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The Ultimate Guide To Montreal Grand Prix Weekend 2018

The Breakdown:

The F1 Canadian Grand Prix is one of two Grand Prix’s in North America (the other being Austin, Texas) and Montreal plays host to the international event that attracts over half a million visitors every early June. This year Montreal Grand Prix weekend 2018 will take place June 8th-10th.

Why Experience Montreal Grand Prix Weekend 2018?

The Canadian Grand Prix is on par with the Super Bowl for Montreal. At this point, it’s pretty much considered a holiday in Montreal. It brings F1 race fans to town and big time party goers from all over the world.

Montreal Grand Prix Weekend 2018

This is the most exclusive and expensive weekend in Montreal; however, with the right connections, it can be the best. We’ll make sure you don’t crash and burn!

Is Grand Prix Right For You?

Pairing the biggest weekend in Montreal with your bachelor party can either be a recipe for success or disaster. Because of high demand, prices are significantly higher than any other weekend. Montreal Grand Prix weekend is not for the price sensitive.

If price is less of a concern, Grand Prix will take your bachelor party to a whole new level. The atmosphere is like no other; clubs expand, major streets are closed off to traffic and celebrities are abound. This weekend is often less about the race and more about the parties. Large groups must be mindful that venues require purchase commitments during this weekend.

Most importantly, here’s what to do, where to eat, and where to party during Montreal’s Grand Prix weekend 2018:

What To Do?

The Race

Of course, the main highlight of the weekend is the race that takes place on Sunday afternoon. If you want, you can go on Friday and Saturday, to watch the practice runs and prelims. However, it’s a pain to get to the racetrack with the traffic. We’re not going to sugarcoat this: be ready to spend if you want to go to the race. The cheapest ticket you can find with a decent view of the track will cost you $450, but if you want to experience the race the right way, ball out on a $7,000 hospitality package. Most of time, it doesn’t matter though because our clients get too drunk or too hungover to even go.

Grand Prix Montreal 2018

Legs And Eggs

With so much going on during Grand Prix weekend, sometimes it is better to just stay at your house (Don’t stay at a hotel during Grand Prix, they all require 3 night minimums) and have breakfast made for you by two hot, local French Canadian girls. Always a crowd pleaser, it’s the best way to understand the culture… served fresh by two Montreal hotties.

Topless Beer Pong

Grand Prix weekend is special so why not spice up your usual beer pong game with your buddies by adding some topless girls into the mix? To be honest, there is nothing that bonds a group of guys better than boobs and booze. It’s a great way to pregame all the festivals and parties happening in the city. Get Schwartz’s catered during the event to line your stomach for the damage you’ll do to your body in the coming hours.

Crescent Street Festival  

All your cheap, sleazy friends will enjoy this one. There’s no better place to be than Crescent Street on Grand Prix weekend. It becomes the main party area during the race weekend. From Thursday to Saturday, the street is closed off and turns into a free festival. There are DJs, cars, food, and hot girls…Exactly what you need for a successful bachelor party.

2018 Grand Prix Montreal

Where To Eat?

F1 weekend is the time for Montreal’s food scene to shine. Already considered one of the best in North America, food plays a big factor in doing Grand Prix right. Every restaurant is trying to sell you their biggest bottle of wine, the most oz’s of Kobe Beef, and 10 pound, $350 lobster. It’s not uncommon for most restaurants to make 40% of their annual revenue in this weekend to give you a grasp of the volume and insanity of the weekend. Many of the best restaurants book up in January and February for this weekend, but miracles can happen. Here’s where to eat during Grand Prix weekend:

Supper Clubs

Supper clubs, for those of you who don’t know or don’t have enough money to experience one, are gourmet restaurants that turn into nightclubs with crazy hot, model staff. Again, the theme of the weekend is money so be ready to spend if you hit up a supper club. We recommend Soubois because they always host some of the best parties during Grand Prix, but we have insider access to some unlisted parties. Message us or give us a call today to find out more.

