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The Best Montreal Hangover Meals

When you come to Montreal on a bachelor party, your going to follow a pretty straight forward formula: dinner, strip club, go out, after party, repeat. Then comes the next morning and it feels like Pierre the midget is trying to force his way out of your head. Luckily, Montreal knows you came here to party and is ready with a variety of hangover food options. Here’s 6 of our favorite Montreal hangover meals:

Poutine

Anyone that’s ever been to Montreal will tell you that you have to try poutine. We’re not sure what they sprinkle on it, but if you’ve ever had a hangover poutine, you know that feeling when you instantly come back to life. There are hundreds of poutine places all over Montreal, but head to La Banquise, a Montreal institution. Walk across the street to Parc LaFontaine to soak in some sun and if you’re feeling bold, have a beer or two with your meal to really clear that foggy head.

Montreal Hangover

Bagels

Montreal vs. New York bagels… We know every New Yorker that is going to read this will defend their own version, but we don’t care since you’re on our turf. Head to St. Viateur for their bagel sandwiches or be a true Montrealer and get bagels with a tub of cream cheese. This is our personal favorite option since the combination of doughy bread with sweet and salty flavors will have you ready for the next big night out in no time.

Bachelor Party Hangover Montreal

Down And Dirty Brunch

Montreal’s brunch scene might not be as developed as the East Coast, but don’t sleep on several great options. L’Avenue is by far one of our favorites. Although the wait can be an hour or more on the weekend depending on when you arrive, the portions are more than generous (Especially the pancakes) and you’ll have a full grown food baby by the time you leave. Of course, any brunch can be turned into a boozy one, so if that’s what you want, L’Avenue is your best option.

Bachelor Party Hangover Meal

Carb Overload

Carbs are a necessity when it comes to proper hangover recovery and Montreal is not short on carb loading options. Boustan’s is better known for its late night shenanigans, but it is also a great daytime eating spot. The Lebanese fast food restaurant serves up delicious shawarma, kebabs and falafel. If you’re more in the mood for a burger, head down the street to Crescent’s Burger Bar. After a quick scan of the menu, you’ll realize that they have already made the choice for you by offering a Hangover Burger. The burger consists of beef patties, cheese, bacon, poutine, truffle oil, caramelized onions, and for good measure, a fried egg. You can thank us later…

Hangover Burger

Dim Sum

This small portion Chinese brunch has exploded in popularity the last few years and there’s nothing better than greasy dumplings to soak up that remaining booze in your system. You really can’t go wrong with any dim sum restaurant in Chinatown on St. Laurent. Most have plenty of room to accommodate any size group so if your bachelor party consists of foodies, this is the hangover brunch for you.

Montreal Bachelor Party Hangover Meal

 

Brisket And Breasts

When you have a pounding hangover, the last thing you’ll want to do is stand in line and wait for smoked meat. Make your life easier and throw some fun into the mix by having Schwartz’s catered to your house with some topless waitresses serving you. Unlike those 3 shots of tequila after drinking bourbon all night, this is a decision you won’t regret.

Bachelor Party Hangover Schwartz's

Posted on: 20 Aug 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Best Adventure Activities For Your Montreal Bachelor Party

Besides the drinking and girls that every bachelor party should have, there should also be a competitive or adventure element to the bachelor party. It’s important to get the adrenaline pumping so the group can sweat out the poor decisions they made the night before. We recommend at least one, but no more than two of these activities for a bachelor party. Here are 4 activities that will be some hair on your chest:

Zipline

Eventually every bachelor party takes a stroll around Old Montreal so once you get some liquid courage in you, head over to our friends at MTL Zipline and be prepared to scream your head off. Continue the Old Montreal bar crawl by grabbing some local hotties at the other end of the zipline and head to Terrasse Bonsecours.

Bachelor Party Adventure

Axe Throwing

Is there anything more Canadian than axe throwing? Unless the axe is smothered in maple syrup and you’re wearing a flannel shirt, I’m afraid not. It’s a great way to do something more memorable for the bachelor party and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a true Canadian. Try knife throwing as well, it’s even harder.

Axe Throwing Bachelor Party

Go Karting

In our opinion, go karting is the best option for those that are looking for some good ol’ fashioned competition. Want to kick the bachelor’s ass one last time? No better way to do it than “accidentally” bumping him off the track. Up the ante and bet that night’s dinner at Queue De Cheval on the race.

