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Ain’t no party like a Ruff Pride party

The men of Mr Ruff are back for one of Vancouver Pride’s sexiest parties

The men of Mr Ruff are bringing plenty of steamy go-go and role-play performances to this year’s Ruff Pride Vancouver. Credit: BLUEBAY700

The men of Ruff are celebrating Vancouver Pride in the sexiest way they know how — a giant party full of drinking, dancing and stripping.

This year’s Ruff Pride Vancouver takes place July 29, 2016 at The Pint. With nearly 900 attendees last year, Ruff Pride has become one of the hottest parties of Vancouver Pride. There’s a lot going on at this year’s event and with a tagline like “where sexy is standard” we asked organizers what makes this one of Vancouver Pride’s sexiest parties.

The date

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Not only does Ruff Pride kick off a weekend stuffed with Vancouver Pride events, but July 29 is peak summer for the city. The shorts are shorter, the shirts are off and the drinks are cool. On top of that, BC Day on Monday makes this a long-weekend, giving you an extra day to nurse that hangover.

The music

Loaded with four DJs across two dance floors, Ruff Pride’s got your ears covered. Vancouver’s DJ Mumbles and Chicago’s Karsten Sollors will be spinning upstairs. Downstairs you’ll hear local DJ Jay Douglas alongside Brian Maier, who will be in from San Francisco.

The performers

No Ruff event would be complete without an abundance a hot, nearly nude dancers, and this one is no different. The highlight of the night takes place as 10 Men of Ruff (I hear some of them are single!) take the stage for a medley of sensual dances and role-play performances. Performers include previous Mr Ruff contestants, Mr Ruff 2015, a handful of newcomers and the reigning Mr Ruff 2016, Shane Rooks.

The venue

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The Pint, formerly Lotus Hotel, has been hosting the event since 2012 and has a long-standing history with the local gay scene. It’s the host of four Mr Ruff events this year alone so the staff know their clientele — don’t be surprised if a shirt or two flies off behind the bar

The after-party

It’s Friday on a long-weekend so there’s really no excuse for calling it an early night. When the music stops, follow the trail of men around the corner to Steamworks Baths for an official Ruff after-party and get more acquainted with the friends you made on the dance floor. Keep your Ruff wristband on to get $5 off cover, but everything else can come off.