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Top 18 LGBTQIA+-Friendly Restaurants and Bars in Toronto

Best LGBT Restaurants and bars in Toronto
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With diversity, equity, and inclusion even more embraced in Canada, one might wonder where to find and celebrate it. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most diverse spots for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, snacks, dinners, and everything in between!

Pegasus

Website: https://pegasusonchurch.com/

Address: 489B Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, Canada

Contact details: (416) 927-8832

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Friday: 3 PM – 2 AM 
  • Saturday to Sunday: 12 noon – 2 AM

Pegasus offers more than just billiards; arcade-style games, ping pong, and shuffleboard add to the entertainment mix. The friendly bar staff are masters at crafting delightful drinks; and scattered throughout the venue are several bar tables. 

While the seating arrangement might be snug, it’s well-maintained and features large windows overlooking Church St. During the warmer seasons, these windows open up, providing a fantastic setting for people watching or simply soaking in the lively views. 

Pro Tip:
Come in on Tuesdays for a unique experience with “Are you Smarter than a Scottish Guy,” hosted by the charismatic bartender extraordinaire Simon. 

The Churchmouse: A Firkin Pub

Website: https://www.firkinpubs.com/ 

Address: 475 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C5, Canada

Contact details: (416) 927-1735

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday 12 PM – 12 AM
  • Friday 12 PM – 2 AM
  • Saturday 11 AM – 2 AM
  • Sunday 11 AM – 12 AM

The Churchmouse pub stands proudly as Toronto’s LGBTQ+ hub. It’s a two-storey haven that truly comes alive on game nights, complete with big TV screens for an immersive experience. 

This spot has become a favored post-practice haunt for local LGBTQ+ sports teams. 

Whether you’re there for the games, the camaraderie, or the delectable food, Churchmouse pub is your lively and inclusive gathering place in the heart of Toronto.

Pro Tip:
Try the truffle parmesan fries as a starter or as a side followed by their crispy calamari and shrimp.

La Bartola

Website: https://labartola.ca 

Address: 588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B3, Canada

Contact details: (416) 792-1550

Operating hours: 

  • Closed on Monday
  • Tuesday to Thursday 5 PM – 10 PM
  • Friday to Saturday 5 PM – 11 PM
  • Sunday 5 PM – 10 PM

La Bartola brings a taste of authentic plant-based Mexican cuisine to Toronto, thanks to the culinary mastery of chef-owner Ivan Castro. The menu is a flavorful modern twist of the dishes his mother and grandmother lovingly cooked in their hometown. 

Signature dishes like chorizo-cactus tacos showcase the creativity and dedication to plant-based inspirations. Try the standout options like the Braised Hibiscus Flowers tacos and Pistachio Pipian, elegantly served with tortillas. 

Pro Tip:
Brunch options are available during the weekend from 12 noon to 4 PM; just make sure to make reservations ahead.

Sweaty Betty’s

Website: https://sweatybettysbar.com/ 

Address: 13 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y8, Canada

Contact details: (416) 535-6861

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Friday 3 PM – 2 AM
  • Saturday to Sunday 3 PM – 2 AM

For a laid-back spot with tasty cocktails, a comfy vibe, and just good old-fashioned fun, check out Sweaty Betty’s. This OG on Ossington has been around forever, but it’s only in recent years that it officially became a queer-owned bar. 

May, the owner, organized the original Hump Day Bump – a living legend, if you ask us. Sweaty Betty’s has spiced up its scene with more queer nights, DJs, and occasional drag shows on the sidewalk. 

Pro Tip:
Cool outdoor seating is available but better get there early to claim your spot as reservations aren’t required. 

Storm Crow Manor

Website: https://www.stormcrow.com/ 

Address: 580 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E5, Canada

Contact details: (416) 367-2769

Operating hours: 

  • Monday 4 PM – 11 PM
  • Tuesday to Saturday 12 noon – 12 AM
  • Sunday 12 noon – 11 PM

For a seriously fun and geeky night out, Storm Crow Manor is the go-to spot. Renovated from a Victorian mansion, enter a fantasy world filled with Rue Morgue Horror Trivia nights, cartoons, board games, and sci-fi-themed delights. 

This queer-friendly haven has been Toronto’s geekiest bar since it opened its doors in late 2018. The place is a maze of theme rooms, secret doors, cyberpunk bars, and glowing, bubbling cocktails.

Pro Tip:
If the Happy Hour from Monday to Thursday from 3 PM to 6 PM isn’t your thing, then try The Shire’s Second Breakfast as your brunch from 12 noon to 3 PM.

Si Lom

Website: https://silom.ca/

Address: 534 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E1, Canada

Contact details: (416) 515-0888

Operating hours: 

  • Open every day from 12 noon to 11 PM

Check out Si Lom for some fantastic Thai food. The menu is a culinary journey with a bit of everything, from soups, salads, and starters to hearty rice dishes, flavorful noodles, and rich curries – with options for vegans.

The space is perfect for couples and small groups of up to six though parking might be a bit tricky to find a spot at times. Keep in mind that the restaurant doesn’t provide high chairs, and it’s not the most wheelchair-friendly spot with no automatic doors. 

