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SLIDERS BY ANY OTHER NAME Formerly the Merchants Bank, the 1870s edifice that’s home to Hôtel Le St-James now hosts Montreal’s high rollers of high finance after dark. XO Le Restaurant’s soaring space of gleaming columns, ornate plasterwork and sheathed chandeliers is so grand that you’ll want to propose here – or at least play footsie.

Sip The Spicy Raspberry with fresh muddled fruit, tequila and Chambord.

Snack Chef Michele Mercuri’s mini-hamburgers – pink AAA beef, caramelized onions and red peppers on brioche buns – are the best sliders in the city, even if calling them sliders seems so terribly déclassé.

In l’Hôtel Le St-James, 355, rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, hotellestjames.com