Meet French Canada’s flamboyantly gay beating heart, Montreal

In Montreal's gay village people walk under the multi-colored balls that create a rainbow flag.

Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec and the most LGBTQ+ friendly city in French Canada. Mount Royal’s green (and often snowy) peak is at the city’s center with the queerest neighborhoods of St Henri, The (Gay) Village, and Mile End surrounding it. Covered in snow and ice during the winter, we suggest visiting the European-feeling city in Spring or Summer when Montreal feels more like Paris than Toronto. The city’s residents are soaking up the sun in sidewalk cafes, drinking wine along the Lachine Canal, and biking through the picturesque streets. Although the city is 100% bilingual, French is the most popular language. Everyone speaks English; whether they choose to do so is another story.


Montreal is all about small locally-owned businesses, so be sure to stroll down any of the main thoroughfares in the neighborhoods of St Henri, Mile End, or the Village to shop until you drop.

A woman reads a book at a literature event at L'Euguélionne, librairie féministe.
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L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe

L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe

Feminist bookstore 1426 Beaudry · Montreal, QC H2L 3E5
(514) 522-4949

This non-profit solidarity co-op has a large selection of new and used books, zines, and print art. Its primary focus is on queer, feminist, gay/lesbian, and non-binary literature, but L’Euguélionne also hosts diverse literary feminist events, including launches, reading circles, talks, workshops, and round table discussions.

A handsome man dressed in jeans and leather chaps leans against a motorcycle.
Credit: Armada Par Men’s Room

Armada Par Men’s Room

Armada Par Men’s Room

Your one-stop leather shop 1359 St Catherine St E · Montreal, QC
(514) 419-1089

Armada Par Men’s Room is a one-stop for k*nky leather garb, male grooming products, jockstraps, singlets, harnesses, and all your classic gay-branded underwear in The Gay Village neighborhood.

Restaurants and Cafes

There is no shortage of quality food options in Montreal. Whether you’re eating the city’s favorite late-night fast food poutine in a kitschy diner or unwinding at one of the many French-inspired bistros, the options are endless.

The architecture outside of Joe Beef drips in charm.
Credit: Joe Beef

Joe Beef

Joe Beef

Cozy spot run by gourmet chefs 2491 rue Notre-Dame West · Montreal, QC H3J 1N6
(514) 935-6504

Joe Beef is a casual restaurant operated by two chefs who wanted to return to a simpler love of cooking than the usual four-star affair. As such, the menu is based on excitement about cooking with their favorite ingredients, such as sizzling bacon, juicy steak, and fresh lobster. The atmosphere is cozy and unpretentious; the tables are close together and you might end up talking to your neighbors. Remember to make reservations!

Different types of poutine grace the photo all smothered in cheese and various toppings.
Credit: Poutineville



Great after-bar food 1365 Ontario St E · Montreal, QC H2L 1S1
(514) 947-8216

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? Poutineville has locations throughout Montreal, but the Village location is where you’ll find all the queers soaking up the booze after a night out.

Patrons chow down on Vietnamese street food at Le red Tiger in Montreal.
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Le Red Tiger

Le Red Tiger

Vietnamese pub 1201 Boul. de Maisonneuve E · Montreal, QC H2L2A1
(514) 439-7006

Le Red Tiger serves up modern Vietnamese street food tapas style, perfect for sharing in a colorful modern setting.

 A freshly poured coffee with latte art and a scrumptious breakfast sandwich from Le Vieux Velo.
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Le Vieux Velo

Le Vieux Velo

Breakfast served all-day 59 Rue Beaubien E · Montreal, QC H2S 3A6
(514) 439-5595

Close to Little Italy in the hip Mile-Ex area, Le Vieux Velo has an array of Eggs Benedicts and lots of your brunch favorites.


True to its European influence, many bars and clubs stay open until sunrise, and the city loves to dance to electronic music until dawn. The summer brings sweaty dance parties and patios filled with Montreal’s cooped-up winter residents ready to bask in the summer sun.

The staff at NDQ stands in front of an array of bar snack and bowling pins.
Credit: Bar Notre-Dame-Des-Quilles (NDQ)

Bar Notre-Dame-Des-Quilles (NDQ)

Bar Notre-Dame-Des-Quilles

Bowling for hipsters 32 Beaubien E · Montreal, QC H2S 1P8
(514) 507-1313

In most bars, you wouldn’t want to strike out during a night out, but at Our Lady of Bowling, or as locals call it NDQ, it is recommended. Popular with the local queer hipster crowd, you’ll find two half-size bowling lanes, queeraokie, and some decent grub to keep you fueled for your game.

A tattooed, blue-eyed,  muscled, and attractive  shirtless bartender looks ta the camera.
Credit: Bar Aigle Noir

Bar Aigle Noir (The Black Eagle)

Bar Aigle Noir

Leather and latex and jeans, oh my! 1315 Rue Ste-Catherine St E · Montreal, QC
(514) 529-0040

The Black Eagle is Montreal’s Village bear bar, where you can find shirtless men strutting their latest leather attire and guzzling mugs of beer.

Nights at Le Stud are packed with sexy men cruising through the night.
Credit: Le Stud

Le Stud

Bar Le Stud

Leather & Levi’s 1812 Rue Sainte-Catherine E · Montreal, QC H2K 2H3
(514) 598-8243

Le Stud’s fun and friendly atmosphere hosts various dance parties, beer busts, pool tournaments, and late-night cruising. Be sure to check out its sunny patio during the warmer months.

A mixologist at Cloakroom Bar stamps the ice cube before making a cocktail.
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Cloakroom Bar

Cloakroom Bar

An elevated speakeasy experience 2175 Rue de la Montagne, Suite 100 · Montreal, QC H3G 1Z8
(514) 284-9393

Drink menu? Nope. Each cocktail is custom-made for each customer. Just tell the bartender at Cloakroom Bar your taste and they’ll make something they think you’ll love at this elevated speakeasy.

Stock Bar

Stock Bar

The boys don’t keep their clothes on for long 1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine E · Montreal, QC H2L 2G8
(514) 842-1336

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

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