Pro Tip:
Try the signature dishes Pad Thai Soft Shell Crab and Ka Prao Moo Krob, then finish with some sticky rice and mango.

The Roy Public House

Website: https://www.theroy.ca

Address: 894 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J3, Canada

Contact details: (416) 465-3331

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday 11 AM – 11 PM
  • Friday 11 AM 12 AM
  • Saturday 11 AM  – 12 AM
  • Sunday 11 AM – 10 PM

Affectionately known as The Roy, this is where LGBTQ+ staff and patrons create a homey cozy vibe. The spot values its adult-centric ambiance, welcoming well-behaved children accompanied by adults but discouraging strollers inside the pub. 

While the pub prioritizes the in-house experience, they do accommodate take-away orders when possible, excluding dine-in only specials. Keep in mind that some menu items are best enjoyed on-site as they may not travel well. 

Pro Tip:
One of the most recommended is the poutine, and we suggest siding it with some fried pickles and cauliflower bites with some blue cheese dip.

Banu

Website: https://banu.ca/

Address: 777 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1, Canada

Contact details: (416) 777-2268

Operating hours: 

  • Closed on Monday
  • Tuesday 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Wednesday to Thursday 12 noon – 9 PM
  • Friday to Saturday 12 noon – 10 PM
  • Sunday 12 noon – 4  PM

Banu is more than just a dining spot; it’s a place of vibrant conversations and lively table-to-table chatter. You’ll enjoy the welcoming ambiance as you savor the distinctive tastes of Iranian cuisine cooked with care and passion.

Co-founded by queer activist and restaurateur Samira Mohyeddin and her siblings, Banu showcases traditional flavors, featuring delectable options such as the rack of lamb, barberry rice with chicken, and a must-try Pomegranate Beef Tenderloin. 

Pro Tip:
For appetisers, we recommend the Shirazi Salad and the cheese plate followed with  their kabab Torsh.

Bar Neon

Website: https://www.barneon.ca/

Address: 1226 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N3, Canada

Contact details: (416) 748-6366

Operating hours: 

  • Open every day from 3 PM – 12 midnight

Experience the inviting atmosphere and eclectic offerings at Bar Neon masterminded by Niki Tsourounakis. This spot has become a local favorite, drawing in a diverse crowd seeking Greek delights, mezes, craft beers, and expertly crafted cocktails. 

The friendly vibe is complemented by the artsy interiors and a laid-back back patio. Bar Neon not only serves up delicious Greek-inspired snacks during happy hour but also caters to vegetarian preferences. 

Pro Tip:
The Loukaniko goes well with their Feta Fries, but if you’ve got a big appetite, then the Sanagan’s beef burger is your best bet.

Adega Wine Bar Inc.

Website: https://www.adegapec.com/

Address: 33 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1, Canada

Contact details: (416) 977-4338

Operating hours: 

  • Closed on Sunday to Thursday 
  • Friday to Saturday 4 PM – 9 PM

Adega is a wine bar nestled in the heart of Prince Edward County. They support the LGBTQ+ community, local farmers, producers, wineries, and distilleries by exclusively featuring their products at Adega and sourcing from their own farm.

Adega is temporarily shifting to hosting events only until Spring 2024, so it’s best to book them while they’re still open to hosting group events. Adega aims to be a friendly place for people to come together, enjoy wine, and connect.

Pro Tip:
The appetisers and main courses are good, but their Cambados Octopus in Olive Oil stands out for simplicity and flavor.

Levant

Website: https://www.levant.pizza/

Address: 899 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1L2, Canada

Contact details: (416) 901-4488

Operating hours: 

  • Closed on Monday
  • Tuesday to Thursday 4 PM – 10 PM
  • Friday to Saturday 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Sunday 11:30 AM – 9 PM

Levant Pizza is a queer-friendly restaurant proudly owned by Nader and Tamer, celebrating their Palestinian and Lebanese heritage, respectively. They offer traditional Sicilian pizza and focaccia infused with delectable Middle Eastern ingredients.

Levant Pizza offers a unique twist on classic pizza with flavors like Meat Habibi, Shawarma, and Sumac “Musakhan.” Their special focaccia is made from “00” Italian flour, cold-proofed for four days, creating a distinctive base for various toppings. 

Pro Tip:
The Harissa Honey Butter Cauliflower is an unusually great companion to the Meat Habibi though it works equally well when paired with the Crispy and Creme.

The Drink Cocktail & Pizza Bar

Website: https://thedrinkcocktailpizzabar.com/

Address: 459 Church St 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C5, Canada

Contact details: (416) 920-0101

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday 4 PM  - 2 AM

Head to The Drink Cocktail & Pizza Bar in The Village for a laid-back and tasty experience. This spot is a crowd-pleaser, known for its delicious pizzas featuring creative toppings like pear, pepperoni, and – wait for it – pineapple. 

Pair your pizza with some magical cocktails and catch fabulous nightly drag masterpieces to kick things up a notch. It’s a simple yet delightful formula – good food, great drinks, and entertaining shows. 

Pro Tip:
If the fan favorites – popcorn, nachos, and the fantastic pepperoni pizza – aren’t enough, you can build your own pizza.

