Gay Montreal

As one of the pioneering nations to recognize same-sex marriages, Canada is as logical a destination as any for the LGBT tourist; and with one of the largest gay neighborhoods in the world, Montreal is the icing on the cake.

The Village--or "le Village"--is the epicenter of Montreal's gay scene. Innumerable restaurants, shops, bars, nightclubs, and cafes dot the vicinity with their characteristic flair, and even the local metro stop is decked out in rainbow pizzazz. Sainte-Catherine Street is the Village's main thoroughfare and the backbone of its activity, with a diverse array of establishments along and on either side of it. Gay-friendly venues are also to be found slightly further afield, as in the city's downtown area, for instance.

Travelers will be delighted to learn that a variety of gay-owned-and-operated guesthouses offer affordable lodging within walking distance of the city's major attractions. Visitors may also be interested in learning that regulations in Canada are rather more liberal than our own, which may make your night at the corner strip joint a bit more exciting than expected. There are also no less than nine--count 'em nine--bathhouses filled overflowing with locals and tourists, and unlike even San Francisco, locals do not even bat an eye at the in your face street facades advertising homo sex.

HOTELS

Alexandre Logan Inn

This is a lovely B&B just two blocks from the heart of the gay village. Each room is beautifully restored and furnished with all the luxury one could want after a day (or night) out in gay or' Montreal. The owner prepares a sumptuous breakfast, so make sure you get enough sleep to be up by 10 a.m. for service. And for the third consecutive year, the Alexandre Logan is the regional grand prize winner of the prestigious award "Grands Prix du Tourisme Quebecois" in the B&B category.

Hotel St. Paul

Set in a historic building, this hotel features a modern and serene interior. The rooms are fitted with a mix of custom design pieces. Close to the Convention Center, World Trade Center, the shops on rue Ste-Catherine, Old Montreal attractions, the subway system, and all highways.

La Conciergerie

With comfortable amenities and within walking distance of most of the city's major attractions. Only two blocks away from the metro for those a bit farther afield.

Located in the city's historic Banque du Canada building, W rooms feature large windows opening onto Square Victoria Park.

Inn Between

 

In Between has four units: two Jacuzzi "suites" and two Jacuzzi "lounges." Everyone has a lounge and a bar that are exquisitely and hiply decorated. Great for those who wish to stay in a "L'Auberge" -- or apartment -- while visiting Montreal!

Turquoise Bed & Breakfast

Tucked away in a residential corner of the Gay Village is Turquoise B&B, where a stress-free stay is always on the horizon. No TV, just a quiet place to stay and escape from the hustle and bustle of the village...with personal, friendly service.

Hotel Gault

Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Hotel Gault offers 30 loft-style rooms which combine comfort and space with contemporary modern design and minimalist style.

Montreal Bathhouses & Sex Clubs

Oasis

It looks like a hacienda but feels more like a labyrinth. Expect a different party every night of the week, from foam to fannies.

 GI Joe Sauna

After 12 years, GI Joe soldiers on with 72 rooms all equipped with showers, not to mention a hot tub, snack bar, dry and wet saunas, and relaxation room.

Sauna St Huber

 

Lingerie Tuesday gets started with a glass of port, music, and strobe lights to facilitate mingling. The student discounts draw somewhat of a younger crowd, but the clientele ranges from locals, travelers, and even closeted, married men.

Sauna Centre-Ville

This sauna has been operating for almost two decades, and during that time it's managed to attract a respectable crowd. Long term stays are welcomed with special discounts and offers.

Colonial Baths

Since 1914, Colonial Baths has been catering to generations of clients, mostly regulars. Featuring a natural stone steam system, Colonial Baths urges you to indulge the old-fashioned way.

Sauna 5018 St Laurent

With almost 50 rooms and four levels, this sauna located in the hip Plateau district attracts a younger crowd and also offers personal masseurs.

 

Montreal Gay-Friendly Hotels

Gouverneur Hotel Montreal

Hotel Gouverneur in Montreal doesn't look like much from the outside -- it's basically a big cement block. But it's clean, and amazingly well situated in the Village. It takes the guess work out of staying in gay Montreal, but it does not measure up in charm to the many B&B's in the area -- or the Boutique hotels a bit further away. Enjoy the sports club or the international cuisine, including a Mediterranean lunch buffet.

Bed & Breakfast du Village

Located right in the heart of the Village. Perks include cable TV, central air, indoor parking, and terrace.

Atmosphere B&B

A casual and comfortable lounge environment in the heart of the Village. Don't miss the gourmet three-course breakfast or special last-minute deals on the Atmosphere website!

Days Inn Montreal Downtown

Situated directly downtown with access to the major popular attractions like the Casino and La Ronde Six Flags Theme Park, Days Inn Montreal Downtown will keep you where the action is. Extremely gay-friendly hotel.

