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Oren
Our U.S. representative (Boston office: 617.849.4853). One of Montreal Nightlife’s most recognized faces, Oren AKA “BIG OH” has been hosting and partying longer than his liver would like. Standing at 6’4 and weighing in at 250lbs, and hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, the BIG OH is someone you definitely want in your corner. This American Import knows first-hand how to relate the Montreal experience to American tastes. A man who knows how to get things done, he’s been hosting nearly every weekend for the past 6 years. Chances are, if you or someone you know has been to Montreal, you’ve run into the BIG OH partying at Montreal’s finest venues or have had him host your group in the past. He takes pride in delivering the best experience possible and showing why Montreal is the best city to party in. Oren does whatever it takes to make our clients secure in the fact that they will be well taken care of in the city. He has traveled extensively worldwide and incorporates his experiences into tailoring a service that is enjoyable for all. A wealth of crazy bachelor party ideas. In his spare time he enjoys walking his dog Olive (Pit bull/Boxer mix) and SCUBA diving around the globe. View all posts by Oren
Montreal Bachelor Party review: How to impress 15 NYC guys who have done it all

The Setup

Had one of my long time clients – who finds any excuse to tag along on a Montreal bachelor party  – give me a call a few months ago. For the sake of his marriage, let’s call him Donald (fitting for the times). Donald informs me that one of his bosses is planning a bachelor party to Montreal and he needs us to blow it out as he thinks his bosses hate him (turns out they don’t). In any case, we need to make Donald and his boss look good.

After scheduling a call with Donald’s boss (alias: Bernie), we go over a few preliminary details. Overall, Bernie tells me that he is busy, his friends are degenerates, and he wants to make this event more memorable than the usual Vegas bachelor party. Luckily, the Donald has filled him in on a few of the more avant-garde details (topless beer pong and midgets) from his previous trips to let Bernie know he’s in good hands. Based on our initial ten minute conversation (mostly Bernie pausing to yell at his secretary) these were his priorities:

  • 15 guys for 3 nights, all 30-35, jaded and have seen it all (in his words “pain in the ass  New Yorkers”)
  • Great place to stay
  • Some sort of memorable debaucherous activity
  • One non-debaucherous activity so they feel better about the previous event
  • Great meals
  • Lots of hot girls
  • $1k per person ($15k total budget)

The Plan

I outlined a bachelor party package for them at $15k:

  • Our (Gold) standard Connected Montreal services, as always: host, no cover, no waiting in lines, no tipping for entry, itinerary and all reservations taken care of.
  • Exclusive bachelor-party-built house in the heart of downtown: 4 floors, 4500 sq feet, 6 bedrooms (seen above)
  • Bottle service two of the 3 nights, 8 bottles total.
  • 5 young and impressionable girls (not hookers) to party with them at the club each night so that they don’t stand around and stare at each other.
  • 6 girl lesbian show at the house.
  • 4 girl topless beer pong.
  • Midget bartender.
  • Schwartz’s Catering lunch on one day.
  • Curling tournament (you’re in canada right?)

Execution

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When planning something of this scale, timing is everything. The key is to balance free time with scheduled events. Also, you want to calculate guys dropping out/getting too drunk as the day progresses. Big events like a suite party and topless beer pong are great afternoon activities since Montreal does not have a real boozy-brunch/pool party scene. The earlier the better (well, after 12pm) as the guys and strippers are a lot “fresher”.  Another strategy we implement with bigger groups is not stacking too many events, as some guys will never make it (or be able to keep up).

Two weeks before the event, I sent over a tentative itinerary to Donald and Bernie. We fine-tuned it a bit and the plans were in motion. I had the girls stocked, the clubs prepped, and the midget on standby.  

