Montreal Weekender: August 12th through 14th, 2011

What’s notable in Montreal this weekend? Problem is there is almost too much to talk about, so we may as well get started immediately! A week of rain is going to lead into, we are sorry to report, a weekend of more rain. But don’t let that deter you: there are still lots of indoor options for a great fin de semaine.

On Friday night take in a casual dinner at the newly re-opened Laurier BBQ under the new moniker Laurier Gordon Ramsay – of course because celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey is now behind the resto and the menu. The original was a Montreal institution, but now it’s an institution with a modern take on BBQ (you can still expect their traditional plates, but with some Ramsay-style contemporary twists). Since you will already be in the Outrement/Mile End neighbourhood, hop in a cab and take a short trip up St. Laurent to Bar Waverly for a few cocktails and the sounds of their Friday night local DJ while you work up an appetite for the famous late-night Grumman 78 tacos (like you have never eaten them before) around the corner at Nouveau Palais where Grumman 78, a taco truck that shows up around the city at various festivals, rents out the kitchen every Wednesday through Saturday evenings between midnight and 3am.

On Saturday, spend the day checking out the Jean Paul Gauthier Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and make sure to stop in for a latte around the corner at Cafe Myriade (one of most notable coffee spots in the city). Take in a Broadway show Saturday night at Place Des Arts and get your tickets to The Lion King (which has only just hit Montreal for the first time since it’s arrival on New York’s Broadway years ago). Grab some vino at Place Deschamps Bar a Vin inside Place Des Arts, and then head to Old Montreal for a drink at Vauvert (in the St. Paul Hotel) and then next door for a late night dance party at Bar Confessional.

Since Sunday calls for rain, grab a cozy brunch at Chez Nick on Greene Ave, and then pop into TNT for their weekend 80 per cent off sale (you can’t do much better than that!) Then catch dinner at the coolest and tastiest Japanese Izakaya in the city, Kazu, and then a flick (we suggest the newly-released Life in a Day) to end the day at Theatre AMC and wrap up a weekend notable enough for the coolest and trendiest Montrealers.

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