NIGHTLIFE

Montréal may be an extraordinarily beautiful city to experience on a balmy summer afternoon, but it’s also one of those metropolitan hubs that truly comes to life after dark. With a plethora of sultry venues, streets hung with twinkling lights, and music drifting from its hottest clubs and bars, Montréal is a haven for night owls. Below are some of the spots to aim for on an evening prowl.

Club Soda

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What: Live music

Where:  225, boul. St-Laurent, Montréal

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Tickets can be purchased in person, on the web, or by telephone

No dining

No dress code

Club Soda, a true Montréal institution, has been witnessing the evolution of Quebecois, Canadian, and international shows for almost 35 years.

Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, Club Soda allows young artists and young producers of all artistic genres to find an affordable and quality infrastructure for presentation, enabling them to make themselves known to the Montréal public. Once known as the Crystal Palace, a cabaret venue, this newly renovated building honours both local and international talents alike. 

House of Jazz

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What: Live music

Where:  2060 Aylmer St, Montréal

$$$

Reservations are recommended

Dining

No dress code

In business since 1980, the House of Jazz has become Canada’s “Jazz Mecca.” Major local and international talents play on its stage, which also serves as a springboard for upcoming generations. As for food, the House of Jazz is known for its traditional, Southern-style chicken and ribs combo; however, juicy steaks and attractive salads vie for popularity with the venue’s signature dishes. Night owls will especially appreciate that the menu is designed for late night snacking, featuring prosciutto and melon, duck terrine, smoked salmon, and assorted cheeses, to complement fine Porto.

Soubois

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What: Supper club

Where: 1106 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montréal

$$$$

Reservations highly recommended

Dining

Valet service available.

Dress code in effect

Soubois is a bistro du terroir, bar, and nightclub, all rolled into one. Located in an underground forest at the core of Montréal’s downtown area, Soubois aims to create an intimate and exotic atmosphere. Head down the grand staircase to enter the “chalet” area with couches, wood paneling, and a fireplace. The cocktails are expertly mixed, and the area is discrete and perfect for a private cocktail event. To your left of the main area is the restaurant, an underground enchanted forest with a glass enclosed wine cellar, murals on the walls, and large artistic trees created with fine wood craftsmanship that will leave guests gawking.

The chef, Guillaume Daly, offers a menu that is 100% local, focusing mainly on wild ingredients. The menu changes with the seasons and the kitchen team works with several small local producers.

As for drinks, in addition to the 1800 bottles in the cellar, the establishment offers up the knowledge of three local mixologists. Choose from five signature cocktails and five cocktails with a “twist, ” created to match the menu and regional products.

The Wiggle Room

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What: Burlesque

Where: 3874 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal

$$

Reservations are recommended

Tickets are available in person or by phone

No dining

No dress code

Montréal‘s premier burlesque and cocktail destination, The Wiggle Room is located in the heart of Montréal‘s notorious Saint-Laurent boulevard, across from the famous Schwartz’s Deli. The Wiggle Room is the bootleg baby of this city’s bawdy family tree, born out of a desire to bring a traditional vaudeville spirit back to the street that was once known as Montréal’s “hardened artery.” It’s also a destination spot for the annual Burlesque Festival each fall.

La Voûte

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What: Nightclub (DJ & dancing)

Where: 360 Rue Saint-Jacques VS-201, Montréal

$$$$

No dining

Dress code is in effect

Located in the heart of Old Montréal, La Voûte is a stunning and sophisticated nightclub, built into Montréal’s first skyscraper, the old Royal Bank Building. Set in the bank’s 1920s vault, this hotspot has soaring ceilings, stunning décor, and exceptional service.

La Voûte features a different theme every week; music is mostly top 40s with house mixes, and the crowd generally varies in age between mid-20s to late-30s. Expect to pay upwards of $20 per drink, and bottle service can run you $500-600 per bottle.

The Diving Bell

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What: Performance and event venue

Where: 3956 (3rd Floor) Boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal

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Calendar of events online

Ticketed by event

No dining

No dress code

The Diving Bell Social Club is a multimedia performance venue in the heart of Montréal‘s Plateau, dedicated to celebrating all expressions of the city’s vibrant and diverse arts and culture community. The space provides an equal platform for both up-and-coming and established artists through a variety of events, including live music, stand-up comedy, theatre productions, pop-up shops, art installations, and film screenings.

The venue features a stage with great lighting set-ups and sound equipment to host an array of shows, with a large enough floor area to throw markets and events, such as monthly pop-up shops. The staff and organizers are friendly and open, too!

By creating an inclusive and safe space for all, the club aims to bring together artists and members of the community to create, share, and explore the best of local and international creativity.

Stereo

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What: After hours venue

Where: 858 St Catherine St E, Montréal

$$$

No dining

No dress code

A beloved mainstay of the Montréal club scene, Stereo attracts international DJs and musicians who energize its old-school sound system with relentless house and techno. Since 1998, Stereo has appealed to the city’s thriving late-late night crowd; the dance floor is outfitted with springs and shock absorbers, and it’s always thick with party goers.

The sole purpose of Stereo, since it first opened, is for its guests to have a pure dance floor experience. Known for going beyond the typical top 40 tracks and featuring unique, forward thinking genres, Stereo adds to its ambience with visual presentations and spectacular lighting demonstrations.

 

KHACHILIFE Editorial