Poutine

There’s no way you can visit Montreal without stuffing your face with poutine. It’s best enjoyed drunk so head to one of Montreal’s poutine institutions such as La Banquise or Poutineville. If you are the classier bunch, head to Aux Pieds Cochon for a more upscale, less drunk (or more, your call.) poutine experience.   

Steakhouses

Montreal has some of the best steakhouses in North America. Moishes, named by Forbes as one of the best steakhouses in the world, is a great place to go for a group of guys. La Queue De Cheval is another fantastic option. A bit more upscale than Moishes, but you can’t beat their private dining rooms (perfect for a post dinner girl on girl show) and their cigar lounge. Scotch, cigars, great food… Great way to start a night.

How To Party

Grand prix weekend is so much more than cars going in circles around a racetrack. Most people don’t care about the race anyway, no one can name any of the drivers. However, everyone who comes to town is ready to party. Every club in Montreal hosts some sort of event or party during the weekend and most have something happening Thursday to Sunday (Few people know that Sunday is actually the best night to party because that’s when all the racers and their crews come out) The table minimums for every club is higher this weekend so be ready to get bottles, but don’t feel pressured to hit the clubs, there’s tons of free festivals and events going on. Here’s how to do F1 weekend right:

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

The big flashy parties sound cool, but often times it’s just rich douchebags looking at each other. For example, when we hit the Ferrari party last year, there were a bunch of old dudes and we were wondering where the hot girls were. Sometimes it’s better to be a big fish in a small pond and hit up a club like Rouge where hot, local girls from all over the country are partying. Bring some party girls to get even more attention from the young, impressionable girls.

Day Drinking

Usually, Montreal isn’t the best day partying city like Las Vegas for your bachelor party, but Grand Prix weekend changes the game. Like we mentioned earlier, Crescent street has a huge festival, but so do St. Laurent and Peel Streets. The Peel Paddock, located between St.Catherine and de Maisonneuve (walkable from all our houses), is the best place to day drink during the weekend. There’s also tons of bars built out into the streets and most places turn into good day drinking spots that otherwise would suck any other time of the year.  

2018 F1 Grand Prix Montreal Guide

Montreal Grand Prix Weekend 2018 Tips

There’s a lot of fun to be had during Grand Prix weekend, but it’s all about knowing where to go and doing the weekend right.  Here’s our best tips:

-Bring the corporate credit card

-Bring a super wealthy friend

-Leave the cheap guys at home

-Keep an open mind to local spots

-Local places= local girls  

Want to experience Montreal Grand Prix with us? Call us at 1-877-690-4919 or check out our packages.

Posted on: 18 May 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Connected Montreal Hall Of Fame: Mr.R

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*** The following Connected Montreal facts are true, but names have been changed to protect identity of those involved ***

Our Connected Montreal Hall Of Fame inductee holds a special place in our hearts (and the pants of a select group of Montreal women). It is our honor to welcome Mr. R to this stacked list of absolute party legends.

Mr. R leads a group of 8 professional guys from Chicago in their early 30’s out to Montreal every year for some wild times and to be reintroduced back into civilization. Mr. R is a loyal customer and just like the stock market, he’s appreciating every year. He calls us up and wants to know how he can spend more money with us next year. We wish all customers would be like Mr. R (We’re looking at you topless wine tasting guy, but that’s another story.)

We’ve seen a lot of shenanigans throughout the years and we have to say that Mr. R has impressive statistics. During his three trips with us:

  • Dom P avg spend: $8,800
  • Party girls hired: 30
  • Midgets hired : 3   (R.I.P. Harry)
  • .oz of Wagyu beef consumed: 60
  • Strippers puked on : 1

From all of us at Connected Montreal, we would like to thank you for being a rich douchebag that enjoys the finer things and woman in life. It’s customers like you that keep this job interesting. Welcome to the Connected Montreal Hall Of Fame.

Posted on: 25 Apr 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
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, I would suggest checking out one of these Montreal restaurants.

