Montreal Weekender: February 24 through 26, 2012

It’s incredibly strange to have balmy weather in late February but what the heck, let’s embrace it. This weekend is about getting out there and spending time outdoors, enjoying the city, hitting up some cool new events and eating well.

Friday night start with after work drinks at Suite 701 in the lobby of the Place Des Arms Hotel in Old Montreal. From there, head downstairs for a special local dinner at their in-house and notable restaurant AIX, known for their local game meats and Quebecois cuisine. After dinner spend the night dancing at UN on St. Paul where you can enjoy resident DJs spinning amazing music until the wee hours of the morning. 

Saturday, grab a gourmet brunch at Brasserie T! and then head out for a walk around the Quartier Des Spectacles (surrounding the Place-des-Arts), and perhaps even dip into the museum to check out the current exhibitions. Head up St. Laurent and into the Mile End area for some vintage clothes shopping and then head home to rest up before a night out. 

Saturday night should start off with dinner at the coolest new Japanese Izakaya, Imadake. It seems like this Japanese Brasserie has become the it spot to hang out in Montreal amongst the young professional crowd overnight. Aside from the great small Japanese tapas, the vibe is super cool and their specialty is their sake bombs and fun Japanese style cocktails. 

Sunday, get the day started with lunch at Bagel Etc. located in the heart of the Plateau on St. Laurent. Overdose on bagels to get energy for a day on foot trekking along the streets of Montreal through Outrement. Swoop by Mount Royal Park for some hiking and then back on Parc Ave. and head north towards St. Viateur to pop in for a Wilensky’s special (salami and mustard toasted sandwich). 

Order in some Chinese Sunday Night from VIP in Chinatown (you have to pick it up) and cozy in for an Academy Award evening with some friends.

Photo courtesy Brasserie T!