Recap

With every bachelor party there are going to be hiccups, from guys dropping out, to flights being delayed, to girls having to stay home to wash their hair. While I can’t go into a blow by blow account of the bachelor party, overall, the weekend went silky smooth. All the guys survived- some less than others- and no one ended up pregnant. Bernie did his group right and The Donald still has his job. The groups is already planning a return trip for the Grand Prix…

Posted on: 20 Apr 2017
Posted by: Oren
Why Montreal in 2017 for your bachelor party is going to be great.

Montreal 375

What does this mean for you? Nothing.
Should you actually care that it’s the 375 anniversary of Montreal? Not at all, what you should care is that the city is wasting as much money as possible to make it care and the only people it will advantage of you
More tourists, aka girls
More daytime activities

New Clubs

Like every year, in the new out with the old. While some of the favorite clubs have closed down, others are still going strong. Clubs open and close as fast as strippers change their relationship status in this city.

This year there seems to be more clubs opening than ever before. This helps the scene stay fresh but that means there is more to navigate in order to find an actual “hotspot”. That is why we are here, we spend countless dollars on drinks as research development so you don’t have to, finding you the best places in the city, with the hottest girls.

More daytime activities

Perennial favorites like go-karts, paintball, jet boating, and whitewater rafting are always options, there have been a few new activities that have become popular with bachelor parties. Axe throwing, escape rooms, and beer tours are some new and exciting options to enhance the free time during the day.

House options
There has been a shift in focus when it comes to lodging, we have some of our housing options built specifically for bachelor parties. Why look anywhere else?

Posted on: 16 Apr 2017
Posted by: Oren
Maximize Your Bachelor Party House Rental in Montreal

Over the past year or so we have seen an increase in the number of people looking for short term rentals for their bachelor party (i.e. AirBnB, VRBO, Flip Key, etc…). In the past, we have poo-pooed this idea in favor of suites and hotel rooms, however the use of a house rental for a bachelor party can work out quite well if the following precautions are taken into consideration.

Make sure the house and owner are cool with bachelor parties

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This might seem obvious but it’s often overlooked. Just because the price and location are ideal does not mean the stay will be. Some of the so-called prime short term rentals in montreal are ran by very conservative people who will place insane restrictions or outright refuse your reservation if they find out that it’s for a bachelor party. That castle in Old Montreal you found might turn more into a stay at a dungeon guarded by a nagging manager. Best piece of advice: read up on the reviews and owners of the property before hand. Also, no sense in lying about the trip, 8-12 dudes don’t travel to Montreal to visit the botanical garden.

Utilize the space properly

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There will be lots of downtime at the house so you really need our help to maximize the space and make your stay more memorable. Most true and tried method is to throw a bunch of Montreal strippers into the mix. Why let the space go to waste, besides those girls your buddy met the other day are not coming over regardless of what he keeps saying. Here are some of our best sellers:

Legs and eggs: two ladies come in and cook you breakfast in the buff $800+

2/4 girl show: use your imagination for this one $600-1600

Topless beer pong: Relive your frat days, just this time with girls $800+

 

Make sure the house has the right amenities for a bachelor party

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You will end up spending more time at the house than you think. Make sure it’s got everything needed to hangout and have fun. Does it have a living room large enough to hangout? Many of the Plateau places are older than dirt and have tiny living rooms. Does it have enough beds and sofas? What good is a 4 bedroom if there are only 4 beds? Not everyone will know each other on the bachelor party nor will everyone want to be the little spoon.

Does it have WOW factor? It needs something cool to make the stay memorable: pool table, hot tub, ping pong table, stripper pole, balcony/deck to smoke or grill? If not then perhaps a hotel suite might offer better value.

Know the location

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Montreal is centralized but not everywhere is ideal. Good rule of thumb is that you. want to stay on the island and no farther east then St Denis, no farther west then Atwater, no father north then Bernard, and lastly no father south then the water (stay on the island). Otherwise the few dollars you tried to save will be wasted on transit, as you are not near any of the action. Also outside these zones might be too Avant Garde (really french, really gay, or both!) or too residential.

Clean up before you leave!

