Hey everyone, I'm new to this forum and have been looking around, lots of great info. I just have a few questions on somethings I didn't find in any posts.
Im going to Montreal with some friends either mid july or the end of july, we plan to take the bus up (were from Massachusetts) and stay in a Hostel, not sure which yet. Anyway, Im the only one thats not 18, not until august anyway. I beleive the drinking age up there is 18, so will I not be able to get into any bars or clubs, because thats what we plan to do most of the time. My friend recently went to the Bahamahs and they never checked her ID once, so is it like that, or do they check ID's like in the states? Any info would be great, thanks!
Although it's been a little while since they stopped checking my ID here (what's up with that??!), up until I was about 25 I got carded 9 times out of 10 trying to enter a club. In part it's because I looked younger than my age, but it's also because bouncers routinely check IDs. You may have better luck at pubs and the like - where there isn't a bouncer at the door and you go right in and order.
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I've never in my life been carded as much as I have been in the States, though. Even this year, I was all over the place in New Orleans (which made me very happy, mind). So you will be carded - although not everywhere, or every time. Unless you look about 12, of course...
I never really got carded, but then again, I've been 5'10 since I was 16.... If you're not into the bars and pubs (like Tway's suggestion, and a good one might I add!), one trick to avoid getting carded is to appear confident going into the club. I had a friend that would always look down when she walked past the bouncers and they would always ask to see her ID. Flash a smile and you're one your way! (Sounds cheesy I know).
If you ever need any info on Montreal, I'm here for the asking! (Here's a thread posted a while back on what to do in Montreal)
It's not that often that clubs and pubs in Montreal card people, althought it does happen if you look young. The key is to dress smart, look confident, and, if possible, hold hands with a hot chick. The good thing about Montreal is that on the main clubbing streets (St Laurent and Crescent), the nightclubs and bars are literally lined up one next to the other, so if you can't get into one, just try the next one. I've only lived here since 17, but I have friends who have been going to bars and clubs in town since 14. When I was 17 I definitely did not have problem getting into any place here, was not even carded once. The only place I ever get carded is in the States, where they seem to check everyone's IDs, even the old geezers.
Great, thanks for the help everyone, I guess I will Just try and look confident, im 6'3 so that might help too. I'll have to check that thread out, thanks Katie! and if I have any questions I'll be sure to ask you.
I just have another question... Does anyone kno of a good map online that shows the streets where most the clubs and bars are, I been looking around online for one but I don't kno where the clubs are so not much luck, I havent yet reserved a hostel to stay at, so I'm gonna see which is closest to where we want to be, so we dont have to walk much.
Also, I think we kno what we're going to do durring the night, but does anyone have suggestions as to places to go or sights to see durring the day, some of the 'must see' things or what not... Thanks in advance
moremontreal.com will give you a map of each district in montreal, most of the clubs are around the plateau and the latin district.It will also give you an idea of whats happening in montreal around the time you go. as for things to do during the day: the mountain, shopping, the botanical gardens, old montreal, biosphere, museums and art galleries and many other things i'm missing. the jazz festival ends july 10th, so you'll probably miss that, but theres always some sort of a festival happening.