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What to Do in MTL: Gabrielle Lacasse's February Picks

Your monthly round-up of everything cool, stylish and fun going down in la belle ville from Montreal Localist-at-large Gabrielle Lacasse

1. Warm Up at Mayfair
Mayfair (451 Rachel Est), a cozy London-themed cocktail bar and tearoom, just updated its drinks menu—and they are well worth a visit. These Brit-inspired drinks are a wonderful mix of tea and fresh, flavourful ingredients like lemon, cucumber and celery, served in pretty glasses or tea cups. Count on great ambiance, good music and pretty people at this hot spot.

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One of Mayfair’s fresh new cocktails

2. Eat Poutine (and Lots of It) During #LaPoutineWeek
La Poutine Week is back for another decadent seven days of french fries, gravy and cheese curds. Explore the city’s most gourmet restaurants and try their exclusive takes on the Canadian classic until February 7. From lobster to filet mignon, the variations are endless—and you’ll definitely find one that feeds your craving. Make sure you get the Poutine Pass to get 15% off every meal you indulge in, and other special prizes. Gym membership not included.

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Poutine with lobster from La Champagnerie

3. Take It Outside This V-Day
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, everyone is scrambling to come up with unique date ideas. My suggestion? Reconnect with your bae and the city at the same time with a climb up Mount Royal. Bundle up and bring a bottle of bubbles to toast over the view of the city lights. Bonus: it’s absolutely free and good for your health (the walk, not the Champagne).

4. Shop Local
Here’s your chance to score some amazing designer steals: Travis Taddeo is hosting an “Empty Closet” sale. Until February 29, the designer is inviting customers to see the behind-the-scenes of his creative space—explore his atelier and shop his collections from 50-70% off. 209 St-Paul West, suite 400.

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Jean-Pascal Gauthier’s lamps are custom-made to order

5. Light Up Your February
Overcome winter darkness with some made-in-Montreal lamps for your home. Local designer Jean-Pascal Gauthier creates unique pieces on demand with recycled materials in unexpected shapes. He consults with each client, takes time to visit their apartment, photographs it, then comes up with a different design for each customer. Contact him directly via Instagram to get a lamp of your own.

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