Montreal Weekender: March 2nd through 4th, 2012

Spring is just around the corner and while you wait the rest of the winter out there are still lots of things to do and places to discover on your weekends off from hard work. 

To start off this March weekend, head out for dinner on Friday night at Bishoku on lower Bishop in downtown Montreal. This is one of Montreal’s star Japanese restaurants, offering up great rolls, freshness, and one of the best teriyakis in the city. Their secret is the fried onions that go with the dish, and our suggestion is to mix it all together – meat, veggies, rice, and onions – and indulge. After dinner hop over a few doors to Comedy Works and nestle in for the 11pm show. Comedy Works is Montreal’s premiere comedy club that really emulates the traditional comedy bar – good acts and great beer in a small, cozy setting.  

Wake up in time for a brunch at B & M on St. Viateur Saturday. This sister restaurant to the original B & M located in NDG is a bit trendier but equally as good. The best part about this brunch spot is that the portions are huge; the food is excellent and you will be amongst some of the coolest Outrement neighborhood rats while you dine. Pop on over to Cafe Olympico after breakfast for one of the best espressos in the city and then head by foot back downtown and catch a 2pm showing of the Godfather II at Cinema Du Parc, an independent theatre in the heart of the McGill student ghetto. For dinner, go all out and take advantage of the late evening special menu at Milos. For a meager $20, you have access to a choice of appetizer, main, and dessert after 10pm. The secret here is that their bottles of Grey Goose are only $100, so take in a good meal and a bottle of vodka with some friends, then head out for a night out at Globe.

Sunday is meant to be laid-back while you recover from your big night out. Grab a greasy brunch to cure the hangover at Burgundy Lion (and maybe even a pint of Guinness to help). They have traditional English breakfast options like bangers and mash and blood sausages. Grab the newspaper and spend the afternoon doing sudokus and sipping tea across the street at Lili & Oli and then head to the Atwater Market to grab some fresh ingredients for a Sunday supper.