LGBTQ Toronto Nightlife Guide: Bars & Clubs

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There’s so much to see and do in gay Toronto! To make things easier for you, we put together a list with everything you need to know about 13 of the most popular LGBTQ-friendly bars and clubs in the city.

Inside Crews and Tango Toronto
Crews & Tangos

Crews & Tangos

Crews & Tangos (often referred to simply as Crews) is a converted Victorian house that is renowned for having some of the best drag shows in the Village. With drag entertainment seven days of the week, karaoke nights, two dance floors and a patio out back, Crews has something for everybody.

Location: 508 Church Street

Contact: 647-349-7469

Woody’s

You may recognize Woody’s from Showtime’s award-winning show Queer as Folk. Just like in the show, the bar is a local institution. Known for its laid-back atmosphere, friendly staff and TV monitors featuring racy videos, Woody’s is one of the most popular hangouts in the Village. Be sure to check out the Best Chest Contest on Thursday or the Best Ass Contest on Friday and Saturday.

Location: 467 Church Street

Contact: 416-972-0887

Pegasus

Pegasus calls itself the friendliest bar on Church, and it’s easy to see why. Featuring four pool tables, pinball machines, dart boards, video games, HD-TV and weekly euchre tournaments, Pegasus is an ideal place to hang out and make new friends.

Location: 489b Church Street

Contact: 416-927-8832

Inside the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto
Buddies in Bad Times
Photo credit, Connie Tsang.

Buddies in Bad Times

Simultaneously a bar and the world’s oldest queer theatre company, Buddies in Bad Times offers an experience like no other. Every weekend, Buddies opens its doors for two nights of fun and dancing, with all proceeds going to support its theatre and youth programs. Come on a Saturday night for Tallulah’s Cabaret – a flamboyant octane-fueled party that’s guaranteed to be the most fun you’ve ever had supporting the arts.

Location: 12 Alexander Street

Contact: 416-975-8555

Black Eagle

Black Eagle is a bar like no other in Toronto. Geared toward leather/denim lovers and bears, the bar has a dungeon-themed decor and a friendly, open-minded atmosphere with regular theme nights. Check out The Backroom for demos and other events of interest to the leather/bondage scene.

Location: 457 Church Street

Contact: 416-413-1219

A fancy cocktail at Botique Bar. Toronto
Botique Bar

Botique Bar

Boasting an intimate leafy patio overlooking Church Street, Boutique Bar is a high-end cocktail bar that offers a whole variety of flavours. Cozy up to the bar late-night and chill out to the lounge and nu-disco tunes.

Location: 506 Church Street

Contact: 647-705-0006

The Beaver

The Beaver is one of the most well-known and established queer-friendly venues in Toronto’s Queer West Village. A restaurant during the day, The Beaver transforms into a party zone every night of the week, with the DJ playing everything from pop to hip-hop to dancehall to country.

Location: 1192 Queen Street West

Contact: 416-537-2768

Musican on stage at Bovine Sex Club, Toronto
Bovine Sex Club

Bovine Sex Club

Don’t let the name throw you off. Bovine Sex Club is one of the coolest bars on Queen West with its junkyard décor, retro vibe and regular live music acts. Metal heads, punk rockers, hipsters and urban professionals of all persuasions rub elbows in this open-minded environment. Make new friends while rocking out to a newly discovered band at the Bovine.

Location: 542 Queen Street West

Contact: 416-504-4239

El Convento Rico

El Convento Rico was created as an underground club catering to the Latin LGBTQ community, many of who faced persecution in their home countries. Today, the club attracts a diverse crowd of men and women from across the entire sexual spectrum. The bar’s famous midnight drag shows and sultry Latin music make it a popular choice for stagette and birthday parties.

Location: 750 College Street

Contact: 416-588-7800

A LGBTQ party inside the Gladstone Hotel
The Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel

One of Toronto’s oldest operating hotels, The Gladstone Hotel continues to thrive in the city as an arts and culture hub. Their legendary queer parties and weekly karaoke nights are full of great laughs and lasting memories. During Pride Week they host various art exhibitions embracing LGBTQ2+ artists.

Location: 1214 Queen Street West

Contact: 416-531-4635 x 0

WAYLA Bar & Lounge

While the Village and the west end are the focal points of Toronto’s LGBTQ nightlife scene, there’s plenty going on in the east end as well. If your travels take you east of the Don Valley, you’ll want to check out WAYLA Bar & Lounge (codename for What Are You Looking At). Located in the quaint Leslieville neighbourhood, WAYLA hosts a variety of LGBTQ-geared events during the week and is known for its sophisticated décor and friendly staff.

Location: 996 Queen Street East

Contact: 416-901-5570

The Front of The Hair of the Dog Pub, Toronto
Hair of the Dog

Hair of the Dog

This neighbourhood pub is a staple to the LGBTQ community. The Hair of the Dog has delicious pub dishes and a wide beer selection to choose from. Their garden and rooftop patios offer a peaceful oasis in the bustling city.

Location:425 Church Street

Contact: 416-964-2708