Proud of our Pride
When the whole city comes out, the party is guaranteed to be electric – one of the quintessential summer experiences in Toronto, the fun, fabulous and flamboyant Pride Week is a raucous citywide celebration. Kick off Pride Weekend in style at the newly refurbished, ultra chic Palais Royale Ballroom
, where the crème de la crème will be living la vida loca in high style.
Nights in the Village
Renowned for Toronto’s best parties, Fly
pulses with energy. Week after week, it plays host to some of the world’s biggest DJs. Find the friendliest social atmosphere in the heart of the Village at Pegasus
bar. Just up the street, Slack Alice is a popular bistro that gets more crowded once night falls. And leather-lovers will want to hit The Black Eagle
to mingle with a like-minded crowd.
We live for patio season
When summer arrives, you’ll find the entire city out on a patio. O’Grady’s Tap and Grill
is a top choice in the Village, where the patio is usually standing room only. Zelda’s
recently moved from their Church Street location to a new spot on Yonge Street, but is still a great spot to sit outside and people-watch.
Out on the town
The best thing about queer nightlife in Toronto is that it stretches far beyond the Village. Ask yourself “Are they or aren’t they?” as you party with open-minded, mixed crowds in Toronto’s gay bars. Head to Little Italy for Latin drag at El Convento Rico
, visit other College Street bars like Ciao Edie and Bar Italia
or John Street’s electric CiRCA. Hit Queen Street for The Drake
, The Gladstone
and the Bovine Sex Club
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Wining and dining
Tapas or tiramisu? In Toronto, you can quite literally explore a world of cuisine. Experience our diversity through our unlimited culinary options – from Indian and Asian fusion to French and Italian. Fill your belly before a night on the town.
Cozy into a plush booth at The Superior Restaurant. Located steps from the Village
, it’s a Toronto landmark with an eclectic international menu. Release your inner sommelier at reds bistro
, where the menu is based on wine regions throughout the world. If you want a little entertainment with your meal, head east for On the Curve Hot Stove & Wine Bar.
Noshing in the Village
There’re numerous culinary choices within the Village. Fire on the East Side
and Hair of the Dog are two popular destinations, with unconventional menus and street-side patios for people-watching. Enjoy the contemporary feel and tasty creations of Fuzion Resto-Lounge & Garden
, or check out the pub-fare served up by the sassy staff at the famous Zelda’s
– be sure to check out their new Yonge Street location.
The world on your plate
Nearly every kind of cuisine in the world can be found in Toronto. For rich French dishes, enjoy the a la carte menu at Thuet Cuisine. Or try California-inspired food at Brix Napa Valley Grille & Wine Bar.
The Queer West Village
area is located on Queen Street (really!) and is full of vibrant bistros and cafes. The Drake
is a popular meeting place with an eclectic menu and an even more eclectic crowd of regulars. Across the street, the Beaconsfield is a busy bar/restaurant with ambitious dishes like their famous lobster ravioli. And a little more east is Swan, a funky ‘50s diner turned bistro with a menu that changes daily.