Le Village gai (Gay Village, often shortened to Le Village) is the largest gay village in North America, mostly along rue Sainte-Catherine est from rue Saint-Hubert (near metro Berri-UQAM) to avenue Papineau (near metro Papineau). The metro station in the middle of the area, Beaudry, is marked with rainbow pillars. Come to enjoy Montreal's pride celebration, Divers/Cité  (last week of July, first week of August), which is the second largest in North America after Toronto's. Then the Montreal Pride Parade event  follows in mid-August with more fabulous fun to be had by all attendees.
Canada's contributions to gay rights are widely known, but Quebec was the first province in Canada to pass a non-discrimination law for sexual orientation and to provide same-sex civil unions. Same-sex marriage is legal in Quebec and across Canada; neither residency nor citizenship are required for a marriage license, but there is a three-week waiting period after you receive the license. Canadian and Quebec immigration law allow residents to sponsor their same-sex partners or spouses.
Sainte-Marie is a working class neighborhood to the east of Le Village. It is notably the home of the Maison Radio-Canada, the radio and television broadcasting headquarters for Radio-Canada, the French language arm of the CBC.
The Orange, Green, and Yellow lines all intersect at the Berri-UQAM station, on the south edge of the Quartier. Sherbrooke station, at the north end of the Quartier and the edge of the Plateau (literally--it's a steep walk!) is on the Orange line. Other Green line stations of note are Beaudry (in the middle of the Village), Papineau (at the east end of the Village near Sainte-Marie), and Frontenac (in the middle of Sainte-Marie).
Grande Bibliothèque du Québec, 475 boulevard de Maisonneuve est (metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 873-1100 (toll free: +1 800 363-9028), . Tu-F 10AM-10PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. The inviting, super-modern home to the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, a massive library housing four million works. The building itself is a contemporary style building integrating art and architecture including a glass mural, a kinetic luminous mural, a sculpture garden, and varying museum-style displays in the lower-level gallery. The tiles that cover the outside of the building are made to resemble a closed book. Architectural tours are offered.Free. edit
Centre de Design UQAM (UQAM design center), 1440 rue Sanguinet (metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 987-3395, . W-Su noon-6PM. Free. edit
Galerie de l'UQAM (UQAM Gallery), 1400 rue Berri (Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Room J-R120), . Tu-Sa noon-6PM. Contemporary art exhibits, workshops, lectures, and tours.free. edit
CinéRobotheque (National Film Board of Canada), 1564 rue Saint-Denis (across the street from metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 496-6887, . Tu-Su noon-9PM. Watch one of their 9000 films at their personal touch-screen viewing stations or try your hand at film making and animation in one of their workshops.Personal viewing stations $3/hr, workshops $7.50. edit
Cinémathèque québecoise (Cineplex-Odeon), 335 boulevard De Maisonneuve est (metro Berri-UQAM, Maisonneuve exit), ☎ +1 514 842-9768, . Tu-Su regular showing 5PM, exhibition hall Tu-F 11AM-8PM and Sa-Su 4PM-8PM. Modern theater complex with 17-screens (most shows in French only), cafe, restaurant and bar.Films $7, exhibitions free. edit
Cinéma du Quartier Latin, 350 rue Émery (metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 849-2244. $11.75 general admission, $8.25 children and seniors. edit
Théâtre Saint-Denis, 1594 rue Saint-Denis (metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 849-4211, . edit
Maison de la culture Frontenac, 2550 rue Ontario est (at rue Frontenac; metro Frontenac, bus 85, 94, 125, or 185), ☎ +1 514 872-7882, . Tu-Th 1PM-7PM, F-Su 1PM-5PM (closed Su from Victoria Day to Labour Day; may be open outside posted hours for special events). Cultural centre in Sainte-Marie. Many free shows. Music, dance, cinema, theatre, etc.edit
Chlorophylle Montréal, 1567 rue Saint-Denis, ☎ +1 514 845-1712. M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W-F 10AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. One of two flagship 'concept stores' for Quebec-based outdoor clothing company with shirts, coats, and pants for men, women and children. Their environmentalism even extends to their dressing room-- made out of recycled barn sheds from Northern Quebec.edit
Boutique Woodstock, 2080B rue Saint-Denis, ☎ +1 514 842-9562. One of the many head-shops along St. Denis with all your 'smoking accessories' as well as hemp products including shirts, jeans, bags, and cosmetics.edit
The Latin Quartier is packed two and three stories deep with budget and mid-ranged restaurants catering to students and tourists. The quality can be all over the place, but the portions usually generous. Beer is more common than wine and be sure to check if the mid and high-end place you're dining at is BYOB (Apportez Votre Vins).
