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A December 1986 trip to Montreal by panda2

Lord Berri Hotel Photo, Montreal, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Montréal is a pleasant and fun place to visit with a European feel.

YUL

Overview

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Montréal, the second largest city in Canada was a pleasant and fun place to visit, with a European feel. At the time, the signs were still bilingual, but now it's only in French, causing a lot of English-speaking businesses to relocate to Toronto. But it looks like businesses are thriving, there restaurants galore, and lots of young people clubbing.OSM (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal) for a wonderful auditory experience. Dunns and Schwartz restaurants are both must-eat places for smoked meat and poutine (french fries with gravy and cheese) for your visit in ...Read More

Lord Berri Hotel

Hotel | "Hotel Lord Berri"

Lord Berri Hotel Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Hotel Lord Berri is located conveniently in downtown Montreal and is walking distance to the gay oriented entertainment nearby on St. Catherine St. The establishment is gay friendly.The rooms are clean and comfortable with a hairdryer, voicemail, ironing board and iron, air conditioning, TV, mini-coffee maker, and ice-makers in lobby and seventh floor. The bed was comfortable to sleep in. There was a drinks dispenser in lobby, and there is a restaurant and bar on premises, though prices are on the high side. Expect to pay around $10 for breakfast and $7 dollars for a large beer. There is a dollar charge for each local call and a dataport i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Lord Berri Hotel
1199 BERRI STREET
Montreal, Quebec H2L4C6
514-845-9236

Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

Hotel | "Hilton Montréal Bonaventure"

Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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The Hilton Montreal Bonaventure is located in downtown Montréal, but there isn't anything conveniently close to this five-star accommodation. There's a swimming pool that requires you to walk a fairly long path to the changing room and then use the pool or exercise room. The fitness room is adjacent to the changing room for the swimming pool and consists of a pair of treadmills, stair climbers, and cycles; it is somewhat dismal.There are big facilities for meetings and luncheons.The room itself is quite nice and is large, spacious, and clean. The ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Hilton Montreal Bonaventure
900 DE LA GAUCHETIER W
Montreal, Quebec H5A1E4
514 878-2332

Ben's Deli

Restaurant | "Ben's Deli Restaurant"

Ben's Deli Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Ben's Deli Restaurant, established in 1908, has smoked meat that tastes so good that there's a business demand for shipping the product. The place looked like it's been around for quite a while; there's a feeling of the '50s here. I saw the owner once briefly. He looked happy and content and was quite old, in his upper 70s or 80s. Ben's serves smoked corned beef piled high on rye bread with a large pickle. I tried the poutine, a Quebec delicacy of fries, gravy, and cheese curd. Just thinking about this place made my mouth salivate. This place is a dive. It still has the original everything, except the prices are updated. There are no refills on coffee and their soda size is real...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2003

Ben's Deli
990 de Maisonneuve Blvd W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1M5
+1 514 844 1000

Schwartz's Delicatessen

Restaurant | "Schwartz's"

Schwartz's Delicatessen Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Schwartz's, established in 1930, is a deli counter with table seating where you can enjoy the wonderful smoked meat and steaks. The food is quite good, and the atmosphere is bright and unpretentious. Ordering their Rib Steak included a liver steak; Combo is steak and smoked meat. There's also a combo chicken selection. Each of these includes dill pickle, coleslaw salad, French fries, a couple of cut-up pieces of a frankfurter. The food portions are huge, so you won't go away hungry.People are lined up outside on this very popular place, on the left of the entrance to dine-in, on the right of the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2003

Schwartz's Delicatessen
3895 St-Laurent Blvd
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1X9
+1 514 842 4813

Dunns Famous Steakhouse Delicatessen Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Dunns Famous Steakhouse Delicatessen, established in 1927, expanded greatly and then collapsed but is now back again. Their smoked meat is good, but prices are a little higher than Ben's. Service is good, and soda is a decent size and includes a refill, unlike Ben's. There are refills for coffee. I wouldn't recommend their poutine with smoked meat, as the gravy and cheese flavors mixed in with the smoked meat are very filling. Nor would I recommend their super sandwich, with a large amount of French fries, coleslaw, and pickle; it's just too much food. Go for the small-size sandwich and share an order of poutine. It is fully licensed and op...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Dunns Famous Steakhouse Delicatessen
1249 rue Metcalfe
Montreal, Quebec
(877) 395-1927

