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The Barn in the Village closes its doors

Posted by Robyn Urback / August 14, 2012

The Barn TorontoAfter a good, more-than-two-decades run, The Barn/The Stables at Church and Carlton has shut down. According to a report by Xtra, The Barn owner Russell Palloo cited depleting profits as the main cause for closure. The nightclub also needs significant rennovations, which, according to Palloo, would come at too high a cost.

The Barn first opened back in the 1980's, and was closed for a couple of years in 2004 when its then-owner was found dead in his apartment. The club reopened in 2007 under its current management.

Though the building itself has not yet been sold, Palloo told Xtra he is currently in negotiation with someone in the area who is looking to keep the space as a nightclub. Barn II?



Cazzo / August 14, 2012 at 04:30 pm
toronto is a major city, and these shit-hole bars operate sucking dollars out of patrons, with cover charge, and yes provide crap-ass facilities.

Boo.. he didn't wish to renovate it. Shocking. Amazing how when people come here they comment on how the gay bars here are just trashy and god-awful.

AR ZΞ / August 14, 2012 at 04:54 pm
that block is ripe for a condo.
Pk / August 14, 2012 at 05:22 pm
When that building is bulldozed they're going to need a hazmat tent for the whole street. The dust cloud of dried poppers will envelop the city.
Jon replying to a comment from Cazzo / August 14, 2012 at 05:55 pm
The place was actually really good, they had no cover on wednesdays and saturdays and they had 2$ drinks before 11pm. If you want to talk about overcharging and shitholed check out all the hipster placed over toronto.
Stefan / August 14, 2012 at 06:00 pm
The barn is a heritage building. It is not going to be torn down. A condo? Maybe. That building is not going anywhere.
Peter / August 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm
A heritage building? It may not get torn down but they could build a tower on it and keep the facade. Look what they did right around the corner to Maple Leaf Gardens.
Khristopher / August 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Good riddance. What a dive that place is. None of the gay bar owners in Toronto give a shit about their bars. Awful run down smelly places with disgusting bathrooms, charging cover. The other place that needs to go next is Crews/Tango. We need modern clean places to go dance and drink in the village that are bigger than my closet.
steve replying to a comment from Stefan / August 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm
How is it a heritage building?
Stefan replying to a comment from steve / August 15, 2012 at 12:26 am
mike / August 15, 2012 at 03:30 am
As a sometimes patron for wednesday "college nights" I have to say this place was absolutely terrible, and most people only went there because it was the only thing going on on wednesdays in the village (as a yonge gay I am always shocked at how boring and dead the village is all the time). the building was a complete fire trap, the DJs were probably deaf people, and the service was lousy, albeit half naked. Furthermore, the exterior of the first floor of the building is in terrible shape, with steel doors and blacked out windows, it really brought down the neighbourhood and looked really sketchy. good riddance, but also heres wishing to the unlikely turnout that whoever buys it isn't just in it for the money like the previous owners. As for development, the building should be left alone but fixed up, while next door's surface parking lot has to go.
James / August 15, 2012 at 01:22 pm
As a former employee of the Barn:

1. Russell Palloo is not the owner of the Barn, only the FAIL P/T Manager (only open for 3 nights a week)

2. The Barn died because said Manager put zero effort into promotion. Wed was the only profitable night of the week with @800 (College kids) customers. Fri and Sat they'd get 60 customers, most of which were walk-in/outs
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george / February 17, 2013 at 07:26 pm
I agree 100% the BARN is such a shit hole , so happy to see it go such a fire trap, filthy and dark and I will say this about all the gay bars in Toronto. So much for Toronto being a"WORLD CLASS CITY'.I don't know what is more of 'BIO HAZARD'the BARN itself or the pratrons. i heard a rumor it has been boght can anybody give information as to what will happen to it now? thanks
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