Chez Gatsé, 317 rue Ontario est, ☎ +1 514 985-2494. M-Th 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5:30PM-10PM, F 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5:30PM-10:30PM, Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 5PM-10PM. Set just below eye level, one of Montreal's only Tibetean restaurants offers momos (Tibetean dumplings), butter-tea, as well as exotic vegetarian and meat dishes spiced with ginger, garlic, and peppers. In the summer there's a shady terrace in the back.Mains $5-9, set meal $6.50 lunch/$7.50 dinner. edit
Croissant de Lune, 1765 rue Saint-Denis (metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 843-8146. Sweet and savoury crepes, breakfast fare, sandwiches, beers. A perfect brunch spot. Licensed.edit
La Paryse, 302 rue Ontario est (metro Berri-UQÀM), ☎ +1 514 842-2040. Though easy to miss from the street, this tiny diner known for its burgers is often busy. Expect a line-upedit
Juliette Et Chocolat, 1615 rue Saint-Denis, ☎ +1 514 287-3555. Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F-Sa 11AM-midnight. While the wafting scent of chocolate may be the main draw to this chocolateria-cum-bistro, they also offer a selection of savory buckwheat crepes, soups, and salads. Quiet during the day, things pick up in the evening when everyone stops by for coffee, fresh ice cream and coffee and, of course, gourmet chocolate to eat on the spot or take away.edit
Villa Frontenac, 2563 rue Ontario est (at rue Frontenac; metro Frontenac, bus 85, 94, 125, or 185), ☎ +1 514 521-4233. Sainte-Marie diner with a large variety of plates (local, Italian, Greek, American, fast food, etc).Breakfast $3, dinner $6. edit
Restaurant Bercy, 2600 rue Ontario est (at rue du Havre; metro Frontenac, bus 85, 94, 125, or 185), ☎ +1 514 525-9341. Cheap diner food in a strip mall in Sainte-Marie.Breakfast $3, dinner $7. edit
Yen Yen, 2709 rue Ontario est (at rue Bercy; metro Frontenac, bus 85, 94, 125, or 185), ☎ +1 514 523-5846. Cheap Vietnamese restaurant in Sainte-Marie.$7-10. edit
Au Petit Extra, 1690 rue Ontario est (at ave Papineau; metro Papineau, bus 45 or 125), ☎ +1 514 527-5552, . Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner: M-W 5:30PM-10PM, Th-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 5:30PM-9:30PM. Exquisite French bistro cuisine at reasonable price, relaxed and friendly atmosphere that is very popular with locals. Excellent selection of wines.edit
Brioche Lyonnaise, 1593 rue St-Denis (metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 842-7017. A popular, reasonably-priced eatery, it can get crowded at times. Sandwiches, crepes.edit
Les 3 Brasseurs, 1660 rue St-Denis (corner De Maisonneuve, metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 845-1660, . Two terraces and four beers micro-brewed on site have made this upscale pub a popular place for dinner and lunch. Usual pub-fare with a European angle.edit
Mikado, 1731 rue St-Denis (corner Ontario, metro Berr-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 844-5705. Sushi, tempura, and other Japanese favorites.edit
Shezan, 2051 rue St-Denis (corner Ontario, metro Berr-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 845-8867. Intimate Indian restaurant with dishes several notches above the usualedit
SAT (Société des arts technologiques), 1195 boulevard Saint-Laurent (metro Saint-Laurent), ☎ +1 514 844-2033 (email@example.com), . M-F 5PM-10PM, Sa-Su various. This one-of-a-kind venue is supported by the province of Quebec and the federal government to display and promote digital art. With high ceilings and low couches, it has the feel of a funky, uber-hip techno club. In fact, there is quite a bit of great club music on weekend nights. But there's also fascinating computer art installations going on at all times, with some video and live performances. A great place to meet people in Montreal.$4.50 draft beer, $5 well drinks, $5-25 cover after 10PM. edit
Pub Sainte-Élisabeth, 1412 rue Sainte-Élisabeth (metro Saint-Laurent). Best terrasse for a drink. Feels like a greenhouse.edit
Foufounes Électriques, 87 rue Sainte-Catherine est (metro Saint-Laurent), ☎ +1 514 844-5539, . 3PM-3AM daily. The name is a never ending source of comedy for Montrealers and visitors alike, chiefly because of the stark difference in meaning between the French and French-Canadian interpretations of the term "foufounes." To locals, i.e. French-Canadians, the term is simply an endearing reference to one's posterior. However, to the French, the term is a rather explicit reference to female genitalia, which is always worth a few laughs, especially with the "electric" adjective attached. But "les Foufs," as it's called by locals, is more than just a funny name: it's ground zero for Montreal's rock-and-roll scene. The cavernous bar hosts shows from local bands as well as lots of touring shows from around the globe. Reasonable prices and a down-to-earth attitude make Foufounes popular with residents and visitors alike.$3 draft beer, $4 well drinks. edit
Bar St-Sulpice, 1680 rue Saint-Denis (metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 844-9458. A large bar with three floors, each with a separate vibe. If the weather is nice, you should sit in the sprawling patio in the back.edit
