Nightlife, Dining and CultureChurch and Wellesley is home to several popular nightclubs that cater to members of the local LGBTQ community. The Black Eagle hosts weekly parties with cool themes inspired by pop and alternative cultures. The Boutique Bar offers an intimate social setting for enjoying unique cocktails. A small outdoor bar is also available at this chic venue on Church Street. Having a modern British theme, the Churchmouse & Firkin Pub also offers a great selection of spirits and beer. From Flash and Hair of the Dog to the Pegasus on the Church and Steamworks, this neighborhood is home to plenty of other exciting nightlife venues with extensive bar menus. Located just east of the district, the Phoenix Concert Theatre is one of the hottest underground-style entertainment hubs in downtown Toronto. The Main Room typically hosts concerts and live events by DJs. Overlooking the Main Room, the Balcony has mezzanine-style seating with extra privacy. The Parlour is a small room that's usually used for private entertainment. Occupying several blocks in the neighborhood's southern end, Ryerson University has a strong influence on the local culture. The Ryerson Theatre hosts weekly events ranging from seminars and workshops to lectures and performing arts. Locals also like to hang out at the St. James Square, a green space that's nested inside an enclosed courtyard. Having a central location in the district, the Mattamy Athletic Centre is a major hub for indoor recreation and spectator sports. Church and Wellesley also boasts a rich culinary scene that combines local recipes with international flavors. Chef Gourmet, Fabarnak, Fushimi and Hawaii Poke offer authentic ethnic dishes with modern twists. Some casual dining options in this trendy district include the Juice Box, North of Brooklyn and Smith Restaurant. Most of the neighborhood's restaurants and retailers line the commercialized Church Street. Some signature shops that straddle the historic thoroughfare include the Shoe Loft, Wine Rack, Love Shop and Body Shop. As the epicenter of the city's LGBTQ community, Church and Wellesley plays a key role in organizing and hosting the Pride Toronto Festival. Every year, this cultural event takes over the streets with parades, concerts and other fun presentations that celebrate diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Lasting for several weeks during Pride Month, the annual festival brings awesome entertainment and other activities to downtown and the surrounding districts, including communities along Lake Ontario. Click to book your Toronto tour.
Visiting Church and WellesleyThe Bloor-Yonge Station is conveniently located at the northern edge of Church and Wellesley. You can take the Bloor-Danforth and Yonge-University trains to this busy underground subway station. If you need to reach the district's southern part, take the Yonge-University train to College Station. Additionally, this rapid transit line stops at the Wellesley Station in the neighborhood's central section. The 306 and 506 streetcars also stop along the short section of Carlton Street that cuts through the community. Both streetcars primarily run eastbound and westbound through downtown Toronto. There's also plenty of paid parking facilities in this area, especially along Yonge Street and Church Street. The PATH system also has several tunnels that run through the neighborhood. This pedestrian-only infrastructure links College Station with several major properties, such as the Aura, College Park and 777 Bay. Click here to visit Church Wellesley Village website.
By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-09-14
Updated On: 2019-09-14
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