Chicago’s Best Gay Bars
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and has a sizeable gay scene to match. Chicago is well-known for its vibrant music and cultural venues along with stunning outdoor spaces and long stretches of sandy beaches which are very popular in the summer months.
Boystown is the epicentre of the gay community in Chicago but there are many venues which span the entire city. The city is home to a wide array of gay bars and clubs which cater to every interest so you’ll be sure to find your perfect place to party. Sidetrack is a huge bar which encompasses a whopping six rooms and a roof terrace. This popular haunt is known for its slushy drinks which they serve in the summer – just don’t have too many or your flirting skills might be severely impaired.
If you’re not a fan of the Boystown district then get yourself over to Big Chicks, which is located uptown. This laid-back venue offers a great food menu as well as its range of beers, cocktails and wines. Don’t be misled by its cosy weekday feel – this place turns into a real party venue at the weekends. Also located in uptown in Berlin bar. This quirky dance venue became famous back in the 1980s and is known for its mix of art shows and German new-wave music. While not exclusively gay, it’s homo-gothy vibe makes it distinctly non-hetero.
The Closet is an antidote to most of the more high-octane gay bars that you’ll find in Chicago. This great brew house is popular with both guys and girls who can be found hanging out, chatting and sampling some of the best beers in town. Another Boystown favourite is Wang’s. This former BYOB restaurant is now one of the city’s coolest gay bars. The pear martinis are a popular choice from the eclectic drinks menu.
If you’re looking for somewhere to drink and dance the night away then you could do a lot worse than an evening in Roscoe’s Tavern. The dance floor, patio and multiple bars are all overshadowed by the $15 cocktail pitchers and $1 Miller Lites (only available on Sunday). If craft beer is your thing, then Progress Bar if your place. This sophisticated joint has a great selection of beers on tap and a 19,000 twinkling light feature.