Welcome to Gay Toronto, the glittering queer metropolis with multiple gay areas, Canada’s largest gay community and one of the hottest LGBT nightlife scenes in the world. Everyone is welcome here, because – love is love baby!
While some people might assume Toronto is just your stuffy big city with all skyscrapers and no-substance, don’t let them fool you: Toronto is the most multiculturally diverse city and exceptionally welcoming to everyone. While foodies can rejoice in the trail-blazing dining scene, the biggest draw for most gay people will be the famous Church Wellesley Gay Village with its epic nightlife, inclusive community center, and magnificent restaurants.
True fans may even recognize it from the LGBT television show “Queer as Folk” which filmed here.
Gay Toronto is also one of the only cities in the world to have multiple gay districts so you should also check out the edgier Queer West Village, fuelled by happening restaurants and almost post-gay hipster bars, and Old Cabbagetown which is another up-and-coming gaybourhood.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in Canada are some of the most advanced in the world, and in modern time the Government of Canada has a strong history of commitment to protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people – both within Canada and worldwide.
While Toronto’s Church and Wellesley village is the biggest in Canada, you can also see the physical manifestation of Canada’s queer spirit in Montreal’s Gay Village, Vancouver’s Davie Village, and Ottawa’s Bank Street Gay Village. Or just attend the annual Toronto Pride Parade in June – one of the biggest in the world and utterly fabulous!
While we love the energy, passion and queer spirit that flows from the LGBT spaces, travelers should know you can hold hands, and you can kiss on the street almost anywhere here. People won’t even raise an eyebrow, because Toronto loves and accepts you just the way you are! ..Why can’t the whole world be like this?
Are you relocating? This guide will help travelers discover the queerer side of the city. However, if you are lucky enough to be considering a move here, we recommend getting in touch with a local gay realtor. They can happily give you no-obligation advice and all the information you'll ever need to know about your new city. And if you then want their help to find your dream home, you are guaranteed fair, equal, and honest representation. No surprises or awkward conversations necessary!
Are you ready for Gay Toronto? Then see you in Church…The street that is!
Gay Toronto Guide: The Essential Guide To LGBT Travel In Toronto Canada
Naturally being gay does not define which attractions most of us will want to see in each destination and most queer travelers will merely want to check out the top things to see in Toronto during the day! We found our favorite memories were watching the sunset from a relaxing cocktail bar, dancing till dawn with our rainbow family, or exploring all of the gastronomic delights on offer…
However, if you’re someone who wants to see it all, we have put together a few of our other things to do in Toronto that are sure to keep you busy! Rest assured, Toronto is a very safe city, and gay travelers here do not need to take any extra precautions regarding public displays of affection in this very progressive city.
Top Places To See in Toronto
Toronto’s Distillery District – Wander around the Victorian Industrial architecture, explore boutique shops and explore the history of once was the world’s largest distillery. No visit would be complete without a beer tasting, some pub grub, and wandering through a few upscale thrift stores – there is a lot to love here!
Niagara Falls from Toronto – Leave behind the Toronto bustle for the remarkable natural beauty of Niagara Falls. Chances are you will never be this close again so don’t miss the chance to take a full-day tour out to this wonder of the world, starting with a scenic drive through Niagara’s lush wine region en route to the falls. Cruise up Niagara River for up-close views of the awesome Horseshoe Falls and then head to the Whirlpool Rapids observation deck. For bonus points, top off your trip with a stop at a local winery – all this sightseeing is thirsty work!
Bata Shoe Museum – Skip the lines buy booing in advance and head straight into the galleries of this fabulous museum into the often-overlooked history of footwear. Glimpse artifacts that range from Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs to high-heeled stilettos in what is the said to be the world’s biggest collection of shoes. As you will soon see, for every shoe there is a story!
Royal Ontario Museum – Delve into a world of art, world culture and natural history and this four-story museum boasting six million objects over 30 galleries showcasing art, archaeology and natural science. The exhibits here investigate everything from the fascinating history and evolution of tattooing to one of the oldest members of the horned dinosaur family. Canada’s largest museum and easily one of it’s best, though museum junkies should not miss a trip to Gay Ottawa.
