The Stratford Gay Bar
Whimsical in name and in nature, The Stratford Gay Bar (or Queer Bar) at The Rockwell
is a safe and friendly, classy and fun space for after-theatre pints and cocktails.
And watch out! It has a baby grand piano. You can’t sing with the show in the theatre,
but you can sing after the show at The Stratford Gay Bar at The Rockwell.
The Stratford Gay Bar at The Rockwell also has a gourmet kitchen and an expert
It brings the spirit of New York gay piano bars to Canada’s centre of theatre in
“It is a prime destination for all to attend for post-show gatherings, drinks and
socializing,” said Daviorr Snipes’s Stratford Festival’s Director of Equity, Diversity and
“It’s a project of The Rockwell Lounge and the Stratford Pride Community Centre. Said
the Centre’s President, Bruce D. Skeaff, “We had the idea. The Rockwell provides the
Here’s how it works:
On performance nights of the Stratford Festival’s smash gay musical, RENT, two gay
plays, Richard II and Casey and Diana, and Pride-related events presented by the
Meighen Forums, The Rockwell Lounge becomes The Stratford Gay Bar from 9pm until
close. On other dates and hours, the Rockwell opens as The Rockwell.
Partnering with an existing bar lounge was the way to make this happen, said Skeaff.
“Flipping the routine on its head, The Stratford Gay Bar is not a straight bar where
queers are welcome. It’s a queer bar where everyone is welcome.”
“After the theatre season, The Stratford Gay Bar may continue opening on a schedule
to be determined and based on local support,” said Skeaff.
Stratford's Big Gay 2023!
The community centre is open weekdays, from 9 am to 12 noon.
We're at 24 Downie St., 2nd fl.
(By stairs from Downie St. or elevator through Festival Square shopping mall, at 10 Downie St., if it's open on the day.)
Phone (519) 273-7722 SPCC
You can email us at [email protected]
Tranna Wintour Fri., June 9, 2023
drops by The Stratford Gay Bar 10:45 for an informal visit after her headlining gig at the Meighen Forum Funny Friday show at Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre. Tickets for that performance are still available: