A-Z guide to the F1 Grand Prix party scene in Montréal

Caroline Khangi

The Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada roars back into town for its annual long weekend of high-speed Formula 1 races from June 7 to 9, 2019. All over town you can feel the vibe with checkered flags, exclusive parties and exciting non-stop nightlife. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate Grand Prix weekend off the track.

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L'AUBERGE SAINT-GABRIEL

Hip Montrealers automatically think of L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel when it comes to Formula 1 weekend. L’Auberge is known for the fact that it throws huge parties in collaboration with internationally renowned partners, such as the famous nightclub L’Arc Paris. The four-day celebration kicks off on Thursday, June 6, with the traditional happy hour feast that transforms into an unforgettable party. Access the most prestigious day event of the year on Saturday, the Bagatelle Brunch Party. Finally, indulge in The Last Dinner on Sunday evening to end the weekend with class.

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DRESS TO KILL

The Grand Prix is an excellent excuse to start celebrating as early as Wednesday, June 5, at Bar George. Steal the scene by joining the artistic team of Dress to Kill magazine for its third annual Fashion Night Out. As a key celebrator of Montréal talents, this illustrious publication got inspired by the Nouveau Renaissance period to curate this special night. Dare to introduce yourself to local artists who are revitalizing the perspectives of the future through their artistic expression. Cherry on top, the evening will unfold at the historic Bar George, a Victorian mansion showcasing a daring Italian Renaissance architecture at Le Mount Stephen Hotel.

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1 OAK F1 Paddock Club™ Suite + 1 OAK F1 exclusive nightlife events

On the lookout to enjoy the race in the best possible way AND to party with the A-list? 1 OAK has got you covered from day till night. The 1 OAK F1 Paddock Club™ Suite takes over the famous F1 Paddock Club™ with an exclusive branded 1 OAK F1 Paddock Club™ Suite, offering the highest standard in sports hospitality and providing an exceptional viewing platform from one of the best vantage points on the circuits - overlooking the start/finish line with direct views of the winners’ podium. The premium package includes access to the 1 OAK exclusive nightlife experience. This glamourous social event of electrifying parties will see a coterie of stars, dignitaries and good-looking peeps from all around the world gathered in one place. This year, they exclusively partnered with the Ritz-Carlton Montreal to activate this famous three-night pop-up party powered by Marriott Bonvoy.

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FLYJIN

You haven’t partied for real if you have visited Montréal and haven’t spent a night at Flyjin. There hasn’t been a dull moment since its opening in 2014, which explains why the supper club is a no brainer when it comes to creating party memories that will last. Flyjin is known for its amazing crowd, ambiance and beats. This mysterious and sophisticated gem offers a great Japanese dining experience in a beautiful setting. During Grand Prix, the festive izakaya will be transformed into a futuristic world populated by creators, tastemakers and masked starlets. Victim of its own success, Flyjin is always sold out. We don’t want your carriage to turn into a pumpkin… Book your bottle service now!  

PEEL FORMULA

Peel Formula is back for a sixth year with a lively lineup. From June 6 to 9, music, fashion and luxury cars will come together for the coveted spring rendezvous. Gastronomy will once again be in the spotlight during the festivities. A dozen or so prominent Peel Street restaurants will host clients on their terraces, offering a variety of menus in a festive atmosphere. Amongst others, the list of restaurants includes Soubois, Ferreira Café, Vasco da Gama, RYU and Ibérica. If you are not at the Gilles Villeneuve track during the day, you will certainly want to give the Peel Paddock a visit. From June 5 to June 9 between 11 a.m. and 3 a.m., you can expect live DJs, sunshine and good vibes only.   

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THE GRAND EVENING/FOUR SEASONS HÔTEL MONTRÉAL

The must-attend launch party of Formula 1 festivities, known as "THE GRAND EVENING", is being reinvented on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. The glamorous gala will take place on Thursday, June 6 at the brand new Four Seasons Hotel. The coveted official opening night of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada will plunge its guests into the heart of a unique place at the juncture of Montréal’s madness, Paris’ glamour and New York’s eccentricity. In a sumptuous and refined setting, guests will be treated to an evening worthy of the most prestigious international events. Don’t wait too long before your buy your tickets... They sell like hotcakes!

