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1. Patati Patata

A shock of col­ored tiles makes this corner restau­rant on St. Lau­rent and Rachel im­pos­si­ble to miss. They of­fer low­priced but ex­tremely de­li­cious burg­ers, fries, and pou­tine un­til 3 a.m., which is de­cent for a city with­out many late night eat­ing op­tions, and ex­cel­lent for post­club­bing shenani­gans.

2. Bar Notre- Damedes- Quilles

Bowl­ing al­ley? Ex­cel­lent food? Karaoke? Fem­i­nist/ LGBTQ+ com­edy shows? Find all of the above at NDQ. The bar/club has a theme al­most every night, in­clud­ing Disco and New Wave, and cover is al­most al­ways free.

3. Fair­mount and St. Vi­a­teur Bagels

Both lo­ca­tions are open 24/7 and of­fer bagels that are less than a dol­lar each. Try both lo­ca­tions in a Mon­treal rite of pas­sage so you can pick a side in the friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the two. ( Ed. Note: St. Vi­a­teur is bet­ter, but far­ther!)

4. Apart­ment 200

Though this club is up 2 flights of stairs and rather ex­clu­sive on the week­ends, week­nights are usu­ally free, fun, and not too crowded. They play a mix of pop, fresh R&B, and cool clas­sics. Get a good group of friends to­gether and it’s the per­fect recipe for a good night.

5. Suwu

Ev­ery­one knows the best cure for a hang­over from a night of drink­ing and danc­ing is a morn­ing of drink­ing - at Suwu, they rec­om­mend the bot­tom­less mi­mosas. Service isn’t the fastest, but the food is de­li­cious.

6. Gerts

Mcgill’s very own stu­dent bar, charm­ingly si­t­u­ated in SSMU’S nearly win­dow­less base­ment. It has the virtue of be­ing ex­tremely af­ford­able, but that’s about it. You will prob­a­bly cry here at some point dur­ing your de­gree.

7. L’es­calier

A chill, queer-friendly space at Place Em­i­lieGamelin. Drop by for a leisurely af­ter­noon beer with pals, or come later in the evening for danc­ing and live mu­sic ‘til the wee hours. Up a flight of stairs, and some un­even­ness in the floor. Veg­e­tar­ian friendly.

8. St. Su­plice

No-frills stu­dent bar on St. De­nis, close to UQAM’S arts com­plex. Not the place for a con­nois­seur of craft brews, but the beer is cheap, and their mas­sive, tree-lined court­yard is the per­fect place to while away a warm night with friends.

9. Bar des Pins

Con­ve­niently lo­cated at Parc and Des Pins, BDP ex­ists for those times when you need a drink ur­gently, but not quite ur­gently enough to spend your night in the SSMU base­ment. A long­time sta­ple of Mcgill stu­dent life, it more than makes up for its lack of at­mos­phere with highly af­ford­able prices.

10. Su­per Sand­wich

A hid­den gem lo­cated just west of cam­pus, at Peel and Sher­brooke. To get there, make your way through an un­der­ground shop­ping com­plex to the lit­tle de­pan­neur-look­ing place at the back. You can choose from a range of ba­sic sand­wiches (in­clud­ing veg­e­tar­ian op­tions) - they’re stag­ger­ingly cheap, de­li­cious, and pre­pared in sec­onds.

11. Bar- K Karaoke

Lo­cated on Cres­cent, this “Asian-style” karaoke place has af­ford­able pri­vate karaoke rooms with a lengthy list of clas­sic hits to choose from, plus a [limited] se­lec­tion of drinks and pitch­ers. Head there with a group of friends when you’re ready to lose your in­hi­bi­tions and sing your

12. Kam­pai Gar­den

This trendy spot on St. Cather­ine is on the more ex­pen­sive side, but is great for when you’re in a group and will­ing to share. The so­phis­ti­cated, “nou­veau chic” vibe has struck a chord with peo­ple look­ing to get out of the con­ven­tional stu­dent at­mos­phere.

13. Bar Ganadara

An­other chic up­scale spot, Ganadara is just as pop­u­lar for its food as it is for its drinks. Get a ta­ble be­fore 10 p.m. to beat the rush that comes in closer to mid­night.