HOTEL 10

Opus Montreal provides 136 guestrooms, furnished in with contemporary style. On the corner of Sherbrooke and St. Laurent, just minutes from the gay village, the hotel is home to the Koko Restaurant + Bar and co Resto-Lounge. Steps from the vibrant entertainment district and minutes from both Old Montreal and the Plateau Mont-Royal, Opus Montreal is the second boutique hotel in the stylish Opus Hotels group that also features a Vancouver place.

W Montreal

Located in the city's historic Banque du Canada building, W rooms feature large windows opening onto Square Victoria Park.

Hotel Le St. Andre

Whether you are visiting Montreal for business or pleasure, let the friendly staff and cozy atmosphere of Hotel Le St Andr make it more enjoyable.

Hotel de Paris

The rich architectural details of this century-old mansion have been carefully maintained that creates a unique and comfortable ambiance. On-site bistro and family-size suites ease travelers' stress.

Delta Montreal

Enjoy the fashionable locale of Sherbrooke Street and President-Kennedy Avenue! Montreal's action is within your reach at the Delta Montreal, including museums, festivals, trendy boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife.

 

Montreal Gay Bars

Stock Bar

The boys don't keep their clothes on for long
Stock Bar has a crew of toned boys who perform nightly strip shows.

Campus

Men-only strip club with two bars and a private salon for lap dances. Watch your wad because, at $20 US per song, the bill can add up! Ladies welcomed Sundays after 9 p.m.

Le Stud

Bears and Studs, jeans and leather
Fun and friendly atmosphere; video lottery, pool tables, karaoke, and more. Men only.

Sky Complex

Ground floor bar, second-floor hip hop club, and a dance club up on top. Amenities include pool and spa.

Club Unity

Two dance floors, a rooftop terrace, and a VIP area make Club Unity a Montreal hot spot; drag shows, go-go dancers, and Friday Night College and Saturday Muscle Beach keep the regulars coming back for more.

Notre-Dame des Quilles

This mixed bar is located in the up-and-coming Mile-Ex neighborhood (between Mile End and Little Italy) and is popular with the local hipster crowd. They have pretty good food, too, as well as two half-size bowling lanes help liven up the action (hence the name, which means Our Lady of Bowling).

Bar Relax

This unpretentious pub caters to an older crowd but is welcoming to all. The pool table is a popular distraction, as well as the cold beers and mingling with old and new friends.

L'Aigle Noir (Black Eagle)

Leather and latex and jeans, oh my!
Features a leather-clad eagle-man as its mascot. 'Nuff said.

Taverne Chez Rocky

The Taverne is a neighborhood bar in Montreal with a mostly older crowd. TVs show a reel of adult films throughout the day. Don't miss karaoke on Wednesdays!

Bar le Cocktail

The Cocktail Bar offers drag shows and karaoke nights plus a great happy hour. The cozy lounge atmosphere makes for a comfortable setting to sit back and relax with friends.

Taboo

No, not the wine -- the dancers. This is a men-only bar and strip club. Interested in dancing for them? Auditions are every Sunday at 7 p.m.

Stereo

Looking for a spot to groove at 5 a.m.? Look no further. Open from 1 a.m. - noon, this club parties late, and parties hard.

Alexanderplatz

This hip and popular mixed straight/gay venue are located in an otherwise industrial area of the Mile-Ex neighborhood (dubbed so since it's between Mile End and Parc-Extension). Set up like a German beer garden, Alexanderplatz pulls in a bohemian Berlin-y crowd and serves draft beer made right on site (and some mean cocktails too). Open May to October only.

Club Date

Karaoke every evening with occasional guest entertainers. Mixed crowd of all types, from straight couples to drag queens all waiting for their Canadian Idol moment.

Montreal Restaurants

Chez Cora

Out-of-this-world crepes accompany waffles, omelets, French toast, and other traditional breakfast foods.

Le Saloon

This friendly bistro is a great place to meet people some of the most colorful people in the Village. It serves up enticing cuisine entrees from every continent. The menu is full of pizza, pasta, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and an excellent selection of vegetarian items. DJs play background music Thursday through Sunday.

 

 Montreal Arts & Culture

Canadian Centre for Architecture

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is an international research center and museum founded by Phyllis Lambert in 1979 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive Collection, exhibitions, programs, and research opportunities, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding, and widening thought and debate on architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Since 1860, this museum has collected almost 35,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative art from antiquity to contemporary.

