The charming city of Toronto on Canada’s east coast has many things to be proud of: a liberal attitude, strong multiculturalism, and the largest gay community in Canada. Convinced yet? While...
The charming city of Toronto on Canada’s east coast has many things to be proud of: a liberal attitude, strong multiculturalism, and the largest gay community in Canada. Convinced yet? While most gay life is centered around The Village, various other gayborhoods are popping up about town.
In the city’s downtown, you can find The Village, which is a vibrant hub of everything related to LGBTQ. The heart of the village falls at the crossroads of Church and Wellesley Streets, where you’ll find a heap of bars, cafes, restaurants, and clubs.
Favourite gay places in The Village include Woody’s, which is popular amongst locals thanks to its live drag shows and entertaining chest contests. The bar also charges no cover, meaning you can save your pennies for one of the beer pitchers, which also come at a reasonable price. Just off Church Street, on Gloucester Street, you’ll find one of The Village’s most iconic nightclubs, Fly 2.0. Decked out with smoke machines and disco balls, this place hosts large parties curated by top DJs, and will guarantee a fun night of dancing.
If you are looking for the bear and leather scene in Toronto, stop by The Black Eagle. The decor here is dungeon-themed, and there’s even a backroom for exploring leather and bondage. For gay cruising, we suggest Spa Excess or Steamworks.
Queer West is centered around Queen Street West, between Trinity Bellwoods Park and Roncesvalles Avenue. Queer West reflects a slightly younger, more alternative vibe, and while the venues here are not explicitly gay, they are open enough to attract a diverse LGBTQ crowd. The Beaver is a local favourite here, serving Mexican-inspired food during the day, and welcoming DJs in the evening - an all-round winner amongst locals.
This formerly industrial part of Toronto has transformed itself into an artistic hub as well as a popular LGBTQ area for locals. While Leslieville doesn’t draw quite as many numbers as The Village or Queer West, you’re certain to meet plenty of peeps at local WAYLA Bar. A bar meets club, WAYLA hosts several themed parties throughout the week and attracts a broad crowd.