Club Sandwich

Restaurant | "Le Club Sandwich"

Club Sandwich Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Le Club Sandwich is a quite a large restaurant, is open 24 hours, and has several sections, including one that has an older look of an interior train feel. Breakfast, available anytime for under five dollars, is a deal. I wanted two eggs and two meat choices--one that I was curious about, since it is a meat spread in two very small little tubs, but it was okay on toast instead of the jam. The selection of two eggs and two meat choices wasn't available, so I asked for one egg with two meat choices and add one egg, which is cheaper than two eggs with one meat choice, add another meat choice. This is the best value for a meal here. Eggs benedict isn't on their regular menu.Sunday br...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Club Sandwich
1578 Rue Ste-Catherine East
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 523-4679

Mars Venus Café Resto Bar Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Mars Venus Café Resto Bar is a trendy restaurant bar inside a large seating area with pool tables and restroom upstairs.

A version of eggs benedict is available using ham instead of Canadian bacon or back bacon. Eggs Florentine is also available. Our waitperson didn't hear our order correctly but was good at correcting it.

Looks like this place would be serving more alcohol at night than food in the daytime.

Breakfast served Monday-Friday 8am-11:30am, weekends/holidays 10am-3pm; Monday-Wednesday till 10pm, Thursday-Saturday till 1am, Sunday till 5pm

Email marsvenus@sympatico.ca

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Mars Venus Café Resto Bar
200, rue Sainte-Catherine East
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 875-7171

Paramount

Attraction | "Famous Players-Paramount"

Paramount Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Famous Players-Paramount is a large multi-floor ten-screen cinema including an IMAX screen. However, the movie Shark Tale was out of focus to the point I couldn't stand it and walked out to find someone to complain and correct the problem. It took some effort to find someone and took awhile to have it corrected. But in the end as the titles rolled by, it was out of focus.This is a common problem, not just with this establishment. Most modern movie complexes don't have someone to check that the image is sharply focused on the screen. What amazes me is that people are paying good money and accept a blurry picture on the screen without complaining to management to correct the proble...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Paramount
977 Ste-Catherine St W (At Metcalfe)
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4W3
+1 514 842 5828

Bar Le Stud

Attraction

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Bar Le Stud has a gay bar crowd on two floors, with dancing and a bar on each level. The music was slow enough, with a beat we could dance to. Coat check and a pool table are available. The music will damage your hearing, so I highly urge the use of hearing protection. I didn't have ear plugs, so I took a couple pieces of Kleenex and stuffed my ears with them to reduce the decible level significantly.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Bar Le Stud
1812 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 598-8243

Adonis

Attraction

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Adonis is a male strip show of more slender/thin men. If you're interested, take one for a private lap dance. This place didn't push its customers to buy a private lap dance; it was much more low key.

It's all just an act, but what a show. Oh, la la.

Phone: (514) 521-1355

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Adonis
1681 Rue Ste-Catherine Est
Montreal, Quebec

West Side Bar

Attraction

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West Side Bar has male strippers who are very late starting on their music cues to dance and are very lean and muscular with a slim waist, but their faces aren't the cutest. Some are very sexy. They try constantly to get customers to pay for private lap dances, which I find bothersome.

Phone: (514) 866-4963

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

West Side Bar
1071 Cote du Beaver Hall
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 866-4963

Redpath Museum

Attraction

Redpath Museum Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Redpath Museum is located on McGill campus and is a neat place to visit if you're in the area if just for its architecture and nothing else. There's quite a few stairs to climb on three floors. The museum looks original.

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm; closed Fridays during summer

Phone: (514) 398-4086

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Redpath Museum
859 Sherbrooke St W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6
+1 514 398 4086

OSM (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal) Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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OSM (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal) had Yossif Ivanov, a 17-year-old violinist who performed brilliantly at the opening and with a great future ahead. He started learning at age five from a family of musicians.

