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How to get HIGH in Montreal – A field guide. What you should know, and what we can’t remember.

*** LEGAL DISCLAIMER*** Since this is new territory I’d like to appease my business partners and lawyers by noting that Connected Montreal does not provide or supply cannabis products. We do not condone the use of black market cannabis products. The use of legal cannabis products are to only be used and consumed in Canada. Consult your physician before using any cannabis products. The following experiences below are purely anecdotal… allegedly. For more information regarding weed laws, click here

Last week, on October 17th, Cannabis AKA Weed, pot, reefer… Etc became LEGAL in all of Canada. Not decriminalized or tolerated…Fully legal. Canada is the first G8 nation to do so.

While Cannabis is now legal, there are a few basic laws about smoking weed in Montreal:

-You must be be over 18 to buy or consume marijuana

-You can’t carry over 30 grams (that’s over an ounce) per person

-You can’t drive high (duh)

-You can’t smoke in smoke free zones (schools/hospitals)

Weed is regulated here in Quebec (Montreal is in Quebec) by the newly formed SQDC. The  SQDC is a government run weed store (Socialism at its finest) and is the only place you can buy LEGAL cannabis. There is only one physical store location downtown, which at the time of writing has a line around the block and a 3 hour wait to get in (this will, of course, die down). You can order online in Canada, However shipping takes 2-4 days.

Cannabis at the SQDC is sold in primarily 2 forms:  dried buds and pre-rolled joints for smoking OR oils, capsules, and sprays for oral consumption. Edibles such as cookies and gummy bears will not be sold as they are seen as a child safety hazard.

Luckily, I was able to get an order in online (the order volume has been so insane that quantity is already low.) In the name of science and R&D, I used the company Amex to deliver some legal cannabis products to our office. I ordered a sampling of 3 products: buds, spray, and oil/capsules.

Montreal Weed Guide

 

Weed College

In case you don’t listen to rap or are a mormon, here is a crash course in cannabis as it’s important to know the different types of strains and general effects  (or read what big brother says)

The most important thing to look for is THC content. For noobs, this means how much of the psychoactive compound is in the weed that makes you high.

Furthermore, there are 2 strains of cannabis that each give their own specific feeling/high: Sativa and Indica

Sativa: The THC in this strain gives you the “head high” the government says, “Its effects are usually described as potentially energizing, uplifting or mentally stimulating”

Indica : This strain gives you the “body high”. The government describes Indica as, ““Its effects are usually described as potentially calming, relaxing or sleep-inducing.“

Montreal Weed Guide

 

Hybrid : A mix of the two strains and a mix of the two highs. Most weed sold is a hybrid.

CBD Content : This is in reference to the NON-Psychoactive chemical. CBD is considered a miracle drug by many as its know to be of the the best anti-inflammatory out there. CBD doesn’t get you high, but it has many amazing medical benefits that I highly recommend (Think of it as a replacement for Advil, hangovers, and soreness from working out). Most people are excited that CBD is now legal as many use it to reduce chronic pain. CBD products and strains were the first to sell out online.

Type VS high:  ***Very important***. Smoking will always be the mild and shorter high, its also easier to control your dose. While eating (oils/sprays) is the wild wild west as you don’t really know how hard it will hit, or how long the high will last. The effects might not kick in for 2-3 hours… and the high can last 8+ hours. If you’re a novice, DON’T do the oils.

First Hand Report

I should mention my familiarity with cannabis (My parents learned a long time ago not to read this site and to just tell their friends I’m an “event planner”) I learned the lessons of the “sweet leaf” as a teenager (like most of you). During the mid to late 90’s in the US, weed was still illegal and expensive. Good bud cost more than gold, literally, and could get you arrested in most states. Regardless, there was no better way for a teen to get action from a chubby drama chick then by having weed. I smoked my fair share back in the day and still a bit now in my 30’s, so I’m no stranger to the occasional high. I thought I’d be prepared, boy was I wrong.

Test 1: Solei “Renouer

“ THC Spray $31″

Weed Spray

The SQDC website says:

This blend, in oral spray form, has a strong THC content and contains no CBD. It may give the impression of experiencing stimulating sensations, increase the desire to be around others and even create an urge to laugh. This product does not have a distinctive aroma. CAUTION! The effects may take up to two or three hours to appear. We strongly recommend beginning with a small amount and waiting a few hours before taking more, if desired.

This is the strongest and cheapest spray that is legally sold. It is also a Sativa.  I thought it would be a good idea to start at the top and work my way down… I was wrong.

At around noon, I decided to take 2 sprays on an empty stomach and began my journey. An hour later, I realized I should have taken just one spray.

I was catapulted into the the stratosphere of legal weed. Since any real productive work was thrown out the window, I decided to skip out on the office and indulge the buzz.

