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3349 N Halsted St, Chicago
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.
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.
In Boystown. Stylish rooms Near gay bars, clubs and nightlife. | click here
Near the gay scene. Great value for money Gym onsite. | click here
Luxury choice. Walk to the beach Easy access to gay scene. | click here
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3452 N Halsted St, Chicago
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.
3359 N Halsted St, Chicago
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.
4923 N Clark Street, Chicago
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.
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.
3317 N. Broadway, Chicago | map
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.
5024 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago
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.
1744 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago
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.
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.
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