Jean-Claude Casadesus, a conductor, also performed at a first-rate level with his world-class orchestra, having started his career as a percussionist and learning his way up the career path.

Phone: (514) 842-9951, Fax: (514) 842-0728

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

OSM (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal)
260 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Montreal, Quebec

Musée d'Art Contemporain

Attraction | "MACM (Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal)"

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MACM (Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal) moved to its downtown location on May 28, 1992, displaying contemporary art. Free admission every Wednesday evening 6pm-9pm. There are four floors to view, but the upper two floors were not open to the public. There's a permanent collection and a temporary exhibit. Bags must be checked near where admission is purchased, where you receive a ticket and a visual tag to put on your clothing, indicating you paid Photography is not permitted. Security people are moving about throughout. There's a small, quiet reading room where you may rest. The artwork varies, including photography, mixed media--works made from various...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Musée d'Art Contemporain
185 Ste-Catherine St W
Montreal, Quebec H2X 3X5
+1 514 847 6226

Eaton Centre

Attraction | "Centre Eaton"

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Centre Eaton is a multi-level shopping centre including a six screen cinema on the top level. This was once home to Eaton Center, but when the successful founder of the business passed it on to his heirs, it eventually did poorly and was sold off. It has been remade into a very nice mall of 175 stores, businesses, restaurants. This is Montreal's largest shopping mall that's open till 9pm weekdays.

Monday-Friday 10am-9pm Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday 10am-5pm; Tunnel hours Monday-Friday 6am-1am Saturday-Sunday 7am-1am

Metro McGill station

Phone: (514) 288-3710

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2004

Eaton Centre
705 Ste-Catherine St W
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4G5
+1 514 288 3708

Le 456

Attraction

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Le 456 is a 130-room, three-floor gay men's sauna that is rundown and not properly maintained. A room was $12.50 for 12 hours, which includes use of exercise facilities, but is more if you want a room with mirrors and a video. You're issued a key, condom, and a cheap towel. There's a 45-foot swimming pool, Jacuzzi, dry and steam saunas, bistro, and a video TV lounge.The basic room is about enough space for one bunk bed, with space to walk in and out. There is one clothing hook and one bed sheet folded in room for you to make the bed with one flat pillow. There's no inner locker to secure your stuff other than keeping the door locked. A locker can lock up your clothes and valuable...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 20, 2004

Le 456
456 Rue de la Gauchtìere Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 871-8341

Bar Le Tube

Attraction

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Bar Le Tube is a multi-level bar with a large dance floor. It is fairly busy and has a mixed crowd. We heard the music playing from downstairs through an open connecting stairway to Bar Le Tube while dining above at Le Club Sandwich. The music sounded pretty good, playing some of the older tunes while we were dining, and I felt like going downstairs to the bar to dance. Later on we visited, but we didn't care for the music nor felt like dancing to any of it and left promptly. It appeals to a large crowd, but was a disappointing experience when we did finally showed up, not really relating to the music from the baby boom generation with Mo...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 20, 2004

Bar Le Tube
1592 Ste-Catherine Est
Montreal, Quebec

STM (Société de transport de Montréal) Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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STM (Société de transport de Montréal) is Montreal's public transportation system, consisting of the metro underground on four lines and using rubber-on-concrete, except for tight turns, where it engages metal-on-metal technology, a bus network of 163 daytime routes and 20 nighttime routes, paratransit service, and taxibus service. Maps are available in pdf format for downlo...Read More
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Aéroports de Montréal has two airport facilities: Montréal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, aka Dorval, and Montréal-Mirabel International Airport, which now mainly handles cargo. Mirabel proved to be unsuccessful, due to being further away from Montréal than passengers wanted to travel, and the airlines eventually pulled out of serving that airport. Dorval was still being remodeled, and exiting from the gate was a long walk through immigration and customs--allow 30 minutes if walking briskly. This is one airport where I recommend checking your bags prior to your arrival, as your luggage will be at the customs are...Read More

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