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Where to Watch the US Election in Montreal

Trump vs. Clinton vs. your sobriety

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The apocalypse end of the drawn-out US election is upon us and amidst the continuously ridiculous stream of news, Montrealers are understandably anxious to know whether a dystopian future awaits them. Plenty of local and 24-hour news networks from both sides of the border are airing the election night results, and plenty of Montreal bars and restaurants are showing it to get in on the Trump vs. Clinton action.

If you can't handle watching the trainwreck that is American politics alone, or you just want some beers and snacks to calm your anxiety about a possible Trump presidency, this map is your bible.

Polls start closing as early as 6 p.m. eastern time, so the pre-show begins as early as 4 p.m. on CNN, although most channels are holding off until 7 p.m. Many venues are non-committal about which feed they'll be showing — since French-language outlets like Radio-Canada and LCN will obviously feature French commentators and subtitles, so we've tried to flag where the events sit on the anglo-franco spectrum.

Trump supporters be warned — if the presidential debate screenings and general mood in Montreal are any indication, most crowds will be very, very pro-Clinton, so wear those "Make America Great Again" hats at your own risk.

The map will be updated if more bars share their plans for the evening; send us a note if you think there's an event we missed.

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Taverne Cobra

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You can't fault their advertising for being vibrant: Little Italy dive bar Cobra are billing election night as "the end of the world as we know it" and their ever-woke debate commentator Sylvain Raymond will be back to host the party from 7 p.m. If there were a prize for making Facebook cover art great again, Cobra would win.

HELM Microbrasserie

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The more francophone of your Mile End options for election night, Helm are kicking off their screening at 8 p.m. with craft brews galore.

Chez Boris

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Mile End doughnut store Chez Boris have been extra-committed to airing the presidential debates and are continuing their dedication on Tuesday. Their screening kicks off at 7 p.m., posing the question, "will a giant fascist cheeto, with a dead ferret for hair, stage an improbable comeback causing millions of refugees to flood into Montreal?". Chez Boris promises surprises, Icelandic hotdogs and a costume competition in what is the more anglo-oriented of your Mile End election choices.
The crowd at McGill University's student bar likely won't be classy, if the popular catchphrase "Gerts 'til it hurts" is any measurement, but they will be enthusiastic. Expect plastic cups, cheap drinks, noise and a very, very McGill crowd from this party hosted by McGill's political science student group.

Karina's Club Lounge and Winnie's

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Is Crescent Street turning a corner and turning into a strip where people politely imbibe and contemplate politics? Almost certainly not, but you can still watch the election there, courtesy of this co-production between Democrats Abroad McGill and Democrats Abroad Montreal. They're taking over three floors of the Winnie's and Karina's complex, with ample drink specials, a Hillary cardboard cut-out, drinking games and Hillary apparel are all on the menu.

Broue Pub Brouhaha

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The Rosemont location of this brewpub has been dedicated to this year's American political events, but Trump supporters beware: this one is hosted by the Front d'Action Socialiste, who are promising an electoral bingo game among comrades.

Brasserie Cherrier

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Cosy St-Denis Street bar Brasserie Cherrier will be showing the election: an ideal spot for people on the lower Plateau who can't bring themselves to face the masses of students at nearby university bars.

Le Verre Bouteille

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At almost 75 years in business, this east Plateau mainstay has seen many US presidents, but have they seen the likes of Trump? Find out at their Tuesday screening from 8 p.m.

Espace Public

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Probably the easternmost election viewing in the city, Hochelaga brewery Espace Public's profanely named election party will feature all-American playlists and all-American décor.

Groove Nation

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Typically more of a music venue, Rachel Street's Groove Nation will carry all the relieving or anxiety-inducing updates from the orange guy and the pant-suited lady on a giant screen.

Station Ho.st

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In line with all other jokes about the Trump campaign slogan, Centre-Sud microbrewery Station Ho.st's election night offering is billed as "Make America Regret Again". Expect a giant screen and electoral pool.

Pub L'île Noire

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Fans of whiskey L'île noire are hosting an open-invite party for public relations firm Octane Strategies — this one starts a little late, around 8:30 p.m.

Chez Alexandre

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If you like your election coverage fancy and possibly served with bouillabaisse, downtown restaurant Chez Alexandre has you covered. The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada and a strategy group are hosting a party upstairs in the Ardbeg pub and cigar lounge, also part of Chez Alexandre, but you'll need to reserve for that one.

