Save money in Montreal by following these 10 easy suggestions that cost very little and will help you enjoy the city like a native.
When going out for dinner, choose restaurants with the "Aportez-Votre Vin" (bring your your own wine) signs. Restaurants that serve their own alcohol charge a high mark-up per bottle to cover the cost of the license required. You can also bring beer.
Before dinner, join the locals for the nightly "cinq a sept" (the 5 pm to 7 pm cocktail) when popular bars along St. Laurent, St. Denis and around the Plateau and Latin Quarter neighborhoods offer 2 or 3 for 1 drink specials.
On summer Sunday afternoons, join a free and casual drumming session in Mount Royal Park. Even if you don't play, the entertainment is worth the climb up the mountain.
Take in a free outdoor summer concert at Place des Arts, Ile Ste. Helene and /or the Old Port area.
Shop at Simon's Department Store on Ste. Catherine St. W. for the latest Quebecois designer wear at low prices.
Pick up a Montreal Museums Pass for $45.00 including public transit rides. Available at museums and tourists offices.
Get same day half price tickets to the opera, symphony, theater etc. through La Vitrine, a last minute ticket venue at Place des Arts in downtown.
Attend free French classes at local CEGEPs (community colleges - Canadian citizens only).
Visit the man made beach on Ile Ste. Helene. Warning: The beach gets crowded on hot afternoons!
Stock up on bulk wine from the S.A.C. (provincial liquor stores) Depot and go on a picnic to Mount Royal or Ile Ste. Helene.