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All listings updated and checked. November 18, 2017

Popular Bars & Restaurants in the Queer West Village

Bambi’s, (Queer owned) 1265 Dundas St. W. Little Portugal 647.351.1100 Bambi's is downstairs on the Southeast corner of Dovercourt and Dundas, across from the 24 hour 7-11 and just on the edge of the strip of bars that spills over from Ossington. Bambi's not your usual hipster dive. Small yes, too small, once full, no getting in. Starts jumping at midnight, dead at 10 PM http://www.blogto.com/bars/bambis-bar-toronto Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Bovine Sex Club 542 Queen W, Queer West Village, Toronto ON 416-504-4239 bovinesexclub.com/

Bunda Lounge, 1108 Dundas St W near Ossington, Queer West Village, Toronto ON https://www.facebook.com/bundalounge/

Cadillac Jenkins, 930 Queen St. W just east of Ossington Ave, Queer West Village, Toronto ON No Phone number. email: info@cadillacjenkins.com https://cadillacjenkins.com/

Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen W, Queer West Village, Toronto ON 46-536-7717, cadillaclounge.com

Cool Hand of a Girl (Lesbian owned), 2804 Dundas St. W.in the Junction near Keele St. Queer West Village, Toronto ON (647) 726-7613) http://www.coolhandofagirl.com/ |

Cardinal Rule (gay owned) 5 Roncesvalles Avenue Phone 647.352.0202 Where Queen and Roncesvalles meet, so do the queers in this neighbourhood at this retro spot. They've got great food (lots of vegan options), but they've also got an even better attitude and have been throwing queer nights here and there for a while http://cardinalrulerestaurant.com/. Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Dance Cave (Lee's Palace), 529 Bloor St. W. at Bathurst St W.,leespalace.com |Queer West Village, Toronto ON

El Convento Rico (Gay Latin Drag Nightclub) 750 College Street, 9 pm to 3 am (416) 588-7800 elconventorico.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Fountain Art Gallery, 1261 Dundas St W (416).262- 4986. Queer West Village, Toronto ON ( Owned by Maggy Perry) No web site http://www.blogto.com//fountain Art Bar nestled in our west side of the city at Dundas St W & Dovercourt. The Fountain is more of a gallery with a liquor license, than a bar with local art on its walls..

Handlebar 159 Augusta Ave, (Kensington Market) 647) 748-7433 http://www.thehandlebar.ca | Queer West Village, Toronto ON

The Harlem (Underground) 745 Queen St. West Toronto, ON http://www.harlemrestaurant.com/

Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W 416-662-7072 . http://www.junctioncitymusichall.com/ | Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Less Bar (Closed) 834 Bloor West (at Shaw St, 2 BLKs east of Ossington) – Less Bar specific emphasis was on a space for people of colour, female-identified, trans and queer people. owned by Kevin B Kennedy, man behind Craft Beer House (838 Bloor W.) and manager of band, Army Girls. The new Less Bar on Bloor w. near Shaw opened in Sept is more or less dead, was shuttered 12/05/17 the website expired. . Owner said "Less will reopen when we find someone to manage the business. Until then, the space will remain closed. If you are interested in taking over the lease for the space and the business (space can be converted into any use), please get in touch. No reason given for closure. Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Lipstick & Dynamite 992 Queen Street West Toronto, ON (416) 535-4554 just east of Ossington This is a rock 'n roll queer hangout. More Iggy Pop, less Kylie Minogue. Queer West Village, Toronto ON https://www.facebook.com/Lipstickanddynamite.ca

Lucky Shrike 850 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON Little Portugal (416) 815-7777 (formerly The Press Club). 10 PM Offering house, disco and dancing. NO COVER, drink promos, did we say dance party? Their back patio is a must. It's intimate and Incredibly serene, yes small, but chill. 850 Dundas St W, Queer West Village, Toronto ON https://www.facebook.com/luckyshrike/

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W, 416-588-0307, lula.ca | a Latin Bar Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Mahjong Bar, 1276 Dundas West, at Dovercourt, Little Portugal, (Popular dining spot with west-end Lesbians.) 647-291-6097, Owners: Emily Blake, Joshua LeBlanc, Andrew Perry and Kyle Wong. BlogTO Review The house cocktails are fresh, funky and packed with pop culture allusions. Mahjong Bar is tucked behind a Pepto-pink storefront that has shelves stocked with shrimp chips, instant noodles and RuPaul votive candles. There’s a clutch of chairs and few tall cans in the fridge, but the real action happens behind the curtain. The glowing keyhole doorway that leads to the rest of the 2000-square-foot dining and dancing space.http://www.mahjongbar.com/home Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Milk Glass Company & Gallery, 1247 Dundas St. W. http://milkglassco.tumblr.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Miss Thing’s (gay owned) a Pan Asian restaurant, cocktail bar and huge dance space in the back1279 Queen St W Queer West Village, Toronto ON at Brock Parkdale.416.516.8677 http://www.missthings.com/ home to Montly Big Primpin'

