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    Vintage joints that you used to hang out in.

    The York Hotel on Notre Dame just east of University, right next to the old Le Baron store.
    They had pasty and and g-string dancers during the day and week nights. In the weekend evenings burlesque show. A 50 something female singer started the show, She was always the same. Then there would be an acrobat or a comedian. Then a real stripper with real stripper props.
    There was a steakhouse there too. Good steaks.

    The Beaukiri in the old Colonial Hotel just south of the Windsor Hotel below Dorchester, on what was then Windsor but is now Peel.
    A tudor style building with torches burning outside. Inside there were three of four gogo cages with dancers (pasties and g-strings) all the time. It was a high ceiling place with a mezzanine where the girls used to sit together.

    I must been in those places fifty times each.
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    Grand Prix

    How about the Grand Prix. The 1st time I visited Montreal was in 2001 for a conference. I stayed at the Omni and ordered an SP and had the time of my life. The doorman suggested the Grand Prix on the outskirts of town. Actually it was in the middle of nowhere. I went there and thought I died and went to heavan.

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    Shed 25. The topless joint on Notre Dame East. Right next to the Catelli plant and near the Johnson & Johnson factory. This was slumming man. Worse than Miss Dorion.

    Don`t confuse this with the prior club located elsewhere belonging to Terry Evanshen.
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    The Shack on Ste-Catherine, where Club Downtown is now. The largest part of the club was a disco and the strip club was in the front of the club with a translucent window behind the stage so that you could see the outline of the dancer on stage from down on the street. There was always a group of tourists watching from across the street. We used to live in that club back then and one of my buddies married one of the dancers. At the beginning the dancers wore pasties and when the club closed, it was all nude.

    The Charmeuses on Peel, sister club of SuperSexe at the time. Actually had live bands when it first opened. Back then all the clubs had feature dancers and they would feature one week at SuperSexe and the next week at Charmeuses. Almost married a feature dancer that worked there! I remember two sisters working there and their mother worked the coatroom.

    There was also the infamous Sextuple up on St-Laurent. Two floors with the top floor open over the main floor and the stage. Didn't spend much time there but the times I did go there were great.

    Then there was the original Fille d'Eve on Stanley, downstairs from a Disco the name of which I've forgotten. It was a classic style stripjoint with the bar surrounding the stage so that you couldn't get near the dancers during their show. I got my first table dance there from the girl who went on to be the dancer who challenged the contact dance law many years later. * Remembered the name of the disco...it was the Lorelei. The building burned down and was never rebuilt. It's an empty lot to this day.

    Benson, I remember the Edgewater very fondly! Spent a lot of time there on weekend afternoons having drinks by the pool with dancers from other clubs. I really miss that place along with the Maples where I saw some great rock bands over the years. And of course Alfies was one of a kind. Alfie had to be the sleaziest guy on the mike of all time.

    And there was the Harem, Coeur de l'Eden, the Cactus, and so many others that I can't remember their names.

    I probably fell in 'love' at least once in each bar over the years!

    I miss the days of feature dancers and dancers who actualyy knew how to dance and did their best to put on a show on stage. Strip clubs these days just don't measure up to the ones that paved the way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Techman View Post
    And there was the Harem, Coeur de l'Eden, the Cactus, and so many others that I can't remember their names.

    I miss the days of feature dancers and dancers who actualyy knew how to dance and did their best to put on a show on stage. Strip clubs these days just don't measure up to the ones that paved the way!

    Not to mention Le Pot au feu (on Gouin, just in front of Hôpital sacré-Coeur), Castel Tina, (Jarry) Café Domino (aka Café des Ponts on Gouin and Pie IX), Le Tango vert (on Jarry), Strip Charles (Kirkland), Sexi-Bon (on Ste Catherine), Le Gaulois (on Jarry), Le Concorde (on Boulevard de La Concorde, in Laval. It was owned by Fernand Gignac. It was on the second floor. The building is still there. On the first floor it's a chinese restaurant and on the second there are several offices).

    You should know that then the dancers were payed to dance. It was 50$ per day and they didn't have to a bar service. 30 years ago a dancer could easily earn more than 1,500$ a week. You should also know that most of the girls were not doing drugs then (but some of them were dinking).
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    Quote Originally Posted by protagoras View Post
    Not to mention Le Pot au feu (on Gouin, just in front of Hôpital sacré-Coeur), Castel Tina, (Jarry) Café Domino (aka Café des Ponts on Gouin and Pie IX), Le Tango vert (on Jarry), Strip Charles (Kirkland), Sexi-Bon (on Ste Catherine), Le Gaulois (on Jarry), Le Concorde (on Boulevard de La Concorde, in Laval. It was owned by Fernand Gignac. It was on the second floor. The building is still there. On the first floor it's a chinese restaurant and on the second there are several offices).

