The Best Gay Bars in Toronto
The best gay bars in Toronto are about as fun as places get in this city. Drag, DJs, dancing, cocktails, and people representing every letter in LGBT2QS can all be found in these spaces. If you don't know what each of those letters means, make it a point to visit any of these gay bars on any given night and get schooled.
These are the best gay bars in Toronto.
The Cheers of gay Toronto, this Church Street staple never has cover and is the most reliable and consistent gay bar in the city. They've got some of the best drag (you have to work very hard to become a "Woody's Girl"), and chest and ass contests. It's a place to meet friends for cheap pitchers or make new ones (just like Cheers).
There are drag shows every single night of the week and a dance floor in the attic, which is partly why and Crews is the unofficial holder of the crown for best lesbian bar in The Village. This is a bar where any night of the week you can go and get messy without judgement, mostly because everyone else is getting messier. Saturday night is the big night of the week here, often with lineups down the street, so get up in there early.
A beacon of hope on West Queen West, The Beaver is the only place in this area where you're guaranteed to sit among other homosexuals and hear good music, see some drag, eat a meal and enjoy a charming patio. It's a legendary spot with many monthly dance parties and the finest set of queer staff in the city.
This is not just one of Toronto's finest theatres, but every Saturday night Buddies is also the place to dance hard and either enjoy being drunk and 20 years old (or just to act that way). Iconic bartender Patricia and her team hold the place down, while most of the time you'll find Regina DJing upstairs. There are pop hits, a drag show and a great dance scene every time.
What used to be a staunch, men's only leather bar, has completely transformed in the past two years thanks to owner Carlos Fileti and programmer Michael Barry. With the exception of the sex-room upstairs, everyone is welcome on the revamped dance floor and rooftop patio. They bring in some mighty DJs every month, and there are loads of hot guys and regular theme nights.
The reincarnation of the original Fly nightclub (famous for being one of the few big gay clubs left and for its days on Queer As Folk), 2.0 is pretty much the same deal with a different owner. He's super grumpy, but his patrons aren't! The huge club has crazy lights and smoke, a monster sound system and is home to many big, one-off parties with guest DJs and queens.
Holding down the fort in the city's east end, What Are You Looking At (a.k.a. WAYLA) is an adorable gay bar with super-fun dance parties every weekend, a charming patio and friendly, laid back crowd. There's even karaoke during the week. Parties are less likely to rage and more likely to come to the perfect boil on the cozy dance floor.
This one is reminiscent of Dolly Parton's weird aunt. You know, the one who's a bit nuts, but is always invited to parties because she's super entertaining. That one. The Holy Oak is a miracle of a gay bar, hosting many crazy, sexy, cool events and queer socials (on Wednesdays) with perfect cocktails and snacks.
Beware, Rico is a hotbed for bachelor and bachelorette parties galore, but it's thanks to the amazing drag shows (check out the city's finest Latina kweens here), Latin dancing, and consistent weekend party vibe that this place is so alluring! It's worth climbing down the stairs to this ultra-gay-friendly bar and dance club.
Found on lower Church Street, this gay bar is often forgotten or skimmed over while planning a gay night out, but don't underestimate this little monster. They now have a restaurant, comedy nights, and a list of monthly gay dance nights (including Arabian Knights). Check-in with their Facebook page before heading out and head on up!
A little cocktail bar in the middle of all the action, Boutique gets top marks for outdoor sipping and people-watching. It's kind of like a treehouse on Church Street. Sit back on the patio and creep people as they saunter down the street. The great staff are worthy of kudos, and drink specials go down Monday to Wednesday nights.
South Beach has founds its way to Toronto, and it's in the form of this bar on Bloor Street. Flamingos, palms, and a tiki DJ booth make this fey spot a gem. And that's not to mention the many, many monthly and weekly one-off dance parties in the backroom dance zone. They also have a yummy vegan (and non-vegan) brunch. Mic drop.
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