We know that you’re all hungover, you didn’t make the mess, its not your place. BUT a 15-30 min in clean up time can save you a big headache down the road. You placed a security deposit meaning you’re on the hook. You had a hard enough time collecting from everyone before the bachelor party, imagine after. Nothing worse than having to battle over email weeks later about damages or cleaning issue when you could have addressed them in no time before you left.

 

Posted on: 27 May 2015
Posted by: Oren
How to get cheap flights to Montreal for your bachelor party

When it comes to planning a bachelor party it’s essential to make every dollar count. Undeniably, one of the biggest killers of your budget is usually the flight. If road-tripping to Montreal doesn’t appeal to you, here are some smart and easy ways to help you get cheap flights to Montreal.

Book Early

While booking early is the simplest concept it always the most underrated. The summer is peak travel season and like clockwork, flights always end up skyrocketing in price starting in the spring.  If Montreal’s your destination, then book your flight ASAP. You’ll thank us later.

Try Skiplagged

Skiplagged is a new and controversial way to find cheap flights. What they do is search for flights where your destination is the stop over for another flight. This tends to be a lot cheaper and we’ve used it successfully on a few flights to and from Montreal.  The only thing is that you cannot check in any bags as you will be getting off the plane prematurely. Typically, this is a non-issue for bachelor party goers who tend to travel light.

Use Points and Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

*** We are in no way affiliated with any credit card companies nor do we feel like preaching to you about personal financial responsibly***

This is a subject near and dear to our hearts. If you have decent credit and are not accumulating airline/reward points you are missing out! Montreal is often considered a short haul flight from most major U.S cities, making its redemption value in points fairly low.  United, British Avios, Aero Plan, and Sky Miles all offer reward flights to Montreal on the cheap.

Here’s how it works. Take British Airways Avios points as an example:

cheap flight to montreal

For a $350-500 flight, all you need to do is to redeem 9,000 points and then pay $52 in taxes!

It also important to note that if you have an Amex you can transfer your reward points (sometimes greater than 1:1) to dozens of  frequent flier programs including Avios at little or no charge.

Double dip that chip!

Right now most major credit cards are offering a crazy amount of points if you sign up for one of their cards. If you don’t have any of these we would highly recommend trying to sign up for one as the bonuses are worth it.   For example, Chase is offering a 50,000 AVIOS point bonus for their British Airways Signature Card.  You could book a package with us and get a few free flights if done properly.

For more card offers, and other tips for how to accumulate/use points, check out The Points Guy.

Posted on: 26 Mar 2015
Posted by: Oren
How to do a proper dinner for your bachelor party

While the main focus of a bachelor party is booze and girls, food can also play a central role. Everyone loves a good meal, your fat “foodie” friend included, so it’s important to do them right. Oftentimes, meals are the only opportunity for your entire party to be together and semi-sober.   Here are some ways to make the bachelor’s “Last Meal” memorable:

Add Strippers

When it comes to bachelor parties, strippers make everything better. This is why, for a truly memorable experience, we offer two- girl shows in a discreet, private room at a premier steakhouse.  Having your own private space at a steakhouse is a great start, but having two or even four (although the record is 8) ladies come in and perform on the table makes for a slightly more memorable experience. A few years ago, I chose this very scenario for my own brother’s bachelor party; to this day, people still talk about it, except for my sister-in-law … she no longer speaks to me.

A two-girl show starts at $1000.

Experience naked sushi

For some clients, a show at the steakhouse is too crude.  For others, one nudity-related dining experience just isn’t enough.  In either case, naked (aka body) sushi fits the bill. We will provide your group with a private sushi chef and a naked model at either your hotel suite or a restaurant. Known in Japan as nyotaimori, it’s an experience like no other.

Naked sushi starts at $1500

Go to a supper club

A trip to a supper club is a bachelor party “must do.”  Not that well-known south of the border, supper clubs are a Montreal institution.  Essentially, you go there for a late dinner and, afterwards, they turn down the lights and turn up the music.  This is a high-end affair and bottles service is a must.  The waitresses are model hot and will probably screw up your order, but you won’t care because the place is  packed with beauties.