Chinatown – Sample plenty of delicious Asian flavors in Toronto’s famous Chinatown district filled with authentic Asian restaurants and food stalls. Sample tasty treats in a traditional Chinese bakery and specialty dishes from China’s Fukin province, or why not go for a Hong Kong dim sum? And don’t miss trying street food in the bustling Asian food markets, and see where some of Toronto’s top chefs source their ingredients. It’s not quite the same as Taipei, Seoul or Shanghai … but it also doesn’t involve a lengthy flight to the other side of the world!
Kensington Food Market – Bordered by Little Italy and Chinatown, the famous Kensington Market boasts more culinary delights than we could count and a multiculturalism that is reflected in the variety of its cuisine. Taste everything from jerk chicken and empanadas to good old Canadian comfort food. Sweet, savory, drink and more – You will find it all here!
St Lawrence Market – Another famous food market in Toronto – this is a foodie hub after all. Located on the edge of Old Toronto, some of the many highlights here including Jewish bagels, Ukrainian pierogies, Portuguese treats just as good as Porto or Lisbon, Indian candy, local cheeses, and the peameal bacon sandwich — enjoyed by chef-celebrities such as Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, and Anthony Bourdain. Just wander around and choose whatever takes your fancy, or why not take a food tour to make sure you are a trying the best of the best.
Toronto Beer Tour – Discover how Canadian beer aligns with the history of Toronto on this guided small-group walking tour. Roam through the streets of Old Town Toronto, learning how beer played a role in the city’s past while visiting three excellent Toronto pubs. Enjoy a beer tasting at the popular Mill Street Brewery, then visit the St. Lawrence Market to sample a variety of Canadian specialties, followed by a tour of the trendy Distillery District, one of Canada’s hottest tourist attractions. Basically all of Toronto’s top highlights on one easy trip!
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus – Avoid the stress of navigating Toronto on your own with a Hop-on, hop-off bus pass, valid for 48 hours. Stopping at 21 popular destinations, including the St. Lawrence Market, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Distillery District this is an easy way to see the city all in one day. Take in views rarely seen by metro travelers from the top of a double-decker bus – and don’t forget to your courtesy harbourfront cruise.
Toronto CityPass – See Toronto’s top attractions, handpicked and packaged together at significant savings. There’s so much to do in this Canadian city with international flair, but with CityPASS, you’ll see the best attractions the area has to offer, hand-picked and packaged into an easy-to-use ticket booklet that’ll save you time and money. CityPASS is valid for 9 consecutive days starting with the first day of use, so there’s no need to rush; you’ll have plenty of time to experience Toronto at your own pace.
Gay Things To Do In Toronto
Fabarnak – A restaurant and social enterprise initiative delivering a range of gastronomic dishes thanks to members of the LGBTQ+ community who otherwise face significant barriers to employment. There is also a strong focus on locally grown and produced food, so dining here is good for society and the planet. Owned at operated by the 519 LGBT Community Centre, we love the concept and goals of Fabarnak and are sure you will too!
O’Grady’s On Church – The perfect spot to hang out with friends, enjoy a craft beer or delicious cocktail and have a fabulous time in the heart of Toronto’s bustling Gay Village. Serving homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner using only the freshest ingredients made in-house. There is also a fun $5 Mimosas special Every Day from 11 am-2: 30 pm! Check their website for upcoming events like Drag Bingo, Trivia, Retro Dance and Ladies nights on Sunday.
Café California – A local waterhole in the Church-Wellesley Gay Village for over 20 years. Day or night, this is the place to head for martinis, conversation and delicious Mediterranean dishes in either the classy dining room or during the summer on their fabulous sunny patio.
Hanlan’s Point – Agay nude beach hidden off the beaten track on Toronto Island, a perfect plan for a hot summer day. Hop on the Hanlan’s Point ferry to Bay Street at Queen’s Quay, then head 10-15 minutes up the paved path, then just take any wooden path down to the coast for this clothing-optional delight.
