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Montreal Gay Bars

Montreal is a hub for culture, offering a relaxed, vibrant, and classically Canadian experience. People visit from all over the world for a taste of history and culture, but the city is also a particular draw for the LGBTQ+ community. Its Gay Village boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere as well as a diverse range of pubs, clubs, and cafes where you can enjoy your trip among likeminded visitors and locals. Outside of this area, the city as a whole is home to everything from fine dining to historical sites that are well worth a visit.


Bar Aigle Noir

Bear, Fetish, Cruising, Outdoor Seating

This high energy bar caters to a mixed but cruisey crowd, drawing everyone in with a great range of drinks at reasonable prices. Three bars offer three different vibes so you can find your crowd or simply get a taste of a range of spaces, music, and people. Aigle Noir made its name in the leather scene, and continues to be a lively spot with a slightly wilder and more kinky twist that's especially popular with bears.

Bar Le Cocktail

Cocktails, Drag, Karaoke, Outdoor Seating

This atmospheric cocktail bar draws features moody red lighting throughout and a lounge where you can relax and enjoy your drinks late into the night. Regular karaoke and drag shows accompany an impressive range of traditional cocktails that make this bar one of the most popular in the Gay Village. The summer terrace is a beautiful place to meet away from the noise of the bar, and the venue is cosy throughout.

Bar Le Ritz PDB

Gay Friendly, Cocktails, Drag, Outdoor Seating

Bar Le Ritz PDB is a spacious venue with tables situated by large front windows that open on summer afternoons so the party can move outside. It's well-known as a show-bar, but it's also good for hangouts with expanded opening hours and a great variety of drinks. The music tends towards indie rock, post-punk, and alternative tunes, providing a perfectly upbeat yet cosy space to spend a night with friends.

Bar Le Stud

Bear, Fetish, Cruising

With its relaxed atmosphere, Stud Montreal is the place to go to meet gay men and have a great night. Spend happy hour with friends at the bar, or meet new people in the energetic nightclub area where everyone can enjoy a night of music and a party atmosphere. Stud was originally opened to serve the leather community of the Gay Village, and it since expanded to cater to a bear crowd.

Bar Notre-Dame-Des-Quilles

Cosy, Lesbian

This bar has gained a reputation within the LGBTQ+ community, and even hosts a bi-monthly lesbian speed dating event and other events for the community. This is a simple venue with simple pleasures from cheap but quality cocktails to an eclectic range of DJs providing the soundtrack to the perfect hangout spot. Two bowling lanes mean you can have a chill game with friends, and there's even a counter serving renowned New York styled pizza.

Bar Renard

Cosy, Cocktails

Renard reflects the diversity and warm atmosphere of the Gay Village. It stocks a gourmet selection of spirits, making lively evenings even better and taking them into the early hours. Happy hours here are perfect to spend with friends old and new, enjoying skilfully executed cocktails with diverse staff and clientele. You'll find generosity and comfort here in a comfortable bar area surrounded by your crowd.

Bar Taboo


At Bar Taboo you can have a drink or two while enjoying the cute dancers. This friendly bar is unsurprisingly popular with the guys of the Gay Village, with its host of scantily clad dancers who love to socialise around the club. The dancers are mostly twinks but there's variety of types to suit everyone's taste. Every night here is different and guaranteed to be unforgettable.

Cabaret Mado


Home of the legendary drag queen Mado Lamotte, Cabaret Mado presents shows six nights a week throughout the year. The venue is 1920s inspired and offers a variety of gender-bending and famously entertaining performances, while its namesake takes the stage once a week on a night that's always popular. There are always performances scheduled so you can find a queen to your taste and unwind with some of the best performers in the area.

Cafe Cleopatra

Older Crowd, Dancers

Across the two floors of this venue you can find the best cabaret and dancing in the city. On the ground floor, female dancers perform for the crowds, and they even offer more intimate experiences in private cabins. Up on the second floor you can find Montreal's oldest cabaret stage, hosting performances throughout the week and other special events. The bar serves a wide variety of drinks to help the party continue well into the night.



