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Nina Caplan

Nina Caplan

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The best wine bars in Montreal to sip and savor right now

The best wine bars in Montreal to sip and savor right now

Canadians are known for a love of the best beer, but wine bars in Montreal are among the world’s best for drinking wine, whether you're hitching yourself to a barstool to sip funky naturals or lounging at a leather banquette with a classic cuvée. The government alcohol monopoly is the spur to creativity, the private import system its outlet; some of these places have restaurant licenses—among the city’s best restaurants with the best charcuterie—while others are bars where you can sip without snacking.  RECOMMENDED: More of the best bars in Montreal

Essayez dès maintenant les meilleurs bars à vin de Montréal

Essayez dès maintenant les meilleurs bars à vin de Montréal

Montréal est une des meilleures villes où picoler et sa vie nocturne sont parmi les meilleurs endroits pour boire du vin que vous voulez vous asseoir au comptoir pour boire des vins naturels funky ou vous asseoir sur une banquette en cuir pour savourer un millésime classique. Le monopole du gouvernement sur les  boissons alcoolisées peut parfois freiner la créativité des sommeliers, mais le système d’importations privées permet de contourner certains de ces obstacles. Comme rien n’est simple dans cette ville de fous, certains des établissements de cette liste possèdent des permis de restaurant — ils sont même parmi les meilleurs restaurant en ville — tandis que d'autres sont des bars où vous pourrez boire sans devoir grignoter. RECOMMANDÉ : Le guide complet des meilleurs bars à Montréal

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Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

3 out of 5 stars

Judy Craymer's bold idea of turning the insanely catchy songs of ABBA into a musical has paid off splendidly, in every sense – box office figures for 'Mamma Mia!' are as eye-watering as its outfits. This is largely because Catherine Johnson had the sense to weave the 1970s into her script, and director Phyllida Lloyd to cast accordingly. Heroine Donna Sheridan lived the free love dream (if only because her boyfriend ran out on her), wound up pregnant and survived to see her daughter, Sophie, reject all her principles in favour of a white wedding and the kind of certainty that comes from knowing which of your mother's three consecutive lovers ought to be walking you down the aisle. If you wanted to, you could see this as a conversation about feminism. But you'll look pretty silly debating patriarchal oppression while on your feet clapping to 'Dancing Queen'. Some of the songs are oddly static, but when the choreography does get going – for instance, when Donna's friend Tanya stylishly quashes a libidinous local puppy in 'Does Your Mother Know?' – it's terrific, and makes great use of props: I wonder if the producers can assure us that no electric drills or hairdryers were harmed in the making of this musical? The current cast appear to have been chosen more for their singing voices than their serious acting ability. But who needs dramatic conviction when you have purest pop to do the convincing for you? Given the songs, a story just about solid enough to stay upright on its pl