Out on the Street – A three-story ‘gay department store’ – the only one in Canada – located in the heart of Toronto’s Church/Wellesley Village. Clothing, sex toys, pride jewelry or more…They have you covered!
NorthBound Leather – The place to go to fulfill all your gay leather fetish fantasies in Toronto. If you can imagine it, we are sure they have something for you!
Glad Day Bookshop – The first gay bookshop in Canada, now a bookstore, bar, coffee shop, restaurant hybrid with dance parties on the weekend. Is there nothing they cannot do? Created in 1970, The Glad Day Bookshop is not only the world’s oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore but also Toronto’s oldest surviving bookstore – with one of the most extensive collection of LGBTQ titles in the world. Story, representation and freedom of speech are critical elements of queer & trans culture and identity – and this bookstore is an important place that supports, nurtures and inspires creativity and community. Mark it on your gay map of Toronto now (or just use ours at the end!)
Gay Events In Toronto
Fringe Festival Toronto – Made popular in Edinburgh but has since spawned off-shoots spread around the world, this annual theatre festival, featuring un-juried plays by unknown or well-known artists and focusses the spotlight on under-represented voices from the margins of the performing arts world. Held annually in July.
Green Space – A queer cultural festival held annually in June. Starting ten years ago, Green Space has grown into a full-fledged, multi-day music festival, featuring world-class DJs, electronic and house legends, drag queen royalty and more. Volunteers, donors, partners, performers and thousands of festival-goers come together every year to celebrate both the diversity of the Toronto gay community and the love that brings us together. 100% of all proceeds generated from Green Space Festival are directed into funding the essential programs and services of The 519, the most prominent LGBTQ+ community center in Canada.
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Prism – One of North America’s largest gay circuit music festival with six events held in late June in conjunction with Toronto Pride. Every year thousands of gay party revelers from around the globe attend Prism Festival making it one of the crown jewels of Toronto Pride. A world-class weekend of international DJs, Toronto’s best venues and major production provide one of the most talked-about and loved events of the summer. Join thousands of the hottest men from around the globe for a weekend that you won’t soon forget! Prism also organizes gay parties and queer club take-over throughout the year around once a month.
Church Street’s Halloween Night Party – Canada’s biggest and best Halloween block party held in late October. Watch as the gay village transforms into Toronto’s most wicked street party on Halloween night and a pedestrian-only boulevard opens up for a wave of Halloween-dressed revelers. Expect thousands of people filling up six blocks along Church – so grab your costume and grab a spot amidst all the naughty action! The Village’s shops, cafés, and bars will be bumping all night long, and you can be sure all the gay bars have special plans to tempt you into wicked sin long into the night.
Halloween Street Party In Toronto 🌈 2017
Inside Out Film and Video Festival – For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer films Inside Out is one of the most critical North American forums of international LGBT film/video and if your dates coincide if a way to experience a more sophisticated level of gay life in Canada. Taking place in late May, but if you can’t attend there are plenty of other international LGBT film festivals to consider.
Toronto Pride – Uniting and empowering people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, the annual Pride Toronto festival in June has become a major Canadian arts and cultural event and one of the largest gay pride festivals in the world. Here, Pride showcases Toronto on the world stage with diversity, inclusion and vibrant creativity. Hundreds of events (both official and unofficial) are planned throughout Pride Month, but the highlights include several stages with live performers and DJs, a large Dyke March, a Trans March and the Pride Parade. Today it is mostly about celebrating everything queer and fabulous but of course still much needs to be done to achieve total equality and there is a strong focus on the political roots of Toronto Pride.
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As you would expect in such a progressive country, pretty much every hotel and hostel in Toronto can be considered gay-friendly – after all being a gay-friendly it not all about upscale luxury, but about providing friendly and open service and welcoming everyone with open arms! Having said this, everyone likes to be surrounded by people with common interests, and as such there a few well-known hotels in Toronto that are known hot spots for gay travelers to stay!
