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Chicago Gay Bars

Chicago has a large, lively gay nightlife. Many of Chicago’s gay bars can be found in an area known as “Boystown”, a half-mile stretch of North Halsted and Broadway in East Lakeview.

Sidetrack
Sidetrack

3349 N Halsted St, Chicago | map

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+1 773 477 9189 |

weekday: 15:00 - 02:00

weekend: 13:00 - 02:00

The biggest and perhaps the most popular gay bar in Chicago. Sidetrack has multiple bars and dance floors that can accommodate 1,000+ people, and a rooftop deck – great for people watching.

Mixed/gay crowd, mostly 30’s-40’s. Regular themed events range from a Beyonce Dance & Lip-sync Party to a Tony Awards Viewing Night. The bar upstairs serves celebrated slushy cocktails.

Located in Boystown gay village. This is the place where locals and visitors usually end up on a night out.

features: bar, dancing | Updated: 19-Sep-2018

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Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar

3320 N Halsted St, Chicago | map

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weekday: 20:00 - 02:00

weekend: 20:00 - 03:00 / 14:00 - 02:00

A proud LGBTQ bar in Chicago’s Laketown. Allow your inhibitions to escape you in this buzzy neon-lit space, with exposed brick walls, disco ball and funky décor.

Music is the main highlight at Scarlet with 5 resident DJ’s on rotation. Check their website or Facebook for details of their weekly themed events.

Voted ‘Best Gay Bar’ by Chicago Magazine, Mint Male Magazine and Top 100 Bars in Chicago.

features: bar, music, dancing | Updated: 19-Sep-2018

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The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge

3452 N Halsted St, Chicago | map

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+1 773 975 9244 |

weekday: 18:00 - 02:00

weekend: 18:00 - 02:00

This classy bar in the heart of Chicago’s Boystown creatively mixes up premium cocktails that showcase eclectic, fresh ingredients in an accessible and delicious way.

In addition to cocktails, Elixir Lounge serves a variety of craft beer and premium wine that will satisfy even the pickiest of imbibers. Small plates and sophisticated bar snacks are available.

features: bar, music, dancing | Updated: 18-Sep-2018

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Progress Bar
Progress Bar

3359 N Halsted St, Chicago | map

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+1 773 697 9268 |

weekday: 16:00 - 02:00

weekend: 13:00 - 02:00

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One of the premier gay bars in Boystown. Progress Bar features a massive, voice-reactive cloud sculpture made of 19,000 light bulbs, and serves craft beer and seasonal cocktails.

Mixed/LGBT crowd gather in the low-lit, rustic-industrial setting with a two bars and a dance floor. The bar hosts weekly themed events, details of which can be found on their website.

features: bar, music, dancing | Updated: 18-Sep-2018

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The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap

4923 N Clark Street, Chicago | map

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+1 773 784 7636 |

weekday: 17:00 - 02:00

weekend: 12:00 - 02:00

Gay bar in South of Foster, located at the corner of Clark and Argyle in Chicago.

The SoFo Tap has a huge backyard-style beer garden with a wooden fence, string lights, greenery and a fully stocked bar, built out of a vintage garage. Dog-friendly.

Enjoy a game of darts, hang out in the outdoor patio, play your favourite song on the jukebox or check out the videos on flat panel TV’s.

features: bar, musi | Updated: 18-Sep-2018

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REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson

5358 N Clark St, Chicago | map

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+1 7736541369 |

weekday: 11:30 - 02:00

weekend: 10:00 - 02:00

Gay bar in the Anderson outpost of Chicago’s Boystown. REPLAY is a great spot to meet friends, mingle with the locals, enjoy a great drink and arcade games.

REPLAY has an extensive craft beer list, with 26 beers on tap and a huge selection of bourbon and whiskey.

features: bar, music, arcade, cafe, restaurant | Updated: 18-Sep-2018

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WANGS

WANGS

3317 N. Broadway, Chicago | map

| website | facebook | +1 773 296 6800 |

weekday: 18:00 - 02:00, weekend: 16:00 - 23:00

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LGBT-popular lounge bar & restaurant in Boystown. WANGS’ intimate space is highly stylised, with lush, floral wallpaper and woodwork, the likes of which you’ve seen only in an opium den.

Famous pear Martini’s top the list of refreshing cocktails. This dimly-lit venue also hosts private events and live music.

features: bar, music | Updated: 19-Sep-2018

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Big Chicks
Big Chicks

5024 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago | map

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+1 773 728 5511 |

weekday: 16:00 - 02:00

weekend: 09:00 - 02:00

Lively, colourful, cash-only LGBT bar in Chicago with basic eats & weekend DJs amid art-lined walls.

There’s a small dance floor that is almost always in use, a convenient coat check, a small pool table, and benches along the wall for all the non-dancers and cheap drinks.

features: bar, music, dancing | Updated: 19-Sep-2018

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Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine

1744 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago | map

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+1 773 989 6846 |

weekday: Tue-Thu 17:00 - 00:00

weekend: 17:00 - 02:00 / 03:00 / 00:00

Upscale LGBT-popular Chicago bar, frequented largely by the city’s lively lesbian crowd. Joie de Vine serves a selection of craft beers, as well as speciality wines.

Located in Andersonville, close to Chicago’s lesbian scene and gay nightlife. Closed on Mondays.

features: bar, music | Updated: 19-Sep-2018

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Scot’s Bar – CLOSED
Scot’s Bar – CLOSED

1829 W Montrose Ave, Chicago | map

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Reported CLOSED.

Easygoing neighbourhood gay bar in Ravenwood district. Play darts while listening to a jukebox music, or simply relax a choose from a variety of beers and cocktails.

Scot’s accepts cash only and is a short journey from the main gay scene in Lake View.

| Updated: 19-Sep-2018

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