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5 Good Ways To Detox Just To Retox Before Your Bachelor Party

If you’re under 30, then you can go ahead and skip this article because your body doesn’t have a vile hatred for you just yet. If you’re over 30, then we both know you’re power drinking days are behind you and you have one big night of your best boozing in the tank. As a 34-year old man myself, I find that I am more careful with my drunkenness than with my portfolio. However, when it comes to your buddy’s bachelor party, you are forced to go all in! And sure, by the next morning you’ll feel terrible and hate the world, but that’s expected. Just try one (or more) of these tips to getting back on your feet the next morning (or afternoon) and I guarantee you’ll be 100% by the time you have to do it all over again the next night.

Oh, and before attempting any of these, get some coffee in you…

Go To The (Hetero) Baths

If you’re in need of some serious pampering and relaxation then the hot/cold baths at Bota Bota or Spa Finlandia are a must. Each place has a series of pools with various temperatures all designed to re-invigorate your body. There is also a nice communal aspect and often some good looking girls at these high end spas. If you need even more therapy, then I suggest opting for a massage.

Try A New-Age Float Tank

This is probably the most out-there and interesting idea to detox. I learned about float tanks/deprivation tanks by listening to Joe Rogan rant on his podcast all about them. Chances are most people have never tried it, but I highly recommend trying it at least once. A float tank is a private little capsule filled with half epsom salt and half water. You lay inside the dark tank (there is a light if you get scared of your emotions) floating in near weightlessness. It’s a truly unique experience and an amazing way to unplug and tune out the world for an hour.  You will feel very good after, trust me.

Walk Up Mountain Royal

This is probably the most engaging and most impossible of the ideas on this list if you are truly hungover. However, if you are able to move even a little, it can be a rewarding and cultural experience for you and your buddies. This is also the cheapest and perhaps most effective solution to getting a jump start on your day.  In the center of the city is Mont Royale, which Montreal is named after (it’s OK, I didn’t know this at first either). Mont Royal is the Central Park of Montreal. In fact, the trails and layout were designed by the same guy! While not the steepest of climbs, it’s a great escape from the urban jungle and there is one hell of a view at the top.  If it’s Sunday, walk to the East side of the mountain and experience the Tam-Tams, where hundreds of people gather to smoke, drink, play instruments, and just relax. 

Go Jet Boating And/Or White Water Rafting

Most bachelor parties want to do one benign group activity so that they don’t feel like complete degenerates. While go-karting or paintball are two time-tested traditional options, experiencing the Montreal rapids is a better one! Unlike most major cities, the island of Montreal has some amazing rapids right on the edge of town. There are two great options for the rapids: white water rafting or jet boating.  The best way to differentiate the two is  to call one active and the other passive.  If you are hungover AF or not into exercise (like me), then jet boating is for you. Basically, it’s a large pontoon boat that seats up to 30 people and it dive-bombs into the rapids. Huge waves of water rush over the boat, soaking everyone more than a stripper at a Louis Vuitton store. The white water rafting is even more invigorating, as some of the rapids can launch you out of the boat if you don’t hold on.

Posted on: 09 Feb 2016
Posted by: Tyler Lemco
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
The Best Montreal Sports Bars

No matter what time of year you come to Montreal for a bachelor party there will always be a “Big Game” on. There is no better way to kill a couple hours while drinking and eating. Montreal is only beginning to understand the value in awesome sports bars, check out these places and never miss a play, just don’t cheer against the Montreal Canadiens unless you’re looking for a fight.

Champspicture

Champs is the oldest sports bar on this list, and you can tell by the décor upon walking in. Champs has that old school sports bar charm. It’s located on the Saint-Laurent strip near Schwartz’s. If there’s an obscure game on TV, Champs will have it for your viewing pleasure. Champs is probably one of the busiest sports bar in Montreal, and there is no better place to watch a prize fight.

Address: 3956 Saint-Laurent
 

Station des Sportspicture

If you’re looking for bargain basement prices while watching the big game at a Montreal sports bar, look no further than Station des Sports. The food is passable as long as you want a burger, wings, or anything deep fried. They have a limited selection of games, so if the game is airing on ESPN2 don’t even bother heading there. We are pretty positive they don’t have a satellite sports package. What we do like about ”Station” is that it’s generally pretty full, they have an enormous front and back patio (great for summer), as well as Tap tables that let you pour your own beers without leaving the convenience of your seat.

