Montreal/Toronto

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Postby bdsix » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:52 pm

driving up to Canada for the first time during the holidays. Montreal for a couple days, Toronto, then check out Niagara Falls before heading back to NYC. excited for a road trip. share some of your top spots to eat, hangout and see. i'm rolling solo, so any cool bars to meet people would be appreciated. thanks!

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Postby Pro High Fiver » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:32 pm

Go to the Mile End neighborhood in Montreal. It's hip around there, you'll find plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes, stores, clothing boutiques, etc. Occasional hardcore shows too. And the Air B&B's are super cheap there; I 'd recommend crashing around there and canning the super touristy shit.

Never been to Toronto, however, but honestly I'd just watch some Matty Matheson videos and see where he goes around there. He's sober these days, so his earlier stuff might point you in the direction of some solid bars.

Also, pro-tip: driving through the border into Montreal is super chill. You could honestly have a whole trunk filled with booze and herb and you'd be fine.
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Postby macho insecurity » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:06 pm

Bull fucking shit it's that easy getting through customs.
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Postby brah_life » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:43 pm

I never had a problem getting into Canada, getting back in to the states has always been a pain in the ass though.

As far as recommendations- there's a ton of good spots in Montreal in the vicinity of Saint Catherine St.

Stereo Nightclub, Les Foufounes Electriques, El Jumelgi are all good clubs/ pool halls with friendly people down to party.
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Postby HOTDOGS_COMINURWAY » Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:27 pm

If you go to Niagara Falls, view from the Canadian side and hang out in the parks on the American side. After that, get the fuck outta there because the surrounding areas are pretty the worst
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Postby Check Your Sources » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:01 pm

the best food I have had so far in Toronto is Lim Ga Ne, in North Koreatown. They have great bulgogi, and this amazing korean fried chicken dish called kampungki. Walking around that area is cool too. One of my favorite areas in the city. You can get some really good bubble tea, if yr into that kind of thing.

Daio Sushi on Carlton is also very very good.

I don't go to bars so I can't help ya there, but there's always some cool shows going on.
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Postby Check Your Sources » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:03 pm

Oh and be sure to try a Beavertail.
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Postby Pro High Fiver » Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:52 pm

why do NFL players smoke weed if there are rules? wrote:Bull fucking shit it's that easy getting through customs.


Don't let those Border Security shows phase you, they're mostly shuffling a whole herd of people through at once for a whole shift and if you look innocent and touristy, you're in there like swimwear.
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Postby xledx » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:53 am

Check Your Sources wrote:Oh and be sure to try a Beavertail.

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Postby creativexcover » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:55 am

Go to the Biodome de Montreal! Cool place. Then you have Olympic Stadium next (?) to it. If not, very close.
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Postby BoomSwaggerBoom » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:13 am

I always recommend Kensington Market to people coming to Toronto just because, even as much as its changing, its still a very cool and unique neighbourhood with lots of cool stuff.

Check out a show or DJ night at Coalition. Rad metal/punk venue with pinball and reasonably priced booze run by excellent folks.

Thirsty and Miserable is another cool bar near there. Good beer selection and good tunes. There's also Ronnie's Local which is a neighbourhood institution.

Seven Lives does some damn good tacos. Probably the most legit I've had in this city.

If you're looking to buy records, Rotate This!, Sonic Boom, Stained Class are all dope.
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Postby Balkan House Music » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:04 pm

I've just moved to Montreal. Still feeling the place out but seems pretty wild so far, hit me up if you want I'd be down to get a beer if I'm not working.
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Postby Scumontherun » Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:27 pm

Did Toronto last October and fell in love :smt007 What a great city!


Places:
For some history on the old city visit the distillery district: http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com/
The CN tower but let me warn you if you have ever been up in the empire state building, sears tower, or even stood on the roof of your building looking at NYC then the CN tower wont be anything amazing. Just an awesome panoramic view of the city for a lot of money but be prepared to stand on a LONG LINE.

Eat:

The Beat [url]thebeastrestaurant.com[/url] *An amazing brunch!! small restaurant so be prepared to wait a little for a table.
Carbon Bar https://thecarbonbar.ca/ *Some good dirty south food. Little expensive but the atmosphere is awesome!
Franks poutine which is a given!
Visit some brew pubs (yes, I said brew pub). The majority of breweries in Toronto serve food like cheese boards, poutine, etc (Mill street & Amsterdam brewing was good)

OP when you get down to the falls take a detour to this real touristy town called Niagara On The Lake! Its really cute and there is a restaurant there called Treadwell Farm-to-Table https://www.opentable.ca/treadwell-farm-to-table-cuisine-niagara-on-the-lake?ref=16423 AMAZING food.

Record stores:

Faith/Void https://faithvoidshop.com/ *great for rare finds. Really only HC/punk titles *Bit of a hike from downtown*
Sonic Boom http://sonicboommusic.com/ *Again good for rare find buts stocks all genres
Shortstack records (hideaway located in a store in a basement of other stores)
https://www.shortstackrecords.com/ *worth checking out because they had some rare OG staples of punk classics in there when I visited

Other:
Weed dispensaries scattered around Toronto. Partake in that! Sadly I didn't have the chance too
the falls are just touristy, the actual town economy is crippled by build up/commercialism of all things tourist to do. Fair warning is all the chain restaurants are over ridiculously priced.

I miss Canada every damn day :smt010
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Postby bdsix » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:30 am

ayy, thank you all. can't wait to check out some of these spots. :smt035
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