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 restaurant.

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
The Best Montreal Late Night Restaurants

Here at Connected Montreal we’re not only pros at organizing the best bachelor parties in Montreal, but we also love to drink and eat. We follow a very simple weekend formula: go out, have far too many drinks, then hit one of the best Montreal late night restaurants. While we’ve always believed that stuffing our faces after a hard night of boozing is scientifically proven to reduce a hangover, we now seem to enjoy the congregation of drunken idiots who frequent the restaurants on this list. This list is composed of local Montreal late night restaurants, not crappy fast food chains.

5. The Mainpicture

The Main has been in somewhat of a smoked meat war for years with the famous Schwartz’s. They are literally right across the street from the world renown smoked meat emporium and have been holding their own for quite some time. Is Schwartz’s better? Yes. Are they open late night? No. So if you’re looking for a deli fix at 3am and want to harass hipster chicks this is the spot.

What to Order:
Kreplach Soup
Smoked Meat Special
 

4. Boustanpicture

If you’ve been partying on the Crescent Street strip, then there is no other contender to a late night eat fiasco then going to the middle-eastern joint Boustan. It has become a veritable late night Crescent institution offering the best Shish Taouk (think chicken gyro but better) sandwiches in the city. This is a restaurant that Oren and I frequent even when we are not tanked. Big plates of shawarma or crispy chicken shish taouk sandwiches slathered in Garlic mayo and coleslaw.

What to Order:
Shish Taouk/Shawarma Plate
Shish Taouk Sandwich
Potato Plate with Garlic Mayo
 

3. La Banquisepicture

We have talked numerous times about the importance of trying a poutine when coming to Montreal. There are countless places that serve up poutine all over the city. While this is the most popular spot, it is not our personal favourite. The poutine is no better than anywhere else. However, the combination of being open 24 hrs, having many variations of pountine, and lots of cute French girls can make it a late night winner.

What to Order:
T-Rex Poutine
Italian Poutine
Young French Girls
 

2. Maison VIP in Chinatownpicture

Sometimes we need a healthy dose of MSG to soak up all the alcohol that has been consumed during a big night. If you are jonesing for a sit down late night Chinese restaurant that serves every and any Chinese dish imaginable, then Maison VIP is the place. While the only thing VIP about the place is the name, the food is pretty good and it’s cheap. Maison VIP is located in the heart of Chinatown, between the clubs on St. Laurent and the Old Port.
If you can’t find Maison VIP just head to Chinatown and pick any place, they all look the same.

If you get lucky like the guys bellow, shout out “Connected Montreal!” on the video for a free trip!

What to Order:
General Tao Chicken
Salt and Pepper Pork
Anything but Chickens Feet
 

1. Moe’s (Casse-Croute du Coin)picture

If you have ever wondered where the Montreal Anglophone community congregates at the end of a blackout night of drinking, all you have to do is take a step inside of Moe’s. They have limited tables and it’s first come first serve. We have been kicked out of this place countless times but have yet to be blacklisted. While the prices have gone up since opening, they have not re-invested the funds into the decor. This is THE greasy spoon in Montreal, where you’ll chow down on toasted hot-dogs, poutine, grand slam breakfast and the famous “Big Ed” Burger. You must be intoxicated to actually enjoy the food here. Stick with the basics and you will be golden. If you’re looking to pick up and it’s after 3am, just scream belligerently at girls who actually speak English.

What to Order:
Big Ed Burger
Toasted Hot Dog
Onion Ring Poutine
Tums
 
 


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Posted on: 28 Dec 2012
Posted by: Rod
Top 5 Bring Your Own Wine Restaurants in Montreal


BYOW Restaurants in Montreal

When travelling to Montreal for a bachelor party, you’ll want to find a unique culinary experience.  Choosing a bring your own wine restaurant in Montreal allows you to bring your own choice of either wine or beer (not liquor) while still enjoying a great meal. You can look at going to a restaurant like this in one of two ways: if your group is trying to be cost effective, it allows you to save a little on your dinner, or if you know your wines, it allows you to pair a great bottle of your choice with a fantastic meal without paying an often absurd mark-up on the bottle(s). BYOB restaurants are sometimes given a bad rep because of the mistaken assumption that the food isn’t up to par. These five restaurants are not only amazing BYOBs, but they are some of the best restaurants in the city.

