Planning the Best Bachelor Party in Montreal

Guys cheers with pints of beer during a bachelor party in Montreal

The big day is coming up. And before you stand at the alter in front of all your friends and Aunt Myrtle and try not to botch your vows from nerves, we know an epic bachelor party is in the cards. This is the time to work off the jitters and party it up with your best friends!

Montreal is one of the hottest places to plan a party. It has activities to fit every taste and style. Looking for beer? It’s always pouring here. Looking for adventure? Step up to the zip line, my friend. Want something on the unusual side? This is where bow and arrow dodgeball comes in. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re in for the best bachelor party in Montreal.

For cyclists

There’s something refreshing about getting those gears going in the early morning hours. If you have a group that can’t go too long without working out, this is the ideal activity for your crew. For a full bike tour, check out Fitz & Follwell, which offers a 3-hour outing through Old Montreal, Mile-End, the Plateau, and Mont-Royal. If you and the guys want to go at your own pace, rent BIXI bikes around the city. A one-way trip of 30 minutes or less costs $2.95 and a full day costs $5.25.

For white-water rafters

Your bachelor party is the chance to do something adventurous you may be too nervous to try on your own (or with your partner). Which brings us to white-water rafting. This intense sport is not for the faint of heart, but is 100% a fun thing to do in Montreal for a bachelor party. Make a group appointment with tours like Rafting Montreal, which takes you on the Lachine Rapids, or go on a day trip with New World Rafting on the Rouge River.

For poutine fans

When in Montreal, you eat poutine! If you and the groomsmen are all about that poutine life, a bachelor party is the perfect time to eat your way through the city. Montreal’s Best Poutine & Smoked Meat Tour is one of the top options. You’ll get three tastings from famed delicatessens as you tour the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood. Best of all? You guys get to cut the line on your way to meat heaven.

For kayakers

Looking for Montreal things to do during a bachelor party that involve the outdoors? Kayaking is right up your alley. The Kayak Tour in Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal takes you and the group around the Sainte-Helene and Notre-Dame Islands. Check out views of the city’s famous landmarks and the Expo 67 Pavilions, too. If this is new to most of your groomsmen, the outing comes with a 15-minute training session and is geared toward beginners.

For bow and arrow champs

If you’ve known your friends since grade school, you’ve probably played more than your fair share of dodgeball and paintball. It’s time for a brand-new spin during your bachelor party in Montreal. Head over to DodgeBow, which is dodgeball that swaps out hurling balls for bows and arrows. Shoot your shot at the opposing team (or anyone in your bachelor party who’s been bugging you this trip.) The arrows are foam-tipped, so you don’t have to worry about paintball-level bruises when it’s time for wedding pictures.

For wannabe lumberjacks

Sometimes the best way to unwind from all the stress of wedding planning is to head over to the axe throwing lane and let loose. Maniax is one of the best known spots for this particular sport, in part due to their wide variety of sharp objects. You can go for small axes, which get the job done, the “maniax,” which is double-sided with jagged edges, or take your pick of tomahawks, smooth double-sided blades, or the “Big Axe,” which is nearly a meter long. Rage is another fav spot in the city, though flannel shirts and thick beards aren’t included.

For beer lovers

Ah, yes. Beer time! What’s more quintessential than clinking glasses with your best buds? Sign up for the famed Montreal Craft Beer Tour. The 3-hour walking journey will lead you to six craft beer tastings at three popular brewpubs. Plus, many of these pints are paired with poutine, cheese, chocolate, and charcuterie. Tours are available throughout the afternoon Friday through Sunday.

For hungry dudes

You can’t get crazy without a full belly. Here are some of the best restaurants for a Montreal bachelor party.