Nest Nightclub (Formerly the Ryze) 423 College St. & Bathurst 416-792-9488 https://www.facebook.com/NestToronto | home to monthly Yes Yes All Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Nightowl 647 College Street, (647) 927-4321 opens at 6 PM -2:30 AM Serving up booze-spiked floats, beer & snacks, this lively haunt boasts vintage arcade games. http://nightowltoronto.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Oak Island 121 Ossington Avenue Toronto, ON, (416) 537-5285 Inspired by the sleek look of the eighties, this new hangout offers craft coolers, cocktails & sodas. http://www.oakislandto.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Parts & Labour and The Shop Under 1566 Queen St W, 416-588-7750 http://www.partsandlabour.ca Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Prettyugly Bar, 1237 Queen St. W. (No Phone) http://www.prettyuglybar.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Rivoli (Nightclub & Pool Hall) , 334 Queen Street West, (416) 596-1908. https://www.facebook.com/RivoliToronto/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Sidestreet Bar,768 Dundas St W. (647) 240-0738 just west of Bathurst St. Toronto, ON facebook.com/sidestreetbartoronto/ Monthly Wigstock Drag show held here, Queer West Toronto ON.

Smiling Buddha Bar. 961 College St, Occassional queer events. (416) 516-2531 Self-proclaimed dive bar & event venue hosting live metal punk & hardcore music, plus comedy shows. http://thesmilingbuddha.ca/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. at Bathurst St., (416) 603-3090 http://sneaky-dees.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Stones Place, 1255 Queen St W, (416) 536-4242 Parkdale Rolling Stones memorabilia decorates this laid-back nightspot, which offers a dance floor & sofas. Friday & Sat best nights http://stonesplace.ca/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Stop, Drop and Roll Toronto A spot for DJs, Art and Live Music on the 2nd floor, above the legendary Rancho Relaxo at 300 College St near Spadina.Conveniently located on the 510 Spadina and 506 Carlton/College Streetcar lines. Own by Tina Sixx, member of punk band The Blackouts. She got former owner of Rancho Relaxo Donnie Blais, on board to help out. blogto.com/bars/stop-drop-roll-toronto/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON No Phone # https://www.facebook.com/stopdroprollto/

Supermarket Restaurant and Bar - 268 Augusta Ave, Kensington Market (416) 840-0501 Casual restaurant & bar offering Asian-fusion small plates plus late-night dancing & concerts. http://www.supermarketto.ca/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. at Brock Ave, Phone number (647) 347-0099 A non-divey dive bar. What we mean is, its got cheap beer and whiskey, great music, welcoming bar tenders, a mixed crowd of cool but unpretentious people, and its clean. this place has free pool (one table in the back), board games to play, weird toys on the bar to amuse yourself with http://www.blogto.com/bars/swan-dive-toronto/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Sweaty Betty's (Dive Bar) - Open 5:00 PM week days and 3:30 PM weekends.13 Ossington Avenue At Queen W. Phone number (416) 535-6861 It was wall to wall people on a Friday night and a perfect home for you with the freaks and the hipsters, occassional queer events. https://www.facebook.com/SweatyBettysToronto/

Remix lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. (647) 722-4635 Little Portugal Queer West Village, Toronto ON http://remixlounge.ca/

The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St W at Brock. http://www.thebabyg.com/ Formerly Bar with No Name. Now owned by Shaun Bowring - the same guy behind The Garrison. Queer West Village, Toronto ON

The Beaver 1192 Queen St W, 416-537-2768 beavertoronto.ca/ (Gay Owned) | Not wheelchair friendly, washrooms and teeny tiny dance floor for 20 peeps up a flight of stairs, it's more about ambience and mingling at the front bar. Queer West Village, Toronto ON

The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave (Kensington Market) 416-593-9218 http://www.theboatkensington.com/

The Brooklynn 1186 Queen St. West,(Trinity Bellewoods near The Beaver) : 416-536-770 Brooklynn is a positive space with no room for sexism, racism, homophobia, agism, sizism, transphobia, or any kind of negativity. LOVE + POSITIVE VIBES ONLY. http://brooklynnbar.com/

The Drake Underground, Phone: (416) 531-5042 1150 Queen St. W. http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/listings/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON (416) 519-9439 http://www.garrisontoronto.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

