June 17 marks the return of the Canadian Grand Prix to Montreal for the first time in three years, and with it an expected influx of more than 100,000 F1 fans.
With Grand Prix weekend coinciding with the lifting of the mask mandate on public transportation in Quebec, one of the final COVID-related measures still in place in the province, it’s sure to signify for many the long-awaited (or long-dreaded) return to “normal” — complete with crowds in the thousands spilling out onto Crescent and other downtown streets.
If that party atmosphere sounds like a post-COVID dream come true, read on for a round-up of some of the best places to pop the bubbly and celebrate one of Montreal’s most opulent weekends — or, alternatively, take note of the areas to avoid if thousands of unmasked revelers sounds more like a nightmare.
Note: This guide is focused on events and promotions being held by or at local restaurants, bars, and clubs. Pop-up events being held elsewhere haven’t been included.
Bar George — 1440 Rue Drummond
Arguably one of Montreal’s most attractive bars, British-inspired Bar George — located inside Hotel Mount Stephen — pairs perfectly with the grandiosity of Grand Prix weekend, and the bar’s creative signature cocktails make it worth a visit at any time of the year. For Grand Prix 2022, it’ll be hosting a series of Moët & Chandon-sponsored pop up events between June 15 and 19, which will feature a series of special guest DJs.
Marcus Restaurant + Terrace — 1440 Rue de la Montagne
Montreal’s hotel restaurants are host to some of the biggest Grand Prix parties, including the Four Seasons’ Marcus, which is offering a special sharing menu, all-day bottle service, live entertainments, and DJs from June 16 to 19.
Ryú Sushi — 1474 Rue Peel and 388 Avenue Richmond
“Sushi, champagne and caviar” are all on the menu this weekend at both the Griffintown and Peel locations of this hip sushi bar, which prides itself on its sustainability and fresh ingredients.
Time Out Market — 705 Ste-Catherine Ouest
Get the party started long before evening falls at Montreal’s Time Out Market, located inside the Eaton Centre. The food hall’s three bars will all partake in the action: The beer bar will be taken over by Peroni for the weekend, while the wine bar will be serving Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, and the cocktail bar will feature cocktails that use Les Îles aperitif. A DJ will also be on-site all weekend long.
Ritz-Carlton — 1228 Sherbrooke Ouest
Got $1000+ tax and fees to spare? The Ritz-Carlton — one of Montreal’s swankiest hotels — is naturally the home of one of the most glitzy parties of the weekend. The black-tie event will take place across several spaces, including restaurants and bars within the hotel, and will feature a champagne bar, DJ, and live entertainment.
Le Voûte — 360 Rue St-Jacques
This Old Montreal cabaret-inspired nightclub is known for its elaborate parties, so it’s unsurprising that it’s going all out for Grand Prix festivities. This weekend, the club will be hosting visiting DJs and offering dinner and bottle service packages. On Sunday, a Grand Prix afterparty — for which tickets start at $250/person plus fees — will close out the weekend.
Tropikàl — 3426 Notre-Dame Ouest
Caribbean restaurant Tropikal is celebrating the Canadian Grand Prix with rum — and lots of it. The St-Henri spot will feature special rum-based cocktails on the Thursday and Friday of race weekend and different DJs each night of the week from Wednesday to Sunday.
Auberge Saint-Gabriel — 426 Rue St-Gabriel
Old Montreal’s Auberge Saint-Gabriel — housed in a historic space used as an inn on and off since 1688 — is hosting four nights of Grand Prix parties, starting with a “Club fête automobile” on June 16 and finishing up with an official closing party on the June 19.
New City Gas — 950 Rue Ottawa
Large Griffintown nightclub New City Gas has a packed weekend planned for Grand Prix, with DJs Loud Luxury featuring on Friday night and Steve Aoki on Saturday night.
212 Montreal — 212 Notre-Dame Ouest
Another hip Old Montreal spot housed in a historic space is celebrating its first Grand Prix weekend with events sponsored by Patrón tequila (Thursday) and Armand de Brignac champagne (Friday and Saturday). DJs, seafood, steak, and — naturally — tequila and champagne galore complete the offering.
Le Richmond — 377 Avenue Richmond
This glitzy Griffintown restaurant, which serves northern Italian-inspired fare, is adopting a “go big or go home” approach to the weekend, beginning with an elaborate kickoff party on Thursday and continuing with a gentlemen’s club night on Friday, red carpet gala on Saturday, and an afterparty on Sunday.
Soubois — 1106 Maisonneuve Ouest
DJs, drinks, and dancing are on the menu Thursday to Sunday at this downtonn bar and grill, which offers bottle service packages and a menu of seafood and small plates.