older guys if you want to go to nicer places)
     
  9. Easter

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    KAZU
    KAZU
    KAZU

    on Ste. Catherine, there's a very good reason why there's a big lineup in front every weekend. One of the best and most unique Japanese food you'll ever have.

    Don't go for steak, for all the restaurants it has Montreal is shitty for steaks.
     
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    I enjoyed Kamasutra. It's a little small but I had fun. A friend who lives there mentioned positive things about Solid Gold but I never went so I can't speak from first hand experience.
     
  11. Easter

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    Oh and if you want to drop a bit more for dinner Europea is good.
     
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    Oh and if you want to drop a bit more for dinner Europea is good.

    That's the best high end option in town, and far better than Toque in my opinion.
     
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    Went to a number of upscale places but two best food experiences in Montreal (as of two years ago) were

    1. Portuguese chicken at some hole in the wall called Romados - fantastic food. If weather is ok, make sure to hike around the relatively nearby Park (mont royal?) - very cool

    2. Fresh bagels at Fairmont bagels

    Don't mean to downplay the quality of the upscale places - they were generally good but nothing you won't find in Chicago or NY. Only real disappointment was Toque: affirmatively bad food, incredibly pretentious and bad service. And, it was expensive.

    Another trendy place that I can't recall the name of was on Sherbrooke - food was good but it reminded me of a mid-80's coke palace - lots of twitchy guys in pastel t-shirts and suit jackets with gold chains and the girls to match. Frankly, I loved the vibe - the wife thought it a bit much, however.
     
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    Has anyone flown into Burlington VT and drove up???


    Some buddies are going to VT for a brewfest and I want to take this as a chance to go to montreal since Ive heard it was cool. Worth a day trip? any good breweries in the city center?
     
  15. audiophilia

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    Love Burlington. Drove down umpteen times from Mtl. Easy drive to Mtl. And damn well worth it.
     
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    Love Burlington. Drove down umpteen times from Mtl. Easy drive to Mtl. And damn well worth it.

    anything cool on the drive? anything good in b-town for some lushes in their late 20s?
     
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    Nothing.

    Burlington has a cool vibe. Lots of good restaurants along the pedestrian mall. Clubs? Unknown.
     
  18. SField

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    anything cool on the drive? anything good in b-town for some lushes in their late 20s?

    Uhh.. Vermonters come to Montreal... Montrealers NEVER go to vermont unless it's to ski or something. Americans always go to party in Montreal.
     
  19. leftover_salmon

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    I don't really like Gibby's, you can find much better for the price. Moishe's is so much better for steak.
    Moishe's blows, especially if you're trying to make a "value" argument. For $55, you get the same piece of meat you'd get at Gibby's (which costs $45-50 max), only it comes with nothing -- no salad and vegetables/fries/potato -- and you'd be lucky if they cook it right. Moreover, you get to eat in what can only be described as a 1950s era Catskills cafeteria. I've been to both Moishe's and Gibby's a couple dozen times each (at least) and have always preferred Gibbys; moreover, the latter is far more consistent. In any case, Queue de Cheval/40 Westt is much better than both (and the only place approaching American-quality dry-aged steak in Montreal) but you have to deal with pretentious waiters and insane wine markups. Back to the general topic, I would eat at the following places in Montreal: 1. Schwartz's 2. Au Pied du Cochon 3. Ferreira 4. Le Mas des Oliviers 5. Milos That said, I haven't ever eaten at Toque or Europea...I don't think Montreal does that type of haute cuisine well. The lone exception was Anise, which is unfortunately now closed.
     
  20. SField

    SField Senior member

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    Moishe's blows, especially if you're trying to make a "value" argument. For $55, you get the same piece of meat you'd get at Gibby's (which costs $45-50 max), only it comes with nothing -- no salad and vegetables/fries/potato -- and you'd be lucky if they cook it right. Moreover, you get to eat in what can only be described as a 1950s era Catskills cafeteria.

    I've been to both Moishe's and Gibby's a couple dozen times each (at least) and have always preferred Gibbys; moreover, the latter is far more consistent. In any case, Queue de Cheval/40 Westt is much better than both (and the only place approaching American-quality dry-aged steak in Montreal) but you have to deal with pretentious waiters and insane wine markups.

    Back to the general topic, I would eat at the following places in Montreal:

    1. Schwartz's
    2. Au Pied du Cochon
    3. Ferreira
    4. Le Mas des Oliviers
    5. Milos

    That said, I haven't ever eaten at Toque or Europea...I don't think Montreal does that type of haute cuisine well. The lone exception was Anise, which is unfortunately now closed.


    I disagree, Toque is an excellent fine dining establishment. I also question the wisdom of saying that Schwartz's is the best place to eat in the city. Milos is very good, comparable to the one in NYC.
     

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