In Montreal, one thing cuts across all classes, ages and languages: hockey. Specifically, the Canadiens. Luckily, the town offers plenty of spots to watch the games, so you can find the one that does suit your style. Here are our picks.
Hard-Core Fans: La Cage Aux Sports
If you can’t get into the stands of the Bell Centre, this is as close as you can get to center ice. Lineups start at 4 pm on game days, though tables tend to clear out once the game starts. 1212 de la Gauchetière Street W., (514) 925-2255.
Party People: Chez Serge
The wildest place to catch a game, Chez Serge takes a festive approach to fandom, with a party atmosphere helped along by flashing lights, wacky décor and a DJ (playing during commercials) who takes his cues from what’s going on in the game. 5301 St-Laurent Blvd., (514) 270-3262.
Old-Schoolers: McLean’s Pub
Though McLean’s has evolved in some ways, now boasting HD TVs and 19 beers from around the world, the feeling in this 1930s tavern is decidedly old-school. 1210 Peel Street, (514) 392-7770.
The Young: Le Pistol
A popular university hangout, Pistol is a big, rowdy joint with where the beer and the finger food – not to mention the coeds – flows freely. 3723 St-Laurent Blvd., (514) 847-2222.
The Restless: Champs
At Champs, you don’t have to commit to just one game – watch basketball to your left and soccer to your right – but of course, watch the Habs straight ahead. 3956 St-Laurent Blvd., (514) 987-6444.