5 things to do in Montreal today: Thursday, July 15

Jul 15 2021, 12:00 pm

Hey, we made it to the penultimate day of the workweek.

Now that your sights are set on Friday and another weekend, here are a few things worth checking out in Montreal to make it feel like Thursday zooms by a bit faster.

Atwater Cocktail Club

Why not have a drink at one of Montreal’s coolest speakeasies?

One ofĀ Montrealā€™s hidden gems, the club makes a slew of tasty cocktails (give the Peachy Keen a go — vodka, angostura bitters, fresh peaches, and mint).

When:Ā Thursday, July 15
Time:Ā 5 pm – 12 am
Where:Ā 512 avenue Atwater

Oasis Plage Saint-James

Montreal beach

Quartier des Spectacles

An urban beach has opened right in the middle of downtown at the front steps of one of Montrealā€™s oldest buildings.

The Oasis Plage Saint-James, one of the 11 outdoor installations created by theĀ Quartier des Spectacles, features shade, comfy furniture, a seaside soundtrack, and sand, offering downtown pedestrians an impromptu beach getaway.

The Oasis is free to attend and allows for alcohol to be consumed on-site so long as youā€™re eating food.

When:Ā Every day until September 26
Time:Ā 9 am – 8 pm
Where: St. James United Church
Price: Free


Weā€™ve spent a lot of time inside over the past 15 months, and now you can spend it underwater.

Sort of.

A new exhibition at the Society for Arts & Technology (SAT) offers guests a calming and trippy dive into a seabed, offering a soundscape we donā€™t often get to hear from the immersive venue of the Satosphere ā€” a 360-degree dome with a spherical panoramic projection screen 13 metres high.

Itā€™s like a movie theatre on steroids.

When: From now until August 21
Time:Ā 5 pm ā€“ 6:30 pm ā€“ 8 pm
Where:Ā Satosphere, SAT ā€“ 1201 St Laurent Boulevard
Price:Ā $20, availableĀ online


After getting clearance from public health, the circus is coming back to town!

The 12th edition of MONTREAL CIRQUE FESTIVAL kicked off on Wednesday and will hang around (literally) until July 18.

The festival has an array of programming, both indoors and outdoors (which is free), ranging from trapeze artists, magicians, dancers, high-soaring gymnasts, and more.

The free show takes place at the Quartier des Spectacles at 5:30 pm (outdoors).

When:Ā From now until July 18
Time:Ā Various times
Where:Ā Various locations throughout the city
Price:Ā Free – $48, available online

BiodƓme Montreal


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After being closed for more than two years for renovations (and a pandemic), the BiodƓme de MontrƩal has finally reopened.

Using some elements from BiodĆ“meā€™s original 1976 design, guests can now observe the birds in the Tropical Rainforest from treetop level, enter a beaver lodge, and really experience what subpolar cold feels like ā€“ just like the penguins.

Walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas without even leaving the island.

When:Ā Thursday, July 15
Time:Ā 9 am – 6 pm
Where: 4777 Pierre-de Coubertin Avenue
Price: $16.50 – $21.50, available online

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