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Montreal: Foreign Flair Close By

An October 2002 trip to Montreal by Seano

Quote: Montreal never disappoints. This time was a 30-something guys weekend filled with sports, outdoor activities, and a few drinks. As a college student, I was hell-bent on exploring all of St. Catherine Street. I have been with other friends happy to meander in the Botanical Gardens. Montreal has it all.

Montreal: Foreign Flair Close By

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Overview

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A colleague from work asked me if Montreal was a Drinking City. The profound answer is Yes. But it is also a Walking City. And a Historical City. And a Fun City. Check out the fun on St. Catherine Street and Crescent Street, but not exclusively. (A local told me he much prefers the bars and cafes of St. Denis.) Also, make sure to check out Vieux Montreal. And stay there if you can. It is French in atmosphere and architecture. Peruse the shops. You are bound to find something that you like. And wherever you are, do stop and have a drink -- a Molson Ex, or a chocolat chaud, or vin rouge, or coffee, or water, or Coke. But slow down. Take it all in. And hang with the people you went to hang with. And try ...Read More

Nelligan Hotel

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Hotel | "Hotel Nelligan"

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It is odd that I am submitting an entry because I did not stay at the hotel. I did, however, experience the hotel. My buddies were driving back to NY and I had a few hours before my flight back to Boston, so I stopped here to have my last glass of wine in Montreal. And I walked into an Experience. The hotel is two older buildings - one an apartment building and one an old warehouse - that were conjoined to form the boutique hotel. The restaurant bar (the restaurant is called Verses as Nelligan is a famous Canadian poet) is nestled into what would have been the alley between the buildings. Sitting there, one can see the exteriors of each of the old buildings brought together by a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2002

Nelligan Hotel
106 St. Paul Street West
Montreal, Quebec H2Y1Z3
(514) 788-2040

Queue de Cheval

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Restaurant

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No visit to Montreal is complete without dinner at Queue de Cheval. Pricey. But worth every dime. Built in a converted bank, this high-end steak restaurant welcomes one to come in and eat well and drink well. The lights are low, the decor is dark and the center staircase ascends above an open kitchen with the requisite open flame. From the moment you enter, you know you are in for an experience. The fact that 19 people say "Bon soir, Monsieur" before you sit down reinforces this. The service is impeccable. The dining room, even when crowded, is a bastion of intimacy. Never will you hear anyone at the next table. Always, there will be a staff member ready to pour your wine. (Rarely will you see him...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2002

Queue de Cheval
1221 René-Lévesque Blvd W
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1T1
+1 514 390 0090

Verses

Restaurant

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Verses is the restaurant in the Hotel Nelligan, which is my new favorite place in Montreal. (See separate review.) The dining experience lives up to its surroundings, which are stunning. The hotel is comprised of two older buildings which have been conjoined. The exposed brick and stone is authentic. The Verses bar is located in the atrium, which would have been the alley way, I presume. Near the bar are several small tables and semi-private booths where one can enjoy drinks and/or dinner. Dinner tables are on the other side. The food is quite good. I had guinea fowl, which seems to be a cross between a Cornish game hen and a pheasant. It's very good. And the server and some other dining patrons enter...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2003

Verses
106 rue St-Paul est
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 842-1887

Ranch Mont- Tremblant L'Ermitage

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Attraction | "Land Rover Tour at Tremblant Ranch"

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This is an incredible experience to get out of the city and enjoy a fantasitc adventure. The drive to the Ranch is about an hour and 15 minutes from Old Montreal. So worth it. We took the 10:30 tour. My two friends and I were met by our guide Daniel and one of the greatest Great Danes you will ever see. He stayed at the ranch. For about two hours we three followed Daniel and another guide through logging roads, the forest, and sand pits. We communicated via walkie-talkie. For about $150 US, the three of us had our own Land Rover and each had the chance to drive over logs and stones, through mud, and - most importantly - down a sand pit. Before Daniel took his Land...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2002

Ranch Mont- Tremblant L'Ermitage
710 Ch. Val des Lacs
Montreal, Quebec
(819) 326-7654

Crescent Street

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Attraction | "Crescent Street (many)"

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Crescent Street is certianly no stranger to the American tourist. And although locals told me they prefer the pubs of St. Denis, the taverns along Crescent Street provide a great intro to exploring the city. My two friends and I had drinks on our minds as we explored the city by foot. We had a few hours to kill before the hockey game as we searched. Pub Claddagh was the first place we came across and as we settled in, we realized that we certainly could have made it a night there. The atmosphere was reminiscent of an Irish pub -- low lit, dark walls, plenty of taps -- all of the trappings of great conversation. We grabbed a booth-like setting along the wall that allowed us to enjoy our...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2002

Crescent Street
Sherbrooke St south to de la Gauchetière
Montreal, Quebec H3G 2C1
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