4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada
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So popular they now expanded with a second room, which is now the main stage. So every night, even if it is a long ago sold-out show, you can still have a great time in the original Casa, with DJs every night
There is probably no show bar in Montreal that exudes more of the essence to the Montreal Music Scene than the Casa del Popolo. The bar is, after all, is the brainchild of Kiva and husband Mauro, one of the founding members of seminal Montreal band Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and has carved a niche for itself of offering up its stage to world renowned post-rock, avant garde, and experimental artists, while still keeping some space for breathtaking local acts. The schedule at 'The Casa' is often very similar to that of New York's Knitting Factory, but with the addition of local artists, and so infectious is the sound they select, that the small venue even has it's own festival, the "Suoni Per Il Popolo" which has been garnering praise from the four corners. By day the Casa del Popol serves up great vegetarian sandwiches and healthy pub food, in a sunny warm environment. Mauro and Kiva's experiment has been successful, and the Casa now has a sister venue across the street called La Sala Rosa, a Spanish restaurant (La Sala Rossa), and most recently Montreal's hippest B&B, the Pensione del Popolo (where rumor has it you get free admission to all shows while you have a room). In the daytime the space is well lit, and you can see the refurbished and re-purposed décor that most normally overlook in the heat of a concert. The food is vegetarian and a cross between hipster and comfort-food. There is a cigarette machine next to the bar, which seems quite odd for the twenty first century, upon closer inspection you see that all the different selections aren't cigarettes, they're books, CDs and even miniature paintings from local artists, all for $2. The Casa del Poplo is a great place to see a band, but also the perfect stop in the late afternoon, to have a beer and take in the Mile End ambiance.