The Gladstone (Queer-owned) more of a boutique hotel, with several interior bars that cater to a LGBTQ crowd weekly. 1214 Queen St W, : (416) 531-4635 http://www.gladstonehotel.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West Toronto, ON at Dovercourt ( (416) 792-1268) http://www.thegreathall.ca/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

The Hen House (Closed July 2015)

The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. 416-850-0161 The Ossington | Queer West Village, Toronto ON

The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. (West of Ossington Beside the Long & McQuade) Close to the Ossington Subway Station, Queer West Village, Toronto ON 416 532 3989 http://thepiston.ca/

The Red Light, 1185 Dundas St. W 416-533-6667 West of Ossington http://www.theredlighttoronto.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

The Round. (Not wheelchair accessible) 152a, 2nd floor Augusta Ave., home to Cherry Bomb, Queer West Village, Toronto ON (416) 451-6346 http://roundvenue.com/

The Steady Cafe and Bar, (Closed November 2017)

The Yukon, (Queer owned) 1592 Queen St. W (Parkdale) Phone: (647) 345-4156 This is a new Queer Positive space. Bigots need not apply. There is a small step in the entryway & a downstairs bathroom. We are working on a curb ramp. http://www.theyukonbar.com/ Queer West Village, Toronto ON

Unlovable, 1415-B Dundas St. W. at Gladstone Ave on east of Dufferin. Dark, subterranean bar lined with pinball machines & featuring hip local DJs & drink specials. Queer West Village, Toronto ON no web site

Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St. W Queer West Village, Toronto ON (647) 351-9001 .http://thevelvet.ca/

Popular Homo Hangouts - Church St Gay Village

Black Eagle (457 Church), :(416) 413-1219 bi-level leather, fetish and cruise bar, patio, barbecues on top floor outdoor patio, bear and naked nights. Catering to the gay leather & denim communities. http://blackeagletoronto.com/ |

Blyss Night Club (Closed August 2017)

Boutique Bar, 506 Church St. 647.705.0006 The crowd consists of stylish, mid 20s to early 30s professional men (and some women) who go for the gourmet cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere. http://www.boutiquebar.ca/

Buddies in Bad Times: Simultaneously a bar and the world’s oldest queer theatre company (416) 975-8555 12 Alexander Street (Church-Wellesley Village) http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/

Club 120, 120 Church St, Toronto, ON Phone: (416) 706-4237 who comes here? Church St regulars, devotees of the live music theme nights, after-hours hungry people. http://www.club120.ca/

Crews & Tango (508 Church St), (647) 349-7469 mostly men gay dance bar with drag shows and karaoke; Tango upbeat lesbian dance floor.http://crewsandtangos.com/ Web site under construction

Flash on Church (463 Church St), (416) 907-4243 men's sex club, dancing, male stripprs, a dash of nudity and porn: "things guys don’t do when the girls are around.” Their Erotico club upstairs does private parties.http://www.flashonchurch.com/ |

Fly 2.0 at 6 Gloucester St and Yonge St, Toronto ON Phone:(416) 925-6222 http://www.flyyyz.com/One of the last remaining Dance Clubs in The Church St gay village

Glad Day Bookshop/ Cafe & Bar at night. 499 Church St, Toronto, ON (416) 901-6600 https://www.gladdaybookshop.com/

O'Grady's Restaurant & Patio, 518 Church St, Toronto, ON (416) 323-2822 Corner tavern offering standard pub grub (served late) & weekend brunch,it has the most fabulous patio and cute lady servers and clientele, except for Friday nights when it turns into Bear night upstairs.located heart of Church St gay village. http://www.ogradyschurch.com/.

Pegasus On Church (489 Church), upstairs neighborhood bar, games galore, pool tables, big TVs screen sports and monthly gay comedy club.http://pegasusonchurch.com/

Statlers 487 Church St, Toronto, ON (416) 922-0487 Bi-level piano bar hosting live music most nights http://statlers.ca/

Striker Sports Bar (Church Street Gay Village) (416) 929-9595 31 Saint Joseph Street Toronto, ON, http://www.strikertoronto.com/

The Lodge Pub & Grill (Church Street Gay Village) 518 Church Street above O'Grady's Restaurant. Standard pub grub. Hosts weekly events for Beefy Gay Bears and the Leather, Rubber and Fetish crowd. TheLodgeAtOgradys/

Woody's & Sailor (465 Church), Phone: (416) 972-0887 gay bar next to/ part of Woody's complex, in heart of Church St., gay village. http://woodystoronto.com/

Wayla Bar & Lounge Toronto East end 996 Queen St. E , Leslieville at Carlaw 416-901-5570.Inspired by the nightlife in France and underground lgbt clubs of NYC, http://www.waylabar.ca

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