Montreal Weekender: October 28th through 30th, 2011

Another year and come and gone again, and we find ourselves embarking on yet another Halloween weekend in Montreal. For a city notable for it’s nightlife, Montreal is one of Canada’s destination cities when it comes to Halloween parties. The city quite literally comes alive on Halloween weekend in a way that exceeds the rest. Here is where you need to be…

Friday night grab sushi at Ginger, notable for its fresh sushi and amazing cocktails, this venue also is dimly lit and will set the stage for a very dark and spooky weekend. Our favourite roll here is the Ginger Deluxe (tuna, avocado, topped with, well, more tuna and avocado – unreal). Saki bomb your dinner away and then head to Time Supper Club for the Superheroes Halloween party at one of the hottest clubs in the city. Doors open at 9pm. Dress your best because the best costume gets a free 3L bottle of Belvedere Vodka (514.392.9292 for table reservations).

Saturday morning, grab brunch at Le Pois Penche, an old school French bistro style restaurant in the downtown core (that in its own way has an old, spooky nostalgic charm to it). Go crazy and order the Lobster Benedict – it’s not cheap but it will warm you up and help cure your first Halloween hangover of the weekend. Pound the pavement all afternoon and grab a quick nap before you start your evening off right at the Imperial Theatre for the 8pm showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Grab dinner right after at Dominion Square Tavern (may we suggest their beet salad and pulled pork sandwich), and then head to Grumman78 kitchen and event space for their Halloween Loft Party (Trucker and Hitch-hiker themed). Enjoy cocktails and entertainment all night with their four different DJ sets and party the night away with some of the coolest Montrealers, foodies, and industry people around.

On Sunday grab lunch at Restaurant Vallier (pictured above) in Old Montreal, a mid-century modern bistro that specializes in burgers for lunch, and a great brunch on the weekends. Spend a lovely Sunday in Old Montreal and then end your weekend with healthy Chinese takeout from Tao in Westmount (their meal size wonton soup is a perfect ending to a crazy weekend).

Click here to check out the Notable Halloween party list if you’re looking for more killer parties.