Sometimes it's not just about the food-sometimes, it's also about screen size and volume: two very important criteria when watching major sporting events such as the Super Bowl. Many Montreal area eateries have television sets, but size matters here-it's ‘gotta' be big and it's ‘gotta' be loud.
If the tone of this article reads with a bit more testosterone than usual it's because this year's Super Bowl match up is indeed something to get exited about, add two afternoon hockey games which will see our very own Montreal Canadians go up against Pittsburgh on Saturday and Boston on Sunday, and what you get are men who this weekend will be slightly more useless than they already are. (If I'm being stereotypical of men, I'm sorry-if there are any women out there who will be equally as useless this weekend feel free to leave a comment below.)
Here are a few suggestions on where to take in this weekend's sporting events; a few things to remember: get there early, the good seats will go fast, and if you drink, don't drive.
La Cage aux Sports
With 48 locations in the province of Quebec finding a Cage won't be a problem, but getting a seat in one will. Pretty good chicken wings in a city where great wings are hard to come by-and yes they are served with the requisite blue cheese sauce.
Champs Bar and Restaurant
Champs is a Montreal, sport, watching institution. Three floors to choose from: good bar food, a great place to watch soccer games, and a great atmosphere in which to take in the Super Bowl.
Mckibbon's Irish Pub
With two locations to choose from-one downtown and one in the West Island (with a third soon to open on the Main) Mckibbon's serves some pretty good pub fare (I quite enjoy their hamburgers)
The size of the Irish Embassy gives it less of a pub feel than Mckibbon's but the food is enjoyable and the televisions are aplenty.
The Peel Pub
Sure it smells like stale beer but isn't that the point. Sometimes these old stalwarts provide just the right atmosphere needed to turn a good game into an event to remember.
With only one location in greater Montreal, Hooters in the South Shore is a great place for wings and beer, (at Hooters, chicken wings are covered in melted butter after being fried in oil; how can you go wrong, make sure to wash the wings down with a bowl of chili.) and did I mention that the service at Hooters is the best in the city. I've been to many restaurants in Montreal and when it come to service nothing even comes close to the degree of endowed professionalism and outright potency offered at Hooters. It's a place worth going to again and again just for the service. What was I writing about again?