Address: 2051 Saint-Catherine Ouest
 

Chez Sergepicture

Part of the same group that owns Candi Bar, Chez Serge strictly airs only Montreal Canadiens hockey games. So if you’re ok with watching the “Habs” play then you won’t find a more fun sports bar. First off, the wait staff is all female, they have an extensive drink menu, tall boy beers, funnels and even a mechanical bull! The waitresses dance on the bar between periods and the place is guaranteed to be packed. Even if there is not a game on the bar is fun place to drink/eat.

Address: 5301 Saint-Laurent
 

La Cage aux Sportspicture

We don’t like La Cage aux Sports, but if you are staying close to one, and need to watch a game, this place will suffice. They have a terrible selection of games and aren’t keen on looking for something that isn’t already playing on their screens. Like most Montreal sports bars, if the Canadiens are playing on the same night, we wish you good luck watching anything else.

Bell Centre Address: 1212 de la Gauchetiere Ouest
Old Port Address: 114 Saint Paul
 

Factorypicture

If you have dinner reservations at one of the supper clubs on Saint-Laurent but want to catch some of the big game beforehand, head over to Factory. It’s always a hit or miss whether the place will be busy, but they do have screens absolutely everywhere. The convenience and proximity of Factory make it an ideal sports bar to head to during your stay in Montreal.

Address: 3435 Saint Laurent
 

Peel Pubpicture

Welcome to one of the biggest college bars in Montreal. Chances are you or your buddy went here when you visited Montreal in 1998. You will feel old coming here, even if you’re 20. Very cheap food, even cheaper bathtubs of beer, a second floor patio upstairs, and TV’s everywhere. If you want something in proximity to Chez Paree or le centre Sheraton then this is your place.

Address: 1196 Peel
Posted on: 15 Jan 2013
Posted by: Rod
The Best Montreal Bars for Good Drinks and Better Looking Girls

Some of you have graduated from pounding pitchers at a local dive bar and would prefer a more refined way to have a pre-dinner cocktail. We have already warned you about the dangers of drinking too hard and too fast, so we decided to make a list of the best Montreal bars. These establishments serve a killer drink and are populated with some of the best looking women in the city. Head to these Montreal bars for your bachelor party and start the night off right.

Baldwin Barmaciepicture

Baldwin has been a drinking institution for those in the know for years. Always catering to an eclectic mix of young professional types, this place makes a good drink and offers little bites to coat your stomach before a long night out on the town. Baldwin gets packed nightly with a good looking crowd and we like the fact that they offer mini bottles (80z or 16oz) so you’ll be able to pour your own drinks without constantly having to head back to the bar.

Address – 115 Avenue Laurier Ouest

Philemonpicture

Located in the heart of the Old Port, Philemon not only caters to a good looking crowd, but they also have a pretty extensive wine and champagne list for any aspiring wine connoisseurs. The layout is slick with big windows that face beautiful Saint Paul Street. They also have a great happy hour (5-7), so if you’re in town during the week we highly recommend you check this place out.

Address – 111 Rue Saint-Paul Est

Big in Japan picture

Don’t confuse the bar with the restaurant of the same name further south of Saint-Laurent. This is a low key establishment where you won’t find pumping music nor packed crowds. It’s a dimly lit “speak-easy” that has a great selection of beer, sake, and Japanese scotch. They have a food menu for those who want to eat while they drink. This place is recommended to the group that wants a quiet venue where they can drink in peace before the start of the night’s debauchery. This place is suitable for smaller groups.

Address – 4175 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Candi Barpicture

This is a bar where you probably won’t enjoy the drinks as they all have a lot of sugar in them (bring an insulin shot), but you will find a lot of girls. Candy Bar is a theme bar and is catered to the plateau crowd (eclectic). You have a good chance of standing out, as there aren’t many bachelor parties in this neck of the woods. This will garner your group some much needed attention that will help in picking up a pack of local French girls.

Address – 1148 Av. Mont Royal E. 

Furcopicture

Furco is the newest bar on our list. Upon walking in, you get the feel that the place is cool, expertly designed with an industrial feel. There is an extensive drink menu and, more importantly, lots of ladies. Remember, none of these bars are “crazy” places, they are merely bars where you can get a quality drink, talk up some ladies, and kick off your bachelor party weekend.