14. Imadake

This place is fa­mous for its sake bombs and $5 menu items, which prove to be un­ex­pect­edly af­ford­able given the fancy decor and am­bi­ence. As an added bonus, the staff have a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing friendly and gen­er­ous— you may even get some free drinks out of it.

15. Frite Alors!

A pop­u­lar Mon­treal chain known for its va­ri­eties of pou­tine. Bring your friends or fam­ily from out-of-town here if they want to try a Mon­treal tra­di­tion!

16. La Ban­quise

An­other clas­sic pou­tine spot, this place has the added ben­e­fit of be­ing open 24/7, so you can stag­ger in at 3 a.m. af­ter a night on the town for a gen­er­ous help­ing of warm, savoury de­li­cious­ness.

17. Aux Vivres

Ve­gan restau­rant lo­cated on St. Lau­rent in the Mile End. They also have a pre­pared food counter next to the restau­rant that sup­plies some of Mcgill’s cafe­te­rias, so look for their logo in the grab-n-go fridges!

18. Arepera

Ca­sual restau­rant lo­cated on Du­luth in the Plateau that serves arepas, a flat corn dough stuffed with meat, cheese, and veg­eta­bles. A pop­u­lar sta­ple of Venezue­lan cui­sine, this dish is also gluten free! Be­ware the long wait times at the door.

19. Cafe Santropol

Fa­mous for both their cozy out­door gar­den seat­ing and their sand­wiches, this Mon­treal in­sti­tu­tion is a only a short walk to­ward St. Lau­rent.

20. Cafe Rep­lika

A pop­u­lar study spot for Mcgill stu­dents who are sick of Mc­clen­nan, this “hip­ster” cafe is lo­cated in the Plateau. Go for the clas­sic cof­fee and bagel sand­wich combo.

21. Pikolo Espresso Bar

An­other hip­ster cafe joint. Good for a quick cof­fee, but don’t plan on hang­ing out for too long be­cause seat­ing is tight!

22. Cafe Aunja

Try some­thing new at this Per­sian cafe with cof­fee, tea, and food. Close to cam­pus, come here for ~aes­thetic~ tea in ma­son jars that are only slightly over­priced.

23. Falafel Av­enue

A fast food spot right by the Mcgill metro where stu­dents can pick up a falafel sand­wich for just $5. Cheap, sim­ple, and de­li­cious.

24. Casa del Popolo

Among its many claims to fame, Casa is the epi­cen­tre of fes­ti­val Suoni Per Il Popolo in June, which self de­scribes its mu­si­cal genre as “out and way-out.” The lo­cale it­self is di­vided into two rooms, one re­served for con­certs and cul­tural events, such as the Howl Arts Fair, and the other serv­ing full time as a cafe and bar. At street level on St. Lau­rent and St. Joseph, it’s a Mon­treal in­sti­tu­tion, dec­o­rated with fairy lights and vin­tage couches at the en­trance and with a menu that hasn’t changed in twenty years.

25. Bar le Ritz

An im­por­tant venue for al­ter­na­tive mu­sic, and the site of many a queer dance party. Lo­cated on Jeanne Mance in be­tween Parc and St. Lau­rent, it has be­come the main home to re­cur­ring events such as LIP, Cousins, and Slut Is­land Fes­ti­val. The venue is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble, has gen­der neu­tral wash­rooms, and gets packed and sweaty pretty quickly af­ter mid­night.

26. Cafe Gi­tana

Calls it­self a ci­gar lounge but is well known as one of the snuggest places to drink tea, smoke shisha, and in­dulge in Turk­ish food and drinks, as well as weekly Bal­adi dance per­for­mances. Ac­ces­si­ble at street level with one step down at its in­te­rior, it has moody low red light­ing, car­pets hang­ing from the walls, pic­tures of Che Gue­vara dot­ted around the place, and a sound­track rang­ing from com­mu­nist Ital­ian folk songs to tra­di­tional Turk­ish mu­sic.

27. Mid­night Kitchen

Free ve­gan meals on cam­pus! Bring your own tup­per­ware and uten­sils, and fol­low them on Face­book for weekly up­dates.

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