Go Karting Bachelor Party

Jet Boating

The after party ended at 5:30 AM and you have jet boating planned on your itinerary at 9. While you may rather read the company’s financial reports than get splashed with cold water while nursing a throbbing hangover, we can almost guarantee your hangover will be cured and the guys will be ready for some day drinking on a terrasse after. There’s no better way to wash away the previous nights sins.

 

Rafting Montreal

Posted on: 17 Aug 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Where Connoisseurs Need To Go In Montreal

For any true connoisseur of the finer things in life, there are four things that must be savored when traveling to a new city:

  • Food
  • Cigars
  • Coffee
  • Wom…Scotch

 

Welcome to the good life. Here’s where to indulge in Montreal:

Game Meat At Atwater Market

Montreal has several public markets spread out throughout the city that are loaded with local produce, meat, and fish. Walking around the market is an experience by itself with all of the different sights and smells. While there are a few public markets to choose from, we’d recommend heading to Atwater Market. Located right on the Lachine Canal, it is the perfect spot for any of the connoisseurs in your bachelor party group to nerd out. One of the best parts about the market for connoisseurs is that it stocks hard to find game meats such as kangaroo, bison, and ostrich. On the weekend, Atwater is packed with shoppers, but it is worth fighting through the crowds.

Game Meat Montreal

 

Cigars At Casa De Habanos

Casa De Habanos is the place to go for premium, aged cigars. Located right downtown on Sherbrooke Street, Habanos staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and their selection is incredible. You’ll find a wide variety of Cuban cigars, which is always a treat for our American guests. Pair a cigar with some port and you’ll have a great start to the bachelor party weekend.

Montreal Cigars

3rd Wave Coffee Shops

Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood is considered to be one of the trendiest AKA hipster-filled in the world. With a healthy amount of random tattoos, edgy haircuts, and expensive vegan food in this city, you’re bound to find good 3rd wave coffee shops (Whatever that means…) But since you like your artisanal coffee, we’d recommend trying Pikolo or Dispatch. Modeled after an Australian coffee house, Pikolo is centrally located and serves strong coffee that is perfect after a big night out (It pairs nicely with Legs And Eggs.) If you really are a coffee snob, head to the epicenter of all things hipster, Dispatch Coffee. The minimalist shop was designed for the customer to focus on the coffee and not the ambiance. Dispatch is well known among coffee aficionados so don’t be surprised if your coffee roaster buddy sneaks away for an hour or two.

Third Wave Coffee Montreal

Scotch Tasting At Burgundy Lion

If the whole bachelor party is scotch or whisky snobs, head to Burgundy Lion for a private tasting with a resident expert. They’ll walk you through the history behind the booze, where it comes from, and how it is made. They will answer any questions and will happily accommodate any special tasting requests you may have.

We’d be happy to help set you up with a tasting if that is something you’d be interested in. Give us a call (1-877-690-4919) or email us.

Scotch Tasting

 

 

 

Posted on: 01 Aug 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
How Do I Get My Bachelor Party Into Joe Beef?

There’s 3 things to remember if you want to get into Joe Beef:

1. Make a reservation very early. We recommend calling at least 2 months in advance.

2. Be under 6 people.

3. If neither of these apply to you, try another restaurant.

Don’t get us wrong, Joe Beef is a great restaurant and the food is delicious, but it’s easy to get caught up in the foodie hype. However, there are some other tremendous fine dining options that are worth eating at too. Here are 3 other comparable restaurants to Joe Beef:

Garde Manger

Located in Old Montreal, Garde Manger is known for their elaborate, constantly evolving chalkboard menu by celebrity chef Chuck Hughes. There are a few items here that are must-haves if they appear on the menu the night you go. To start, try the seafood platter, which is loaded up with shrimp, oysters, scallops, and crab. It’s a perfect starter to share with the whole bachelor party. If you want to stick with the fish theme, order the lobster poutine. The dish is a win-win. You get a delicious meal and can skip the otherwise drunken pilgrimage for underwhelming poutine at La Banquise. If you’re more in the mood for meat, try the braised ribs. The ribs are full of flavor and are already falling off the bone by the time they arrive at your table.

