If you’re looking to experience gay Toronto’s nightlife at a more relaxed pace, check out this sample itinerary for a laid-back weekend featuring some of the city’s coolest LGBT-friendly lounges, bars and attractions.
Day 1: Poolside Drinks, Comedy, & Board Games
Start your weekend off in style by basking in the summer sun, drink in hand, at Cabana Pool Bar. Inspired by the top outdoor pool party destinations in Miami and Las Vegas, Cabana Pool Bar is a posh lakeside lounge featuring a crystal clear swimming pool, fully licensed bar, 12 cabanas, 42 deluxe chaise lounges and 50,000 square feet of enclosed patio space. You’ll feel like you’re in a South Beach resort as you chill out by the pool to house tunes and admire the city skyline (and your fellow sunbathers). When you get hungry, order a delicious meal from Cabana’s diverse menu.
As the sun begins to set, catch a cab over to Toronto’s world-famous comedy club, The Second City, for a hilarious evening of sketches and improv. The Second City is one of the most recognizable names in improvisational comedy, having launched the careers of famous comedians like Dan Ackroyd, John Candy, Eugene Levy and Martin Short. You’ll be laughing out loud as you watch the madness ensue on stage.
What better way is there to wrap up a delightful evening than with board games? Snakes and Lattes, located in the funky and queer-friendly Annex neighbourhood, is Toronto’s original board game café with a game library consisting of over 2,500 titles. Sip on a latte or alcoholic beverage as you and your friends keep the laughs going with fierce but friendly competition.
Day 2: Live Music & Billiards
Spend the day exploring the city and seeing its many attractions. When evening rolls around once again, head over to Sneaky Dee’s for a Tex-Mex meal in a graffiti-grunge setting. Openly gay-friendly, Sneaky Dee’s is one of the best places in the city to share a plate of nachos or fajitas and wash it down with a pint of beer. Alternatively, check out The Beaver, a New York-style late-night cafe on West Queen West which plays host to a variety of queer-friendly events.
How about a little bit of live music to jam out to? Just down the street from Sneaky Dee’s, The Orbit Room is a cozy, unpretentious hotspot with some of the best live music in the city. Attracting a mixed crowd of straight and gay, young and young-at-heart, The Orbit Room features mainly R & B and soul bands, most nights of the week. For an evening of jazz, head to The Rex on Queen Street, where multiple bands play every night of the week.
Finally, you can’t visit gay Toronto without making a trip to the Village. Drop by Pegasus for the friendliest atmosphere on Church Street. Shoot some billiards or throw some darts while making new friends. Or swing over to Zipperz piano lounge and end your evening with sing-along musical cabaret.
A World of Possibilities
There’s so much to see and do in gay 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. With its friendly vibe and diverse range of activities, Toronto is the place to be for LGBT nightlife of all kinds.