Galerie Dentaire

Since opening in November 2003 the unique concept of the Galerie Dentaire has provided a very different venue in the world of exhibition spaces. The Galerie Dentaire has successfully fused three businesses in a symbiotic harmony: A modern dental office, a massage therapy clinic and a large exhibition area. In their desire to innovate, Jean Fortin art director and Dr. Marc Raper have engaged in this new alliance. Each exhibition allows patients of the clinic to mix in an art environment. The diversity of the space resulting from the fusion concept creates an increased visibility for the art. It is often the very first contact with creativity for a public to whom art may not have been a passion.

Muse D'Art Contemporain De Montreal

Housing more than 7,000 works by 1,500 artists -- 1,200 of whom are still alive -- this museum is committed to exhibiting contemporary Quebec art.

Centre D'Histoire De Montreal

The Centre de Histoire de Montreal, the city museum, offers you the key to discovering Montreal's multiple identities. With three floors and as many exhibitions, you'll live or re-live the whole of the rich, eventful adventure of our metropolis. Both a museum and a center dedicated to animating and disseminating history and heritage, the Centre D Histoire spreads its services and its many activities, exhibitions, and guided tours throughout the different neighborhoods of the city, in collaboration with local associations, presentation spaces, institutions, and citizens.

Poutineville

If you don't know what poutine is, you can expect a plate of french fries smothered in cheese curd and gravy...what's not to love?

Garde-Manger

Tucked into the oldest part of Montreal, Garde-Manger is known for its seafood platters. Early in the evening, the soundtrack at the bar consists of Neil Young and the Grateful Dead, then later switches to clubbier tunes when the younger crowd comes in. Make reservations in advance! Garde-Manger fills up quickly on the weekends.

 

 

 

Juliette & Chocolat

The highest quality of chocolate from around the world finds a happy home at Juliette & Chocolat, where the hot chocolate is unsurpassed and the varietals of cocoa growing regions are on display in the artisan fair.

Steak Frites Village

Particularly enjoyed by the in-crowd, Le Steak Frites St-Paul restaurants serve real urban food in a relaxed atmosphere with service that is both friendly and discreet. Always on the lookout for new recipes that might please its customers, Le Steak Frites St-Paul regularly adds new items to its menu.

 Le Jardin de Panos

The next best thing to a sexy Grecian lover is a well-cooked Greek meal. Le Jardin offers the latter.

 Autour D'Un Pain

At Autor D'Un Pain the boys are as sumptuous as the bread and pastries. Come in for a morning espresso and see how long it takes you to find your way back to the door.

Montreal is a Gay Mecca, from bars to clubs to saunas 24/7 some of them, they are always busy, the men are very friendly, even if you are alone do believe you won't be alone for long !!

Taverne Chez Rocky

The Taverne is a neighborhood bar in Montreal with a mostly older crowd. TVs show a reel of adult films throughout the day. Don't miss karaoke on Wednesdays!

Bar le Cocktail

The Cocktail Bar offers drag shows and karaoke nights plus a great happy hour. The cozy lounge atmosphere makes for a comfortable setting to sit back and relax with friends.

Taboo

No, not the wine -- the dancers. This is a men-only bar and strip club. Interested in dancing for them? Auditions are every Sunday at 7 p.m.

Stereo

Looking for a spot to groove at 5 a.m.? Look no further. Open from 1 a.m. - noon, this club parties late, and parties hard.

Alexanderplatz

This hip and popular mixed straight/gay venue are located in an otherwise industrial area of the Mile-Ex neighborhood (dubbed so since it's between Mile End and Parc-Extension). Set up like a German beer garden, Alexanderplatz pulls in a bohemian Berlin-y crowd and serves draft beer made right on site (and some mean cocktails too). Open May to October only.

Club Date

Karaoke every evening with occasional guest entertainers. Mixed crowd of all types, from straight couples to drag queens all waiting for their Canadian Idol moment.

Montreal Restaurants

Chez Cora

Out-of-this-world crepes accompany waffles, omelets, French toast, and other traditional breakfast foods.

Le Saloon

This friendly bistro is a great place to meet people some of the most colorful people in the Village. It serves up enticing cuisine entrees from every continent. The menu is full of pizza, pasta, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and an excellent selection of vegetarian items. DJs play background music Thursday through Sunday.

 

Tabla

Spice up your life (and mouth) with a great meal at Tabla. The atmosphere is perfect for a fun date or group celebration, and the location ideal for a night on the town.

Restaurant Ora

If you're willing to shell out the cash, some delightful Spanish tapas await you. The restaurant turns club at night, but not the gay kind.

La Mie Matinale Bakery

For some local flavor, ditch the coffee chains and check out this independent bakery/cafe. The pastries are made on site, and the smell alone is enough to cozy up at a corner table.

La Piazzetta

Enjoy creative and beautifully executed Italian dishes at La Piazzetta before hitting up the bars in the Village.