Address – 425 Rue Mayor
Posted on: 10 Jan 2013
Posted by: Rod
How to Drink in Montreal (when over 30) and Survive the Weekend

Lets face it we are no longer in our early 20s, (If you are, then skip this article and go to bed with as many women as you can while abusing your body as much as possible) we can’t drink insane amounts of alcohol multiple nights in a row. We see it time and time again, clients’ multiple night bachelor parties start off with a bang and by the next day half can’t make it out of bed. Their second night of bottles at the club turns into a night of room service and PPV at the hotel.

As someone who drinks on the job, I’ll give you some (legal) tips to make sure you make it through the entire bachelor party:

 Don’t Start Drinking too Early

I’ve seen this scenario play out too many times: a group checks into the hotel and heads straight to the hotel bar and starts pounding drinks. While some people can pace themselves, most can’t. I also find that drinking and then stopping is one of the worst things you can do. Don’t be the guy they have to throw in the cab or the guy who can’t make it out of bed!

Say No to Shots before Midnight

Shots always seem like a good idea, however the purpose of shots is to get you drunk as fast as possible. Why else do you always order shots when girls are around? Save the shots till midnight for girls that don’t know any better.

Vodka Soda Is Your New Best Friend

It’s not just for women with eating disorders, it’s for pros. Look at anyone who works in the nightlife industry and tell me what they drink. Vodka soda. Vodka tends to make you the least hungover and the club soda helps hydrate you. Granted none of this is backed up by science.

Sleep In and Get Your Own Bed

Sleep is important to you and your group. I strongly advise against any activities prior to 1PM the next day. The less planned, the better. Also, if your group has decent funds (i.e an extra $50-100), try to book double occupancy. When you are in bed hungover you will be glad to have your own bed, unless you prefer to get “dutch ovened”.

Stash the Room with Hangover Supplies BEFORE Going Out

All reason and logic goes out the window when you are drunk (luckily for my sex life this applies to women too), therefore stock the room with all the hangover aids and essentials (tons of water/Gatorade/coconut water, B vitamins, Tylenol, etc.) before going out. Or if you prefer, we can do it for you with our Rider Services.

Posted on: 03 Jan 2013
Posted by: Oren
Top 5 Bottles to Order for Bottle Service

Do bottle service the right way! If you are going out to a nightclub in Montreal, bottle service is a must. When the bottle menu arrives, make sure you order the right kind of alcohol for your party. 4 of our top 5 bottles to order on this list are Vodka. Why? Because almost everyone drinks vodka and it mixes with practically anything, and most importantly, girls love it.

5. Patron Tequila

pictureWhile the thought of tequila might instantly bring back memories of a night of regrets, this is not that kind of tequila. Patron is a quality tequila and has gained status in the bar/club scene. Tequila is one of the hottest trends in Montreal nightclubs and Patron leads the way. Order a bottle and the party is sure to get crazy. Girls love tequila shots, and so should you.

4. Crystal Head Vodka

pictureThe nightlife industry is founded on gimmicks and flash. Crystal Head Vodka from Canada is certainly no exception, but we have to admit it’s pretty cool. Vodka that comes in a glass skull is a sure fire way to standout, get attention, and it’s always a good conversation starter with the ladies.

3. Ketel One

pictureThis Dutch vodka brand offers no gimmicks or flashy bottles, but it’s smooth and has a great taste. Often, Ketel One can be cheaper (some times under $200 a bottle) and Ketel One is the vodka-drinker’s vodka. but really, who can really taste the difference between GOOD vodkas?

2. Grey Goose

pictureIt’s the most popular premium vodka out there and it’s the brand that started it all. The brand power and perception that the French vodka producer has built is hard to beat. Their bottles are iconic and it has almost become standard operating procedure to order a Grey Goose when ordering bottles. As the traditional option, ordering Grey Goose will give your table instant class.

1. Belvedere

pictureThis Polish vodka company has been around for ages, but has made a real push into the nightlife scene lately. They offer a great tasting, smooth vodka in a number of large bottles. We love their 3-litre and 6-litre bottles. The 6-litre bottle is MASSIVE and should come with a lifeguard or at least someone to help pour it. Either way, a giant bottle of Belvedere commands attention and it’s a surefire way to guarantee one hell of a night.

Posted on: 13 Jun 2012
Posted by: Oren
The $25,000 Hangover: Montreal Grand Prix Recap

Two Guys, Three Days, $25,000 in Champagne

People always wonder what my job actually entails? They think that I just go out, drink with clients, party, and live the VIP life. This last grand prix weekend I did, in style.

Friday

It all started when two of our perennial Montreal Grand Prix guests rolled into town. These guys work hard and play harder. This year was no exception.

