Restos and bars beyond the gay vil­lage

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There’s lots of ac­tion at hot spots out­side of the of­fi­cial Pride zone at Church and Welles­ley. Here are a few of those places off the beaten path.

AN­NEX WRECK ROOM 794 Bathurst, at Bloor W, 416-536- 0346, thean­nexwreck­ Mas­sive dance club in the An­nex across from Hon­est Ed’s. M


1192 Queen W, at Glad­stone, 416537-2768, beaver­ Cheap drinks, glam-punk DJs and an artsy crowd make Lynn McNeil’s small­ish café one of the hottest spots on the al­terna Queer West strip.

BOVINE SEX CLUB 542 Queen W, at Bathurst, 416-504- 4239,

bovi­ne­sex­ From the out­side, the Bovine looks like the af­ter­math of an ac­ci­dent in an iron­works. Inside, where it’s dark, down and dirty, DJs spin vin­tage glam metal or what­ever’s loud and hap­pen­ing. The drink of choice? Jäger­meis­ter! M

CADIL­LAC LOUNGE 1296 Queen W, at Grove, 416-536-7717, cadil­la­ Retro 50s- era rocker lounge with huge back­yard pa­tio in unpretentious Park­dale. M

DRAKE 1150 Queen W, at Bea­cons­field, 416-531

5042, the­drake­ho­ Swanky sup­per club, cock­tail lounge and base­ment per­for­mance space in trendy west-side bou­tique ho­tel. M

EL CONVENTO RICO 750 Col­lege, at Craw­ford, 416-588-7800, el­con­ven­ Latino salsa club with late-night drag shows Fri­day and Satur­day.

FOOT­WORK 425 Ade­laide W, at Brant, 416-913-3488, foot­work­ Scaled-down ver­sion of a large un­der­ground dance club, with a fo­cus on house and techno. M

GLAD­STONE HO­TEL 1214 Queen W, at Duf­ferin, 416-531- 4635, glad­stone­ho­ Re­stored Vic­to­rian ho­tel and arts com­plex com­plete with in­stal­la­tions, café, live mu­sic and karaoke. M

HEN­HOUSE 1532 Dundas W, at Duf­ferin, 416-534

5939, hen­house­ Owned by Katie Sketch and Jenny Smyth of the late Van­cou­ver, Mor­ris­sey-ob­sessed combo the Or­gan, this mu­si­cian-friendly bar sports kitschy decor and great CD juke­box. Veg­e­tar­ian Sun­day brunch, too.

MITZI’S SIS­TER 1554 Queen W, at Fuller, 416-532-2570, Off­shoot of popular Park­dale brunch spot Mitzi’s, this rootin’-tootin’ sa­loon at­tracts rough-around-the-edges types from the lo­cal alt-art-and-mu­sic scene.

MOD CLUB THE­ATRE 722 Col­lege, at Craw­ford, 416-588- 4663, the­mod­ Medium-sized live mu­sic venue with a raised stage, ex­tended dance floor and el­e­vated seat­ing. M

WRONG­BAR 1279 Queen W, at Brock, 416-516-8677, wrong­ Bare-bones live mu­sic and DJ space in Park­dale with an elec­tro bent. M 3

Belt out some queer-friendly karaoke at the Hen­house.

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