A large part of Montreal's international appeal is its reputation as a nightlife destination. It has a variety of atmospheres available in different neighborhoods, and often the gamut of late night entertainment, from supper clubs to strip clubs, along even a single street. Although many popular establishments can be found downtown, the allure of Old Montreal is complemented by a selection of great bars and live music venues, while the trendy Plateau is choice for bar hopper's and university students. Read on to figure out which districts speak to you.
Most tourists who enter Montreal choose to explore the naughty and nice of rue Saint Catherine, where seedy establishments sidle up alongside big dance clubs, and dichotomous Montreal is on full display. Live music giant, Metropolis, can be found here, while the eastern end of the street is considered part of the “gay village” and is home to an LGBT scene to rival San Francisco's. Another street where you'll find a mixture of English-language travelers and locals is rue Crescent, although we'll have to warn that most bars and clubs in this area will be a bit more expensive (still, it's worth trying out Electric Avenue or other staples of the area). Your best chance to just walk around and find a place to pique your interest is rue Saint-Laurent, where a multilingual chatter will greet you in cigar lounges, indie music venues (La Sala Rossa), and unique clubs (Club Ballatou, Tokyo Bar).
Although it doesn't magnetically appeal to the up-all-nighters, Old Montreal has a fine selection of bars, particularly along rue Saint-Paul est, to match its romantic vision of Montreal past. You'll most likely find this to be a good place for an evening beer and not somewhere to hang out once your carriage turns back into a pumpkin; the Plateau is better suited for such endeavors. Moving toward Mount Royal from downtown, you'll run into plenty of hole-in-the-wall establishments, microbrewery meccas (Dieu du Ciel), and the must's of the neighborhood (Bifteck and Bily Kun top the list), especially on rue Saint-Laurent, rue Saint-Denis, and ave Duluth.
We'd suggest using the aforementioned streets as a starting point. Montreal is a large city with a lot of places in which to enjoy yourself once the night hits; so wherever you end up, you'll be experiencing one of Canada's most considerable and popular nightlife cities. Peruse our activity listings for further information, travel pictures, and much more.