Practical information : Going out Montreal
Nightclubs are usually open Thursday to Saturday from 10pm to 3am (later for afterhours). For activities with friends (movies, billiards, bowling, go-karting, getaway games, etc.), schedules vary greatly depending on the type of establishment. There are also a few casinos in Quebec, including the one in Montreal, which is open 24 hours a day. For the performing arts (music, comedy, theatre, etc.), the annual program is mainly concentrated outside the summer season, mostly in the evenings.
Budget & Tips
Going out clubbing is generally less expensive in Montreal than in Europe (it must be said that you don't necessarily find the same standing there either). As everywhere, admission is often free before a certain time (usually 11pm) or by registering on the guest list. Ladies also benefit from free admission on ladies nights (at least one night a week). For the cinema, discounts are offered for matinee performances and on the weekly discount day (usually Tuesday). Good plan for shows: La Vitrine offers special offers and special presale rates for all kinds of shows and events in Quebec (lavitrine.com).
Remember that the posted prices are always exclusive of taxes. In addition to taxes (14.975%), 15% service charge must be added when applicable. All methods of payment are accepted, but it can happen that the bar counter of a concert hall, for example, only accepts cash and/or debit card.
To be booked
To ensure a place, reservations are highly recommended for shows. In the case of certain activities such as karting and getaway games, reservations are often imperative and a deposit may be required. For the rest, all you have to do is show up the same day
In Montreal, no problem getting home at a late hour. If the metro is in operation until between 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. (depending on the metro line and the daytime), more than 20 night buses then take over and cover the entire metropolis. Otherwise, there are always taxis and Uber and other such vehicles that offer a 24-hour service. Also, there are several drive-through services in the Greater Montreal area, but you generally have to be a member to benefit from their services.
In Quebec, the legal drinking age is 18. Wherever a bar license applies, only adults are allowed to drink. Note that if you look under 25, you will probably be asked for official photo identification. You should also be aware that some clubs may require that you be 21 or 25 years of age to frequent them.
What's very local
Nothing special on this side except that a dress code is required in most nightclubs and casinos.
Smoking is not permitted in clubs, theatres, casinos and their terraces. The same applies to billiard rooms, activity centres (karting, escape games...), etc. Smoking is also prohibited 9 metres from the door of the establishment, although some people do not respect this distance.
As with sporting events, the resale of tickets for shows is omnipresent online, and sometimes even on the street. While it is true that you can save a few dollars by buying from resellers, it would be a shame to lose your money on fake tickets. So go through the official ticket offices.