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“Unforgettable ”
Review of Cabaret Mado

Cabaret Mado
Ranked #14 of 222 Nightlife in Montreal
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Owner description: This is a bar with dragqueen shows in the evening situated in the gay-villeage in Montreal. It also becomes a danse-bar after the shows.
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We went here for New Year's Eve. It could not have been a better place. There were all types of people as patrons and the ladies were flamboyant and hilarious. I wish I knew what was being said in French because it was getting huge rounds of laughter.

1  Thank Meagan C
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

Amateurish house although this drag house venue was built by Mado herself.
I'm sure Mado tries to manage this place at the best of intentions however it is quite the opposite. The staff overall is rude and see the world within their own bubble and must say the door policy is strange and kind of a rip off.

We were sitting at the bar having drinks and around 6:30 someone at the door comes up to us and asked us to pay the "door" fee for the show that was about to start later on ...

The door fee as explained was for the "show" starting later...
We were a group of 5 and spending $$$$ at the bar

The way it went : Pay the door fee or you must leave the bar, or the bar will charge you the door fee as extra...(something like that) Mind you it was not even a show, it was just same ole shows they've been doing over and over again. There was no production or guest - nor Mado herself.

The staff had no class or good judgement. A big turn off.

Let's go back to the shows which I've seen many times, it's like watching a high school performance. Some drag queens don't even have the right culture to cut it as a drag queen there yet they keep them! It takes a lot more than "dresses" and "make up" to be a drag queen.

Most of them have a bad attitude, not as friendly as you might expect. Especially those who mingle with the clients as "guys" then "after the transformation" they give you attitude because you don't know who they are "outside the dress"!!!

It's the only place for drag shows along with "cocktails bar" further down the road. But it's all the same drag queens who switch places. There is no substance, but it's just as local as it gets with lame content within the performances. Go visit for yourself and judge!

We left and basically we won't comeback as much, it's usually ok for a visit a year; there are other better bars to hang out around - or watch Rupaul's drag race on iTunes ! That's the best drag fun you can enjoy at the privacy of your own home lounge :)

It's only worth it visiting the place when Mado is there performing, that's all. The place without Mado is nothing. There's only one drag super star in that house and that's Mado.

2  Thank eater2010
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

Though probably not for everyone, Cabaret Mado on Ste. Catherine Street in Montreal is a complete hoot. Featuring classic lip syncing drag queens, great drinks and a very convivial atmosphere, Mado is naughty and fun. Be prepared to pay for your entry/cover charge in cash, but drinks can be bought with a card.

Thank bgarrand
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Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

My group had such a great time at this hilariously vulgar show! We were a bachelorette group of 8. This place is definitely a popular spot for bachelorette parties! The host mostly speaks in French, but once she knew we were an English speaking group, she made an effort to involve us too and pick on our bride! Everyone is welcome here and the drag queens were not only talented, they were so funny! It's still an enjoyable show even if you don't speak French. I emailed Mado in advance to reserve our spot, so we were guaranteed a table. Our $25 entry fee got us a table right near the front and one free drink. It was definitely worth it! Each show is one hour, and there is an intermission that lasts about 30 minutes where you can dance on the stage. Highly recommended!

Thank Gabrielle U
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Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

I see others have had the same problem. Freezing cold, I was happy to arrive at the door, paid my entrance fee ($13) and got stamped on the wrist. Then was told to check my (lightweight) jacket downstairs. I said that I was cold and would prefer to keep it on - seriously it is a light down waistcoat not a heavy coat). The manager then approached and said she didn't like my attitude, basically doing her "bouncer" routine. "I am he manager and I don't like your attitude". Well, it wasn't much fun for me either - expecting a happy welcoming place, I got the "beast of Belsen" treatment. I wasn't aware before paying that I would have to deal with this - so it kind of spoiled the experience - what's it with these guys - I had just come from a great show at Le Cocktail without all of the attitude from the staff. I would predict that with staff like that, applying rules for which they don't even have a rationale, they'll go out or business soon enough - or maybe not, if people like to be abused when visiting Montréal. As a visitor, I was left with a bad impression!

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