Where to eat and drink along the parade route
CREWS/TANGO 508 Church, at Maitland, 416-972-1662, crewsandtangos.com. Drag shows downstairs (Crews), dancing dykes upstairs (Tango) and DJs ‘n’ drag kings in the Zone. M
FLASH 463 Church, at Maitland, 416-925-8363,
flashonchurch.com. New self-described “members’ sex club and bar” in the former Bigliardi’s (!) steak house from the George’s Play crew. Naked pool encouraged. M
FLY 8 Gloucester, at Yonge, 416-925- 6222,
flynightclub.com. Massive laser-strafed circuit-party-style dance club open Friday and Saturday night. Drink till 2 am, dance till 7 am.
FLYING BEAVER 488 Parliament, at Carlton, 647
347- 6567, pubaret.com. Every night is ladies’ night at Slack Alice and Big Mama’s Boy mama Heather MacKenzie and comic Maggie Cassella’s recently launched Cabbagetown pub-slash-cabaret. Dirty bingo and Sunday brunch, too.
504 Church, at Alexander, 416-9638251, playonchurch.com. George Pratt’s ornately decorated playroom is home to a number of drag residencies – Chris Edwards and
Michelle Ross both hold regular nights – as well as karaoke Mondays and bingo every afternoon.
GOODHANDY’S 120 Church, at Lombard, 416-760- 6514, good
handys.com. Pansexual playground for T- girls, T-boys, drag kings and their admirers anonymously located upstairs from Spring Rolls’ Go and next door to McVeigh’s Irish pub. M
PEGASUS 489B Church, at Wellesley, 416-927-8832, pegasusonchurch.com. This relaxed secondstorey space features four pool tables as well as a number of video and pinball games. Regular drink specials and free pizza Fridays.
REMINGTON’S 379 Yonge, at Gerrard, 416-977-2160, reming
tons.com. Male strip club in the heart of Yonge Street’s decidedly hetero sleaze zone. M
SLACK’S 562 Church, at Wellesley, 416-928-2151,
slacks.ca. Once a slacker named Alice, this neighbourly gastro-pub pulls a mixed crowd for $2.50 drinks Tuesdays, DJs Thursdays through Saturdays and live music most Sundays. New: Sunday brunch! M
SMITH 553 Church, at Dundonald, 416-926-2501, 553church.com. The former gay bar called Straight morphs into its latest alias in time for Pride. Expect a more relaxed vibe, an accessible comfort food card and weekend brunch.
TALLULAH’S CABARET 12 Alexander, at Yonge, 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimestheatre.com. Where “art meets
dance culture,” the cabaret space of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre doubles as a retrothemed dance club.
WISH 3 Charles E, at Yonge, 416-935- 0240, wishinto
ronto.com. Sister to nearby 7 West and the newly minted Smith, this swanky South Beachstyle resto-lounge oozes sophistication on a chic white- on-white curbside terrace. Weekend brunch, too.
WOODY’S 467 Church, at Maitland, 416-972- 0887,
woodystoronto.com. Ever watched Queer As Folk? Then you’ll know what Woody’s looks like from the street. Sadly, inside is nothing like TV. Instead, this rambling room has several stand-up bars and pool tables, and hosts a weekly Best Chest contest. M
ZIPPERZ/CELLBLOCK 72 Carlton, at Church, 416-921- 0066, zipperzcellblock.com. Two bars in one! Sing along to Broadway show tunes in the old-school piano bar complete with working fireplace, or dance the night away on a stainless steel dance floor in the adjacent disco. M
BONGA BULDAK (HOME OF HOT TASTE)
710 Yonge, at St Mary, 416-975- 0000. You have to be very drunk indeed to eat the house specialty at this student-friendly Korean cantina: Tearful Blazing Chicken, quite possibly the hottest dish in the city. More cheap beer
and shots of rotgut soju help deaden the heat. Thursday to Saturday noon to 2 am, Sunday 5 pm to 2 am.
CHURCH STREET DINER
555 Church, at Dundonald, 416-324-8463. Funky luncheonette in the former Five Alarm features inexpensive all-day Molly Wood breakfasts, burgers and hot open-faced sandwiches. Thursday and Friday 7 am to 10 pm, Saturday 9 am to 10 pm, Sunday 9 am to 10 pm.