Right in the heart of the action in Montreal's Gay Village, Campus is dedicated to relaxation and mature entertainment. Young male dancers perform every afternoon, while the evenings are dedicated to the more buff dancers and they even offer dances away from the main room. Both bars have clear views of the stage and friendly staff are at hand to make your night enjoyable. The bar is obviously popular with the guys, but there's also a weekly ladies night.

Circus Afterhours


If you're looking to start your party well into the early hours, this late-night club is the place to go. Circus is a three-level complex equipped with the best in lighting and sound technology, hosting parties four nights a week that specialise in house, techno, and trance music. The music is provided by locally and internationally renowned DJs who have regular spots in the club and keep people coming back.

Club Unity

Dancing, Outdoor Seating

With two rooms, a VIP lounge, and large terrace on the roof, Unity is well-known as a place where everyone have fun whilst also feeling safe in an inclusive environment. The dance floors are always lively, hosting drag shows, go-go dancers, and a number of event nights that draw regular and varied crowds. Unity is in the heart of the Gay Village, welcoming everyone for a great night out.

Complexe Sky

Dancing, Outdoor Seating

The Sky complex is a huge gay club and one of the largest of its kind in the country. It houses everything from hiphop to cabaret, and there's a calmer rooftop pool, spa and mini restaurant to compliment the party. The first floor restaurant bar offers drinks and snacks, while on the second floor you can catch a cabaret dinner show. The third floor is always hosting a dance party, meaning that there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Diamant Rouge


This popular club in Montreal's Gay Village keeps regulars coming back and attracts groups of visitors with good drinks, friendly crowds, and plenty of attractive dancers. Formerly Cabaret Expose, it's a place for the gay guys of the village to relax and unwind somewhere that has a decidedly more mature theme than some other bars and clubs in the area. Hot men and good company... what more could you want?

District Video Lounge

Cocktails, Food

District Video lounge is a bar and restaurant in the heart of Montreal's Gay Village. It offers a relaxed environment complete with music videos always playing in the background. You can request your own or just listen to the variety of whatever's on, but it's never too loud to have a proper conversation with friends, making District a great meeting place. With great food, signature cocktails, and a unique concept, this is the place to be.

Le Date Karaoke

Cocktails, Karaoke, Outdoor Seating

Widely regarded as the best Karaoke bar in Montreal, Club Date goes beyond expectations. The regulars here customers have some serious talent (or just enthusiasm) so you can expect a mix of cheesy tunes, ballads and Quebecois classics. The lineup fills up quickly so you're guaranteed a night of camp and lively fun. In summer you can also enjoy a lovely sidewalk patio and plenty of specials.


Pub Vibes, Outdoor Seating

This is one of the oldest taverns in the Gay Village, with one of the most beautiful terraces. The Normandie welcomes tens of thousands of tourists every year who are drawn in by good food and drinks and stay for the atmosphere, and it's also popular with celebrities who have even performed on stage at karaoke evenings. The karaoke is always a hit with visitors and regulars in the village, having kept the tavern popular for decades.

Taverne Chez Rocky Enr

Older Crowd, Outdoor Seating, Cruising

This classic feeling neighbourhood bar generally draws older male visitors to the Gay Village. They're a slightly cruisey crowd, enjoying *** that play on TVs throughout the venue and throughout the day. This is the place to meet with old friends or make new ones as you chat with guys at the bar with and enjoy some cheap beers.

Recommended gay friendly hotels in Montreal

There are some fantastic hotel choices for LGBTQ+ travellers to Montreal, Canada, with many gay friendly hotels. Choose whether you'd rather stay near the Gay Village, convenient for the nightlife, or stay in the centre of the city where most of the attractions are located. GayMapper has great hotel deals across Montreal, Canada, check out our gay friendly recommendations below. You can support GayMapper by checking out our hotel deals as this helps us to keep the site updated with all this useful information!

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