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The Best Gay Bars in Toronto

Posted by Martha Stortz / December 13, 2013

gay bars torontoThe 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.

See also:

The best nightclubs in Toronto
The top 5 bars to see drag shows in Toronto

The Beaver

The Beaver

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 »

Buddies in Bad Times

Buddies in Bad Times

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 »

Crews and Tangos

Crews and Tangos

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 »

The Henhouse

The Henhouse

This Brockton Village bar is known for its friendly staff, cheap beer and delicious foods. Run by the musicians formerly of The Organ, this place is great for both ladies looking to meet other ladies and anyone looking for a great place to chill. More »

Woody's

Woody's

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 »

Church on Church

Church on Church

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 »

The Steady

The Steady

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

El Convento Rico

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 »

WAYLA Bar

WAYLA Bar

This Leslieville bar boasts stylish decor with reasonable prices. While WAYLA doesn't serve food, they offer menus from restaurants in the area that deliver free of charge to the lounge. They also hold a variety of themed nights from karaoke to dance to trivia. More »

Discussion

11 Comments

Jason Paris / December 13, 2013 at 05:20 pm
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This list should really be 10 long and include the (newly renovated and greatly programmed) Black Eagle, but oh well. Not a bad list anyway...
@AndrewFStewart / December 14, 2013 at 05:16 pm
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My god you are so off here
George / December 14, 2013 at 05:52 pm
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Andrew - care to elaborate?
floo replying to a comment from @AndrewFStewart / December 15, 2013 at 11:06 am
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Queue the drama... :)
energie / December 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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Glad that some non-village bars made the list. Not every gay guy lives nears Church St so it's good to know there are alternatives out there.
Rachel / December 23, 2013 at 12:43 am
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Happy to see The Steady on here. It is a space that my partner and I feel completely comfortable in when we don't want to head to the Village but still want to go out and have a great time!
Gary / January 1, 2014 at 05:13 pm
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How can you guys leave out the Black Eagle? The Eagle is the only leather/kink bar left in Toronto. Everything else has become so conformist, respectable and bland.

Half the places you listed aren't even gay bars. Don't tell me "Queer West" is gay because it's just like every other straight neighbourhood in Toronto. There is only 1 real Gay Village in Toronto and it's on Church Street, not Queen Street.
Daniel / May 15, 2014 at 10:45 am
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Thrust Monday nights coming to Church on Church soon! Details To Follow (DTF) ;-)
Dan replying to a comment from floo / June 21, 2014 at 08:45 am
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Cue
Michael / July 9, 2014 at 02:08 am
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There are five gay owned bars in queer west Toronto. The Sister, The Beaver, The Henhouse, The Steady and Andy's Poolhall. Oh and I'll throw in the Lesbian owned Gladstone Hotel,which has several interior bars. Is that gay enough for you Gary?
Michael / July 9, 2014 at 02:42 am
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Correction...There are "six Gay Owned " bars in queer west Toronto, where a mixed crowd is welcome. The Sister, the Beaver, the Henhouse, the Steady, Andy's Poolhal and El Convento Rico. Oh and I'll throw in the Lesbian owned Gladstone Hotel, which has several interior bars. Is that gay enough for you Gary?

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