Montreal is a cultural hub for a lot of great things, but food and music are unquestionably synonymous with La Belle Province. Just recently the city council voted “yes” on a motion honouring Montreal as a metal music hub! Montreal city councillor Craig Sauve called the city, “a cultural metropolis with a political culture whose goal is to consolidate its cultural leadership… (and) metal music has existed in Quebec for 36 years, with Montreal playing an important role in that development.” Sadly for you metalheads, it doesn’t seem to be any live metal music restaurants, but there is a multitude of others for you to have a bite while enjoying a show.
After the closing of the beloved Sala Rosa late last year, it’s Jardin Nelson that tops our list of best spots to catch live music and dinner in the city. Nestled in the dreamy winding streets of Old Montreal, patrons are serenaded by live jazz music every day at noon and in the evening, a live jazz band performs on the courtyard patio. Jardin Nelson opens each spring and is equipped with retractable awnings, parasols and pergolas so you can enjoy the beautiful garden even if the weather is less than enjoyable.
Another staple in Montreal is Mythos Ouzeri Estiatorio, an authentic Greek restaurant that is near both the Plateau and Mile-End. Lovingly established twenty-five years ago by Mr. Dimitri Galanis, who passed in 2018, he created a space where diners can indulge in mouthwatering Greek, Grill and Mediterranean dishes while listening to genuine Greek entertainment. If you haven’t been, it’s a must. The charming restaurant is located just a quick 6-minute drive from Ateliers Castelnau, so it’s a perfect option for a unique and memorable date night!
Genre: Blues & Jazz
While there are a plethora of jazz bars scattered around Montreal, Upstairs holds a dear spot in the heart of many. Maybe it’s the delicious food or incredible artists they seem to nab to preform…. Or perhaps it’s because come Friday and Saturday nights, while the band plays there’s no talking allowed in the restaurant! If you’re a true music fan, this is the spot for you. Juan Rodriguez of the Montreal Gazette notes that its, “classic wood panelling, stone walls, long bar, and elegant linen covered tables creates an intimate throwback to the golden age where musicians and fans alike considered jazz clubs a home away from home – a social meeting place.” Located in downtown Montreal, it’s the perfect place to grab a drink after work too!
Quartier Des Spectacles
Probably the most authentic “dinner and a show” type restaurants in Montreal is Le Balcon, a cross between a New York and Parisian Cabaret. Each night they’re open, a different type of act plays, accompanied with their prix fixe menu. From Motown and Disco to Habana nights, there’s something for all tastes. A favourite to many is their Gospel Brunch, a popular New York experience they have brought to Montreal. Located just steps away from the in-progress Humaniti build, it will become a staple for many who are moving downtown!
Hurley’s Irish Pub
Genre: Traditional Irish
What better way to cap off a list than with a spot where you can enjoy a nice pint with some fish and chips with a side of an uproariously good time? Established in 1993, Hurleys is found in the heart of downtown Montreal, with nineteen beers on tap, sixteen whiskeys and a selection of more than fifty single malts. Offering live traditional music every night, patrons have two levels to enjoy authentic Irish pub grub and of course genuine Irish tales that come from a night spent at Hurleys.
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