Go “high-end”

If you take your cuisine seriously, or want to give the Applebee’s-loving bachelor an experience to remember, then “high-end” is the way to go.  We can get you a table at the best restaurants in the city:  Au Pied de Cochon, Garde Manger, Joe Beef, La Belle Province … the list goes on.  These places will guarantee Instagram worship for your foodie friends and inspire jealousy in people you hardly know.  Montreal offers some of the finest and most innovative cuisine in North America, particularly for the money. Why not try a more high-end route?

Posted on: 10 Mar 2015
Posted by: Oren
New Offering: Noobs and Boobs

Game Against Strippers

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We are always trying to offer innovative ways to take your Montreal bachelor party to the next level. One of the best ways is to break up the daylight hours with some type of nudity-related activity.

While lesbian shows and topless beer pong seem to be the perennial favorites, we wanted to offer something for all the gamers out there.  Thus, “N00bs and Boobs” was born.

Game against some of Montreal’s finest topless girls in the comfort of your hotel. You supply the noobs – we supply the boobs.

Lets us know the preferred console and game(s) and we will take care of the rest.

 

Prices start at $200 per girl per hour  (2 hour min).

Call for details –   1-877-690-4919

Posted on: 06 Jan 2015
Posted by: Oren
Five Montreal Restaurants for Gluttons

Montreal is a city of great food. There are a lot of amazing restaurants and deliciously dishes, but if you’re a glutton in Montreal I would suggest checking out one of these.

Best Gastronomy: Au Pied de Cochon

Au Pied de Cochon is somewhat of a legend in Montreal. They have a unique menu of foie gras and other delicacies, but in hungry portions. Their particularly Canadian foie gras poutine is probably the most gluttonous meal you can get and is understandably a must-try. This restaurant actually has a defibrillator on site and their staff is trained in CPR. This place should definitely be taken seriously.

Best Cultural Feast: Le Milsa

This place is an all you can eat Brazilian barbecue joint. They have about 10 varieties of meat that they bring around to your table until you regretfully can’t eat anymore. It’s a great place to bring a big group of guys but not so great for vegetarians. Sometimes they bring out some Samba dancers. It’s an all around party for gluttons and you will probably have a hard time leaving this place.

Best All You Can Eat: Poutineville

Let’s start off by saying the obvious: there is a lot of great poutine in Montreal. Everyone has their own take on it – more gravy, bigger cheese curds, crispier french fries – but there’s one place in town that consistently serves amazing, yet classic poutine. Poutineville is the place. They also allow you to create your own personal poutine. But honestly, that’s not the best part. Especially for those masochistic gluttons out there, Tuesdays are now all you can eat poutine nights. This is definitely one of the top things to do in Montreal for a tourist.

Best Casual Stuffing: Rotisserie Romados

Portuguese chicken has been perfected at Romados. Their portions are very generous and, once you get to the chicken under the mountain of delicious french fries, you will understand how chicken is supposed to taste. This family run joint has been around for years and is an institution in and of itself. There will always be a line (but you can order ahead) and it’s a lot more take-out friendly but there are a few tables in the place. On Sundays, you can take the chicken to go and eat it at Tam Tams not far off. Let me tell you, this place is worth it.

Best Hangover Cure: Ruby Rouge

For those of you who have never experienced dim sum before, think Chinese tapas usually served for brunch. As people come around with their carts filled with dumplings and various fried dishes, you get to scoop up anything you want and instantly enjoy it. You can even dare a friend to eat a fried chicken foot or another one of the more exotic dishes. I am at Ruby Rouge every Sunday and, believe me, this is as close to a hangover cure as you’re going to get. You know it’s good when you are one of the only white guys in the place. Also, it’s dirt cheap.

