Province/Territory: Quebec

Experience world-class festivals, nightclubs and performances

  • 22,000 seats at the city’s concert halls and theatres
  • 80 venues can be found in the celebrated Quartier des Spectacles
  • 03 a.m. is when after hours clubs get busy

Occupying a vibrant space between traditional and trendy, edgy and exotic, funky and fabulous, Montréalers are always ready to celebrate life—joie de vivre—anytime, day or night. Start with cocktails at a trendy bar and then dine as late as you like at one of the city's award winning bistros, ethnic eateries or fine dining restaurants. Then catch a concert, cutting edge comedy or the latest show at the city’s concert halls and theaters. Choose between a dozen different professional dance companies. Even take in a full-on trapeze and acrobat show by a legendary circus. Local straights and gays alike know that the best DJs often spin in le Village, where all open-minded are welcome. Or dance with the jet set in one of hundreds of seductive nightclubs, then head to Old Montréal for an all-night party. When the night is done, head to a 24 hour bagel or smoked meat sandwich shop for a tasty hangover cure.

Why you should visit
  • Chances are there’s a festival on somewhere in the city.
  • Montréal is an incredibly liberal and tolerant city, for gays and lesbians and all races.
  • Montréal has two professional cirque/circus companies—including Cirque du Soleil—and is also home to a circus school.
  • Montréal has the most restaurants per capita in North America and prides its good food.
  • Cheer on your favourite teams at many fine sports bars, from casual to eccentric.
  • In one night, you can relax in a legendary jazz club, dance in the gay zone, eat great and stay out very late.
  • Dance clubs can be found all over the downtown area, with hotspots on boulevard Saint-Laurent and rue Crescent.
  • After-hours clubs are open from 3:00am - 10:00am, but aren't allowed to serve alcohol.
  • You should never have to line up to go have a drink, because there's virtually an unlimited choice.
  • Catch some ultra cool jazz in a city renowned for hosting the world's most important jazz festival.
  • Igloofest, Montréal's outdoor winter music festival, is one of the best nightlife events.
  • Check out the Indulgent days and nights in Montréal travel list.

Weather

  • Montréal has a humid continental climate with 4 distinct seasons. The city has warm, to occasional hot & humid summers, generally mild spring and autumn, and often very cold & snowy winters.
  • Montréal gets over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. Precipitation is moderate throughout the year, with around 2 meters of snow per year.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Visitor information
  • Montréal is a cultural mecca. Check local free papers like the Hour for venue listings.
  • The drinking age in Montréal (18) is low compared to the rest of Canada and the United States.
  • Centre Infotouriste de Montréal is centrally located, 1255 rue Peel, bureau 100 (at rue Sainte-Catherine - at the metro station Peel).
  • Check out Tourism Montréal's restaurant listings or events listings.
When to go
  • The city's nightlife goes year-round, although the summer months are most pleasant and offer many opportunities to spend evenings on terraces and patios.
  • Shoulder spring and fall seasons are also an excellent time to visit, as the city is less busy and prices for hotels cheaper.
  • Winter has its own magical appeal, with popular events like Fête des Neiges de Montréal, Highlights Festival and TELUS Fire and Ice.
Need to know
  • You’re in Montréal—remember to say bonjour (hello) and merci (thank you).
  • Give yourself lots of time to simply wander around Montréal.
  • Montréal terraces are an omnipresent city feature come springtime, an integral part of the Montréal lifestyle.
  • Walking is the best way to get around the densely packed downtown and the narrow streets of Old Montréal, especially during the warmer months.
  • Bars, restaurants, and dance clubs cluster within a block of Sainte-Catherine around Crescent and Bishop.
  • The Bixi system is a public bike share system that was designed and developed in Montréal and has since been exported to many cities around the world.
  • The public transit system, run by Société de transport de Montréal is safe, efficient, and is overall pleasant to use.
Getting Here
  • Located only 20 minutes from downtown, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport is one of the most important in Canada with direct flights from some 40 carriers to over 130 international destinations in Canada, the United States and abroad.
  • VIA Rail serves more than 450 Canadian cities. If you are coming from the United States, hop aboard an Amtrak train, with daily departures from several American cities to downtown Montréal.
  • If you are travelling by car from elsewhere in Canada or the United States, Montréal can be easily accessed by highway. The island of Montréal is only 75 kilometres (46 miles) from the US border.
  • Details on driving in Montréal.