5. Restaurant O’thym

1112 Boulevard De Maisonneuve E

pictureDon’t be put off by the fact that the restaurant is located in the gay village. The traditional French restaurant O’thym takes full advantage of fresh regional ingredients, with an ever-changing menu of seasonal food. From the Brome Lake foie gras to the cheese plates, you’re in for a real local culinary experience eating here.

4. Le Quartier Général

1251 Rue Gilford (corner Brébeuf)

pictureSituated deep in the heart of the Plateau, Le Quartier General is also located right at the center of BYOB territory. This minimalist French bistro offers a meat-centric menu of fresh Canadian-sourced meats and seafood. You can just as easily pair a great bottle of red with their Quebec veal or rabbit, as keeping it light with a white to compliment their fresh line-caught Halibut or nightly tartar.

3. Restaurant Le P’tit Plateau

330 Rue Marie-Anne E

pictureA personal favorite of mine, this quaint French restaurant (it seems like all the good BYOB’s are French) is nestled away on a side street in the plateau. You feel like you’re in a different city (maybe Paris?) when entering this small-ish bistro. With an open kitchen concept and an incredibly knowledgeable staff, you’ll be delighted by the dishes they serve: they are simple yet expertly crafted. Some of the best foie gras and duck in the city.

2. Pizza Napoletana

189 Rue Dante

pictureIf you’re looking to keep it a little more casual but don’t want to compromise on the food, Pizza Napoletana might be the place for you. Located in Little Italy, this restaurant focuses – as the name suggests – on Pizza and Pasta. The décor won’t knock your socks off, but you are coming to eat a good meal at a good price and it disappoint. They do have solid meat dishes but they’re definitely known for their phenomenal pizzas. You can easily get out of the restaurant being sufficiently full with a bill under 30$ a head.

1. La Colombe

554 Ave Duluth E

pictureThis has been the most popular BYOB restaurant in Montreal for some time now. La Colombe is located on Duluth street, one of Montreal’s most popular BYOB strips. La Colombe might also be one of the most expensive BYOB’s on the list as well. If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience with the ability to bring your own wine, this is the place for you. This is a traditional French restaurant that specialize in foie gras, cheese plates, escargots, venison, etc. Make sure you bring a classic French wine to this meal.

Posted on: 29 Jun 2012
Posted by: Rod
Montreal Eats: Schwartz’s Smoked Meat

When coming into Montreal on a Bachelor Party, you’ll have your fair share of nice meals. Steakhouses are usually a big hit, and so are some of the supper clubs. The only meal of the day that doesn’t get a lot of love is Lunch.picture

Upon visiting any new city, it is always a good idea to check out the local institutions. Montreal is famous for having a couple culinary delights: Bagels, Poutine and Smoked Meat. When searching for the best smoked meat in town it’s well known that Schwartz’s is the best around. Schwartz’s smoked meat could possibly be the best sandwich anywhere in the world! Take the time to make the trip to Schwartz’s, you will not be disappointed.

pictureSince you’ll probably be travelling here on the weekend, you’ll have to endure the usual weekend line, but don’t worry, it moves fast. Once inside you’ll be seated at a European-style communal table with other guests. There are lot’s of choices on the menu and you may think of diverting from ordering smoked meat. Stick to the plan. You can eat smoked turkey breast anywhere else. Order the medium sandwich with a pickle, fry and coleslaw on the side and wash it down with a black cherry. You’ll understand within the first bite why the line was so long, and why people have been talking so highly about the world famous Schwartz’s.

Posted on: 15 Jun 2012
Posted by: Rod