Welcome to Toronto Canada Nightlife Gay Scene


7 West Café

Restaurants & cafés

A rambling three-storey hotspot where students, film-lovers and bohemian types nurse coffees into the wee hours. Known for its desserts and salads.

7 Charles Street W

Beaver Café

Restaurants & cafés

Legendary queer club promoter Will Munro has resurfaced after his Vazaleen rave days with this cute café. Though it's essentially a diner, call to ask about evening events,...

1192 Queen Street W

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

 Critics' choice
Theatre

North America's largest queer theatre (call it gay and lesbian at your peril) dates back to 1979 and is a focal point for the gay community. Its heyday was the 1980s, when its...

12 Alexander Street

Bull Dog Coffee

Restaurants & cafés

A coffee shop with a subtle leather vibe and decent signature drinks. The side-street location boasts a pleasant tree-shaded patio.

89 Granby Street

Byzantium

Restaurants & cafés

The swankiest spot on the strip, this pale green room serves upscale bistro-style fare early in the evening, then morphs into a loud bar, complete with mirror ball and...

499 Church Street

Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives

Attractions

The second-largest queer archive in the world, set in the heart of the gay village. It boasts a huge collection of books and periodicals documenting the history of gay rights....

Suite 202

Cellar

Adult Entertainment

The darkest bathhouse in town, this is where you go when you don't want to meet anyone you know. It doesn't even have a sign, just a black door.

78 Wellesley Street E

Churchmouse & Firkin

Bars & pubs

Standard pub grub - pasta, curry and so forth - plus lots of draught beer and a great patio facing north (so you get a view of who's coming into the ghetto - as opposed to...

475 Church Street

Club Toronto Mansion

Adult Entertainment

This Victorian mansion boasts stained-glass windows and ornate details, but it's the rambling corridors that really matter: they are perfect for cruising. It has a whirlpool...

231 Mutual Street

Crews, Tango & The Zone

Bars & pubs

A motley crowd of dykes and queens mingles in these Victorian houses. Entertainment ranges from drag to dancing to karaoke, and the vibe is down to earth. Expect queues on...

508-510 Church Street

Fire on the East Side

Restaurants & cafés

This casual eaterie takes its culinary cue from the Deep South: jambalaya, spicy bayou wings and Louisiana crab cakes. Set on a leafy side street, the patio is pleasant,...

6 Gloucester Street

Fly

Bars & pubsClubs

Once a week the boys turn up in droves, eager to shed their shirts in honour of top DJs. Cover charges can be high, but the party goes on till morning at the biggest dance club...

8 Gloucester Street

Garage Sandwich Co at Pusateri's

Restaurants & cafés

A tiny, funky sandwich place that's best known for its vegetarian and meat-based chilli con carne.

497 Church Street

George's Play

Bars & pubs

In the week, this unpretentious bar draws an older crowd with its catchy '80s-heavy tunes. On the weekend, there are Latin nights with lots of drag, dancing and hip-swivelling...

504 Church Street

Glad Day Bookshop

Shops

The second-oldest gay and lesbian book store in the world (established 1970), Glad Day is a pain to find and no fun to browse (the second-floor space is quite cramped), but it...

598A Yonge Street

Good For Her

Shops

Known for educational workshops on everything from G-spots to female ejaculation, this women-centred sex shop is also a good source of info on local lesbian events. Some...

175 Harbord Street

Hair of the Dog

Bars & pubs

A smart and cosy pub with a quiet patio (in summer), a decent menu and a good selection of beer. Men and women, gay and straight.

425 Church Street
Tags: Gay friendlyPub

Lettieri Espresso Bar & Café

Restaurants & cafés

The prettiest coffee chain on the block, with outdoor tables and views of the busiest corner in the village. Grab a panini and watch the world go by.

77 Wellesley Street E

Lo'La

Bars & pubs

A small bar with a larger patio whose purpose is to lubricate the boys before a night of partying.

7 Maitland Street
Tags: Gay men onlyBar

Metro-Central YMCA

Sport, health & fitness

A gay favourite, even though most of its 11,000 members are straight. A $4-million renovation has enlarged the conditioning room. It's friendly and relaxed, with a beautiful...

20 Grosvenor Street

Mitzi's Café

Restaurants & cafés

In trendy Parkdale on the west side, this retro '50s diner is big on brunch and popular with women.

100 Sorauren Avenue

Mitzi's Sister

Restaurants & cafés

A bigger version of Mitzi's Café, with a licence, lots of local artwork and a big female following.

1554 Queen Street W

O'Grady's Tap & Grill

Restaurants & cafés

Skip the food, go for the street scene. The gigantic patio offers the best people-watching on the strip.

518 Church Street

Out on the Street

Shops

Aimed squarely at gay men, this three-level shop carries casual clothing, plus a broad selection (over 100) of T-shirts with catchy queer slogans.

551 Church Street

Pegasus Bar

Bars & pubsSport, health & fitness

Comfortable, well-lit, second-floor pool hall attracting both men and women.

489B Church Street

Priape

Shops

A squeaky-clean sex store, Priape stocks everything from huge dildos to leather harnesses, but some people come just for the sexy streetwear or new porn releases. Tickets for...

2nd Floor

Remington's

Adult Entertainment

The infamous Sperm Attack on Mondays is no more, but numerous hunky strippers continue to bare all on two stages and in private sessions. Get your fun in early; the cover...

379 Yonge Street

Slack's

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

Smart lesbians dominate this bar-restaurant on weekends, but the rest of the time it's a real mix, not to mention a hoot. Formerly known as Slack Alice.

562 Church Street

Spa Excess

Adult Entertainment

A maze of dark corners and cubicles provides room for groping on part of the top floor. Elsewhere there are private rooms, a licensed lounge and a deck.

105 Carlton Street

St Marc Spa

Adult Entertainment

Once a government office building, this top-floor spa is a lot sexier these days. There's a whirlpool, sauna, cinema and 120 private rooms.

4th Floor

Statlers

Bars & pubs

A tiny piano bar with an older but lively clientele.

471 Church Street
Tags: Gay men onlyBar

Steamworks

Adult Entertainment

With high ceilings, glass-walled showers and industrial-chic decor, this bathhouse feels more boutique hotel than erotic emporium. The entrance is so discreet you may have to...

2nd Floor

Tallulah's Cabaret

Bars & pubs

Hip kids in graphic Ts dance to chart and alternative hits every weekend. They probably learned their moves from a Britney video, but that's half the appeal. A 70/30 split of...

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street

The Black Eagle

Bars & pubs

A leather-and-denim cruise joint with dress codes (and porn) to match, this two-storey bar varies from casual to intense, depending on the day of the week. Watch the signs at...

457 Church Street

We're Funny That Way

Comedy

Queer comedy so good it's been filmed for TV.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street

Woody's/Sailor

Bars & pubs

One of the most popular bars in the city, but don't let the dual name fool you. Everyone calls it Woody's, and everyone goes there sooner or later. The bar was famous long...

465-467 Church Street
Tags: Gay men onlyBar

Zelda's Restaurant Bar Patio

Restaurants & cafés

With zany atmosphere, cute waiters and kitsch decor, lively Zelda's is a must-see. It's a tongue-in-cheek tribute to trailer-park trash (complete with pink flamingos). The...

542 Church Street

Zipperz

Bars & pubsClubs

Sedate types settle at the piano bar in the front, while beat-mongers bop to retro tunes in the dance club in the back. No attitude, all ages, lots of fun.

72 Carlton Street
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