How Do I Get Into Joe Beef

Au Pied De Cochon

If you have any vegetarian or vegan friends on the trip, consider leaving them at home when you head to the Plateau’s trendy Au Pied De Cochon. The restaurant, whose name translates in English to “At The Pig’s Feet”, is considered carnivore heaven and was even one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite restaurants in Montreal. They are known for their foie gras and pork dishes. The foie gras hamburger is always a hit and is a good way to line the stomach before a big night out. Speaking of alcohol, their wine and cocktail list is extensive. Ask your server which wines pair up with your meal.

How Do I Get Into Joe Beef

Chasse Et Peche

Chasse Et Peche gives Joe Beef a good run for their money. Tucked away on a small side street in Old Montreal, Chasse Et Peche models itself off an old hunting lodge. It’s a place your father’s bachelor party would come to, but with a 21st century take on the cuisine. The restaurant offers interesting starters and entrees. For a starter, we’d recommend trying the braised piglet risotto with foie gras shavings. For an entree, try the Wagyu beef, some of the best in the city.

Joe Beef Chasse Et Peche

 

    

 

Posted on: 25 Jul 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Host Feature: Dirty Mike

Mike, AKA Dirty Mike, has been a host for three years now. The veteran knows Montreal like the back of his hand and always makes sure that his groups are drunk and have seen plenty of T&A before midnight. Today, in honor of Dirty Mike’s birthday, we are doing a special feature on him so you can get to know him better and just like that stripper at Chez Parée, you’ll want to tip him an outrageous amount.

Dirty Mike Host 

Age

 26

From

Montreal

Favorite Drink

Cuba Libre

Favorite Club/Bar

McLean’s Pub. Ask for Stewart and he’ll hook you up with his 10 Liter Beer towers.

Favorite Strip Club

Hands down Kamasutra because of the intimate atmosphere. No seat is a bad seat and the talent is great.

Favorite Place To Eat

Moishes. They have an incredible after 9 PM special menu. You can get an appetizer and entree for $25. You can’t beat that.

Favorite Stripper Activity

 Girl On Girl Show. The reactions on every guy’s face is priceless.

Hangover Food Of Choice

 Poutine. It’s a classic Montreal food staple that, like a fat girl show, everyone has to try at least one. I’ve seen poutine work wonders and revive those that were struggling from a long night.

Best Hosting Story

I had a crazy group of Marines come to Montreal from California for a boy’s weekend full of debauchery. They were already drunk and rowdy as they got off the plane. One of the guys in the group lost their bag, but replaced it with something more fun.While standing in line waiting for his lost bag, the marine got chatting with a girl who had lost her bag too. The backpacker girl had just gotten back from Thailand and since she lost her bag, she didn’t have any clothes with her. The guys ended up inviting the backpacker girl to their place and needless to say, she became part of the group in more than one way.The guys returned last year because they had so much fun. Those guys were party legends. God bless the United States Marine Corps.  

Posted on: 06 Jul 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Puff, Puff, Pass: Everything You Need To Know About Weed Legalization In Montreal

Unless you’re one of those weirdos that’s swore off news and gets foreskin facials (I’m not kidding, it’s a real thing…look it up), you’ve probably heard that Canada has passed Bill C-45 and legalized weed. That includes all possession, distribution, and consumption of weed. Canada is now the second country in the world after Uruguay to come to their senses and let everyone get high…legally. One more excuse to get a hall pass and get some grass and ass in Montreal. Besides making Montreal even more heavenly, what does this mean for your Montreal bachelor party? We’ve gone ahead and answered some questions you might have about weed legalization in Montreal.

Can I smoke a joint in public right now?

No, the law will go into effect around early September 2018. Montreal, however, is extremely liberal and you can usually smell the “roses” near any park in the city.

Where will I be able to smoke weed when it becomes legal?

You’ll be able to smoke weed anywhere you can smoke a cig. It’ll make Tam-Tams that much more enjoyable. Outdoor patios? No. Outside the strip club? Encouraged.

Weed Legalization Montreal

How much weed can I carry around?

You can’t walk around like it’s a Snoop Dogg video with pounds of chronic, but you’ll be able to legally carry 30 grams of dried bud.

Is there an age requirement to smoke weed?

You have to be at least 18 to buy and smoke weed. Some provinces are debating to have the minimum age set at 19, but here in Montreal it will be 18. Every member in your bachelor party group will be able to light up.

Where will I be able to buy weed in Montreal?

Just like you can only buy liquor at an “SAQ” (Québec Liquor Store), Québec will control the distribution of weed. The stores will be called SQC (Québec Cannabis Store is a rough French translation for those that actually care.) For all the true lazy stoners out there, you can also have it delivered to you via Canada Post. Doobies and boobies anyone?

