Could the Six Resto Lounge Terrace be Montreal's Most Beautiful Patio?
It's amazing how few people, including locals, even know about Hyatt's Six Resto Lounge terrace. Montreal has a lot of beautiful terrasses, but how many of those patios are in the shape of a belvedere wrapped around a sixth floor featuring multiple gardens? How many Montreal patios have actual patio lounge chairs, and offer a view of Place des Arts and the city's outdoor festival hub?
After a lifetime of living in the Greater Montreal Area, I only discovered Hyatt's terrace myself in 2011 when I was covering the Just for Laughs comedy festival and happened to be looking for someone in the vicinity. Fluke had it that during my search I landed on what looked like a page out of someone's garden wedding. At that point, I gave up on my mission and ended up walking around for a bit. You heard me. This terrace is so big, you can go for a walk on it.
Granted, it's a short walk, maybe 5 minutes. But it's still a walk.
Open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to midnight, the terrace is accessible via the Hyatt Regency Hotel's 6th floor. Guests, visitors and locals can order a drink and some food at the adjacent indoor bar and mosey onward and outward to what's fast becoming my favorite spot in the downtown core to rise above at all and just unwind in peace, or maybe sip on a frozen margarita while taking in whatever live concert is blaring across the street at Place des Festivals.
You couldn't be more in the thick of Montreal's festival season without actually being in the thick of it. But if my recommendation goes viral, which is known to happen, the Hyatt Terrasse could turn into a major downtown patio destination.
Hyatt Terrasse Six Resto Lounge: 2017 Season
Every Thursday from May through September is Les Jeudis en Vue. That's French for “Thursdays in Sight” which I admit is a poor translation of the original play on words which, in the language of love, subtly denotes the whole see-and-be-seen adage. Les Jeudis follows Montreal's classic 5-à-7 formula, but with extras.
In addition to stocked outdoor bars and service, Les Jeudis en Vue proposes DJ sessions, surprise performances and a fired up BBQ grill. For example, the 2014 inaugural run of Les Jeudis en Vue featured tapas-sized lamb keftas with couscous ($9), Cajun style drumsticks with okra and corn ($10) and mini Angus beef burgers served with nachos ($12). More of the same for 2015? It remains to be seen. There were also vegetarian dishes too, notably a veggie platter with hummus and tortillas and a spicy mango rice vermicelli salad with grilled maple salmon ($9) if fish is not an issue.
There's also a screen hooked up in one section of the belvedere patio. Courtesy of the organizers behind Les FrancoFolies and the Montreal Jazz Festival, the screen is scheduled to air live outdoor performances happening in the festival hub just below, across the street.
What About Drink Prices?
Hyatt's drink prices aren't exactly in the dive bar range so don't expect incredible deals. It is a hotel after all, BUT prices are not as insane as what's charged at other hotels I can think off the top of my head. Think $9 for a mixed drink, give or take. On topic, try the orange mojito if you drop by on a Thursday. Good stuff.
There's no dress code per se but I wouldn't parade myself in a wifebeater and paint-stained pants if that's what you're wondering (please tell me that's not what you're wondering). As long as you're presentable -clean jeans, nice shirt- you'll be fine. Resort wear, smart casual and business casual are safe bets on Thursdays.
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