Here’s an array of cool bars ready to welcome Pride revellers throughout the fun fest. Plus, the best restos along the parade route.
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 nowdefunct George’s Play crew. 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. Goodhandy’s 120 Church, at Lombard, 416-760- 6514, goodhandys.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. KoKoni izaKaya 459 Church, at Maitland, 647-346- 0886. Trendy Guu-style watering hole with tapas-style bits ’n’ bites. PeGasus 489B Church, at Wellesley, 416-927-8832, pegasusonchurch.com. This relaxed second-storey 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, remingtons.com. Male strip club in the heart of Yonge Street’s decidedly hetero pseudo-sleaze zone. 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 regular live music nights and DJ sets aimed at the ladies in the house. 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 retro-themed dance club. Woody’s/sailoR 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 Ass contest. ziPPeRz/cellblocK 72 Carlton, at Church, 416-921- 0066, zipperzcellblock.com. Two bars in one! Sing along to Broadway show tunes in the oldschool piano bar complete with working fireplace, or dance the night away on a stainless steel dance floor in the adjacent disco.
andy Poolhall 489 College, at Markham, 416-923-5300, andypoolhall.com. Warhol-themed billiard lounge with DJs on the College strip. annex WRecK Room 794 Bathurst, at Bloor W, 416-536- 0346, theannexwreckroom.com. Massive dance club in the Annex across from Honest Ed’s. beaveR 1192 Queen W, at Gladstone, 416-5372768, beavertoronto.ca. 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, bovinesexclub.com. 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. cadillac lounGe 1296 Queen W, at Grove, 416-536-7717, cadillaclounge.com. Retro 50s-era rocker lounge with huge backyard patio in unpretentious Parkdale. cameRon house 408 Queen W, at Cameron, 416-703- 0811, thecameron.com. Downtown’s original art bar offers live music nightly in two too-cool rooms. cloaK & daGGeR 394 College, at Borden, 416-921-8308, cloakanddaggerpub.com. Eclectic local close to Kensington with an emphasis on suds and alternative programming. comFoRt zone 486 Spadina, at College, 416-975- 0909. Tweaked-out DJs starting at 4 am (!) Sundays and running well into the next day in the basement of the colourful Waverley Hotel. Unlicensed. dance cave 529 Bloor W (2nd floor), at Albany, 416532-1598, leespalace.com. Cavernous dance club near U of T specializing in retro alternative rock. dRaKe hotel 1150 Queen W, at Beaconsfield, 416-5315042, thedrakehotel.ca. Swanky supper club, cocktail lounge and basement performance space in trendy west-side boutique hotel. el convento Rico 750 College, at Crawford, 416-588-7800,
Belt it out at Henhouse Karaoke, one of the many theme nights at the Dundas West hot spot.