CREPE IT UP 507-1/2 Church, at Wellesley, 416-916-3558,
crepeitup.com. After being shuttered for a lengthy renovation, this health- conscious creperie is now twice the size, having expanded into the old Pita Pan space next door. The menu’s larger, too, and currently includes the café’s signature crepes, freshly roasted coffee and house-baked Greek pastries like addictively lickable loukoumades honey balls. Thursday to Sunday 8 am till late. Unlicensed.
1033 Bay, at Irwin, 416-923-8784. Fancy some of the tastiest – and priciest!– dim sum in town in an over-the-top setting that’s best described as Versace does Versailles? Servers in French maid costumes and Strauss waltzes on the sound system only add to the luxury. Show up early or wait in the inevitable queue. Thursday and Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4 pm.
DARVISH 508 Yonge, at Maitland, 416-929-8893, darvis
hrestaurant.net. Formerly Tempus, this cozy Persian bistro gets its rep for mezes-like starters, char-broiled kebabs and chicken fesenjoon in nutty pomegranate sauce. Thursday and Friday 11:30 am to 11 pm, Saturday 2 to 11 pm, Sunday noon to 10 pm.
ETHIOPIAN HOUSE 4 Irwin, at Yonge, 416-923-5438, ethiopianhouse.com. Incendiary and moderately priced veggie-friendly platters on a curbside patio just off the parade route. Warning: if you don’t like eating with your
fingers, remember to BYOF – bring your own fork! Thursday to Sunday noon to midnight, bar till 2 am
FABARNAK 519 Church, at Dundonald, 416-355- 6781,
fabarnak.com. Stylish new café in the recent 519 addition with a locally sourced and mostly organic contemporary card. Incredible bang for the buck. Best food in the village? Thursday 7:30 am to 9 pm, lunch from 11:30 am, dinner from 5 pm. Closed Friday. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 3 pm, dinner Saturday only 5 to 9 pm. Unlicensed.
GHAZALE ON WELLESLEY E 78 Wellesley E, at Church, 416-922- 4417, ghazale.ca. Upstairs from a bathhouse, this wholesome family-run Middle Eastern take-away offers an extremely inexpensive and relatively health- conscious card in fast-food- chain digs. Skip the microwaved falafel and dig into mostly veggie nirvana. Also: 661 College, at Beatrice, 416534-7441; 504 Bloor W, at Bathurst, 416-5374417. Thursday to Saturday 9 am to 4 am, Sunday 10 am to 4 am
Unlicensed. Cash only.
GINGER ON CHURCH 546 Church, at Wellesley, 416- 413-1053, gingercuisine.ca. Dead cheap Vietnamese and Thai-style veggie-friendly noodle dishes in a casual self-serve cafeteria setting. Also: 695
Yonge, at Charles, 416-966-2424; 252 Carlton, at Parliament, 416-923-7979; 521 Bloor W, at Borden, 416-536-3131; 212 Queen W, at Duncan, 416-977-8778. Thursday 11 am to midnight, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 4 am, Sunday 11 am to 1 am (Church). GOURMET BURGER COMPANY ON CHARLES W 9 Charles W, at Yonge, 647-351- 6408, thegour
metburgerco.com. Ultimate hangover helper: the Aussie burger, 6 ounces of aged lean, never-frozen house-ground Canadian beef topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, Hellman’s mayo, gooey cheddar, grilled pineapple, honey-poached beets and a runny fried egg. Also: 482 Parliament, at Carlton, 647-344-5103. Thursday and Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Sunday noon to 9 pm (Charles). Unlicensed.
GUU 398 Church, at McGill, 416-977- 0999, guu-izakaya.com. Like to be verbally abused in a foreign language while eating dinner? Then this insanely popular and extremely noisy Japanese-Korean hybrid izakaya just south of the village should do the trick. Also: 559 Bloor W, at Bathurst, 647-3431101, Thursday 5 pm to midnight. Friday to Sunday 4 pm to midnight.
KAISEKI-SAKURA 556 Church, at Wellesley, 416-9231010, kaisekisakura.com. For Pride weekend, chef Daisuke Izutsu ditches his stunning $100-plus tasting menus based on 16th-century Zen tea ceremonies in favour of a more moderately priced izakaya-inspired tapas card – chicken kara-age, skewered yakitori – starting at four bucks a pop. Friday to Sunday 11 am to 2 am.