The best locations for gay travelers is in the downtown area or the Church and Wellesley Toronto Gay Village which is close to all the top tourist sites and attractions – by day or by night. However, as long as you are close to a metro/ bus stop or if hiring your own car then everything is relatively easy to reach – and there are hundreds of other hotels in Toronto you could consider.
We have put a Gay Toronto map at the end in case you need some help getting an idea of where everything is. Whether you want a fun and social hostel, a cheap place to crash after a night of partying or a chic designer option to sip cocktails and surround yourself with fabulous people – Gay Toronto as something for everyone!
The Drake Hotel ☆☆☆☆ – It doesn’t get much cooler than this, and with limited you would be lucky to get a room. Unceremonious, eccentric and exciting, The Drake is forging a new path and redefining what a small boutique experience in Toronto. A hotbed of culture, the Drake is both refined and low brow, creative and utterly original. The historic façade and original granite floors hint at a storied past, but then new age design and art fill the interior and bring light and vibrancy. There is an uber-cool rooftop bar – that is something of a fashionable queer hangout -, an award-winning café and live music most nights in the Underground Lounge. Our favorite hotel in Toronto offering forward-thinking design and a very unique experience, and very gay-popular.
Gladstone Hotel ☆☆☆☆ – A trendy design hotel hidden within a 19th-century Victorian building, the Gladstone is positioned between two of Toronto’s most creative neighborhoods West Queen West and Parkdale – and attracts a range of local creatives and travelers. A destination in itself, this boutique hotel will pull you into an arts, culture and dining adventure as soon as step across the threshold. Explore and interact with the living culture of artist life in Toronto, sleep in luxe rooms individually designed by local artists and eat and drink artistically crafted food and libations. A bonus for LGBT travelers? The legendary queer parties frequently held here, and weekly karaoke nights – or why not get inspired by thought-provoking art exhibitions? There are also loaner bikes for guests to use and a beautiful café / bar.
Courtyard by Marriott ☆☆☆☆ – Enjoy a centrally located stay with modern comforts in the recently updated Courtyard Toronto Downtown hotel in the heart of the Gay Church & Wellesley Village. With fabulous queer nightlife just steps away and affordable prices, the Courtyard by Marriott is our most frequently booked hotel by LGBT travelers. Sure, it is not as unique as other design hotels in Toronto, but there are contemporary rooms, an indoor lap pool, whirlpool, 24-hour gym and delicious American-style cuisine at The Bistro. If you like people-watching the living room-style lobby is also a great hangout with all-day drinks, including Starbucks coffee, readily available.
The Anndore House ☆☆☆ – More than a building. The Anndore House is a whole new way to experience Toronto with design aesthetics that will have you snapping away from the moment you check in. It’s eating, sleeping, working and playing in a one of a kind destination with a distinctively imaginative soul. Many gay travelers check in here, not only because of its proximity to all the best gay nightlife in Toronto but because this upscale hotel offers chic, urban rooms, and facilities including a barber shop, a cafe, and a hip restaurant + bar.
Shangri-La Hotel ☆☆☆☆☆ – A luxury metropolitan sanctuary right in the core of hectic Toronto. The Shangri-La Hotel promises a saintly haven where art, fashion and entertainment meet. Ideally located between the business and nightlife districts, this hotel has 202 rooms and suites created with contemporary flair and elevating Asian-accented features. As you would expect with a hotel of this caliber, there is a variety of amenities including an elegant Asian restaurant, a tempting cocktail bar, and a bright lobby lounge with an extensive tea menu – not to mention the spa, fitness center and sumptuous indoor pool.
Templar Hotel ☆☆☆☆ – A modern escape in the heart of a big city, “Toronto’s Secret Hotel” is a distinguished boutique hotel, centrally located in Toronto’s Entertainment and Fashion District. Known for its interior design, the Templar embodies a inventive energy with current décor throughout the sleek, minimalist rooms, including wood flooring, custom furnishings, and marble fittings. The Templar also offers intimate contemporary space, gym, spa, Japanese-style spa, fine dining restaurant, and library – rather unique for a hotel with only twenty-seven guest rooms. Experience a warm welcome and unparalleled service in this hidden gem tucked in the heart of Canada’s biggest city.
