Tallulah's Cabaret

Upcoming Cabaret Events:

Every weekend, Buddies opens our cabaret doors to The Village for some conversation, beverages by industrial light, and late-night dancing. Join us at the bar, for a late night, a poetry reading—or a drag reading—in the heart of Toronto.


It’s both. Buddies in Bad Times is a professional theatre company dedicated to the production and development of queer plays. And we’ve been around since 1979 as the largest and longest-running queer theatre in the world. On our weekends, we host late night events to raise money for our theatre and community programming.

All the proceeds from the bar go directly to the theatre, which makes late nights at Buddies the most fun you’ve ever had supporting the arts.

A reading from the Pandemic Poetry Project

Poetry Sundays

Originally started as a patio poetry series in the summer of 2020 by Patricia Wilson and David Bateman, Poetry Sundays have become a regular monthly affair at Buddies. Poetry readings happen every third Sunday of the month from 5-7PM. Sign up in person beginning at 4:30PM. Limited spots available.


Sunday, September 18, 2022
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Sunday, December 18, 2022

Pandemic Poetry Project

Last summer, poetry lovers/haters joined us on the patio to read and write their own musings on life, love and the pandemic. With the help of host and writer David Bateman, a Pandemic Poetry Project has been published and is available for sale at the bar for $20.

Swing by during operating hours and get your copy of the poetry chap book featuring over 25 writers from summer 2020.

COVID Safety

We’re excited to be able to welcome you back to Tallulah’s! And so in order to keep staff and patrons safer at this time, we have the following rules in place:

  • When patrons arrive at Buddies, we’ll be asking for contact information for contact tracing purposes and you are required to show a proof of vaccination to enter the building
  • Patrons must wear a mask when circulating in the building (like, to use the washrooms or dance) unless eating or drinking
  • Payment by card (debit, VISA, Mastercard) is encouraged during this time, however we will also accept cash. There is an ATM in the basement of the building.

How to not be a Jackass

Buddies is part of a diverse neighbourhood of businesses, bars, and people’s apartments – we ask that when you come to party on the weekend that you treat our neighbourhood, our neighbours, and your fellow party-goers with respect.

Tip your bartender.

Consent is sexy.

Our bathroom is for folks of all genders.

Reserved Tables?

Some cabaret events are ticketed and can be purchased ahead of time. During bar and party hours, there are generally no advance tickets or reservations.

Bottle Service?

Fuck no.

Interested in working with us?

We’re often looking for bar staff for part-time and casual shifts. E-mail devin@buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Collage by Awake Studio. Photo of Dainty Smith by Dylan Mitro, styling by Cat Calica, hair and makeup by Robert Weir.