Concierge.com's insider take:
Montréal is a haven for live music. Most established indie acts play at Sala Rossa, a Spanish social center on St. Laurent Boulevard, where the grubbiness of the concert hall is offset by an old-fashioned chandelier (4848 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514-284-0122; www.casadelpopolo.com/contents/lasalarossa). Across the street is sister establishment Casa Del Popolo, a little sandwich joint where up-and-coming bands play to squished audiences—arrive early (4873 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514-284-3804; www.casadelpopolo.com/contents/casadelpopolo). Located in the Plateau, Le Divan Orange is more restrained, with an upright piano, cozy couches, and a menu of gourmet salads. The music is usually less trendy, with a focus on rock, jazz, and world beat (4234 St. Laurent Blvd.; 514-840-9090; www.ledivanorange.org).