Hotel Ocho ☆☆☆ – An industrial-chic hotel with affordable room rates on the edge of the Fashion District and Chinatown. There are only 12 minimalist rooms on offer here, but each offers gorgeous exposed brick walls, works by local arts and city view glimpses. There is also a casual dining restaurant and regular art exhibitions.
Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown ☆☆☆ – Toronto is experiencing a bit of a tourism boom recently, and hotel demand can’t keep up with supply. While no rooms in this city are particularly cheap, we love the Holiday Inn Express for a simple stay with spacious, contemporary (and clean) rooms all at a low price. This is a no-frills sort of place, perfect if you just want a private room on a budget but a nice freebie is the self-serve daily breakfast including Fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, and a pancake machine
HI Toronto ☆☆ – Right in the center of downtown, this hip hostel is perfect for those on a budget and wanting to socialize. Hang out at the popular Cavern bar, take place in daily activities including Graffiti tours, pub crawls and trivia nights or chill and chat with like-minded people. Sure, you have to share a room – but HI Toronto is going to be one of the cheapest places to rest your head and is welcoming to everyone – gay, straight or unicorn!
Gay Nightlife in Toronto
Toronto is one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the world and has plenty of gay nightlife to cater for any kind of mood.
Being such a tolerant society, you are unlikely to experience any issues with displays of affection in public and as such will be welcomed in most clubs and bars in Toronto. So, if you want to mix with hetero’s, you will be accepted pretty much anywhere you go.
Having said that Canada’s largest gay community does call Toronto home, so you are not going to want to miss out of the wild queer nightlife here.
The majority of gay bars and clubs are located in the Church and Wellesley Gay Village, so if you don’t want to make any plans just head here and look for the rainbow flags. There are also a variety of queer takeover events in Toronto, but they seem to be coming and going faster than we can add them here. In addition to these fabulous venues check out YoHomo for more Toronto queer culture, particularly event listings for parties, film screening, art shows, readings, and gayming meetups.
Gay Bars in Toronto
Woody’s – A landmark within the Church and Wellesley gay village and a popular destination for LGBT tourists in Toronto, Woody’s is never a bad choice. Made famous in the North American version of Queer as Folk when Woody’s was the main queer hangout used – even though the series was set in Pittsburgh it was filmed in Toronto. We loved dancing the night away at this gigantic, multi-level venue with 5 bars, fabulous drag shows, and fun competitions each Thursday through Saturday (Best Chest, Best Ass, Best Legs). There is a very diverse crowd being such an institution and at any given night at Woody’s you can find muscle queens, twinks, bears, leather daddies and everything in between. We told you the Toronto gay scene was very diverse, and Woody’s is where they all come together.
Pegasus Bar Toronto – Vivid martinis tempt locals to this ‘sports’ gay bar for trivia nights and games with billiards, darts, ping-pong and pinball to keep you entertained. Live, laugh, love and play, no matter what your poison Pegasus is a great option. Chill and quiet, Pegasus has a very welcoming ambiance, affordable drink prices, Tuesday drag bingo and lots of friendly bears to strick up a conversation with!
Remington’s – A entertaining establishment where fully nude men strut their stuff for loyal patrons –exclusively for men every Friday and Saturday but women are welcome during the week. Remington’s is spread over two floors with a fully stocked bar, a variety of sensational dancers representing a diverse mix of ethnicity, shapes and sizes and plenty of raucous fun. The concept of a male strip club is not new – hell, there are four in Fort Lauderdale – but they are still few and far between worldwide, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch these men take to the stripper poles, ripe off their costumes and werk for your dolla, dolla, bill ya’ll!