The Cherie Bistro

Website: https://www.thecheriebistro.com/ 

Address: 538 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E1, Canada

Contact details: (416) 968-1010

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday 10 AM – 10 PM
  • Friday 10 AM – 11 PM
  • Saturday 9 AM – 11 PM
  • Sunday 9 AM – 10 PM

The Cherie Bistro sits in the heart of the LGBTQ+ hood serving lunch and dinner. However, their brunch is a real standout with options like Grand Marnier French toast, paneer parmigiana, and wild mushroom fusilli pasta. 

The bistro offers outdoor seating, vegetarian dishes, and Wi-Fi, making it a versatile and inviting spot. Cherie’s offers cocktails and contemporary cuisine for any occasion, be it brunch, a few drinks, or a casual dinner with friends.

Pro Tip:
Aside from what we’ve mentioned, try the Cherie Breakfast, the Sweet and Savory Quesadilla, and the Mediterranean penne pasta.

The Blake House

Website: https://www.theblakehouse.ca/ 

Address: 449 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G8, Canada 

Contact details: (416) 975-1867

Operating hours: 

  • Closed on Monday
  • Tuesday to Thursday 11:30 AM – 10 PM
  • Friday 11:30 AM – 11 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday 10 AM – 11 PM

Jimmy Vasilakakos’ transformed Blake House mansion is now one of the city’s beloved queer-friendly pub restaurants, complete with a spacious, tree-shaded patio. Enjoy a diverse food and spirits list, and don’t miss the chance to try their baked poutine!

The chic bar and grill offers an extensive menu featuring burgers, steaks, shared plates, and a selection of global wines. The venue is well-equipped with outdoor seating, a cozy fireplace, and a reputation for serving great cocktails. 

Pro Tip:
The Blake House Burger is a real treat though you won’t go wrong with their aged steaks and accompanying sides of seasonal veggies and sweet potato fries. 

Church St. Garage

Website: https://churchstgarage.com/

Address: 477 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2C6, Canada

Contact details: (647) 352-5508

Operating hours: 

  • Open every day from 11 AM – 2 AM

Day or night, Church Street Garage is the go-to spot for a versatile experience. Starting as a restobar during the day and transforming into a lively drag bar by night, it’s particularly famous for its Tension Release Sundays and weekend drag shows. 

The menu boasts hearty fare, featuring classics like fish & chips, classic Greek wraps, and a variety of pasta dishes. If you’re into brunch, Church Street Garage has your weekends covered until 3 pm. 

Pro Tip:
We love the sophisticated Eggs Benedict Extravaganza, the Garage Classic Breakfast, and heartier options like the Truck Stop Sandy and the customizable Build Your Own Omelette.

Anglr

Website: https://www.anglrto.com/

Address: 1054 1/2, Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Z8, Canada

Contact details: (416) 466-6677

Operating hours: 

  • Closed on Monday
  • Tuesday to Thursday 4 PM – 9 PM
  • Friday 4 PM – 10 PM 
  • Saturday 2 PM – 10 PM
  • Sunday 2 PM – 9 PM

Anglr, the charming eatery owned by brothers Chad and Tate Welton, is our cozy spot with a diverse menu when we’re looking for fish and seafood. Oysters, chowder, clams, mussels, and calamari take center stage in this seafood haven. 

The place has a chill vibe, and you can enjoy seafood specialties on the patio with craft beers, wine, and cocktails. Anglr’s menu is friendly for Celiac and vegans, with separate fryers for gluten-free items, making sure everyone can enjoy their food. 

Pro Tip:
Sit on the patio and enjoy two of their signature meals: CJ’s Cheeseburger and their poutine, with choices of traditional, chorizo, or plant-based versions.

Maison Selby

Website: https://www.maisonselby.com/

Address: 592 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M4X 1L4, Canada 

Contact details: (647) 943-1676

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Friday 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday 11 AM – 9:30 PM

Maison Selby is an elegant French bistro in a renovated mansion that used to be the Boots gay bar. You can enjoy a fancy meal there, and if you’re up for it, head downstairs to Bar Sous Sol for a late-night cocktail.

Maison Selby’s outdoor seating option allows you to enjoy your meal in a charming atmosphere. If you’re dining with little ones, high chairs are available, adding to the overall family-friendly atmosphere.

Pro Tip:
It’s pretty hard to pick from the list, so we’re going to recommend The Full Selby downed with coffee or – if you’re feeling hearty – some of their draughts.

Sambucas On Church

Website: https://www.sambucas.ca/

Address: 489 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, Canada

Contact details: (416) 966-3241

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Friday 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday 10:30 AM – 10 PM

Sambucas on Church keeps food simple and tasty with their excellent three-course prix-fixe, available for both lunch and dinner. They serve pizza, classic dishes, and even have a fixed-price option for those who can’t decide.

Plus, they cater, offer private dining, and can handle group functions. You can catch them open on Sundays, and they’ve got a patio for some al fresco dining – and yes, it’s wheelchair accessible.

Pro Tip:
We like the black pepper salmon but we can’t say no that to the black Angus steak either!