Magazine article Out

When In.Montreal

Magazine article Out

When In.Montreal

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Montreal has a well-earned reputation for its sexy guys (most everything sounds better in French), a gay-positive attitude, love of food, wine, and a good time, and cultural insulation from America (and the remainder of Canada), proving the cliché that it's the most European of North American cities. Friendly, urbane, bi- and trilingual residents are the norm, so asking for directions can win one a new friend. While gays are fully integrated throughout the city, two neighborhoods have distinctly queer sensibilities: The enormous twokilometer-long Gay Village is filled with cafés, shops, restaurants, bars, and saunas, and the Plateau, a trendy hood a few metro stops away, is ideal for designer and vintage shopping. Each October, Montreal's Olympic Stadium is host to the enormous Black & Blue Party (, a pansexual circuit party culmination to a week of gay events, and it draws exuberant heteros along with the dancing queens. MATTHEW BREEN



Opus hotel Montreal

10 Sherbrooke Ouest: (514) 843-6000;

In the Latin Quarter, a 15-minute walk from the Gay Village, Opus is chic and sleek, a blend of art nouveau (the corner facade, circa 1914) and the recent modernist renovation. Good spot for business, but better for pleasure,

La Conciergerie

1019 Rue St.-Hubert; (514) 289-9297;

Having combined two 120-year-old Victorian houses, this B&B has mastered homey without hokey. While there's a gym, a 24-hour hot tub, and a clothing-optional sun deck, the rooms don't have TVs or phones (and some share a bath); good for tuning out and turning on.


Café Mado

1115 Ste.-Catherine Est; (514) 525-7566;

Grande dame Mado and her cabaret compatriots take having fun very seriously; superior drag and wit draw a cute queer crowd and some good-time breeders.

Stock Bar

1171 Ste.-Catherine Est; (514) 842-1336; StockBor. …

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