Flash On Church – Technically a gay members club where you have a to pay a small one-time members fee to enter, but really another gay strip club offering live male exotic dancers every day from 5 pm to 2 am. Halleloo…praise be! Inside there are two floors open last night with three separate bars, with prices that are very reasonable considering this is a strip club! Staff was pleasing from the person at the door to the bartenders to the dancers – although the most gorgeous dancers are not even really strippers, just naked guys who walk naked onto the stage. There were many different body types and ethnicities on stage, and the crowd is all males as unlike Remington’s no females are allowed in… ever.
Boutique Bar – An upscale LGBT cocktail bar foud in the heart of the Church-Wellesley Village. They offer everything from classic cocktails to inventive drinks, mixed by passionate and attentive bartenders who actually know what they are doing! Pop into the bar, lounge or the beautiful front patio for the best views of Church Street. Our favorite drinks? The classic French Martini will transport you straight back to Paris, or the Cactus (with Tequila, melon liqueur, lime juice, aloe vera juice) will have you dreaming of a hot night in Mexico City.
Crews And Tangos – Toronto’s most popular Drag Bar found in the heart of the Church-Wellesley Gay Village. A staple of the LGBT community staple and a fabulous party destination offering revelry-fuelled atmosphere and main stage drag performance every night of the week! Take your favorite drag merch to show the girls… Hip, camp and fun, things get especially wild on the weekend when the two dance floors are opened up and get absolutely packed.
Church Street Garage– An LGBT restaurant in the gay village open for all meals. Check there Facebook page for upcoming events, but we love stopping by for a late evening bite, enjoying the frequent drag shows and perhaps a bit of karaoke.
The Beaver Café – A queer and alt-culture oasis located in the heart of Queen West serving house prepared tacos, local craft beer, and cocktails prepared by the expert bar staff. Come early to unwind but after 10 pm watch as the space transforms into a preferred nighttime destination for LGBT / mixed locals and visitors alike.
WAYLA – Short for What Are You Looking At, this hip bar is a fusion of upscale Parisian queer nightlife and the underground club scene of NYC. Located in the picturesque Leslieville neighborhood far from the traditional focal points of Toronto’s LGBTQ nightlife WAYLA offers Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Straight & Bisexual of every age and race in a safe environment with a zero tolerance policy for any intolerance. Being a destination bar, most of the queer parties are themed and offer a different take on Toronto nightlife complete with sophisticated décor and friendly staff. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Strickers Sports Bar – Canada’s All-Inclusive Sports Bar located not too far from the epicenter of Toronto’s gay community at Church & Wellesley. Since no bar in the village is focused on gay sports fans, owners Vince and Oliver decided to do something about it! Striker sponsors gay teams and leagues and as well as having great food and drinks is a mecca for LGBTQ sports fans in Toronto (and their admirer..).
The Church Mouse – A 2-story chain pub in the heart of Gay Toronto serving pub grub plus a variety of both domestic and international beers. This location is very LGBT-popular given its location, becoming the local watering hole with a busy patio in summer – but other than the patrons there is nothing particularly queer about it. We loved the Church Mouse none-the-less for catch-ups and drink specials, but if you want drag, dance tunes or strippers you will need to move on at some point!
The Drink – A gay-owned LGBT independent coffee shop and bar known for its drag bingo, boundary-pushing shows, video dance parties and comedy shows – normally with no cover. We can’t really decide if it is a café or bar, but since the Drinks is a perfect stop on a gay Toronto nightlife tour and just as perfect for either whiskey and espresso, we think it belongs here. One of the villages best-kept secrets with a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and great weekend energy for socializing with strangers.
Gay Clubs in Toronto
Fly 2.0 – Open Saturday’s only, Fly 2.0 is a cavernous LGBT club in Toronto that is able to stuff in over 800 people across four rooms on three floors. Another place you might recognize from Queer As Folk, Fly 2.0 is the biggest and hottest gay club in Toronto so if you are looking for a fun night out dancing with shirtless hunks and international DJs then this the place to be. Music is essentially pop remixes with dance and electronic, there are often go-go dancers, and drag show and things don’t really start heating up until after midnight! We loved the cat-walk mainstage, the glass fishbowl-style bar upstairs, dark room upstairs and the epic laser lights show. If you are a party animal, no trip to Gay Toronto would be complete without a night out at Fly 2.0
Club120 – A popular queer playground / gay club in downtown Toronto with theme nights, burlesque, cabaret, dance, and glitterific dance parties. There is also the newly opened 120 Diner on the ground floor offering cabaret and live music most nights. Club120 is known for wild parties in the weekend playing house and techno music, but during the week offers different events including a Thursday night social night for Trans Girls. Check out their Facebook page to find something for you before heading out.
