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Bars, Cocktail bars Boystown
5 out of 5 stars
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Best gay bars in Chicago: Sidetrack

If size matters, there's no better bar in Boystown than this well-hung hot spot. Six big rooms—we like the bustling Glass Bar—are all packed with cute, frisky boys distracting themselves with the same three things: the videos on the wall, the drink in their hand and the ass in your jeans.


Venue name: Sidetrack
Address: 3349 N Halsted St
Cross street: between Buckingham Pl and Roscoe St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-2am; Sat 3pm-3am; Sun 1pm-2am
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont. Bus: 8, 22, 77.
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Sidetrack is one of my favorite bars in the city! I can always go with girlfriends and have a great time. The music is always on point and the crowd is very friendly. The place is HUGE! It seems like it never ends. There is often a line to get in on weekends but moves pretty quick and typically no cover. They have great alcoholic slush drinks that taste amazing and give you a great buzz. The drinks are cheap and the bartenders are always quick and attentive. You don't have to be gay to enjoy going here. I often go with my boyfriend and we have the best time. Definitely recommended for anyone who wants to dance and have great drinks. 


I love SIdetracks for many reasons. First it is huge, there are literally many different bars all in one space; I especially  love the rooftop during the summer. Each night of the week is a different theme, so it transforms into a different atmosphere every day. The video screens on the wall make for great entertainment and often provide humor. The staff is really fun and friendly and they have a decent drink menu. What I love most about Sidetracks though, is it is more than a bar, It is a LGBTQ community space. They are very active in the neighborhood as well as Chicago in general. I appreciate the fact they host social-justice causes and their monthly "Out Spoken" series. Sidetracks is a beloved  Boystown staple.

This is the musical's answer to sports bars. I was in love the minute I walked in the door! Love the place, love the cliental, love the sing-alongs, love the drinks!