The Honey Dew (Bank Street)

This second location of the Honey Dew was also known in the 50s and 60s to be a safe spot for queers, particularly gay men, to pop into while cruising up and down Bank Street. Drag legend and icon Peaches Latour described the cruising scene on Bank Street at the time that 'if you couldn't pick up a queen before you hit Queen Street, you were doing something wrong'.

Of course,there were dangers to being openly cruising on such a populated street. Peaches learned that you had to dress more 'masculine' that she typically would to get lucky, but still needed to wear something that made it obvious you were gay to those in the know. Of course, others who may be hostile might guess as well and chase you down the street. Luckily, the Honey Dew was one of a few places you could run into and feel safe from harm.



73 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5N2