Montreal is one of our favourite cities we've visited during our travels, especially during the summer months.
One of our favourite gay travel bloggers, Barry from Toronto told us about his 5 favourite highlights from the gay village of Montreal following his recent visit during the gay pride:
Where to take the best selfies
I love La Graine Brûlée because it is super colourful and quirky. Check out the leopard printed seats, mini ferries wheel, graffiti covered cubby holes and small nooks that make it look like a play room with old Nintendo games. This unique cafe is located on the west side of the Montreal gay village right by the Berri-UQAM metro station. For me, this is THE place to take a selfie to kick off a great night out in the Montreal gay village.
I also love taking selfies by the rainbow crossings that mark the entrance of the gay village. Try to get the background ball installation in your picture, which is rainbow coloured during Pride.
Montreal also has some of the best street art murals, which are perfect backgrounds for your Instagram gallery.
Best restaurants for dinner
The Montreal gay village has many different excellent restaurants to grab a bite to eat. Some of my favourites are:
- Le Saloon Bistro Bar: this was the very first restaurant I tried in the Montreal gay village when I first came here many years ago. I love it because as well as being a gay institution of the village for over 25 years, they serve up delicious North American hearty burgers, tartars and healthy salads. I also love their Bloody Caesar cocktails.
- Kitchenette: I love coming here on a date. Their 5 course tasting menu is goooood and the best way to impress your other half.
- Le Red Tiger: this is my favourite Asian restaurant in the Montreal gay village. Here they specialise in Vietnamese street food, which is ideal for sharing with friends.
- Rotisserie St-Hubert: although this is not too fancy, I like it because it's a great place to get a quick bite to eat that isn't too unhealthy. It's conveniently located right in the middle of the Montreal gay village by St. Catherine Street East and Rue Amherst.
There are also some excellent restaurants I love because they let you bring your own bottle, such as “Bato Thai” and “O'Thym”.
Best gay bars in the Montreal gay Village
Whether you're looking for drag shows or plush cocktail bars, the gay village of Montreal has one of the best mix of gay bars I've ever seen:
- Cabaret Mado: Mado is one of the most famous drag queens in Canada, and this is her home, an awesome drag bar with daily shows.
- Bar Renard: I love the cocktails here. I recommend looking out for their happy hour deals.
- Bar Aigle Noir / Black Eagle: the outside patio space is the perfect place to hang out. I love it because there's always a fun buzzy atmosphere here especially in the summer months.
- Le Stud: this is the most famous bear bar in the Montreal gay village. Like Black Eagle it has an outdoor patio which is always busy when the weather allows.
Best gay clubs in the Montreal gay Village
Whilst most gay bars in the Montreal gay village double up as gay clubs later in the night, there are some places which are more popular for dancing. These are my two favourites:
- Sky Complex:this is an entire complex spanning 3 floors, with a restaurant on the ground floor, rooftop bar, dance club and male strip bar. I found that most of the younger gay guys came here whilst the older guys would hang out at Le Stud.
- Club Unity: this is the other large gay complex in the Montreal gay village with several different dance rooms. Unity also has a large rooftop bar which is great for chill out.
Read more in our gay guide to Montreal and also watch our video about gay Montreal during Pride:
Best strip bars in the Montreal gay village
Strip bars in Montreal have become famous because the laws here are more lax and the boys are smoking hot! The Montreal boys have some of the legs I've ever seen, and in most cases, they strip completely here unlike other strip bars I've been to in North America. These are some of the best strip bars in the Montreal gay village:
- Stock Bar: this is my favourite strip bar. The dancers rotate their sets. They start clothed, then as the evening progresses they gradually strip down. You can also order them for a private dance.
- Campus: this is a smaller and more cozy strip bar, close to Unity. The dancers are super cute, more preppy “boy-next-door” types.
- Taboo: if you're into more twinky looking guys, then you'll want to head to this strip club.
Barry was born and raised in Toronto and now lives in New York City. His gay travel blog is: Asian Maple Leaf. He is also one of our favourite gay travel Instagrammers. Check out all his sexy thirst traps on his Instagram gallery.
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