Here’s an ar­ray of cool bars ready to wel­come Pride rev­ellers through­out the fun fest. Plus, the best restos along the pa­rade route.

NOW Magazine - Pride - - Pride Eats Drinks - Com­piled by STEVEN DAVEY


Flash 463 Church, at Mait­land, 416-925-8363, flashon­ 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, fly­night­ 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, good­ 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, pe­ga­su­ 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, rem­ing­ Male strip club in the heart of Yonge Street’s de­cid­edly het­ero pseudo-sleaze zone. slacK’s 562 Church, at Welles­ley, 416-928-2151, 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, bud­diesin­bad­timesthe­ 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, woodys­ 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, zip­perz­cell­ 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, andy­pool­ Warhol-themed bil­liard lounge with DJs on the Col­lege strip. an­nex WRecK Room 794 Bathurst, at Bloor W, 416-536- 0346, thean­nexwreck­ Mas­sive dance club in the An­nex across from Hon­est Ed’s. beaveR 1192 Queen W, at Glad­stone, 416-5372768, 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. cadil­lac lounGe 1296 Queen W, at Grove, 416-536-7717, cadil­la­ Retro 50s-era rocker lounge with huge back­yard pa­tio in unpretentious Park­dale. cameRon house 408 Queen W, at Cameron, 416-703- 0811, the­ Down­town’s orig­i­nal art bar of­fers live mu­sic nightly in two too-cool rooms. cloaK & daG­GeR 394 Col­lege, at Bor­den, 416-921-8308, cloakanddag­ger­ 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, Cav­ernous dance club near U of T spe­cial­iz­ing in retro al­ter­na­tive rock. dRaKe ho­tel 1150 Queen W, at Bea­cons­field, 416-5315042, the­drake­ho­ 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.

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