Toronto best gay bathhouse guide
Sometimes you just need to get laid, you know? Lucky for you Toronto has a few hot and steamy options to help facilitate said rocks getting off. Though the hay day of bathhouses in Toronto has come and gone (thanks a lot, internet!) and selection isn't huge there's still something for everyone, and that's something to be thankful for, right?
Here are the best (and only) gay and queer bathhouses and sex spots in Toronto.
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Definitely the city's largest and most popular bathhouse, Steamworks is a men's only spot at 540 Church Street complete with wet and dry sauna's, a massive hot tub, a smaller hot tub if the big one intimidates you, two shower rooms - both of which are completely transparent, so get ready to put on a show. There are a couple dark rooms, maze situations, glory holes, a porn lounge, DJs playing deep, dark intercourse inducing beats and urinals with transparent walls.
The crowd is relatively diverse and here is where you'll see body-ody-odies. Everything from daddies, buff gym rats, people of colour, femme queens, butch jocks, otters, twinks, tunks, older men and couples roam the halls looking for dick.
Rooms and lockers are slightly cheaper if you have a membership, otherwise, lockers are $17 during the week and $20 on the weekend. Rooms are $30 during the week and $35 on weekends. There are also large, extra large and extremely large room rental options if you need more room to romp.
Expect wait times during pride and a lack of room rentals on long weekends, which are always super popular.
Modelled after European bathhouses, Spa Xcess at 105 Carlton Street is tucked away behind some sleek wooden doors at street level. It's known as the Bathhouse for a slightly older set and is also super popular with the Asian crowd. We're not sure why, but it's a thing. This bathhouse has an adorable hot tub space with palm trees and TVs playing porn that hard to leave. There's a wet sauna and a small dry sauna. Besides that, the most popular zones are the second-floor maze, complete with a glory hole stage, a cushioned porn area with multi-layered benches, windowed shower zone and loads of lockers and rooms. So many lockers.
What sets this bathhouse apart is the bar and lounge when you first arrive. They have a fully licensed bar and lounge to hang out in your towel for some liquid courage, or a post-romp cocktail if you really hit it off with someone.
Students get in for half price during the week and weekends. There are daytime locker and room specials that run from 9am to 1pm ($11 and $17 respectively). There's an "afternoon tea" room special from 1-6pm at $17. Regular pricing is the same during the week and weekends with lockers going for $19 and standard rooms starting at $33.
Because it's just a minute outside the village, there are rarely wait times to get in, and weekends are most definitely the popular time.
Oasis Aqualounge at 231 Mutual Street has a long history in the city. The mansion used to be Club Toronto, a men's bathhouse that was one of the spots Police raided in the infamous Bathhouse Raids on February 5, 1981. It was raided by six male police officers in 2000 during the all-female Pussy Palace party.
Club Toronto closed in in 2010 but re-opened in 2011 as Oasis Aqualounge as a female-focused, sex-positive paradise. It's a water-themed "adult-playground" with a heated outdoor pool and lounge area, a grotto, lockers, bar and dance area and then multiple floors with sex rooms for group action or more personal play. No one is being judged in the safe space where anything can happen.
The space is focused on women and their partners and throws a monthly queer night called Bathhouse and Bodyworks with DJs, Drag Queens, pole dancers, sex demos and special pricing ($20) for queer folks of all genders all night.
Pricing vary and you need to pay a membership fee to get it, but it geared towards women and trans folks ($5), with pricing set for couples. Single male rate start at $80 to avoid men going in on their own. It's about coming with a partner and playing around more than roaming the rooms and watching the action, which is happening in every corner of the house.
The club is open every day from 11am to 3am, with no new admissions after 2am.
Splash Steam and Sauna
What used to be part of the Central Spa chain on Dundas West in Little Portugal, has now been rebranded as Splash. The fellas who ran this place took over ownership and are making it their own. Tucked away above a bike shop at the corner of Dundas and Brock, Splash has a dry and wet sauna, a porn room with mattresses, a not-very-elaborate but functional maze area, showers and lockers. Monday-Thursday lockers are $11 and rooms are $16. Friday to Sunday they're $17 and $24. Also good to note that they have a student discount everyday to give you a break from the books and computers - it’s $8 for a locker, $12 for a room!
It mostly attracts a closeted, older crowd with the odd construction worker for good measure. Lunchtime and just after dinner are the best hours. Their Twitter account is also very active and hilarious.
This West End outpost is open 11am - 9pm everyday and they only accept cash at the moment.
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Tucked away at 78 Wellesley Street East, The Cellar is a (very) dimly lit space is accented with red lights, and is for the guy with extremely discreet tastes. It's a place to have sex where can't really see who you're having sex with. A place for blowjobs from semi-anonymous mouths. A place for older guys who aren't comfortable walking around Steamworks, and anyone else who's not into a scene of very visible bodies and orgies.
It's a maze-style sex dungeon with one completely blacked-out hallway for the very brave at heart and there are showers but no saunas or baths.
The Cellar is open 24/7. Lockers are $10 weekdays, $13 weekends; rooms are $18 weekdays, $22 on weekends. On Wednesdays, lockers are $7 and rooms are $12.
Cabbagetown has its own sex corner with this massage parlour at 245 Gerrard Street. Adonis is basically a rub and tug for men by men. It's not a bathhouse, but a place where "costumers leave happy and want to cum back soon."
It's $80 for a 30-minute massage and $120 for an hour, and those prices include tip! There's also a free shuttle service to and from the venue if you need help getting there. It's open 7 days a week, but you should call ahead to see who's stroking... we mean working that day.
Central Spa Hamilton
OK, ok, it's most def not in Toronto, but Central Spa's Hamilton location - at 401 Main Street West - is complete with lockers, showers, a steam room, sauna, porn rooms, mazes, dark rooms, a lounge and individual and deluxe private rooms.
The last Thursday of every month is Blackout night (don't worry, everyone gets a small flashlight), and hours are Monday to Thursday 10am to Mightnight. They open a 9am on Friday, 24 hours on Saturday and close at Midnight on Sunday.
Lockers are $24.50, rooms start at $30.25.