Guide to Montreal’s Gay Village in Time for Pride

17 07 2018

Our correspondent, Barry Hoy, left (and his partner) in Montreal's Gay VillageWe all know Montreal has a reputation for being a place of acceptance and inclusion, especially in Montreal’s Gay Village, which is is just east of downtown around Beaudry Metro station, running along Saint Catherine Street. Montreal’s Gay Village is where most of this year’s Pride activities will happen. Whether you are visiting for the parties or shows, you still need to know the best spots to get yummy cocktails and, of course, where to fill up. We got your covered! Here are the village’s top bars and restaurants:

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Sky Complex – This is the city’s most popular gay club/bar and it has several spaces, from a dance clue to a male strip bar, to a cabaret. The rooftop terrace is also amazing.

Bar Renard – This sexy cocktail bar and lounge has a great selection of spirits and happy hour.

Bar Aigle Noir – Traditionally, the Black Eagle bar for the leather enthusiast. The crowd is now getting more diverse serving up beer and drinks in a classic setup with guest DJs and a buzzy patio.

Stock Bar – One of the more popular male strip bars in Montreal where you can grab a drink and watch hot buff men dance around you!

Le Stud – Le Stud is more of a dive bar with cheap drinks and great happy hour.

Our correspondent, Barry Hoy in Montreal's Gay VillageTop 5 restaurants in Montreal’s Gay Village

O’Thym – Asophisticated French bistro that uses seasonal ingredients and has a relaxed, yet cute ambiance. You can also BYOB!

Saloon – This campy restaurant has a great outdoor terrace so that you can people watch. They also serve amazing martinis!

Kitchenette – Located just outside the village, in case you want to escape for a more intimate dining experience. They offer a great 5 course tasting menu where you choose 2 starters, 2 main dishes, and a shared dessert!

Bato Thai – A casual BYOB setting with the best Thai food in the area. This is a great place for a quick bite if you want something yummy but not too formal.

Le Red Tiger – Le Red Tiger offers Vietnamese affordable street food that is both delicious and unique. Portions are small but shareable, so order at least a few items per person.

Add a few, or all, of these spots to your list and you are bound to have an amazing trip. For more things to do and places to visit in Montreal, stop by www.asianmapleleaf.com

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Ft. Lauderdale Pride 2017 is on the Beach This Year & Hotter Than Ever

9 12 2016

Ft. Lauderdale pride 2017 will be on the beach this year. Check it out via ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWe prefer our cake by the ocean, and our Pride on the beach! Fort Lauderdale Pride is turning forty, which means it’s officially the hot daddy of Pride parades, and celebrating its milestone on the beach for the first time ever.

That’s right, Pride will be celebrated this year on the white sand beaches of the most LGBT-welcoming city on earth. The annual event is on Sunday, February 26th 2017 and for the first time on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Expect tens of thousands to show up for world renowned entertainers, local and national exhibitors, food courts and of course, Lauderdale’s world-class white sand beaches.

The celebration is expanding this year with programming for families and seniors, and adding educational and history exhibits, sporting areas, and even a first-ever Sober Zone. Pride will take place at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park South,  adjacent to the B Ocean Hotel & Resort, which just putting the final fabulous touches on a major renovation. For the best experience, stay there or the adjacent (and also recently-renovated) Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, and purchase one of the limited VIP passes with front row seating, premium cocktails, and a VIP restroom.

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Win A Trip For Two To Barcelona Via MyGayPride

20 08 2015
MyGayPride promotion in Barcelona and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

They have gay pride!

ManAboutWorld correspondents and gay blogger duo Two Bad Tourists are promoting a contest to win a trip for two to Barcelona as a part of their MyGayPride campaign. You can see this gay blogging pair jumping for joy in Barcelona (right). Learn more about Auston Matta — left in the photo, who makes up one half of Two Bad Tourists (who are good travelers) — here. Read below for information on participating in the MyGayPride promotion and start practicing your Catalan.

One lucky winner will receive a free trip to Barcelona including two round trip tickets on Norwegian, a $350 credit with misterbnb plus airport pickup and LGBT city tours provided by Rainbow Barcelona Tours. Barcelona welcomes 1.3 million LGBT visitors each year and travelers can enjoy the popular ‘Gay-xample’ neighborhood, beaches, famous monuments, unique architecture and feel comfortable in one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Europe.

For more information about the MyGayPride contest, check out the related blog post on ManAboutWorld.





Gay Pride Is Busting Out All Over

25 06 2015

16061907243_28142df2fd_zGay Pride is simply bursting around the world as you can see in these photos:

  • Rainbow-wrapped double-decker bus in London (above)
  •  Our very own publisher Billy Kolber on a rainbow bedecked Citi Bike (below top)
  • A gay crosswalk in West Hollywood (below middle)
  • The London Eye bathed in gay lights  (bottom)

And just imagine how much pride is really going to gush in the event of a favorable ruling on marriage equality in the U.S. by the Supreme Court expected tomorrow or Monday.

Gay pride rainbow wrapped Citi Bike in London as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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Get Your Tickets For Munich’s Gay Pride Bubble Duck Party

15 06 2015
Munich Pride

Munich Pride

This year’s Gay Pride Bubble Duck Party takes places at Kunsthalle München on July 11.  It’s a pride party that takes place in an exhibition space, which currently features a Keith Haring exhibit. The main post-pride party is at city hall, but tickets are all but impossible to get. This is a great alternative, and a unique venue, given the Haring exhibit.

Click or tap here for tickets. For more information about Pride, the party and other Munich Pride events, click or tap here. And here to subscribe to ManAboutWorld and download information about  Munich and 100 other destinations around the globe.

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Celebrate A Decade Of Marriage Equality With Pride in Vancouver

14 06 2015

14853144744_88a2cd3f7e_zWe haven’t covered gay Vancouver in a while (sorry!), and it’s the 10th anniversary of same-sex marriage equality in Canada. Congrats to the progressive people of Canada. And for now here’s a listing of upcoming events of interest to LGBTQ locals and visitors. For more information visit GayVan.com. To enter a sweepstakes celebrating a decade of legal same-sex marriage, click here.

Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival (downtown Vancouver, July 25-August 2): Leading up to the famous Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival on August 2 are a series of events including a fun run, picnic and the Davie Street Dance Party.

East Side Pride Festival (Grandview Park, June 27): Located in Vancouver’s funky Commercial Drive neighbourhood this festival features local artisans and community groups doing important work in the LGBTQ+ community in Vancouver.

Surrey Pride Festival (Holland Park, June 28): Family event with live music, lots of vendors,  and great food.

New West Pride Week (New Westminster, August 8-15): Now nine days long, don’t miss the Columbia Street Party on August 15.

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Bet You Didn’t Know Our National Parks Are Gay!

12 06 2015
Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Well, actually not gay but surprisingly LGBT friendly because, well, you don’t normally associate the words gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender with our national parks system, which is witnessing increased visitation in the run up to its centennial anniversary in August 2016.

It turns out that on May 30, 2014 the National Park Service announced a new theme study to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBTQ Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service. Fittingly the announcement was made outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City. For more information on what is included in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Heritage Initiative click on this link.

Summer is super high season for the parks and a lot of them are just uncomfortably crowded. Many lesser known ones are not. Here’s a recent New York Times piece on how to get the most out of our national parks this summer.  Why not celebrate both gay pride and pride in our beautiful national parks this pride season?

Photo: Arches National Park by Stephen Oachs 








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