517 Yonge, at Maitland, 416-924-5787, kathmandurestaurant.ca. Friendly all-youcan- eat north Indian lunch buffet right in the middle of the parade. $11.99 Thursday and Fri-
day 11:30 am to 3 pm, $12.99 Saturday noon to 3 pm. A la carte menu Thursday to Saturday 5:30 to 10:30 pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 10 pm.
MAGIC OVEN ON WELLESLEY 6 Wellesley W, at Yonge, 416-929-7888, magicoven.com. Health- conscious pizza ‘n’ pasta in a cozy room just off Yonge. Pair that gluten-free pie with a gluten-free beer! Daily 11 am to 11 pm.
MASA 15 Charles E, at Yonge, 416-920-3388, hrg88.
com. All-you- can- eat sushi for as little as $10.99 might not sound like an appetizing proposition, but this moderately priced Japanese spot makes everything to order. Make the mistake of ordering too much and you’ll pay extra for what you didn’t finish. Daily 11 am to 3 pm, 5 to 11 pm.
450 Yonge, at College, 416-934-1480. Ridiculously affordable jerk chicken with rice ‘n’ peas, massive vegetarian roti and dinner combos. Thursday to Saturday 11 to 11 pm, Sunday 11 am to 9 pm. Unlicensed.
7 WEST CAFÉ 7 Charles W, at Yonge, 416-928-9041, 7westcafe.com. 24-hour resto-lounge with tiny street-side deck and third-floor rooftop aerie.
SIZZLERS 460 Yonge, at College, 416-966- 4714, sizzlerstoronto.ca. Diner-style burgers, French fries and Greek salads on the Yonge Street strip. And they deliver from 5 pm till closing! Daily 11 am to 4 am. Unlicensed.
637 Yonge, at Isabella, 647- 436-9943. This sushi resto brings your supper to table via a 62-metre conveyor belt. Grab whatever you like, stack up the empty colour- coded plates to tally the bill once you’re done and you’re in ‘n’ out for under 20 bucks in less than 30 minutes. Thursday to Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm, Sunday 12:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Unlicensed.
YOGURT SPOON 573 Yonge, at Wellesley, 416-966-1881, facebook.com/yogurtspoon. Recently launched
DIY self-serve Pinkberry frozen yogurt clone. Thursday and Friday noon to 11 pm, Saturday noon to midnight, Sunday noon to 11 pm Un
YUMMY BAR-B- Q
522A Yonge, at Wellesley, 416-921-5158. No frills food- court-style Korean grilled kalbi ribs and noodle sides. Daily 11 am to 11 pm. Un
BARN 418 Church, at Granby, 416-593-9696, theb
arnnightclub.com. Sweaty three-storey dance palace in an old Victorian with a second-floor chill deck. M
BISHOP AND THE BELCHER 175 Bloor E, at Church, 416-591-2352, bishopandbelcher.com. Pub grub and combo platters on a wraparound high-rise terrace.
BLACK EAGLE 457 Church, at Maitland, 416- 413-1219, black
eagletoronto.com. Toronto’s only leather bar – unless you count the Bovine – attracts the BDSM crowd for cruisy year-round barbecues on the rooftop deck every Saturday from 5 to 11 pm and Sunday 3 to 9 pm.
BLAKE HOUSE 449 Jarvis, at Maitland, 416-975-1867,
theblakehouse.ca. Bloor East’s Groundhog Pub relocates and rebrands itself on the old Red Lion’s 80-seat terrace, the perfect spot for Sunday night’s $17 prime rib ‘n’ Yorkshire pudding meal deal.
BOUTIQUE BAR 506 Church, at Maitland, 647-705- 0006, boutiquebar.ca. Swellegant martini lounge with curbside garden at the village’s ground zero (aka across from Woody’s).
BROWNSTONE 603 Yonge, at Gloucester, 416-920- 6288, brownstonebistro.ca. Pasta, pizza ’n’ panini in an informal bistro setting right on the parade route.
