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Weekend in Montreal

KronusKronus Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I will be attending a convention this weekend in Montreal with my girlfriend* and a few of our friends (some are girls*) and I'm looking for suggestions on places to shop/places to see while we're there. I've been there once before with my parents, so I know the basic stuff, how to get around, use the metro, go to Schwartz', etc. In particular, I want to go to a few good video game/comic book/hobby/toy/general geek stores. If there are any good music stores around I would certainly like to take a look, besides the HMV on St. Catherine's. Also, any clothing store suggestions in the same vein as American Apparel, Urban Outfitters or stores that might cater to my lankiness, I've never been in UO but AA stuff fits me quite well.

I would like to go to the Notre-Dame Basilica but I won't be able to make it there until Sunday, the website says that anytime after 12:30 PM should be good but I'm wondering if anyone who has been there has any advice, whether I should wait until later or not, etc. We won't have time to make it to Mont Royal but if there are any museums or particularly cool places that we should check out then I'm all ears.

Other than that, we'd like to go to some good hole-in-the-wall restaurants and some clubs or bars (I know there is an event with the convention taking place at Altitude 737 one night). But keep in mind that we're university students so as cool as O Noir sounds, it's a little out of our range, or my range at least :P Suggest anything that will make this a fun weekend!

*So strip clubs probably aren't going to fly, sorry.

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    durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Man I am just now realizing how little money I spent on anything but alcohol in college.


    So um, I don't know about shops! But:

    Cafeteria for breakfast is the best you will have.
    Santropol is a great cafe.
    Vol Du Nuit is kind of a dive, but it's a nice quiet dive to start or end the night.

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    http://www.onoir.com/

    It was pretty damn fun. We had a blast and would definitely do it again.

    Edit: Damn, missed that last line. Oh well. We ate at the hamburger place one night, it was underwhelming. Other than that we hit the Bio Dome and it was pretty sweet.

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    redraptorredraptor Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I think the Mueseum of Fine Arts has some Picasso Exhibit, and a show on the works of Miles Davis. That was like a couple of weeks ago. But its just is just two streets up from St. Catherine's. (Like parallel to St. Cat)

    The Department store Simon's, and H&M probably are close to what you described in terms of clothes. Both on St. Catherine's. The Adidas Store and Champ's are good if you like some more sportwear type things.

    China Town doesn't have geek/videogame stuff per se, but if you wander in the random shops you will definitely see some Nintendo/Anime/Toy type trinkets.

    Old Montreal is nice too, and walking around there you will definitely see a few nice places to eat at that won't break the bank. Other could be pricey though.

    You can hit Old Montreal and China Town in one afternoon's walk.

    Also it wasn't specific, but if you are going to break the bank on a nice meal go to one of the awesome Steakhouses. Forget that modern cuisine stuff, Montreal is for steaks. I'm talking like Gibby's or Moshe's.

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    FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    For bars "Dieu du ciel" has been reccomended multiple times for good reason. They make their own beer and it's pretty good.

    And if you guys enjoy fruity drinks then there's "La Distillerie.", renowned for serving some of their drinks in big jars:
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    Both places are pretty popular, so it's best to get there pretty early to get in without waiting.

    I don't know clubs very well but there's "les foufounes électriques", a slightly trashy-looking club where lots of students go. 3 floors high and beer is usually pretty cheap.

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    durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Oh yeah, the Distillery is pretty dang good.

    There's also a place I liked off St Cat's called St. Elizabeth's. Good loud student-y place, and hard enough to find that it'll feel like you're being a cool person.

    Other than that, getting Bubble Tea in Chinatown is fun, Old Montreal is pretty but mostly a tourist trap, the mountain is very very pretty, particularly at night, the mall is huge and intimidating and has some useful stuff in it.

    If you get tired of St Cat's determination to be basically full of useless bullshit and strip clubs, St Laurent and St Dini are both decent streets for shopping.

    Oh! And get schwarma from Boustan! There are approximately 11 billion lebanese places in Montreal, all perfectly serviceable. Boustan is the ur-place from whence sprung the lesser lebanese joints. It's super good.


    Also I know you said you'd been before, but remember: tip $1 per drink or you will be knifed by waiters.

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    KronusKronus Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Great, thanks guys this is exactly the kind of info I'm looking for! La Distillerie sounds pretty interesting but I dunno about the fruity drinks [tiny]I'm lying, there's nothing wrong with fruity drinks[/tiny]. I did not know the tipping etiquette but thanks for the heads up. All of these suggestions have been great so far and I will definitely consult this list when I arrive tomorrow.

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    FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Oh I forgot the Internation Fireworks that are going on throughout the summer. This saturday night is Taiwan. You can pay to go see them at LaRonde (a sixflags park) but most people just gather on the Jacques-Cartier bridge to see them.

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    Disco11Disco11 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Fireflash wrote: »
    Oh I forgot the Internation Fireworks that are going on throughout the summer. This saturday night is Taiwan. You can pay to go see them at LaRonde (a sixflags park) but most people just gather on the Jacques-Cartier bridge to see them.

    Can you still do that? I thought they stopped it a few years ago?

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    FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Disco11 wrote: »
    Fireflash wrote: »
    Oh I forgot the Internation Fireworks that are going on throughout the summer. This saturday night is Taiwan. You can pay to go see them at LaRonde (a sixflags park) but most people just gather on the Jacques-Cartier bridge to see them.

    Can you still do that? I thought they stopped it a few years ago?

    I haven't been to the fireworks in a few years myself so maybe they did change that...

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