The Beaver is Canada’s unofficial mascot but more importantly it’s the moniker of one of my favourite all day, all purpose hangouts.
A nondescript storefront located on West Queen Street West (look for the B sign), a few doors down from the historic Gladstone Hotel – the Beav (as I like to call it) is open everyday from 10:00 to late (03:00 or even later). Just remember that you don’t come here for fancy décor, fussy service or experimental food. You come here for a simple, no nonsense brunch of delicious breakfast burritos or a salad and chili for lunch or perhaps nachos and oysters for dinner (they call it home cooking). Not hungry? Coffee in the morning, beer in the afternoon and cocktails in the evening are a viable option as well, but just try to say no to some of the fresh baked breads available every morning.
Come sunset the Beaver goes from laidback and cool locals bistro to something a little more like a raunchy cabaret as the nocturnal creatures awake and come out. The Beaver never fails to show a good time – almost every night of the week promises a dance party or a DJ night or just a good old fashioned wet and fun time, with a heavy LGBT bent – even though everyone is welcome. Don’t worry about how you are dressed or whom you love – The Beaver, much like Toronto itself, is all-inclusive, relaxed and fun (even more once it loosens it’s tie).