Toronto has been described as one of the most gay-friendly places in the world. With two designated gay villages, a world famous pride festival (which is a month-long this year), and a multi-cultural mosaic of residents our city is a LGBT hotspot. Whether your lesbian, bisexual, gay, straight, pansexual, 2 spirited, transgendered, queer or anything in between, there is a place for you. Here is a rundown of our favourite Toronto bars for Queers.
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1. Fly 2.0 // 6 Gloucester Street
Quite possibly the biggest and best gay venue in the city, Fly 2.0 rivals the best straight clubs in Toronto in terms of sound system, capacity, and atmosphere. Boasting 3 floors, 4 rooms, world-class guest DJ’s and the occasional performance from a famous drag queen or two, Fly is your go-to spot in the village when you’re looking to party hard. Just... don't go into the dark room.
Photo cred- Journey Jeff
2. Woodys & Sailors // 467 Church Street
Woody’s and Sailors are two of Toronto’s premiere gay bars located in the heart of the Church and Wellesley village. Acting as one establishment which features 4 bars, a dance floor, drag shows, and their famed “best ass” contests on Saturday Nights, Woody’s and Sailors are your go to gay bar for derriere voyeurism and endless pitchers of beer.
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Crews and Tango’s is most often the bar you went to on that one wild night where you and your friends decided to check out the gayborhood, and rightfully so. Set in an old two-storey Victorian house Crews fits 2 dance floors, 3 bars, and a full-blown drag show. If you love Britney Spears, Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, or any other gay icon, Crews is the place for you… chances are they’ll be blasting their hits all night long, and you’ll sweat… a lot.
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4. Buddies // 12 Alexander Street
Occupying Toronto’s premiere Gay and Lesbian theatre called Buddies in Bad Times, “Buddies” transforms into one of the villages best discotheque’s every Saturday night. With a huge dance floor, 2 bars, and a drag show performed precariously on a set of stairs Buddies gives Toronto’s designated bars a run for their money.
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5. The Beaver // 1192 Queen West
Our honorary non-village venue on the list, The Beaver is a one of kind café/bar hybrid located in the Queer West village. Quite possibly the most petite bar on the list, The Beaver attracts the eclectic Queer West community and gays/lesbians alike and squeezes them into a space so confined, you can’t help but perpetually be grinding on someone for the majority of your night. Featuring a party ever single night of the week, The Beaver always will always have you coming back for more.
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