Buddies @ Bad Times Theatre – A innovative queer theatre production venue that flings there doors open each Saturday for after-show club nights and events. Drag, dance music, queer euphoric and total acceptance are a given. All proceeds go to running the theatre.
GirlPlay Toronto – An LGBTQ collective that throws events for women. All women. Lesbian Women, Gay Women, Queer Women, Trans Women, Genderqueer/genderfluid, and Non-Binary Folks. Allies are always welcome. Thousands of people attend, so be sure to check dates on their website and plan accordingly.
El Convento Rico – Bringing the queer Latin spirit to Toronto since 1992, El Convento Rico is focussed on breaking down barriers and being a safe haven for the local LGBT community. Welcoming people from all walks of life every weekend with a mix of Latin and Top 40 hits, there are also fabulous drag shows, a crowded dance floor, and occasional male revue shows. Muy Caliente! Having reached near-legendary status things get pretty packed here, so if you want personal space and quiet drinks, this might not be for you. However, if you want a hot Latin night alaPuerto Vallarta or Medellin, this is the spot for you!
Gay Sauna And Cruise Clubs in Gay Toronto
Had enough of gay cruising in Toronto – either in the bars or elsewhere? Want to explore the naughtier side of Toronto?
Well, you are in luck since Toronto has the largest gay scene in Canada, including a variety of popular bathhouses and sex clubs which should not disappoint you (unlikely all those faceless accounts on Grindr or the other hook up apps…). Most of the best cruising venues are located around the iconic Church Street Gay Village making life a little easier. In such a foreign-friendly city you should have no issues visiting any of the Toronto gay sauna/bathhouses and will be welcomed openly, as in the rest of the Toronto gay scene.
Steamworks – A popular private gay sauna with a modern gym and fun hot tubs open 24/7. Easy to reach in the heart of the Gay Toronto’s village there is a lot to explore here with plenty of cruising action, especially over the weekend when Steamworks Toronto gets packed with early-morning action. Plenty of muscle boys hang out here getting a workout in before exploring their other options. There is an excellent shower steam room and sauna, private spaces, glory holes and more littered around to keep you entertained. A well-respected chain with other locations in Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago and Berkeley (near Gay San Fran).
Spa Excess – Toronto’s largest bathhouse, catering to men of all races and ages looking for modern facilities, a fully licensed bar, and 24-hour access. Friendly staff, clean and well-maintained facilities, a good mix of customers (age, race, background, experience) and one of Toronto’s best rooftop patios. Again, in the heart of the gay village so busiest in the weekends.
Splash Steam and Sauna– A new gay sauna in Toronto in the same location as the old Central Spa. Offering a welcoming, pleasant, and comfortable atmosphere in the heart of one of Toronto’s up-and-coming neighborhoods. No sign-up or memberships are required, and there are student discounts on lockers and rooms every day of the week. Facilities might be lacking compared to the other options in Gay Toronto, but there is still plenty of fun to be had…
Eagle Toronto – Toronto’s Original Leather Cruising Bar with erotic art and a shadowy industrialized vibe throughout. Covering multiple levels there is a vibing patio upstairs, a casual bar and dark rooms – especially useful with the very cruise-y atmosphere here in the weekends. Even if dark rooms are not quite your scene, Eagle is also just a fun place to relax and socialize with a busy events calendar (listed on their website) – and perhaps to meet the leather daddy, cub or admirer of your dreams. Oh, and there is a weekly naked night which is very, very popular.