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Gay Bar and Nightclub$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
151 Tips and reviews
  • show tunes
  • slushies
  • gay bars
  • boozy drinks
  • cocktails
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  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyMay 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the largest, nicest gay bars I've been to. Very sleek and modern. One disappointment was the upstairs patio closing early... It's a shame in nice weather. Great bar other than that!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • J. C.
    J. ChicagoOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    this is the premier gay bar for a reason. great videos, friendly staff, strong drinks. only complaint is that they don't have daily drink specials. at least there is never a cover!
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • David S.
    David SolisMay 10, 2016
    Great slushie drinks. Really neat RuPauls drag race paintings throughout. Would visit next time in town, thanks to the friendly bartenders.
  • Jai M.
    Jai MyersFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Hold on to your nickers girls!!! Sidetrack is a great place to gather with friends on the patio OR it's a great place to go alone and people watch spontaneous.
  • Jai M.
    Jai MyersFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    For Boystown, Sidetrack is has the most spacious venue. The perfect bar to move around with friends and do a 'Fruit-Loop' ... you know checking out the scene.
  • Agustin Z.
    Thanks so much everything was so nice, we loved the place and the atmosphere there, definitely going back, greeting from PV
  • Viral P.
    Viral PRDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The atmosphere and holiday decor are a welcome treat after a long day at the office or for a fun night on the town. And yes, slushies are still awesome in the winter.
  • Melody L.
    Melody LeggeJanuary 2, 2016
    Love. This. Place. Showtune Sundays are the best. Vodka slushies are amazing. Friendly staff. Lots of fun. A must to go to
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    A beautiful interior, multiple bars and an outdoor space makes it spacious enough to hit the dancefloor or find a quiet corner to sip down a few alcoholic slushies. Read more
  • Rick F.
    Rick FrommMay 18, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Pro tip for a budget queen or those strapped for cash: coat check is a dollar, but bag check is free and mandatory. Stuff your coat in your bag, and save yourself a buck or a trip to the ATM!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DuhaimeJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    In the warmer months, the upstairs patio is beautiful! There are two bars up there as well, so no need to go back down for a drink.
  • Evan M.
    Evan MavrommatisAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best bars in Chicago, friendly staff, good drinks and music. Just beware of queeny bitches who will literally steal the seat from under you!
  • Gal O.
    Gal OppenheimerDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Whipsical is by far the best frozen slushie drink I have ever had. I strongly recommend it along with a shot of Honey Wild Turkey!
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LumpkinJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is awesome here! Got a Effen Vodka Black Cherry Buzz mixed with Stoli Pink Lemonade
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LeMasterMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    The northern bar (to the left when you're facing the front of the building) is generally a little less crowded & has more seating.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerSeptember 9, 2011
    Jaegger is for dumb Freshmen jocks. Try a chilled shot of locally-made 70 Proof hum, The World's Most Unique Rum created by Chicago's own Adam Seger. Gurl,It was featured for Oprah's 25th Anniversary!
  • Mike V.
    Mike ValdezJune 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Frozen drinks are great! Good bar, but they need a better sound system. My biggest gripe is the bartender with the glasses who's balding. Everyone hates him, including the workers. A real @sshole. Ge
  • Appliance Repair Chicago
    Great place to hangout with friends or family from out of town. Read more Read more
  • Fabio R.
    The biggest place with bars I've ever seen
  • Beth A.
    Beth AllemanOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try: slushies, any flavorGreat music videos on the weekendsShowtunes on SundayMusical MondayComedy night on Thursdays
  • Brittney D.
    Brittney DiseroadOctober 18, 2013
    Go on showtunes night, best night ever...the slushies are fantastic as well
  • Rohan H.
    Rohan HareJune 17, 2013
    This bar is really big, and a lot of fun. Great place to meet some new people.
  • Marty E.
    Marty ErwinApril 5
    Been here 10+ times
    The Outspoken series is well worth attending. First Tuesday of each month.
