5 welcoming LGBTQ+ spots in Vancouver
1) Mary's on Davie
Located in the heart of Davie Village, Mary’s on Davie is the upscale diner you’ve been dreaming of. The restaurant is fun, with a bold interior of pastel pink, turquoise and palm print. Mary’s is known for their perogies, boozy milkshakes, sass and community focused atmosphere.
2) The Junction Public House
Open from 3 pm to 3 am daily, The Junction is a popular gay bar and night club in Davie Village. Whether it’s queer improv, trivia night or drag bingo, there’s something happening here almost every day of the week. Home to one of the best patios of Davie Street, a good pub menu, a packed dance floor and Top 40 hits.
3) Little Sisters Books & Art Emporium
Opening its doors in 1983, Little Sisters has survived nearly four decades of challenges including changing governments and anti-gay harrassment. Referred to as Vancouver’s ‘grown-up general store’, inside you’ll find queer reads, coming out info, sexy literature, adult toys and the best greeting cards selection around.
4) Queers & Beers
After growing tired of the ‘white straight bearded masculinity’ vibe that dominated the craft brewery scene, Ryn Broz decided to host the first Queers & Beers event. The nights are hosted seasonally and venues have included everything from local breweries and bars to converted warehouses. The atmosphere is relaxed and features plenty of local beer.
5) Rainbow Crosswalk
Located at the intersection of Bute and Davie, this was Canada’s first permanent rainbow crosswalk. The technicolour stripes were unveiled in July 2013 to kick off the city’s Pride Week celebrations. The popular photo spot is situated next to Jim Deva Plaza, a memorial to Jim Deva, one the city’s best known gay rights and anti-censorship activists.
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