If you thought an only-vegetarian restaurant would be boring and bland, then do think again. Casa Del Popolo, translated as 'The House of the People', serves up vegetarian delights that will satisfy even a meat lover. Try their Vege Pate or Spicy Tofu, and let the healthy goodness transcend you to the other, greener, side. However, if vegetarian food is a strict no-no, then never mind, because they do have a wide selection of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and a fine program of events. Call to know more.
One of the earlier and original punk/alternative music venues in Montreal, Foufounes Électriques has been on the scene in one incarnation or another for more than 15 years. Notable appearances have included a 1990 concert by Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. A state of mind as much as a physical presence, with sculptures and remnants of the hardcore years, Foufs has re-made itself again into a live show venue. It is not unusual to see tourists and spiked hair punks sitting side-by-side at the bar or on the patio.
Situated in a prime location, Kyo Bar Japonais is a gastropub that has an upbeat and swank atmosphere. This bar and restaurant offers several shochu-inspired cocktails, a large selection of sushi as well as a range of sake. Some of its recommendable items are the Maguro Tataki, Ginjo sake, and other izakaya(Japanese tavern) classics. The bar specializes in small plates and also boasts of an extensive liquor selection. The community table setting encourages conversation and is a good way to make new friends. For those who love tapas-styled Japanese food in a laid-back environment, Kyo Bar Japonais is a good choice.
This Villeray bar is an after-hours favorite for innovative cocktails, fondue and karaoke evenings. Karaoke starts later in the evening and the bar opens sooner for the post-work crowd to enjoy a few cocktails before showcasing their singing talent. The karaoke song list is long and features plenty of favorites to sing along to, offering tracks in English, French and Spanish. Groups are welcome and reservations for corporate parties are offered too. Try one of their signature drinks like the Di Caprio, Coffee Grasshopper, Coco Chanel, or the Godfather while you wait your turn at being a pop star.
This legendary jazz club occupies a particularly bleak corner in downtown Montreal, but the atmosphere inside (and on the terrace in summer) is anything but cold. Patrons feast on barbecued chicken, ribs and other pub-grub favorites while relaxing to the tunes of any number of local jazz outfits. It isn't cheap, it's more than a little touristy, the jazz is hardly cutting-edge and on weekends it can be impossibly crowded.
Formerly known as Le Delmo, L'Assommoir Notre Dame is known primarily for its cocktail selection. The cocktails on offer are more than 300 in number & include variations such as the Banana Banshee, the Red Lotus & the Chartberry. Those of you who have a sweet tooth can indulge themselves in the dessert martinis. Even though the cocktails overshadow everything else, it is not as if this resto-bar lags behind in other departments. The house specialty is ceviche, which is seafood soaked in citrus juices. There is always live music to be enjoyed & a DJ spinning tracks four days a week. Wednesday nights are the restaurant's version of ladies nights & romantic dinners for couples are arranged on Sundays.
Taverne Gaspar opens its doors to hungry patrons and delights them with traditional breakfast specials. As the evening approaches, the place changes roles and becomes a trendy spot where one can indulge in inventive mixed drinks as well as delicious food. They also have talented DJs in the house, who keep the crowds entertained through the night. The place is a bit pricey but the wonderful rustic setting, imported wines and large portions of food make a visit at the Taverne Gaspar, totally worth every dollar spent.
The vibrant tapas bar, Santos features splendid mood lighting, stucco walls and presents a great dining venue that's both, rustic and trendy. On offer at Santos, is a delicious array of Latin small plates and Spanish tapas; you can enjoy these with a few of their Latin-inspired cocktails or cavas. The bar opened its doors to the good people of Old Montreal in 2007, and has ever since charmed its way into the hearts of the locals. The place showcases live DJ sets most evenings and there's live music entertainment on other nights. The peppy music, the stellar drinks and scrumptious Spanish food at Santos will soon have you coming back for more.