BYZANTIUM 499 Church, at Wellesley, 416-922-3859, byz.
ca. The upscale cocktail lounge opens to the street, making it one of the village’s prime cruising zones. Unusually good grub for the nabe and a gazillion different types of martoonis. M
538 Church, at Wellesley, 416-960- 6161.
Tapas and sangria next to the former Zelda’s.
CAROLINE’S 554 Parliament, at Amelia, 416-927-1593, carolinesdininglounge.com. Cabbagetown’s Big Mamma’s Boy gets a new name and management but keeps its health-conscious card of locally sourced mains and funky backyard deck. Lots of gluten-free options and weekend brunch, too.
CHURCHMOUSE & FIRKIN 475 Church, at Maitland, 416-927-1735, firkinpubs.com. Pub grub and pints at the centre of the action.
COCINA LUCERO 523 Yonge, at Maitland, 416-923- 4545, cocina
lucero.ca. Mexican restaurant with leafy patio and a front-row view of the Parade. If you stand on a ladder.
FIRE ON THE EAST SIDE 6 Gloucester, at Yonge, 416-960-3473, fireontheeastside.ca. Smart resto-lounge in the former Fenton’s offers brunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am. M
FUZION 580 Church, at Dundonald, 416-944-9888, fuz
ionexperience.com. Now that Zelda’s flown the coop for new digs on Yonge, this stylish supper club cum martini lounge gets the crown for the Village’s most swellegant scene. The South Beach vibe, bottle service and trendy tapas keep the riff-raff at bay on the other side of the railing. M
HAIR OF THE DOG 425 Church, at Wood, 416-964-2708, hairofthedogpub.ca. Two-storey watering hole across from the former Maple Leaf Gardens.
JAVA JIVE In
585 Church, at Charles, 416-923-7267. dependent coffee house offers al fresco allday breakfasts and barbecue all weekend from 11 am. Unlicensed.
LOCAL 4 4 Dundonald, at Yonge, 416-915- 0113, local4relaxstation.com. Weekend brunch and great parade sightlines.
LO’LA MARTINIS 7 Maitland, at Yonge, 416-920- 0946, lolamar
tinis.com. South Beach-style cocktail lounge close to the village and just off the parade route, with a lineup of over 80 martinis.
LOLA’S COMMISSARY 634 Church, at Hayden, 416-966-3991, lolas
commissary.com. Popular lunch and brunch spot in a rambling Victorian with a curbside deck at the top of the strip. Thursday and Friday 8 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 9 pm. M
O’GRADY’S 518 Church, at Maitland, 416323-2822, ogradyschurch.ca. Formerly Oscar’s, the bar that dared not speak its name, this studentfriendly suds parlour has a late-night kitchen serving above-average burgers on a huge multi-level deck. M
PI-TOM’S 6A Alexander, at Yonge, 416-966-1813, pi-tom. com. Pad Thai on a curbside garden terrace close to Buddies and the parade.
STATLER’S 487 Church, at Maitland, 647-351- 0957, statlersonchurch.ca. No longer BLU – or LUB, for that matter – this two-storey show bar features nightly cabaret acts and an upstairs deck with unparalleled sightlines.
SUGO 582 Church, at Dundonald, 416-929-9108,
sugotrattoria.ca. No longer the impossible-topronounce Voglie, this unexpectedly polished two-storey Italian trat and lounge sports two patios, one up front cheek-to- cheek with the Fuzion cocktail crowd, the second a gargantuan grotto out back. M
477 Church, at Maitland, 416-961- 0616. Generic Danforth-style Greek resto. Ask for table 26, the village’s peak people-watching perch.
ZELDA’S LIVING WELL 692 Yonge, at St Mary, 416-922-2526, zeldas.ca. The liquored-up trailer trash queen returns to her original digs with a virtually identical lineup of drag queens, cheap drinks and dirty bingo in an extremely secluded backyard.
Chef Peter McKnight serves up his pork chop with red eye gravy and mash at Wish.
Get ready for crowds at the popular Guu Izakaya.
Masura Ogasawara, manager
Izakaya-inspired tapas card at Kaiseki-Sakura is one of the best food options on Church.
Chow down 24/ 7 at 7 West Café.
Snack on the patio outside the rambling Victorian that houses Lola’s Commissary.
Hair of the Dog’s Michelle Chee toasts Pride. Get one of the best views of
the festivities at Statler’s.