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Date: 2006-06-20 07:00:48
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Literally translated into "Villeneuve", Newtown is, in fact, the brainchild of its namesake, Formula 1 racer, and Montreal native Jaques Villeneuve. First opened in June 2001, the locale gained recognition when news spread that $5.3 million had been put into converting two adjacent townhouses into 4 floors of pure nightlife extravagance.

Each level of Newtown’s enormous 19,000 square feet offers a different setting: the basement is a dance club with in-house DJs, the ground floor is a lounge/martini bar, the first floor is a an upscale restaurant and the second floor is a rooftop terrace. While the downstairs club could use a little brush up to liven up its lackluster furnishing, the decorative theme throughout the rest of Newtown is ?fashionably chic’. The martini lounge is dominated by dim red lighting and a central bar with a majestic floral centerpiece. Around 20 or so plush leather armchairs are arranged around the bar, with views to both Crescent Street and Maisonneuve Boulevard, thanks to the lounge’s corner location and ceiling high windows.

Literally translated into "Villeneuve", Newtown is, in fact, the brainchild of its namesake, Formula 1 racer, and Montreal native Jaques Villeneuve.

On the first floor, a more Mediterranean and slightly austere look is achieved through crisp white table cloths and beech wood and white chairs. With a capacity of 150 diners, the restaurant is the same size as the rooftop terrace right above it, which offers great views of the Crescent area and its endless succession of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.

Between 5 and 7 o’clock, one can enjoy Happy Hour at both the Rooftop as well as the ground floor Lounge. It is between these hours that Newtown truly comes alive as one of the most bustling hotspots for young professionals in Montreal. For the price of $10 for two glasses of wine, you can mingle with the city’s finest, while at the same time being served by the extremely attractive and surprisingly friendly staff. Alternatively, one can choose from a deliciously long list of Martinis which include Lychee, Chocolate and Green Apple Martinis. The restaurant upstairs offers a similarly wide selection of meat and fish based dishes. Here, a plate of seared tuna will set you back around $30, not including the side dish that mush be ordered, and paid for, separately, as is typical in a number of swanky eateries. Although tastier than average, the meals here don’t quite compare to the succulent fares offered by the locale’s St.Laurent counterparts such as Med and Buona Notte.

Overall, if you’re after great food or cheap drinks, then this may not be quite your cup of tea. However, if you have money to spend and are looking for a place with great martinis, luxurious decor, a well-dressed crowd and one of the busiest and most exciting happy hours in the city of Montreal, then Newtown is absolutely the only place for you.
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