Hey guys! It's been way too long since I've been on here. Did a lot of traveling in '06!
I'm heading up to Canada with my friend in two weeks and we're going to hit up Quebec City and Montreal. I've been to both places before but I want your opinion on where the best place to stay in Montreal would be (and if you've got any advice on QC too that'd be great).
Also, any good bars/clubs I should know about? I'm 20 - spent most of last year in Europe where I guess I WAS an adult, but since December I've been "underage" down here in the good ole U.S.A.
There are way too many bars in Montreal to talk about. St. Laurent street, north of Sherbrooke has some interesting places - more laid back lounge types places. If you want more of an all-out party, you can go to Crescent and Ste. Catherine and the surrounding area - though you'll probably find a bunch of your country-men there drinking.
I've been down Ste-Catherine's before, and yes, there are 1000's of my "countrymen".. probably half of my high school class any given weekend since I'm from the Northeast! I'm not looking to meet up with any of them.
Where would I most likely be able to find a more local college-age crowd?
Along St. Laurent north of Sherbrooke would be a good place to go - more locals, a little older crowd, still some interesting clubs. Like I said, more clubs with a lounge type atmosphere, instead of the just drink-till-ya-drop of Crescent street.
We have some local Montreal members, I am sure they will be able to assist as well.
Greg, thanks for the tips. Hopefully some of those MTL locals will come out of the woodworks! For people who have been to Montreal, where did you stay? and, how did you like it? I'm looking into hostels there.
I read the thread yesterday but wasn't sure what to post! I can't give you any advice on where to stay (although I hear the hostel near Old Montreal is supposed to be great), but I do like Whisky Café on St. Laurent and St. Viateur for drinks. Anywhere on St. Laurent above Sherbrooke is "in", although pretty expensive; try Café Republique or Shed Café for something affordable, or Café Mélies in the Ex-Centris cinema for something fancy.
Mount Royal street east of St. Denis is also a great spot - Baraka and Nuevo are great places for Tapas and a mohito! There's also Bière et Compagnie of St. Denis for a huge beer menu and food made with beer. Cool music, too. You can pretty much get off at Mount Royal Metro and walk in any direcion to find something interesing and unique!