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PIT STOP/W MONTRÉAL

W Hotels have always done things differently, much to the pleasure of their dedicated audience. While Montrealers and tourists struggle to decide which party to attend during this jam-packed weekend, W Montréal thought outside the box with its ’invitation only’ festivity. For a fifth year in a row, the Pit Stop will pamper a jet set crowd from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Just like the VIP lounges Hollywood stars attend before galas, W Montréal curated a local version where men and women get decked out from head to toe, revealing their sleekest version in anticipation of a crazy night out. This is the only event where you can get a beauty makeover, while sipping on a cocktail and bouncing to the live beats of the musical duo Heartstreets and DJ Fafa Khan, the new face of Yves Saint Laurent Beauty. 

PY1 NIGHTS

The legendary Guy Laliberté is making a powerful comeback with PY1, a project that combines technology and connectivity. Fuel your curiosity by discovering communal experiences taking place under a mesmerizing pyramid. Through the Echoes is a 60-minute multimedia show that will transport you through space and time, from the Big Bang to the present. Party animals, this sacred space flips into a club that will certainly redefine the international standards of the industry. Let your fantasies overcome you and get drawn into the journey by following playful themes (Underworld, Eye Wonder and Candy World) and dressing the part. Get ready for a unique, immersive and wholly participatory nightlife experience.

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LE RICHMOND

Le Richmond has obtained its outstanding reputation through mastering the art of hosting exclusive and high-end events during the Grand Prix. Its Red-Carpet Gala is definitely one you do not want to miss out on. Expect a memorable night where fashion and prestige are in the spotlight. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere with sumptuous decors and where local and international celebrities are mixing and mingling. Impressive entertainment is to be expected with decadent canapés and lots of champagne. For this occasion, be sure to treat yourself by wearing your most chic and extravagant designer outfit.

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SEASALT & CEVICHE BAR

Start your Grand Prix experience with a bang at Seasalt & Ceviche Bar on Thursday, June 6. Straight from Ibiza to Montréal, Grammy award-winning DJ Roger Sanchez will be on the decks for one unforgettable night. With the New Yorker Kimyon Huggings as his opening DJ, Roger will set the place on fire with his insane beats. Boasting the biggest terrace in the heart of Old Montréal, both rooms of this prime located venue will be transformed, for one night only, into the hottest party. Whether for dinner service, bottle service or both, get ready to pop bottles and experience a timeless event in Montréal just as if you were in Ibiza!

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SOUBOIS

Beneath the streets of downtown Montréal lies a living secret: Soubois’s underground forest of magic. This one-of-a-kind destination is an ultimate prime spot to party all year long. And guess what? Soubois will stick to its guns during the race week with an unmissable program of events. On Thursday night, the Israeli phenomenon Guy Gerber and the local darling Laurence Matte will make us dance till sunrise. On Friday, DJ Spade (Drake’s official DJ) will tag along with London legend DJ Aik and F1 Paddock club’s DJ Donald Lauture. Saturday’s program unleashes DJ Thomas H, who really needs no introduction. Finally, Soubois will close Grand Prix festivities with a secret guest on Sunday. Who will it be? All bets are off!

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LA VOÛTE / CODE 20

La Voûte is certainly THE night-club giving off the shiniest aura of uniqueness. Located in the vaults of Montréal’s very first skyscraper, this one of a kind gem’s arresting style is one of the many reasons why you should pay its team a visit. If “go big or go home” is your favourite motto, you need to give La Voûte a shot during F1. Revisit your childhood by immersing yourself in its universe inspired by Transformers, Barbie dolls and Teddy bears. If “extra” is your middle name, put an X on your calendar on Sunday, June 9, as it’s the official host of CODE 20, one of the top 3 events at this time of the year.

Caroline Khangi

Caroline Khangi, writer

As someone who is finely attuned to Montréal’s vibe, Caroline Khangi is a natural ambassador for the city. With a curious nature, she explored a number of different fields, including fashion, music and design, before finding her calling in the hospitality industry. Today, she draws on her in-depth knowledge of the city and broad network of contacts to inform her work as a W Insider at the W Montréal Hotel and as a contributor to Mt1642 magazine.

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