When your high, really high, there’s nothing better than stuffing your face. No better place to do so then Schwartz’s. Their smoked meat sandwiches are legendary and loved by all. Upon arrival, the line was down the block. Luckily, due to our Briskets and Breasts partnership, I was able to skip the line and grab a quick sandwich to go. I’d like to think this went as smooth as possible but I think everyone knew I was high, or maybe that was the paranoia kicking in?

 

The sandwich didn’t quench the beast  so like any glutton/foodie I hopped into an Uber (Please don’t drive high…) to my favorite place in Montreal, Jean Talon Market.

Jean Talon is possibly the best farmers market in North America. It’s the real deal with food you won’t see anywhere this side of the Atlantic. I’m too vain to list ALL the things I ate but highlights include: pulled pork tacos, snow crab at the raw bar, raw milk cheese samples (till they gave me dirty looks), and of course, a good pour over from the hipster kid who knew what was up and was probably high too.

I’d like to lie and say the rest of my high was a magical adventure, but I’d be lying. After stuffing my face, I took an Uber home and listened to “Sapiens” on Audible and JRE for the rest of the day. It was a far cry from the promised, “…gives the impression of experiencing stimulating sensations, increase the desire to be around others and even create an urge to laugh.”

The high had lasted well over 10 hours… Yes, 10 fuckin’ hours!

I am way too old to be that high for that long. I’ve taken edibles a bunch of times and this spray was right up there as one of my more  “memorable” weed experiences.

Learn from my mistake and only take one spray if you decide to indulge. Don’t be an idiot like me and take 2. Wait about two to three hours for the spray to kick in. I’m sure some people can handle this, if not something stronger.  Also, I don’t recommend this high for a bachelor party unless it’s a rainy day or you want to REALLY relax the rest of the afternoon. This spray is definitely not something I’d recommend before going out.

It’s important to note that for less than $1 I was high all day. The bang for your buck is off the charts. It’s clear Canada is not fucking around with weed legalization and is taking aim at the “black market” with superior products at dirt cheap prices.

It’s 11pm and I’m going to bed. I am still buzzed and defeated. Solei Renouer 1, Me 0.

Test 2 coming soon…

Posted on: 24 Oct 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
The Best Fall Activities For A Montreal Bachelor Party

We aren’t going to sugar coat this one, but summer is definitely the best time to have a bachelor party in Montreal. It’s okay you can always come back for a boy’s weekend next weekend …Don’t be disappointed though if you happen to come in October, there is still plenty to do (Including some activities you can only do in fall!)

Here are the 5 best fall activities for a Montreal bachelor party:

Curling

We’ve already laid out why curling is a great daytime activity and it is one of the best things to do in the fall. It’s a unique experience for any bachelor party and adds something special to the weekend. First, you’ll learn how to play the game in one of the oldest curling clubs in North America. You’ll then be split into two teams and get competitive. Luckily, there is a bar on site to add some excitement to the afternoon. Losers buy next round!

Curling Montreal Bachelor Party

College Girl Pub Crawl

Fall in Montreal is cold. Drinking is a down right necessity just to stay warm. You’re going to day drink  anyway so why not add some heat to the afternoon by having some local college girls lead you around on a pub crawl. You and your buddies will discover some bars you would have never found on your own, get drunk, and have some hot girls break up the sausage fest that is a bachelor party.   

Hot College Girls

Canadiens Game

The Canadiens are Montreal’s only professional sports team (R.I.P Expos) and every home game is one giant party. Whether your bachelor party cares about hockey or not, going to a game is an experience like no other. I highly recommend getting tickets (We can help!), getting drunk on Molson’s, and heckling the players…It’s an authentic Montreal fall activity.

Montreal Canadiens

Pick Up Hot Montreal Girls

Fall is the perfect time to pick up hot college girls for a number of reasons. School is back in session, it’s cold, but not too cold to go out yet, and French Canadian girls are notoriously “friendly”. It also helps that people don’t barhop as much as they would in summer and tend to stay put in one spot. Here are your best bets for meeting hot Montreal girls.

Hot Montreal Girls

Axe Throwing

Bored lumberjacks created axe throwing and somehow it has become a favorite daytime bachelor party activity. Most Canadians get drunk and find some random forest to do their axe throwing, but we’ll start you off easy, eh. The competition that axe throwing brings is always a welcomed addition to any bachelor party.  

Axe Throwing

 

Posted on: 12 Oct 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
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 run 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 perfect place 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, and it’s 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 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 taste of Montreal nightlife 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 11AM the next day. The less planned, the better (However, these daytime activities will help make the bachelor party more memorable.). 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 you 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
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 eating fiasco then going to the middle-eastern joint Boustan’s. 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