SQC Legal Weed Montreal

How much will weed cost in Montreal?

The government said prices will match black market prices so you’ll buy from them (duh!) It’s hard to know exact prices so we’ll see in September.

Posted on: 20 Jun 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Strategies For A Small Bachelor Party

If you are less than 10 guys, you are considered a small bachelor party group (We always say that 5-8 guys is the sweet spot for a bachelor party). There are definitely some pros and cons to a smaller group. On one hand, with a small bachelor party group, you have more options and it’s easier to decide on what you want to do and see. On the other hand, you’re always dealing with different ideas and opinions of what the bachelor party should look like. That’s why we’ve come up with three proven strategies for a successful small bachelor party group:

Get A Bigger House Than Expected

It’s funny how with a big bachelor party group, no one cares if they sleep on the couch. However, when you are with a small bachelor party group, everyone expects their own beds and rooms. It’s important to make the whole group happy because one guy can bring the fun to a halt by complaining all weekend. It’s best to get a bigger house than expected (such as our purpose built houses) so everyone has room to spread out and no one will moan about bunking up with B.O Bob.

Strategies Small Bachelor Party

One Daytime Activity

It doesn’t matter if you are a big or small bachelor party group, you should only plan one daytime activity at most. You came to Montreal for a vacation, not to be held down by a schedule. We suggest leaving most of the day unplanned so you can walk around and see the city. It’s the perfect cover up story for when you return home to the girlfriend or wife.

Small Bachelor Party Strategies

Supper Club

You’re a bachelor party so you are definitely going to head out and see what trouble you can get into. You are also going to want to experience some of the amazing food Montreal has to offer. A supper club offers the best of both worlds. Supper clubs like Sousbois are the perfect place for your group to start the night. It’s a great place to catch up and bond with everyone before they turn down the lights and the night gets crazy. Throw in some party girls and you’ll have yourself one epic night on your hands.

Small Bachelor Party Strategies

Posted on: 14 Jun 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
The Worst Value For Your Bachelor Party In Montreal

There are things you can do to enhance your bachelor party…or make it awful. We’ve been planning bachelor parties for far too long so we know what works and what doesn’t. Following up on our post about the best value for your bachelor party, here is the WORST value for your bachelor party in Montreal.

Stack The Day Too Heavy

You guys are a bachelor party, not a school group. There is no reason to plan out every second of the day especially if you go out the night before. You should leave most of your day unplanned. Don’t fill your day with activities that will drain you and leave you tired before going out at night. At most, do one daytime activity such as axe throwing or white water rafting. You’ll thank us later.

Worst Value Bachelor Party

Limos

Limos might have been cool for your senior prom, but not now. Montreal is pretty small and if you stay here, you’ll be set. All of the best bars, clubs, and restaurants will be within walking distance. If, for some reason, you need to go somewhere further, pile everyone into an Uber. Welcome to the 21st Century.

Worst Value Bachelor Party

Not Getting Bottle Service   

If you’re not getting bottle service, you might as well not go clubbing. Not getting bottle service is one of the biggest mistakes you can make for your bachelor party.  No matter the size of your bachelor party, having a table is essential. Unlike most cities (Looking at you, Vegas), getting bottle service in Montreal is cost effective. If you don’t get bottle service, you’ll have to fight with everyone else to get to the bar, wait for a drink, and lose your group. Beyond cost, getting bottle service allows for your group to be seen and have a piece of prime real estate in the club. Don’t be an idiot, get bottle service (LINK TO PACKAGES).

Bottle Value Bachelor Party

Going To Schwartz’s

Trying smoked meat in Montreal is a must, but standing in line for 2 hours is a terrible waste of time. There is always a massive line at Schwartz’s and cramming 10 guys in there is nearly impossible. The better option is to get Brisket and Breasts, where you get Schwartz’s smoked meat delivered straight to you piping hot served fresh by topless girls. We have yet to have a disappointed customer.

Schwartz's Worst Value Bachelor Party

 

Posted on: 30 May 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Response To Travel+Leisure’s Montreal Bachelor Party Guide

In our 12 years of being THE bachelor party planning experts in Montreal, this actually has to be THE worst Montreal bachelor party guide we’ve seen. Slow clap for Travel+Leisure.