Burgundy Lion

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The toffy as all get-out Oxford and Cambridge Society of Montreal are appropriately holding a screening at one of the most British spots in town, Little Burgundy's Burgundy Lion, from 6:30 p.m.

Chez Dallaire

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This Pointe-St-Charles gastropub is using the American election as an opportunity to push Canadian pride, with 15 per cent discount on all Canadian politics. They're kicking off an apparently English screening at the early hour of 4 p.m.

L'Barouf

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Mid-Plateau pub L'Barouf is home to the election party for young workers' advocacy group Force Jeunesse from 7 p.m. Their event requests that you reserve, since they're a big group. Expect a French screening of the proceedings.

Bar Cafe La Brunante

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Organized by a few politically-oriented faculties and student groups from the Université de Montréal, the event 6@Trump promises cheap drinks, expert professorial analysis and surprises from 6 p.m. in Côte-des-Neiges at UdeM student pub La Brunante. Expect a French feed.

Librairie Olivieri

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This dual bookstore and bistro in Côte-des-Neiges is the less student-heavy of your two CDN election viewing options, with a screening kicking off at 6 p.m., most likely in French.

Okafhé

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Expect a young crowd: this party is at the student café at Cégep de Saint-Laurent, from 6 p.m.

Casa del Popolo

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Surprisingly given the Trump presence, Casa is only place to riff off a reality TV theme with the Bachelor-themed America's Final Rose Ceremony. There's very cheap drinks, and the organizers say there are no Trump supporters allowed.

Thomson House

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There's not one, but two public screenings on McGill's campus — if you want an older crowd than that at student bar Gerts, graduate students will be showing it throughout their HQ, Thomson House.

Mimi La Nuit

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Old Montreal bar-buvette Mimi La Nuit is definitely one of the classier viewing options for the showdown, with the added bonus of two-for-one cocktails.

Taverne Cobra

You can't fault their advertising for being vibrant: Little Italy dive bar Cobra are billing election night as "the end of the world as we know it" and their ever-woke debate commentator Sylvain Raymond will be back to host the party from 7 p.m. If there were a prize for making Facebook cover art great again, Cobra would win.

HELM Microbrasserie

The more francophone of your Mile End options for election night, Helm are kicking off their screening at 8 p.m. with craft brews galore.

Chez Boris

Mile End doughnut store Chez Boris have been extra-committed to airing the presidential debates and are continuing their dedication on Tuesday. Their screening kicks off at 7 p.m., posing the question, "will a giant fascist cheeto, with a dead ferret for hair, stage an improbable comeback causing millions of refugees to flood into Montreal?". Chez Boris promises surprises, Icelandic hotdogs and a costume competition in what is the more anglo-oriented of your Mile End election choices.

Gerts

The crowd at McGill University's student bar likely won't be classy, if the popular catchphrase "Gerts 'til it hurts" is any measurement, but they will be enthusiastic. Expect plastic cups, cheap drinks, noise and a very, very McGill crowd from this party hosted by McGill's political science student group.

Karina's Club Lounge and Winnie's

Is Crescent Street turning a corner and turning into a strip where people politely imbibe and contemplate politics? Almost certainly not, but you can still watch the election there, courtesy of this co-production between Democrats Abroad McGill and Democrats Abroad Montreal. They're taking over three floors of the Winnie's and Karina's complex, with ample drink specials, a Hillary cardboard cut-out, drinking games and Hillary apparel are all on the menu.

Broue Pub Brouhaha

The Rosemont location of this brewpub has been dedicated to this year's American political events, but Trump supporters beware: this one is hosted by the Front d'Action Socialiste, who are promising an electoral bingo game among comrades.

Brasserie Cherrier

Cosy St-Denis Street bar Brasserie Cherrier will be showing the election: an ideal spot for people on the lower Plateau who can't bring themselves to face the masses of students at nearby university bars.

Le Verre Bouteille

At almost 75 years in business, this east Plateau mainstay has seen many US presidents, but have they seen the likes of Trump? Find out at their Tuesday screening from 8 p.m.

Espace Public

Probably the easternmost election viewing in the city, Hochelaga brewery Espace Public's profanely named election party will feature all-American playlists and all-American décor.