The Best Gay Bars in Toronto
The best gay bars in Toronto are fun places to get your dance on, meet some new friends or see some great drag talent. There are few things better than a night out at a gay bar. Whether you are LGBTQ or an LGBTQ ally, going to gay bars in Toronto is like going to Cheers, except instead of everyone knowing your name, everyone knows that there are a variety of sexualities to be celebrated and also everyone is way hotter (sorry, Cliff).
Where the Village was once the sole territory for gay bars in Toronto, over the years the geographical range has expanded with the growth of the city. Now you'll find queer-friendly establishments all over town, which, you know, is a very good thing.
Here are the best gay bars in Toronto.
Cafe by day, bar by night, this West Queen West mainstay is great place to drink beer in the evening and stumble back for some legendary french toast and mimosas the morning after. The atmosphere is inclusive and laid back, the cocktail list is short but accomplished, and the eats aren't too bad either. More »
After the shows at Buddies in Bad Times are complete for the night, the venue transforms into an amazing party space. Be sure to stop by for their monthly drag show, where you'll find DJs spinning dance and house while queens give attitude by stomping up and down the stairs in the highest of high heels, entertaining hundreds of gay boys and a few ladies. More »
Although it shut down for a spell in early 2009, this Village staple is back and popular as ever. Formerly positioned towards the fairer sex, this non-judgmental Village bar is now a co-ed good time, perfect for dancing up a storm. The shabby-chic bar also holds drag shows nightly. More »
This Queer as Folk hangout is home to Toronto star, Miss Conception. If these things alone don't warrant a visit, Woody's and Sailor holds Best Chest and Best Ass contests for entertainment at its finest. Toronto bars don't get much more fun than this. More »
One of the newer bars on the list, Church on Church serves delicious drinks and hosts acclaimed DJs in front of a packed house (er, church) on Friday and Saturday nights. Be sure to sample their church-themed cocktails for deliciousness that has you on your knees (repenting, of course). More »
This queer-friendly restaurant and dancehall offers artisanal cocktails, cheap BYOW nights and a decent selection of local beers. During the day and evening, The Steady acts as cafe with a menu that caters to both vegans and meat-eaters alike before the fun gets cranked up after dark. More »
El Convento Rico is Toronto's longest running Latino drag bar, so be prepared to see some gorgeous queens shake it to some Latin beats. This is also a very popular choice for bachelorette parties, so be prepared to see some trashed girls question their life choices while pounding back tequila shots. More »