After largely missing out on last year’s Halloween, Montrealers are more than ready for a slew of scary celebrations — with one of their all-time favourites, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, even primed for its return. A number of the city’s restaurants and bars are also getting in on the fun, offering a diverse range of activities, and in some cases menus, to please any Halloween goer. There’s one caveat: Quebec will only plans to lift current capacity and operating hour restrictions on bars and restaurants on November 1, the day after Halloween.
The Blue Dog — 3958 St-Laurent Boulevard
The Blue Dog is kicking off holiday weekend with a Friday night three-band show, followed by an open jam afterwards. Get costumed, bring your instruments, and have a beer. Tickets are only sold at the door, for $5, so come early.
Bord’elle and The Farsides — 390 St-Jacques Street and 690 Notre-Dame Street West
The team behind Bord’elle and Farsides are joining in the Squid Game craze by hosting an event on Halloween that’s inspired by the Netflix series — no detail yet on how far they plan to go with the theme. Follow their social media accounts for more details.
Ernestine — 1827 Mont-Royal Avenue East
Plateau chocolate shop Ernestine is offering a handful of spooky delicacies to satisfy all your sweet cravings this Halloween. Bite into a Cyclops eye made of dark chocolate stuffed with raspberry marshmallow and jelly, or satisfy your deathly cravings with a praline and caramel-filled skull.
Bar Kabinet/Datcha — 98 Laurier Avenue West
The Mile End bar and club is hosting witchy jazz and tarot card reading nights every Thursday of October, so why not start Halloween weekend early on the 28th? Learn more about what the future holds while sipping on a Moscow Mule. Readings are first come, first served, so get there early.
Mutoïde — 3135 Hochelaga
This Hochelaga microbrewery’s one-year anniversary celebration coincides with the scariest day of the year. Dress up, enjoy some barbecue, and special brews for what the team is calling a most “Halloweenesque” night. Reservations not required.
Ratafia — 6778 St Laurent
Little Italy dessert and wine bar Ratafia is hosting a Willy Wonka-themed evening (starting at 3 p.m.) on Saturday, where patrons run the chance to find three golden tickets. Winners can redeem their ticket for some “spooky shooters” or the promise of first dibs on the spot’s next dessert. On Sunday, it’s handing out doughnuts to children in costume.
Snowbird Tiki Bar - 6388 St-Hubert Street
If you’re a fan of both zombies and tiki, Snowbird Tiki Bar is here for you. On October 30, the La Petite-Patrie bar will host a zombie Halloween party, with staff decked out in zombie attire and TVs screening spooky horror films. Come dressed in a costume to get $4 off the “zombie” drink, a beverage reportedly strong enough to awake the dead.
Time Out Market Montréal - 705 Ste-Catherine West
Drag Brunch MTL and Time Out Market Montréal have joined forces to offer what they are calling a “Halloween Extraaavaganza!” The afternoon show will feature drag performances by Barbada de Barbade and her guests, a costumer contest, and grub from Time Out Market chefs. Two shows are available, either at 12 p.m. or 3 p.m. on October 31, and tickets for a two-person table (including food and drink for two) start at 85$.
Unity - 1171 St-Catherine Street East
The popular Village club is organizing not one, but two Halloween parties to make up for their absence last year. On Friday, prepare to be spooked with an event dubbed “Make Me Scream,” and on Saturday, get your glam on for the “What Would Britney Do?” party. Both events will feature a costume contest, DJs, and Halloween-themed drinks.
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