The Suave Gentleman
He was long labeled ‘The Player’ and after meeting ‘The One’, he’s now the ultimate lady’s man. Your soon-to-be-hitched friend knows his Italian fashion labels, already has set his sights on the ultimate luxury honeymoon and has the pockets to finance the bachelor party weekend ten times over. Your fellow groomsmen joke that he takes more time to get ready than his bride-to-be. Treat this bad boy to a sleek fête in Montreal that he won’t soon forget… it’s going to be haute.
The Bachelor Weekend Basecamp | Ritz-Carlton Montreal
One of Canada’s top luxury hotels, the Ritz-Carlton has every bit of class and swagger that you’d expect from a five-star hotel of its kind. On the ground floor, your affianced amigo will be greeted by the elegant Palm Court and will be keen on sneaking in a taste at Daniel Boulud’s Montreal restaurant.
Other noteworthy perks coming from the landmark hotel’s $200 million renovation include a rooftop indoor saltwater pool, renovated fitness center and access to free e-readers. trivago users are also giving their nod of approval, crowning the Ritz as the top-rated five-star hotel in Montreal.
Recommended Reservation: Two Signature Queen guestrooms with views of Mount Royal. The Ritz pulls out all the stops with an expansive marble bathroom equipped with a heated TOTO toilet, Asprey toiletries, pillows à la carte and a Nespresso machine. Request connecting rooms for easy roll call.
Local Attraction | Sightseeing in the Vieux-Port
Lauded as a piece of Europe in North America, Old Montreal is the oldest neighborhood on the island dating back to the days of Governor Maisonneuve circa the 1640s. Orient your visit around Place Jacques-Cartier, a pedestrian promenade leading from Montreal City Hall down to the water. Wrap yourself to the tip of the Tour de l’Horloge pier then take the time to admire from inside and out the gothic details of Notre-Dame Basilica, the site of Céline Dion’s lavish wedding and more recently, the funeral of her husband Rene Angélil.
Team Activity | Afternoon détendu
Find your bachelor weekend clique some of their own joie de vivre at one of two Old Montreal urban spas. Right behind Notre-Dame, Scandinave Les Bains will take you through the true Nordic wellness experience from heat to chill to relaxation. Further south, Bota Bota offers a full menu of body and massage treatments. Pile the squad into a sauna overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the skyline of Old Montreal.
Style & Grooming | Waxman House
An institution on Avenue Parc dating back to 1927, Waxman House has been fitting tailor-made suits to Montreal’s gentlemen for generations. In addition to being a formal wear shop and espresso bar, Waxman House also offers beard trims and haircuts. A range of vintage and imported men’s grooming products will keep your look crisp all weekend.
Splurge Dinner | Soubois & Joe Beef
Reserve early for you and your wedding party at Soubois in Downtown Montreal. Since opening in June 2015, tables at the dimly-lit supper club on Maisonneuve have been as hard to come by as a Montreal winter without snow. With a flair for Quebec charcuterie, cheese and produce, diners will be introduced to new tastes according to seasonal stock.
Photos courtesy of the Joe Beef – Liverpool House Facebook page
Down in Little Burgundy, Joe Beef and its sister establishment next-door Liverpool House plate up refined carnivorous creations. From a kitchen staff that took on the task of creating a Foie Gras Double-Down, guests can expect similarly experimental combinations scrawled on their blackboards. Order a round of slurpables to start from the Raw Bar for the boys.
Drinks on Drinks | Whisky Tasting
Photos courtesy of the N Sur Mackay, Somewhr Liquor Lounge and Big in Japan – BAR via Facebook
Whisky connoisseurs can take their pick from well-stocked tasting rooms across the city. From dignified to youthful, austere to rich, start the evening at N Sur Mackay to sample their selection in a speakeasy-inspired ambiance. Move into Old Montreal for a drink at Somwhr Liquor Lounge where mixologist Lawrence Picard can shake and stir a drink that will have you feeling as warm and relaxed as the tangerine-hued lounge itself. Up into the Plateau neighborhood, word may have gotten out about Big in Japan’s sequel bar but that doesn’t mean that it is any easier to find. Soothing candlelight and hanging Japanese whisky bottles uphold this hidden bar’s original cachet.
Late Night Munchies | Majestique & Express
While the groom and his troupe could cap the evening off with a replenishing dose of sodium courtesy of the original Big in Japan’s legendary noodle soups (open until 3:00 a.m.), famished drinkers may get sidetracked by neighboring eatery Majestique. With its kitchen fired up until 2:00 a.m., dare to order the $22 hot dog dressed to the nines and served in its own custom wooden holster.
No cultivated bachelor weekend’s guide to Montreal would be complete without paying respects to the timeless L’Express. The Parisian bistro’s handwritten menu, completed with last minute paper note additions, has all the classics should you fancy some late-night bone marrow, sea bass and île flottante. Best of all, the kitchen stays open until 3:00 a.m. every night, aside from a 2:00 a.m. closing time on Sundays.
Hungover Brunch | Le Cartet
On weekends, Le Cartet is an easy choice for a no-fuss brunch with reliable breakfast plates. Brunch santé for the health nut, Brunch des Cantons for the ravenous meat eater, Brunch sucré for the chronic kid in a candy store… you get the point. Hair of the dog? Lubricate your brunch o’clock with a round of Mimosas.
Souvenir for the Ms. | Naked & Famous Jeans
The preferred brand of denim lovers the world over, hometown star Naked & Famous continues to cut its premium jeans from 100% Japanese denim. Pick her up an indigo pair from the latest collection; they’re bound to be her new favorites. And, wait for it, they even have a tongue-in-cheek Organic Vegan Selvedge jeans for monsieurs. Find them in high-end boutiques around town or at Tate & Yoko for the widest selection of men’s models.