We love the gay scene of Toronto. It is home to Canada's largest gay community and welcomes visitors from all walks of life.
Just like the gay scene of Montreal, the gay village of Toronto is huge. It is located at the intersection of Church and Wellesley Streets, and therefore nicknamed the “Church and Wellesley Village”. This is where the majority of the best gay bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes and clothing stores can be found. It is also ground zero for the annual Pride week in the summer, which is one of the largest pride festivals in the world.
These are our favourite gay bars and clubs in Toronto, which you can also check out in our vlog about gay Toronto at the end of this article.
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Woody's is an institution in Toronto. From the outside it looks like 2 separate bars: Woody’s and Sailor’s. Inside, they connect and merge as one. Woody's is the staple go-to bar to start the night, with some of the funniest drag shows in town. It's been around since 1989 making it the first bar in the village.
We love their “best” competitions on the weekends like best chest and best ass, where contestants are judged and winners based on who gets the loudest applause from the audience.
Woody’s is famous because the North American version of Queer As Folk was part filmed here as the main queer hangout for the boys.
Woody's is open every day from 1pm till late and is located at 467 Church Street.
Crews & Tango
Crews is celebrated as the place in town with the best drag shows. They are hilarious and a lot of fun to watch, taking place every night of the week.
Crews also doubles up as a dancing venue with 2 dancing halls with a mix of house, pop and hip hop. They have a themed party happening every day of the week here, and also do karaoke on some nights.
Crews is open every day from around 8pm till 2am and is located at 508 Church Street.
The Black Eagle is the famous gay cruising bar of Toronto, complete with dark rooms and an underground dungeon with cages.
It used to have a strict leather dress code, but this has now been relaxed, so you can go wearing jeans and T shirt.
Some daytime events to look out for here include “Spanking Social” and “Regal Beagle Bingo”. In the summer months, they have a BBQ every Sunday from 3-9pm in the outdoor patio.
Black Eagle is open daily from 3pm till 2am and is located at 457 Church Street.
Buddies in Bad Times
Buddies is a theatre by day then on weekends transforms into a busy nightclub. It’s a fun less hectic alternative to Fly, with cabaret shows, drag queens mingling with the crowds and live DJs.
The theatre is impressive, featuring some of the best queer musicals and more. It’s famous for being the largest and longest running queer theatre in the world.
Buddies in Bad Times is located at 12 Alexander Street. Check out their website for what's showing, and on weekend evenings, look out for the gay parties here.
Drink At The Drink
Looking for a fabulous Sunday Brunch? Drag shows every day of the week? Check out this bad boy – located between Woody's and The Black Eagle.
Drink at the Drink is a super cool restobar where you can come for your late morning coffee, croissant and cocktails later in the day. They are most famous for their Sunday Drag Brunch, featuring a weekly rotation of queens. Also, check out their “Drag Battles” nights on Tuesdays and the Friday “Drag & Social”. On Thursday to Sunday evenings they also have DJs and dancing, which goes on to the early hours…the bonus, they never have a cover charge!
Drink At The Drink is located on the second floor at 459 Church Street and is open daily from around midday to 2/3am. Find out more on their website.
Find out more in our 5 awesome gay events in Toronto, and read why we think Canada is one of the most gay friendly countries in the world. For more about gay Toronto, watch our vlog below…please subscribe to our YouTube channel if you enjoyed watching:
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