Posted on: 01 Aug 2014
Posted by: Oren
Five Reasons Your Bachelor Party Will Suck

Although a bachelor party usually seems pretty chaotic, there’s actually a lot of work involved in getting the right mix of boos, naked, and shady. We’ve been doing this for years now and believe me when I say I’ve seen it all (some I would rather unsee). Make sure to stay away from these big bachelor party mistakes.

Winging It

This is one of the most common and biggest mistakes one can make on their bachelor party in Montreal. You are going to need a few set plans and solid reservations in place, especially in the spring/summer months. If you don’t fit the profile of what a club is looking for and/or are a large group from out of town, don’t plan on getting in anywhere decent without an in. Even strip clubs in Montreal have huge lines. This is supposed to be a special occasion: why wing it?

Not Staying in the Right Location

Montreal is a big city: if you don’t stay in the right area, you’ll spend your whole weekend in cabs. Beyond that, some hotels are a lot friendlier to a big group of drunk guys than others. You want a hotel that will put up with your nonsense and give you the great service you’re looking for. Located around key entertainment districts, these are the hotels where you’re going to want to stay.

Not Doing In-Room Entertainment

Your bachelor party experience is not only about going out, it’s about the whole experience. There’s a lot more to the weekend. Before stepping out, you’re going to need to eat, pre-drink, and get pumped up for the night. There’s no better way to do that than playing beer pong with a bunch of topless girls. Why not eat sushi off a naked model? Hit two birds with one stone and avoid the downtime waiting for the party to start.

Listening to the Locals

First of all, the locals really know what they are talking about. We know all of the best places, where to go for the best steak, whiskey, whatever you want. That being said, the average local does not know where a big group of guys should go. Most of these places will not be fun for an eight person (or more) bachelor party. Also, most locals don’t frequent strip clubs every weekend. Lastly, the drinking age is a liberal 18 here, which means most people have been going out since age 16. This means that by the time they reach their late 20’s, they are tired of the club scene and will recommend places that aren’t really for bachelor parties. Also, let’s just throw it out there, don’t go to the Old Port. It is not bachelor party friendly. It’s a great place to go on a date, ride a carriage, share some tapas – save it for a trip with your wife.

Partying too Hard on the First Night

I see this all the time. The bachelor party arrives and they go out to a club right away. They have a few hours of fun at a club and then they spend the rest of the weekend in bed. Rookies. Be sure to take advantage of the entire weekend and have as much fun as you can. Connected Montreal will make sure even the downtime will be memorable.

Posted on: 01 Aug 2014
Posted by: Oren
Rob Ford for 2014

While we try to shy away from politics we  would like to take the time to endorse our good pal Rob Ford for re-election this fall.

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If you would like to Party like Mayor Ford (minus the crack and cameras) give us a call 1-877-690-4919

Posted on: 14 Mar 2014
Posted by: Oren
Topless Beer Pong: a great bachelor party activity

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Part of your duties as best man are to find some great bachelor party activities. This can be especially tough during the day in Montreal. Unlike Vegas or New York there are no real pool parties or boozy brunches (Bagatelle).  This is why we always recommend some type of in-suite activity for your group.

Our latest “skin-o-vation” arises from seeing our groups always playing beer pong in their suite. While a great activity we thought we could do better.  Which is why we are offering  Topless Beer Pong!

Throw a frat inspired party that would make make the tri-lambs proud. What better bonding experience for your bachelor party than getting drunk in the afternoon with some topless local hotties.

Co-ed Intramural level :

2 lovely locals for 2 hours  – $800

Pro Level:

4 girl tournament  with Midget Referee.  – $2,000

 Options:

  • Midget ref – $400
  • Extra girls : $200/hour
  • Schwartz’s Catering $25/pp
  • Topless waitress  $225/hour
  • Official pong table – $50/afternoon
  • Nude pong – $MP
  • surprise lesbian show during closing ceremonies $600
  • Custom made trophy for the event  $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on: 27 Feb 2014
Posted by: Oren