L'Amère à Boire, 2049 rue Saint-Denis (metro Sherbrooke), ☎ +1 514 282-7448. Fine brew pub in the Quartier Latin, the beer is consistently good. On the menu: lagers and ales inspired from Czech, German, and English styles. Nice decor with wooden tables.edit
Le Cheval Blanc, 809 rue Ontario est (metro Sherbrooke), ☎ +1 514 522-0211. Good brewpub located a few blocks East of busy rue Saint-Denis.edit
Cafe Hookah, 1699 rue Saint-Denis (metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 287-7266. Smoking fruit-flavoured tobacco in an Arabic water pipe, while sipping a Grand Marnier is a fine way to spend the evening. A pipe is $6.50, you can smoke it alone or share it with a few people. They won't replace the coal though, so a pipe doesn't last very long, but they justify this by saying it makes it (comparatively) cheap to sample lots of flavours from their extensive menu.edit
Le Saint Bock, 1749 rue Saint-Denis (metro Berri-UQAM), ☎ +1 514 680-8052, . A brewpub having 20 beers on tap at all times: the pub's beers (usually 7 of them), plus beers from all around Quebec (usually 13 of them). Nice selection of privatelly imported beers from all around the world. Food is good with some nice touches of originality (have "the Graal") for reasonable prices. It may get loud during the night, and it is fully crowded on game nights --- don't even think about watching a play-off game there.$6.75 a pint. edit
Unity, 1171 rue Sainte-Catherine est (at rue Montcalm; metro Beaudry, bus 14 or 15), ☎ +1 514 523-2777, . F 9:30PM-3AM, Sa 10PM-3AM (open other nights for special events). The dance club in the village with a male erotic dancers downstairs.Free admission on F before 10:30PM and Sa before 11PM. edit
Sky, 1474 rue Saint Catherine est (between rue Dalcourt and rue Alexandre-de-Sève; metro Beaudry or Papineau, bus 15 or 45), ☎ +1 514 529-6969, . Noon-3AM daily. Great roof bar with several floors to enjoy.edit
Le Stud Bar, 1812 rue Sainte-Catherine est (at ave Papineau; metro Papineau, bus 10, 15, 34, 45, or 150), ☎ +1 514 598-8243, . 3PM-3AM daily. Caters to leather and manly bear clientèle, though not exclusively leather.edit
Aigle Noir (Black Eagle), 1315 rue Sainte-Catherine est (between rue de la Visitation and rue Panet; metro Beaudry, bus 15), ☎ +1 514 529-0040, . Caters mostly to a male leather clientèle.edit
Cabaret Mado, 1115 rue Sainte-Catherine est (between rue Wolfe and rue Amherst; metro Beaudry, bus 14 or 15), ☎ +1 514 525-7566, . 3PM-3AM daily. A drag show with outrageous spectacles every night, run by the city's chief drag queen, Mado Lamotte.edit
Alexandrie-montreal hostel (http://www.alexandrie-montreal.com), 1750 Amherst Entre quartier latin and gay village. Dormitory and private room. Tel local 514-525-9420 toll-free 1-888-525-9420.
Au Git'Ann Bed & Breakfast, 1806 St-Christophe (2 min walk from metro Berri-UQAM) $75-135. Private Rooms with shared or private bathroom. Royal breakfast included. Kitchen for guests for other meals. 514-523-4494
Armor Manoir Sherbrooke, 157 rue Sherbrooke est (metro Sherbrooke). $100-150.
Auberge Montréal Espace Confort 2050, rue Saint-Denis (metro Berri-UQAM or Sherbrooke) $80-150. Private room with bathroom and small kitchen.
Hotel des Arts, 2060 St-Dominique (2 min walk from metro Saint-Laurent) $65-135. Private & clean rooms with private bathroom (smoking rooms available). Continental breakfast, high speed wireless internet & unlimited local calls included. Call 514-843-2483
Hotel du Manoir St-Denis, 2006, rue Saint-Denis (metro Berri-UQAM). $49-68. A clean, modern, comfortable room with color cable TV, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer, fridge, private bathroom, continental breakfast, and high speed wireless internet. firstname.lastname@example.org Direct: +1 888 867 7654.
Hotel Viger Bed & Breakfast, 1001 rue Saint-Hubert (metro Berri-UQAM). $47-68. A clean modern, comfortable room with color cable-TV, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer, fridge, private bathroom, continental breakfast and high speed wireless internet. email@example.com Direct: +1 800 845 6058
Absolument Montreal B&B, 1790 rue Amherst (metro Berri), toll free 1-866-360-1351 . Cinema-themed bedroom with private bathroom, kitchenette, luxury linens, individually-controlled air-conditioning/heating, flat screen LCD cable TV, DVD/CD player, a private terrace, a garden with jacuzzi, and gourmet breakfast served until noon. Rates from $109 for two guests, from $99 for one guest.
Atmosphère, 1933 rue Panet (at rue Ontario; metro Beaudry, bus 125), ☎ +1 514 510-7976 (toll free: +1 877 376-7976, firstname.lastname@example.org), . Bed and brreakfast offers private rooms with shared bathroom. Gourmet three course breakfast included.$85-$225. edit
Hotel de Paris, 901, rue Sherbrooke est (metro Sherbrooke), 514-522-6861. Private bathrooms, cable TV, telephone, air-conditioning. $75 (single room, seasonal; suites $175).
Hotel Lord Berri, 1199 rue Berri, 1-888-363-0363. Located within walking distance of Vieux-Montreal, US$75, plus US$10 parking per day.
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