  • Imadake – This Japanese restaurant is perfect for a big group. You can reserve the private room for your groomsmen or ask for one of the large tables in the general area. On the menu? Tons of sake and Japanese cocktails, along with excellent eats like black cod, beef tataki, and fried squid.
  • Brasserie 701 – Want to class it up? Book a reservation at Brasserie 701, which offers curated menus for private groups. Dishes include salmon tartare, risotto with lobster tail, and duck breast with quinoa.
  • SeaSalt & Ceviche Bar – For seafood bites, it’s all about this famed spot. Book a table or arrange yourselves at the bar. From ceviche to crab cakes to shrimp, the options are endless.

For club goers

For a night on the town with your best friends, it’s all about the club scene. As it so happens, Montreal has more than a few excellent clubs that include spinning DJs, flowing drinks, and beats so loud you can feel them vibrate your ribcage. Here are some of the best.

  • Tokyo Bar – This hot spot keeps the party going until 3 a.m. during the weekends. It’s normally filled with twenty and thirtysomethings, keeping the music fresh and current. It’s made up of two separate spaces, including a dance floor and patio, if you and the guys are looking for a break from breaking a sweat.
  • Le Rouge Bar – It’s one of the most popular spots around. You don’t have to worry about a cover, there’s a ton of dance space, and depending on which floor you want to party, there’s either top 40 or hip-hop playing at top volume.
  • Stereo – Stereo is a top choice for techno lovers in the city. The DJs play the hottest songs in the genre, which give you and your groomsmen plenty of beats to let loose to all night.
  • Club Unity – It’s one of the most popular gay clubs in the city. With three floors of music, affordable drinks, a drag show at midnight, and a rooftop patio, it’s a true party from the moment you walk in.

Best places to stay in Montreal for a bachelor party

Where should you and the groomsmen park yourselves at the end of the day? These are some of the best neighbourhoods to stay in during your bachelor party. Word to the wise: book the top hotels in Montreal near the nightlife, so you can save money on taxis after a hefty bar tab.

  • Le Plateau-Mont-Royal – Considered the hipster part of town, this is where you want to be for easy access to coffee shops, restaurants, and street art.
  • Old Montreal – This is one of the most tourist-friendly parts of town, so staying here will put you and the guys within walking distance of most of the famous sites in the city. This is also a prime spot for mimosa brunch, if you and the group are feeling under the weather from the night before.
  • Gay Village – It’s one of the largest LGBTQ neighbourhoods in North America, and one of the best. Many popular nightclubs and restaurants are located here, so you won’t have to travel too far from the hotel to the fun.
  • Mile-Ex – It’s considered the up and coming hip neighbourhood of the city. It’s close to Little Italy, Jean-Talon Market, and it’s the newest refuge of Montreal artists.

It’s time for the party of your life! Whether you’ve known your groomsmen since you were kids or you’ve created a blended crew from work, university, and family, you’re bound to have a blast. With a ton to do in the city, it’ll be the best bachelor party in Montreal Canada has ever seen. Book your flights to Montreal, pick out the hot spots, and get ready for a fantastic time.

Visiting Montreal for first time?
Q: What documents are needed to enter Canada?
A: Anyone travelling into Canada will need to bring their passport with them. If you’re visiting from the U.S., a passport, passport card, or NEXUS card will do.
Q: Can you have an open container in Canada?
A: For the most part, open containers of alcohol are not allowed in Canada. However, there is some flexibility in Montreal. For instance, you can drink in a park—but only if you’re also eating. To be safe, it’s best to avoid open containers.
Q: Is USD accepted in Canada?
A: No, only Canadian dollars are accepted in the country.

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Jennifer Cuellar

Jennifer Cuellar is a writer, an avid explorer, and fan of all things Games of Thrones-related. When she’s not sipping tea in a café by the beach, she’s off writing about wondrous cities you simply have to visit. From mountain peaks to downtown streets, there’s a world of adventure waiting to be explored. She spotlights top cities to tour, which attractions you’ve got to see, and off-the-beaten path activities to try during your next vacation. Let’s go travel!

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