The GLBT Scene

Overview

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The Village on Bank at Somerset

Ottawa has a modest but growing gay scene and in 2011, the City of Ottawa officially recognized its GLBT-friendly Village along Bank Street between Nepean and James. The Capital Pride Festival, culminating in a parade and outdoor festival on the closing Sunday, is held in late August annually. In early February, check out the Snowblower Festival for guys into guys.

The Lookout has popular nights on Thursdays and Saturdays for men, and Fridays for women. Centretown Pub caters mainly to men aged 30 and up, and features a once-a-month leather/latex night, but is mainly a casual, no-frills pub. Mercury Lounge has Hump Night on Wednesdays, which is popular dance and drag night with a younger/hipper crowd. Swizzles is bias-free and is especially popular during their karaoke nights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. For karaoke on Saturdays, check out Shanghai Restaurant, home of China Doll, one of Ottawa’s best and well-beloved drag queens… she’s also the cook.

If you’re GLBT, you may be a bit intimidated to join a sporting league, as sporting activities tended to exclude people who were “different”. Although times have changed, there are several sporting leagues open to and organized by GLBT people that will be more than welcoming. Not only will they provide you with great exercise, but you’ll also meet lots of great new people.

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