The staff is really fun and friendly and they have a decent drink menu. The owners also operate the similarly esteemed music venue , in Lincoln Park. This Uptown spot features a relatively mixed-gender clientele in the scheme of gay bars. It's a good spot to meet up with friends at happy hour before dinner, or to wind down an evening. The interior boasts a menu of boozy frozen margaritas and decent tacos and burgers. It's not surprising this club is so popular - rates are a bit higher, too, but for what you get, especially in the private rooms, it's a good value.
The casual spot with rustic wood floors, deep wooden booths, and a cheery patio out back lunch and dinner seven nights a week and has long been a friend to Chicago's gay and lesbian community. The drinks are cheap and the bartenders are always quick and attentive. Boystown has two main streets that a traveler needs to know, Halsted and Broadway. The cozy, smartly decorated space is known for its extensive menu of top-of-the-line liquors and skillfully mixed cocktails: capirinhas, pinapple mojitos made only with fresh fruit , raspberry gimlets, and rousing P. There is something for everyone from laid back gay bars to bumping gay clubs. In the late eighties, Andersonville rivaled Boystown in attracting lesbians looking for an alternative gayborhood. Depending on the night, the video screens play show tunes, comedy, retro videos, or popular current music.
After the sun comes out, the gayborhoods come to life with outdoor seating and gorgeous people flooding the streets. Get there a bit early or late come Friday and Saturday night s to avoid the line, but definitely get there! During the June and July months in Chicago there are two more Pride Celebrations. The two main streets make up the heart of this extremely popular gayborhood in Boystown. The chocolate-bread pudding dessert with Maker's Mark caramel sauce is impressive. Fans convene here for shareable platters of fresh seafood, such as ahi tuna-wonton nachos and fried shrimp in sriracha sauce, plus lobster rolls, clam boils, and fish-and-chips. This rustic-chic space has the same owners as the previous establishment, and they've definitely kicked up the food and drinks offerings a notch and also have cultivated a strong following for the weekday happy hour period 5 to 7 pm , for brunch on weekends, and for late-night nibbling the kitchen serves until late.
The music is always on point and the crowd is very friendly. Thanks in part to an ebullient drag show hosted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday by the legendary Mz. Historical theater marquees and landmark skyscrapers loom over the magnificent downtown skyline, while numerous thriving cafes and boutiques lay directly under it. Broadway, 773-477-8533 has long cultivated a friendly, mixed-gender following - in fact, it's arguably the most lesbian-popular hangout in Lakeview and also fairly popular with straights - basically, everybody is welcome here. It's across the street from Progress and near plenty of other restaurants, bars, and shops in Boystown, including Lark and Sidetrack.
Every night, the popular brunch spot Tweet transforms into : a funky, divey cocktail lounge in one room, and a dance floor in the room adjacent. One of the most visible gay district in America, Lakeview - known more familiarly by its nickname, Boystown - is a lively and richly historic neighborhood on the city's north side. Nowadays it is no longer segregated with homosexuals and lesbians living in both parts; and best of all, they all know how to have a good time! Among Lakeview gay bars, The Closet 3325 N. Not to mention, the perfect frozen margarita to pair with your meal. At this shoebox of a cocktail bar, the drinks are skillfully prepared, the crowd is kept to a minimum by the doorman, and the music never gets so loud that it drowns out your insights on Jean Genet. And you'll also find some fun bars in other parts of town: check out the for other areas.
Chicago gays pay just as much attention to sports as their hetero counterparts, and at this Boystown bar you can not only cheer on the Bears, the Cubbies and other local faves, but also partake in pool and dart tournaments. Try the guava-basil cooler with tequila and St Germain, or the ginger-infused house mojito. The video screens on the wall make for great entertainment and often provide humor. Mostly, though, it's just a pounding and pulsing place to dance to some of the best music in the neighborhood and check out hot and shirtless patrons. The drinks are cheap and stiff, the genders are evenly mixed, and the live acts are off the charts.
If you come before April, then you need to be sure to dress warm. The Chicago Pride Parade the third Sunday in June draws huge crowds of spectators. This spot has been around for 30 years for a reason. The emphasis is on colorful tropical-inspired cocktails that you might expect to find at some waterfront lounge by the sea. Depending on your device, get turn by turn driving directions from Google, Apple, Waze. Reasonably priced and incredibly delicious.
If size matters, there's no better bar in Boystown than this well-hung hot spot. Plenty of the guys who hang out here also party at Sidetrack, and you may also see a few of these fellas at later in the evening. It's a fun place early or late, and you can always count on interestig, dance-worthy music. Since 1983, the seemingly old-school 3411 N. The populations of Lakeview and Anderson sections of the city invite travelers to ogle their window displays as they pass by sipping on hot and deliciously frothy espressos.
There is often a line to get in on weekends but moves pretty quick and typically no cover. For great people-watching and tasty, no-nonsense diner fare in Boystown, drop by 3233 N. Favorites include the apple-almond salad with mustard-balsamic dressing and dried cranberries; roasted-veggie lasagna with a pesto vegetable saute; and the gyros with sliced seitan, chopped onions, tomatoes, vegan tzatziki sauce, and Spanish rice. One devotee informed us the club is popular with the south suburban crowd, has a core following of white dudes, and is especially popular on Friday and Sunday nights. Come here for delicious burgers and drinks, Drag Race viewing parties, and just general no-frill friendliness.
This list will give you some good ideas on where to start. Uptown Your friendly neighborhood spot Are you tired of hearing about Boystown yet? Much of it is clustered around a half-mile stretch of North Halsted Street and Broadway in East Lakeview, long known as Boystown. Gay Edgewater residents of all ages call themselves regulars at this friendly, casual dive bar. The Andersonville outpost of the Boystown beer-and-bourbon arcade bar adds food to the mix, with burgers, brunch and more to fuel your retro gaming. They are very active in the neighborhood as well as Chicago in general.