If you are visiting Toronto and ask locals where the gay scene is. Everyone will tell you that you’re looking for “The Village” known as the Church and Wellesley area. the Village is part of LGBTQ history and culture because it was used to film the American- Canadian Drama Television series Queer as Folk. Queer as Folk was the first popular television series that featured an entire cast of LGBTQ characters.
On your gaycation to Toronto you cannot miss out on these hot spots!
467 Church Street
An iconic gay hot spot in Toronto. From the outside you might be confused if you should go to Woody’s or Sailor’s but do not worry! They connect and merge to be the perfect place for a hot night Every weekend they hold competitions hosted by local drag queens like “best chest” and “best ass”. The winner is usually the person that receives the loudest round of applause.
The television series Queer as Folk has multiple scenes filmed here making it an iconic gay hangout. Woody’s is open everyday from 1pm until late.
Crews and Tango
508 Church Street
Locally known as just “crews” this hot spot is known to have the best drag shows in the city. Drag shows take place every week with all sorts of Queens bringing their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent to the stage! When you enter, the main room has the stage set for the Drag Queens. There are also two different dance floors. There is one upstairs and one downstairs towards the back. There is a themed party everyday and karaoke on some nights. Crews is open everyday from 8pm until 2am.
457 Church Street
If sex is on your your mind your best bet would be Black Eagle. Toronto’s famous cruising bar with dark rooms and underground dungeon with cages! They used to have a leather only policy but that has now changed. You can go in wearing anything you want. In the summertime, they have a BBQ every Sunday from 3pm to 9pm on their outdoor patio.
Buddies in Bad Times
12 Alexander Street
During the day Buddies is a theatre with amazing musicals and shows but on the weekends it is transformed into a busy nightclub. Similar to all of us, during the week we are a regular working guy but on the weekends, we become a party girl! The theatre itself is very impressive because it is famous for being one of the large and longest running queer theatres in the world!
El Convento Rico
750 College Street
An underground space that caters to the Latin LGBTQ community attracting a diverse crowd. The latin music is what makes this club different from any other nightclub in Toronto. Make sure you get there at midnight to catch their drag shows!