Poutine, bagels, smoked meat and sex: what else could you ask for from Canada’s most liberal and, arguably, most cultured city? Montreal has long been known for its easy-going European-style sex culture. Provocative shows, sex shops, swinger bars and topless bacon and eggs are just a brief introduction to this scorching hot city.
If you enjoyed admiring Christina Aguilara shake her ta-tas in the winter blockbuster Burlesque, a visit to Montreal’s Burlesque Festival is a must. The main burlesque shows take place in a cabaret atmosphere at Club Soda where you can sip champagne and enjoy the show. Men get their fix of beautiful barely-dressed women, and the ladies get the chance to pick up a few moves at one of the festival’s burlesque dancing workshops. This year’s featured performers include Seska Lee, a Montreal native and member of Burlesque Team, and last year’s festival champion Bon Bon Bombay. The festival runs from August 25-28.
If you and your lady are feeling a little risqué after a few visually stimulating burlesque performances, just take a walk along almost any Montreal street where, nowadays, nightclubs, strip joints and sex shops happily coexist. The scattered remains of Montreal’s Red Light District along Saint Catherine West, which began as a place to protect young girls from forceful sailors, still hold a few of the cities oldest and most frequented sex shops. Boutique Erotika is a Montreal favorite holding an extensive stalk of sex toys. If it exists, they have it. If the selection is a little overwhelming, a staff member will be more than happy to recommend a toy to suit the need of any man, woman or couple. 11 Sainte-Catherine W., 514-844-1395.
Yes, swing dancing may be sexy to some of you, but that is not what I’m referring to here. L’Orage Club, Canada’s first legal swingers club, opened its doors in 1994, and has since seen thousands of swingers and onlookers pass through its doors. The venue boasts a dimly lit bar and lounge on the main floor, and an adult playground upstairs. Friday nights welcome all attendees including single men and women as well as couples. Saturday nights permit strictly single women and couples. The average age of attendees is between 30 and 45 — “the ideal age of experience.” The size of the vicinity and experienced staff ensure all guests are comfortable and treated with respect. 7387 Saint Hubert St., 514-439-1669.
What better way to start of the day, or perhaps end a long night out, with a topless breakfast at one of Montreal’s serveuses sexy joints? Montrealers love nudity, so much so that they have attempted to insert it into anything they can. The city has seen the opening and closing of erotic hair parlours, naked car washes and a naked aquarium. The most successful of Montreal’s naked experiments is topless breakfast restaurants, where waitresses serve diner style bacon and eggs completely topless. Of the most popular of these provocative dining establishments is Les Princesses Super Sexy, located by the somewhat erect Olympic Stadium. Three partially bare servers gallivant around the diner delivering bacon, eggs, French toast and other breakfast favourites to a mixed group of voyeurs including college boys, blue collar workers, business men and sometimes even groups of middle-age women. 4970 Hochelaga, 514-255-0003.
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