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Pride: a complete list of bars serving until 4 a.m.

Woody's will be serving late (Image: Neal Jennings)

Of all the fun associated with Pride—the parade, the wild outfits, the half-naked people littering the streets—call us jaded, but our favourite part is getting our drink on until 4 a.m. Like in recent years, most of the festivities will be split between Church Street and Parkdale, but this year, Queen West will be a whole lot quieter as homo hipster hot spot Wrongbar (and host of such major Pride events as Big Primpin’ and the Will Munro memorial Vazaleen) was denied a late licence—surprising news, as it was allowed to stay open late two weekends ago for NXNE. Here, the bars officially licensed to stay open until 4 a.m., from Thursday July 1 through to Sunday July 4:

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I will survive: Crews and Tango reopens tonight (finally)

Crews and Tango in its old incarnation (Image: Google)

It’s been a year since Crews and Tango, the Village main drag’s main drag bar, shuttered. Over that time, the neighbourhood experienced a downward spiral as the area’s stores and restaurants closed left and right: Carman’s, American Apparel, Bigliardi’s, Lettieri, Zelda’s, Statlers, Pita Pen, Il Fornello, etc. But tonight, the former hot spot will welcome its 20-something clientele once again—part of a local turnaround that is making “there goes the gaybourhood” jokes seem laughably premature.

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Church and Wellesley comes back from the brink

The beat goes on: Church Street ignores terminal prognosis (Image: Neal Jennings)

Last year was a rough one for the gaybourhood. Zelda’s, Bigliardi’s, Pita Pen, Il Fornello, Carman’s, Lettieri, Statlers and Crews and Tango all shut down, leaving the Post and the Star to speculate that the Village was on its last legs. Well, according to an overstatement in Xtra (Overwhelming prosperity grips neighbourhood in midst of death throes”), the Great Flame-Out of ’09 is over, and the district is quickly turning around. Maple Leaf Gardens will be reopening, the iconic Church Street Diner has expanded, Chic-Ko-Roo has taken Il Fornello’s old spot, and a liquor licence application has just appeared in the window of Crews and Tango. There’s still no word on the official reopening date of Crews (it has seemed to be on the verge of reopening every month since last summer), but the bar was accepting résumés last week. We’re sure there’s a diva reinvention metaphor in this story, but couldn’t decide which was more apt: Whitney or Madonna. Only time will tell.

• Businesses rush to Church Wellesley Village [Xtra]

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Zelda’s decamps for Yonge Street (where it will surely re-camp)

Zelda’s—the Village resto-bar and perennial third-choice patio after Hair of the Dog and O’Grady’s—has moved from its Church Street location. In the middle of the night last Monday, the restaurant’s equipment was packed into moving trucks and carted off, leaving behind a sign saying: “Lease expired, thank you Church Street for 13 fabulous years, new location 692 Yonge Street opening soon.” Zelda Angelfire, the titular proprietress said, “our lease expired and the rental increase was not affordable.”

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