    You should know that then the dancers were payed to dance. It was 50$ per day and they didn't have to a bar service. 30 years ago a dancer could easily earn more than 1,500$ a week. You should also know that most of the girls were not doing drugs then (but some of them were dinking).
    Castel Tina was on the northwest corner of Jean Talon and Viau, actually on the small cut-off from Viau as you head south that allows you to make the right turn onto Jean Talon.It used to alternate from the basement bar - east side enterance to the upstairs bar - west side entrance.

    Previous to being called the Castel Tina it was also known as Le Cossack and Le Steppe. Owners included the late Claude Andray(victim of an unsolved homicide in the 1970's) passing down to the Gervasi family at the end.
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    Cafe Caprice on St-Denis St. (north of Mont-Royal)

    with SexTuple and l'Axe were my first strips places when I was 16 (that means 32 years ago)

    But what I remember the most of that period, is the XXX Cinema on St-Michel and Jarry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chateaulafite View Post
    Cafe Caprice on St-Denis St. (north of Mont-Royal)

    with SexTuple and l'Axe were my first strips places when I was 16 (that means 32 years ago)

    But what I remember the most of that period, is the XXX Cinema on St-Michel and Jarry.
    Cafe Caprice was on the east side of St.Denis. On the west side closer to Villeneuve was the alternative bar of the era.
    Last edited by eastender; 08-17-2009 at 10:28 PM. Reason: clarification
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    Quote Originally Posted by protagoras View Post
    Not to mention Le Pot au feu (on Gouin, just in front of Hôpital sacré-Coeur), Castel Tina, (Jarry) Café Domino (aka Café des Ponts on Gouin and Pie IX), Le Tango vert (on Jarry), Strip Charles (Kirkland), Sexi-Bon (on Ste Catherine), Le Gaulois (on Jarry), Le Concorde (on Boulevard de La Concorde, in Laval. It was owned by Fernand Gignac. It was on the second floor. The building is still there. On the first floor it's a chinese restaurant and on the second there are several offices).

    You should know that then the dancers were payed to dance. It was 50$ per day and they didn't have to a bar service. 30 years ago a dancer could easily earn more than 1,500$ a week. You should also know that most of the girls were not doing drugs then (but some of them were dinking).
    Don't forget that the dancers also used to serve the tables doubling as waitresses. It was a great way to get to know the lady before getting her to dance at the extremely high price of $3 a dance or usually 3 dances for $10 with a buck tip!

    My gf at the time used to easily make $1000/week when you added up her salary, tips and dance money. When dances were slow, there was always money from tips for serving the tables.

    These days we have to wait for a booth to be free to get a girl to dance, back then we had to with for her to find a 'box', a little portable stage, to dance on at the table. And she couildn't sit at the table having a drink and chatting while waiting either because that could lead to getting busted for 'fraternization' or at the very least, getting hell from the boss.

    The good ol' days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastender View Post
    Castel Tina was on the northwest corner of Jean Talon and Viau, actually on the small cut-off from Viau as you head south that allows you to make the right turn onto Jean Talon.It used to alternate from the basement bar - east side enterance to the upstairs bar - west side entrance.

    Previous to being called the Castel Tina it was also known as Le Cossack and Le Steppe. Owners included the late Claude Andray(victim of an unsolved homicide in the 1970's) passing down to the Gervasi family at the end.

    You're right, Castel Tina was on Viau and Jean Talon (in front of the McDonald). I remember that the last manager was an Italian guy whose name was Salvatore. I don't know if he was a Gervasi.

    There was another club (almost an underground one because there was no sign outside) in St-Leonard on Boulevard des Grandes Praires on the corner of a street whose name I forgot. (I drove by in that area last week and I saw that the former local is now a «garderie»). It was a FS club in the middle of Montreal.

    On Jarry, Castel Tina was good. One of the three haitians sisters (the good looking one was a star down there -she danced also at Castel Tina. As I don't remember her stage name I wont mention it here. The two other sisters were Tanya and Emnmanuelle (both stage names).
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    On Langelier (or Lacordaire) near Jarry was le Coeur d`Eden. Someone bombed the place once. That was in the mid 80`s.

    Early to mid 70`s le Robot Bar on Gouin East in RdP. RdP was a run down pit of a backwater then.

    One thing about the dancers serving at tables. If we go back to the 80`s; bars in Mississauga ON went to nude dancing and to attract talent the girls did not have to serve tables. This may have had an effect on the Montreal scene.
    I personnally like being served by the dancers. Also I think they had something to do rather than all sit together chain smoking looking bored and then getting up once in while to hustle the customers.

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    Not only they were serving at the tables but they were also cleaning them.

    To remain in the East part of Montreal, there was also a joint which name was Coeur-Atout. Unfortunately, I have only faint memory of it (I went there only once). I only remember that it was on a East-West street near Delorimier (and Bellechasse, Bélanger, Masson?). (In that area, there was also a sleazy club on the corner of Rosemont and Delorimier - if I remember it well. It was located just beside Capri restaurant).

    There were also dancers at Chez Roger on Beaubien.

    There was also a club on the corner of Pie IX and Jean-Talon (South-West corner), just in front of the Shopping Center. Finally, there was also a club on Pie IX between Chez Mado and Metropolitain. It was in the second floor of a small shopping center (a few blocks South of Des Grandres Prairies.)

    The ugliest club in Montreal was on St-Laurent, in front of Jarry Park (just south of Jarry). It was located in a former factory. The club didn't last long, maybe a month.

    For those who remember Le shack, one of the doorman (a Golden Gloves champion ) - an Haitian guy (of light complexion) who also used to work, later, at Strip Charles and in a Club in St-Jérôme or Saint-Antoine (chez Bull aka L'Espagnola) was my training partner in the early 80's.

    I think that in the 70's and 80's - the heydays of topless bar in Montrea - there were 5x more clubs than today (and maybe more).l
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Mercury View Post
    On Langelier (or Lacordaire) near Jarry was le Coeur d`Eden. Someone bombed the place once. That was in the mid 80`s.

    Early to mid 70`s le Robot Bar on Gouin East in RdP. RdP was a run down pit of a backwater then.

    One thing about the dancers serving at tables. If we go back to the 80`s; bars in Mississauga ON went to nude dancing and to attract talent the girls did not have to serve tables. This may have had an effect on the Montreal scene.
    I personnally like being served by the dancers. Also I think they had something to do rather than all sit together chain smoking looking bored and then getting up once in while to hustle the customers.
    Once contact was permitted, serving drinks was no longer part of the job description for health and other practical reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by protagoras View Post
    Not only they were serving at the tables but they were also cleaning them.

    To remain in the East part of Montreal, there was also a joint which name was Coeur-Atout. Unfortunately, I have only faint memory of it (I went there only once). I only remember that it was on a East-West street near Delorimier (and Bellechasse, Bélanger, Masson?). (In that area, there was also a sleazy club on the corner of Rosemont and Delorimier - if I remember it well. It was located just beside Capri restaurant).

    There were also dancers at Chez Roger on Beaubien.

    There was also a club on the corner of Pie IX and Jean-Talon (South-West corner), just in front of the Shopping Center. Finally, there was also a club on Pie IX between Chez Mado and Metropolitain. It was in the second floor of a small shopping center (a few blocks South of Des Grandres Prairies.)

    The ugliest club in Montreal was on St-Laurent, in front of Jarry Park (just south of Jarry). It was located in a former factory. The club didn't last long, maybe a month.

    For those who remember Le shack, one of the doorman (a Golden Gloves champion ) - an Haitian guy (of light complexion) who also used to work, later, at Strip Charles and in a Club in St-Jérôme or Saint-Antoine (chez Bull aka L'Espagnola) was my training partner in the early 80's.

    I think that in the 70's and 80's - the heydays of topless bar in Montrea - there were 5x more clubs than today (and maybe more).l
    There used to be a number of clubs that bordered on the Rosemont district but not actually in Rosemont. Jean Drapeau thing about his old neighbourhood.

    There were others - late 1960's SW corner Iberville and Mt.Royal - forgot the name but not the owner.PM me with guesses as I am not posting the name.

    On Letourneaux, east side below Adam, forget the name, ran for a while when it was discovered that the bar had a valid spectacle permit.

    The infamous Lodeo - NW corner St.Laurent and Lagauchetiere was a famous hole, made Cleo's look upscale. Had one of the more famous bouncers. Mr. Z.

    Also there were the original topless waitress restaurants - early to mid 1970's, On Robert in St. Leonard, on Masson, south side just east of Cartier, and SW corner Masson and Iberville - Le Sel et Poivre which closed after one of the waitresses stabbed the owner to death because of harassment.

    Chez Roger ? Infamous hole in the wall north side between St.Laurent and St. Dominique
    with monthly gunfire.

    Also the one up on the east side of St.Laurent below Cremazie with the mermaids - Bull Gregory's place.
    Last edited by eastender; 08-18-2009 at 12:37 PM. Reason: typo
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastender View Post
    Once contact was permitted, serving drinks was no longer part of the job description for health and other practical reasons.

    That reminds me of the Maxi Sex in Mascouche. Late 70s early 80s

    5-10-15. At $15 the patrons were licking the girls, this was done for all to see.
    You'd see drunk guys datying away, only taking time out to come up for air, swig a beer, and haul on cigarette.


    What a dump.
    No soap in in the washrooms. I never drank from the glasses.

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