LGBTQ Toronto Itinerary: Wild Weekend
If you’re looking for a party, look no further than Toronto. Everyone knows Toronto is the place to be during the summer for its world-famous Pride Week festival. And once Pride is over, the party continues 365 days a year in the city’s many LGBTQ-friendly bars and clubs. Dinner, dancing, drinks, and drag – gay Toronto has it all.
Not sure where to start? Check out this sample itinerary for an unforgettable weekend in gay Toronto featuring the city’s hottest, wildest, liveliest nightlife.
Day 1: The Village
Begin your weekend by energizing your body for the fun to come at Hair of the Dog. A mainstay in Toronto’s Gay Village, Hair of the Dog is an upscale neighbourhood restaurant and pub featuring delicious food in a stylish décor. Enjoy your meal in the dining room or on the outdoor patio if it’s warm enough. If you’d prefer something different, check out Sambucas on Church instead, whose Italian-inspired menu includes fresh pasta, seafood, and authentic fire-baked pizza.
Belly full of food, make your way down the street to Woody’s for pregame drinks. One of the most popular bars in the Village, Woody’s may be recognizable to you from Showtime’s award-winning series Queer as Folk. Fraternize with the mostly male, all-ages crowd while jamming to classic tunes and enjoying the racy TV entertainment. For a more mixed crowd and relaxed atmosphere, head across the street to O’Grady’s pub for a pint.
You haven’t truly experienced a night out in the Village until you’ve been to a drag show. Crews and Tangos is one of the most popular spots for drag entertainment, with shows seven nights a week. Watch talented drag queens like Ivory Towers and Daytona Bitch as they dance, lip-sync and impersonate celebrities on stage in fabulous costumes. When you’ve had your fill of over-the-top antics, head to Fly 2.0 for the hottest dance party in Toronto – complete with go-go dancers, strobe lights and fist pumping music until 4 a.m.
Day 2: Queer West
Spend the day sleeping in and recovering from the previous night’s revelries. While last night was all about exploring the Church-Wellesley Village, tonight is about exploring Toronto’s other famous queer neighbourhood: Queer West. Take the afternoon to check out the area’s many funky shops, trendy art galleries and hipster cafes. For dinner, make your way over to The Beaver – a cozy restaurant/bar that attracts a significant queer clientele.
In the mood for a little bit of Latin spice? El Convento Rico is Toronto’s longest running Latino drag bar. Originally founded as an underground club catering to LGBTQ immigrants, El Convento Rico today attracts a diverse crowd of men and women from across the entire sexual spectrum. Get your salsa, samba, or rhumba on as you admire the impressive array of drag queen beauties.
For a change of flavour, hop on over to Bovine Sex Club where live punk, rock, and alternative bands keep the music going while the drinks are flowing. Rub elbows with gay and straight metalheads, punk rockers, and hipsters in an open-minded, friendly environment. Or take a cab over to The Steady, where, depending on the night, you could catch either an international gay music night or an electronic DJ dance party.
The Fun Doesn’t End Here
There’s so much to see and do in Toronto, you could never fit it all into a single weekend. Once your weekend getaway ends, you’ll be itching to come back for more. Experience the electric, exciting atmosphere of gay Toronto, where the party never stops.
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