It all started Friday night when we bypassed the 100+ person line-up outside Globe and were escorted by the owner himself to our table. Food, drink, everything is marked up 3-4 times to make sure the supper clubs are weeding out the pretenders and ensuring exclusivity.

We dinned on oysters and lobster (well they did, I am allergic) and our guests ordered a magnum of Cristal which appeared with four of the model-quality staff in tow. A bill creeps from manageable to insane in about 2 Magnums of Cristal. Unfortunately 2 bottles won’t successfully whet the appetites of seemingly all the waitresses at Globe. 14 was the magic number and by the end of the night the restaurant was not only running out of Champagne, but sparklers as well. The rest of the evening was a blur but the first night bar tab came to well over $12,000.

Saturday

pictureI woke up with the worst hangover of my life. Slept all day. The manager of Globe invited us back (obviously) so I called my guests and told them we had the keys to the city. They wanted to return to Globe since it worked out well the first night (from the photos they sent my phone). We rolled into Globe Saturday night like rockstars. We had the premier table in the place, even better than the actual celebrities who were there. The evening was another blur of magnums of Cristal and Dom just with more girls. I wish I could remember the rest.

Sunday

Woke up on death’s door and missed the big race. We were invited to Buonanotte (same owners of Globe) to a private party where many of the race teams and drivers were in attendance. While the champagne was flowing, some clarity ensued, and we kept it to a measly 4 magnums. Our guests had no problems keeping up, ditching me and leaving with some real stunners.

Montreal Grand Prix is always crazy and this was by far the most insane F1 weekend to date…I’m glad it’s over!

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Posted on: 12 Jun 2012
Posted by: Rod
Top 5 Places to Grab a Craft Beer in Montreal

Montreal is know for it’s craft beers and micro breweries. Checking out one of these spots is a great bachelor party activity or even try them all by doing the legendary Montreal Bachelor Party Craft Beer Tour Disclaimer: If you order your steak-well done or think Heineken is a great beer. This list is not for you. This is for those who have taste buds.

5. L’Amère a Boire

pictureL’Amère a Boire is a local brewpub located right on Saint Denis Street. They make some really tasty beers, from a hefewezien to an excellent stout. The only problem is they only make 5 beers and have not changed their offerings in over 10 years. This is a great place to grab a beer or three then move on.

Pros: Great location, 5 great beers
Cons: They only make 5 beers

4. Broue Pub Brouhaha

picture A cab ride away from downtown, Brouhaha is a great off-the-beaten-path bar offering some of the finest and rarest beers from all over Quebec. They brew some of their own beers which are excellent and they also have a great selection of European beers. English is not their forte so the more you drink the better you will understand what is going on.

Pros: Great and rare beers
Cons: Not close to the downtown core

3. Vices et Versa

pictureVices et Versa is an excellent beer bar. They offer one of the best craft beer line ups in Montreal. However, they do not brew any of their own beers. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful and the crowd is young and energetic. While it’s not in the downtown core, it’s close, located in Little Italy. You could stop there before or after getting some nice italian treats or an espresso to take the edge off those high ABVs. Vices Versa also has a nice patio and offers good bar food.

Pros: Amazing quebec selection, great staff
Cons: Not a brew pub, not downtown

2. St. Bock

pictureLocated on Saint Denis Street a few doors down from L’Amere a boire (#5), St. Bock is one of the best places to grab a craft beer in Montreal. They have the biggest selection of beers in Montreal as well as a nice on-tap selection featuring some of their own creations. They also have hard-to-find european brews, but expect to pay top dollar for them. St. Bock has a great patio and usually attracts [attractive] women. The food menu is also extensive and will help soak up all the booze. This is a must-stop for bachelor parties that will even satisfy the Corona drinkers in the group.

Pros: Best vibe and beer selection
Cons: Bottled beer is not cheap

1. Dieu du Ciel

pictureDieu du Ciel represents everything that is awesome about Montreal and its beer scene. It is a MUST try even if you remotely like beer. DDC is considered one of the best brew pubs in the world and one sip of their Peche Mortel or Aphrodesic and you will know why. Everyone except for #5 on our list serves at least one of their beers. In the true spirt of Montreal, this famous and popular spot is down to earth, friendly, cheap ($5-$8 for a beer) and offers a few bar snacks, though beer is definitely the focus here. Space is limited so come early.

Pros: The best beer in Montreal
Cons: Only serves their own beers, food is bar snacks only

 

Posted on: 11 Jun 2012
Posted by: Oren