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The Barn

Photo: Eugen Sakhnenko

Posted by Eugen Sakhenko / June 10, 2009

The Barn has always been my favourite club on Church St. There is something so seedy in all the sexiest ways about it. From the name down to the location to the actual space itself, The Barn has never had a style or a preference or a trend, it's just "The Barn". It's one of those places that everyone has been. Straight, gay, boys, girls, leather, bears, trolls, twinks, lezzies, everyone has had at least one good night at The Barn.

I'll give you the Cole's notes of the sadness that has pervaded in recent years: original owner, Janko Naglic was murdered in October of 2004 and the community was left in total shock. Later, it all came out that The Barn was actually on tough times and Janko was barely holding it together and it shut down for much longer than anticipated. In 2007, they opened their doors for Halloween to a packed crowd, with a newly repainted exterior but mostly the same on the inside. Of course, the infamous painting of two cowboys with their arms around each other is still on the South wall.

Well now it's been re-branded, which is a whole other story than just a coat of paint. The Barn, once the best cruising spot on Church is back and taking no prisoners. It's completely re-done. Black and red is the new colour scheme throughout. The first floor is still loungy and the bars and dance floor are in the same spots, but there is a fresher, lighter feel to it, with a hot entrance instead of merely just a door and comfy couches to complete the laid back feel.

On the second floor there are new satellite bars and more black and red decor. The second floor smoking patio is still accessible from here. And then there's the third floor. On top of a dance floor and another bar there's something new and special kids. Two words sum it up perfectly: sex maze. There was always a dark back room for getting it on, but now there's a legitimate maze complete with glory holes, nooks, dim lighting, crannies, an iron cross and more red lighting. Never a better hot mess did anyone ever see.

What else is new? The summer lineup is looking dope. In addition to an already rammed College Night on Wednesdays with DJ Summation and Fridays with residents Mark Falco, Deko-ze, Jamal and Jay Force, new Thursday, Hustler with Matt C looks pretty nuts. For those of you who remember Matt C from back in the Industry days he's baaaaack, for the summer at least. New Saturday, There Goes The Neighborhood, hosted by Matt Sims combines east and west with DJs Vivi Diamond (Thunderpussy), Vaneska (CiRCA/StudioTo), Shane McKinnon (Foxhole), Real Talk and Doctor Baggie.

Long story short, The Barn is most definitely back on track and here's a little prediction: I bet it'll be the hottest spot on Church this summer.

Writing by Anna Von Frances

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Bottles Only
Signature Drink:
Bar Snacks:
DJs playing house, trance, electro, hip hop, reggae, and a good dose of diva-pop
Live Music:
Who Goes There:
Gays of every stripe, gender and age, queen west scenesters on the hunt for a new scene
Wednesday-Sunday 10PM-3AM



Jack / June 10, 2009 at 4:08 PM

so Tim, you are going there for the underwear party?

huh / June 10, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Is this written by the same person who promotes club with Pink Mafia? Is this some sort of subliminal messaging/marketing ploy that blog-to is now affiliated with?

Paul / June 10, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Are they still forcing people to endure lineups to go between floors?

Tim In replying to a comment from Jack / June 10, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Are you asking because you'll be there?

David / June 11, 2009 at 6:54 AM

I must be old. I remember the maze on the 3rd floor from the first time I went there. In 1993. Ugh. And no, I haven't gone back since it reopened. It's just not my cup o' teabags anymore.

Heh. I made a funny.

Jack / June 11, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Tim, sure.. lol

Paul / June 11, 2009 at 10:01 AM

I went last night for "College Night" and wow, it was packed to the rafters. It really took me back. The Barn was the first gay bar I ever went to.

Tim In replying to a comment from huh / June 11, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Nice conspiracy theory but there's no subliminal marketing going on. Anna is just someone who's very familiar with The Barn and we thought would be able to write a great profile of it

Hannah / June 11, 2009 at 12:36 PM

is this written by the same Anna von Frances that works for Pink Mafia? Aka an article advertising no doubt, a place where her crew will be throwing parties and you can spend all your hard earned cash there? Nice one Blog-To! How much are you getting paid for this?

ALSO: i'm onto you tim. I realise you delete my comments, how about being a little less communist, a little more democratic and not delete any more of my comments.

Bonko / June 11, 2009 at 1:06 PM

The Hustler night on Thursdays was canceled after three weeks due to low attendance.

Tim In replying to a comment from Hannah / June 11, 2009 at 1:14 PM

What are you talking about. Did you read my comment above?

jack In replying to a comment from Hannah / June 11, 2009 at 1:53 PM

the globe and mail deletes comments too.. esp when their fashion writer is being criticized as no fashion taste, and tv programme critics giving a review of new tv shows that he didn't even watch the whole episode or not watched at all..

Barbara / June 11, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Can we delete Hannah's Commy-Nazi-Terrorist comment?

Zed / June 11, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Whatever, trendy today, gone tomorrow
It does read as a promo piece...ah wait, it is written by one of the promoters
Buddies is a more suitable "alternative" for the Church goers!

Dan Salmon / June 11, 2009 at 8:06 PM

I hope the next time I visit it's not 100% and the coat is open.....

Jose Roberto / May 8, 2010 at 10:48 PM

i did had be there

Jay / July 25, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Two blocks too far south and aloof of the gheto. Never really liked it - slimebuckety. Visited a few times in the mid-80's, went back for a visit in summer of 09 not busy at all. Lost all interest & won't bother again.

Sam / October 29, 2011 at 6:10 PM

You are kidding, right? The Barn is a disgusting mess. I can't believe they can even stay in business. Bad music, bad customer service, rules, overbearing security. Mandatory this and that. A place for girls and boi's and of course straight guys looking to hook up.

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