According to Travel+Leisure’s Montreal bachelor party guide, a bachelor party cares about “cobblestone streets” or “Gothic-Revival Basilica”. I’m willing to bet money that no bachelor party has ever stopped to notice the church’s architecture after stumbling out of Bord’elle at 3AM.

Of course, you want to see some of the cultural highlights of the city, but for most of you that’s only cover up for what you ACTUALLY did over the weekend. In fact, we now sell group pictures of you and your crew with a Photoshopped backdrop of Mont Royal or the Biodome. As we say, we take care of EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that involves the bachelor party.

Here’s why Travel+Lesiure’s Montreal Bachelor Party guide is setting you up for disaster:

Hotel St. James

This a bachelor party weekend, not a “relaxing” getaway with your future ex-wife. Stay in a hotel or better yet one of our houses that are perfectly suited for your bachelor party. The St. James is one of the fanciest hotels in the city. There’s usually more Maybachs parked outside than Jay-Z’s mansion. The place is also quite dated inside. More of a place your parents or grandparents would enjoy. We guarantee that no one in your bachelor party cares about the “Old World elegance” or “19th century details” of the rooms. Why waste your money on architecture when you can get a much better local perspective from our hot party girls?

Montreal Bachelor Party Guide

La Distillerie

We’ll give it to La Distillerie. Their drinks are pretty good, but the narrow layout of the bar and high chairs make it a terrible place to grab drinks for a bachelor party. It’s better to be able to spread out and not worry about knocking anyone out when you push back from your chair to inevitably break the seal. Also, in a city with world class restaurants munching on popcorn and beef jerky is like drinking Natty Ice (or PBR for the hipster writer) at the Catalina Wine Mixer.

Montreal Bachelor Party Guide 

 

Stereo Nightclub

Unless you are rolling your face off or enjoy being sober (Said no bachelor party ever)… There is absolutely no reason to go to Stereo, bachelor party or not. The fact that there are no strip clubs or even decent clubs on their list is a disgrace, but then again they probably don’t want to rock the boat and lose advertisers (We lost all of ours a decade ago)

Montreal bachelor party guide

 

Don’t listen to some hipster from New York that Googled places to stay, eat, and drink at in Montreal. Hey hipster have you ever been to Montreal? We invite you and your crew to a REAL bachelor party weekend so you can leave Williamsburg behind for a bit while sipping on a vegan teenager’s breast milk latte and update your guide.

Posted on: 25 May 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Best Cigar Lounges In Montreal

Your bachelor party is a time for you and your buddies to get together and bond over trying new things. New city, new food, jello wrestling with strippers… Sometimes though there is nothing better than a familiar vice, a good old fashioned cigar washed down with a strong scotch. It’s something that your girlfriend/wife/mistress wouldn’t approve of, but is always a crowd pleaser with the boys. Here are the best Montreal cigar lounges:

Best Montreal Cigar Lounges

La Casa Del Habano

La Casa Del Habano is where The Most Interesting Man in the World would go if he were to smoke a cigar in Montreal. Located in the heart of downtown, Casa has one of the largest selection of Cubans in North America, bound to put some hair on your shaved chest. It has any type of cigar you could ever want in their walk in humidor. The smoking area has an open floor plan, great for large groups. For the cigar connoisseur, they have Cohiba, Behike, Partagas, Montecristo, and Davidoff on hand. Pair a trip to Casa with a supper club and a lesbian show and you’ll have yourself an unforgettable night.

Best Montreal Cigar Lounges

Chez Alexandre

The combination restaurant and cigar lounge is a great place to kick off the night before heading to one of the great, morally sound institutions Montreal has to offer. Peel Street’s Chez Alexandre’s smoking room is small, a bit like your grandfather’s man cave, but can still accommodate larger groups and is a nice place to have an after dinner drink, cigar, and watch a game on their wide screen TV’s. For the cigar connoisseur, they have Cohiba, Behike, Partagas, Montecristo, and Davidoff on hand.

Best Montreal Cigar Lounges

Stogies Cigar Lounge  

Stogies is not your father’s cigar lounge. With its sleek design and outdoor seating overlooking the action on Crescent, Stogies is the perfect spot for a group that enjoys the atmosphere more than the actual smoke. Many locals, including some friendly French Canadian girls, visit the lounge before a night out. For the sake of your night though, whatever you do after, go out here instead of Crescent.

 

Posted on: 15 May 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon