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Once the sun sets, the city's joie de vivre turns to delirium and the streets become filled with revel-seekers, looking to dance, drink, and bar-hop into the wee hours. A typical night on the town might kick off with a live show, a late dinner, or drinks at a local bar, and boogie on until last call at 3am – the latest in the country. Wherever your evening takes you, you'll see why the city lives up to its reputation as Canada's party capital. Montreal’s brewpubs, serving first-rate seasonal microbrews, also make it one of our Top 10 Cities for Beer Lovers.

Montreal Nightlife

Baldwin Barmacie

On the edge of the Mile End, this tiny, unpretentious club caters to an upwardly-mobile thirty-something crowd with a beautiful white-and-gold design, sunken bar, and barrel chairs.

115 Rue Laurier O., 514-276-4282, www.baldwinbarmacie.com
Tags: nightlife | great value | nightclub

Bily Kun

This relaxed-but-cool bar matches a great selection of microbrews with live jazz and a good-looking, unpretentious crowd; get there right when the jazz starts around 6pm if you want a seat.

354 Ave. Mont-Royal E., 514-845-5392, www.bilykun.com
Tags: nightlife | bar | jazz | beer

Casino de Montréal

Despite being just another gambling den complete with slot machines, blackjack tables and Keno, the casino remains an ever-popular tourist destination, especially on weekend evenings when the place really heats up.

1 Ave. du Casino, 514 392-2746, www.casino-de-montreal.com
Tags: nightlife | casino

Gogo Lounge

It may be cheesy, but it's hard not to have a good time at this lounge, where day-glo decor, non-stop '70s and '80s music, and shooters that match your astrological sign are just some of the highlights. The cocktails are fun too - try the Sweet Tart (a mind-bending blend of curaçao, raspberry vodka, and cranberry juice).

3682 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-286-0882
Tags: nightlife | lounge | martini bar

House of Jazz

The homegrown House of Jazz is – you guessed it – known for jazz. At just 120 seats, the place has been a favorite for its intimate vibe (think dark wood paneling, leather seats, and low lights) and great acoustics since 1968. The focus is on talented local musicians.

2060 Rue Aylmer, 514-842-8656, www.houseofjazz.ca
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | things to do | jazz

Laika

Open all day long, Laika goes from serving café-au-lait in the morning to dishing out panini lunches to spinning electronica for hip young singles in the evening.

4040 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-842-8088, www.laikamontreal.com
Tags: nightlife | lounge | nightclub | dj

Le Bifteck

Le Bifteck might just win the title of dive of all dives. This unpretentious, local hangout serves up a night out in the form of pitchers of beer and pool.

3702 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-844-6211
Tags: nightlife | bar

Newtown

Located on the downtown strip of bars, clubs and scantily-clad revelers that is Crescent Street, this club is owned by Quebec racecar driver, Jacques Villeneuve, who last name translates as Newtown. Spacious and moody with black lights and leatherette chairs, early evenings are for sipping cocktails; later on the dance floor overflows.

1476 Crescent St., QC, 514-284-6555, www.newtown.ca
Tags: nightlife

Pullman

Set in a quirky split-level space designed to recall George Pullman’s luxury train cars, and topped with a large chandelier of inverted wine glasses, this wine bar boasts an extensive by-the-glass list and an array of delicious appetizers, including mini burgers and regional cheeses.

3424 Ave. du Parc, QC, 514-288-7779, www.pullman-mtl.com
Tags: nightlife | designer | wine bar

Réservoir

This simple yet charming microbrewery bar has a cozy European appeal with wooden tables, beamed ceilings, and an outdoor patio. German Weizen is their most popular ale.

9 Ave. Duluth E., 514-849-7779, www.brasseriereservoir.ca
Tags: nightlife | bar | beer | brewery

Sala Rossa

Cool kids of the Plateau and Mile end favor this inviting venue of hardwood floors and velvet curtains; you never quite know what to expect at this joint, which has booked everything from reggae to jazz to pop, alternative rock, and even flamenco dancing.

4848 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-284-5691, www.casadelpopolo.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing

Suite 701

This hotel bar caters to both regular and visiting high-end clientele, offering a classic alternative to the louder and trendier bars in the area. In the summer, head to the popular terrace to enjoy city views as you sip on cocktails or nosh on calamars frits (fried calamari served with sweet pepper aioli).

701 Cote Place d'Armes, Hotel Place d'Armes, 514-904-1201, www.suite701.com
Tags: nightlife | rooftop lounge | lounge | bar

Upstairs

Jazz still is served at this mellow locale where top-notch emerging acts can be enjoyed while supping on haute cuisine like Cajun Mahi Mahi or, if you're seeking something lighter, tapas like chorizo y papas.

1254 Rue MacKay, 514-931-6808, www.upstairsjazz.com
Tags: nightlife | jazz

Whisky Café

For the utmost in refined drinking, make a reservation at this high-end cocktail lounge with high ceilings, leather armchairs, an extensive drink list (they have over 150 scotch whiskeys on the menu), and a cigar lounge.

5800 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-278-2646, www.whiskycafe.com
Tags: nightlife | lounge | cigars

Wunderbar

Mingle with the likes of Mick Jagger and Bruce Willis in this swank, ultra-modern, multi-level hotel lounge. Pull up a stool and sip on a maple mojito while rubbing elbows with the beautiful people.

901 Square Victoria, W Hotel, 514-395-3100, www.wunderbarmontreal.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | bar

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