  • Andrew I.
    Andrew InmanApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get an equality slushy at sidetracks! (It's just two flavors layered together)
  • Phil T.
    Phil TouchetteMay 27, 2014
    Amazing slushy drinks and Monday Night Showtunes was worth the extra night stay in Chicago once Bear Pride ended.
  • Jason T.
    Jason TJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    There's a bar upstairs that has the frozen drinks that are on the way out that they stopped carrying downstairs ...sometimes
  • GuySpy A.
    GuySpy AppNovember 11, 2012
    Make sure to try their signature Frozen Drinks! Really good!
  • Michael F.
    Michael FettersSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Showtunes, Showtunes, Showtunes! Find out the nights and times for Showtunes and make sure you get your friends there! Always a top priority when I get back to town.
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BouvierSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They have St. Germain, get it mixed with gin and champagne or gin and soda.
  • Phoenix J.
    Phoenix JimenezAugust 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is amazing, make sure and check out the rooftop patio and all of the different bars.
  • Adam D.
    Adam DApril 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Ketel One Crush, a grape-flavored, sugar-filled, tart slush drink that will make you orgasm. Or at least drunk. Yeah it's loaded with calories but it's damn good!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DuJanApril 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Amy makes the world's best White Russians. Seriously. Find her and order one of these babies. She also makes an unbelievable oatmeal cookie shot. Fun times.
  • Zach F.
    Zach FelsensteinMay 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Slushie, for sure. Go for the smaller one or you'll get brain freeze.
  • Francois F.
    Francois FOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    strong drinks reasonably priced. if you need to get your night started, start here... my drink: midoori long island
  • zoomvacations.com
    zoomvacations.comMay 31, 2011
    Come to Sidetrack for friendly people, a nice open space, and the best videos in the country!
  • Buzz Evolution
    Buzz EvolutionOctober 10, 2011
    Rosie O'Donnell just checked out Sidetrack's Showtunes Sunday (10/9) this evening, according to @sidetrackbar on Twitter. Cool that she is getting to know her new home city!
  • A D.
    A DelFebruary 27, 2016
    Huge club with amazing bartenders
  • Jason A.
    Jason AstorgaDecember 16, 2012
    Great bar, make sure you get your drink from Paul, great and handsome!
  • Dillon J.
    Dillon JayAugust 14, 2010
    visited from nyc and was less then impressed. Stand atound and stare is basically the formula, with less interesting nightlife. Frozen drinks are the plus and patio. Plus its close to other gay bars i
  • Mallory
    MalloryFebruary 4, 2013
    when in doubt find Stewie Griffin.....he knows the guy that owns this place :-D
  • Eddy V.
    Eddy VelazquezFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to order margaritas without salt. Damn good and strong! Make sure to go when Kathy is there
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Take time to walk around and explore. The bar is huge!
  • Gary L.
    Gary L.August 16, 2011
    My go-to bar while in Chicago. Showtunes nights are silly and fun... Nothing else like it anywhere...
  • Fidel C.
    Fidel CalderonMay 15, 2010
    Visiting from California -- Sidetrack is much better than most SF and LA venues hands down but your soundsystem sucks! Drinks are just as cheap as SF!
  • Joey C.
    Joey CumleyMay 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on Sunday or Monday evening for Showtunes and during the summer have the ketel one crush, a grape slushy drink! yum!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 14, 2010
    On warm summer nights, the two bars at this multi-tiered rooftop are bustling with Boystown boys. Read more
  • Wookash
    WookashAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Come on Thursday night at 10pm for Comedy Night! They show funny clips from Family Guy, MadTV, and other shows!
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheaNovember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing show tunes night! And get the purple slushie!
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Multiple rooms each boasting its own clubby personality. Read more
  • Rick R.
    Rick RappSeptember 14, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Always clean and non-threatening. More fun in a group.
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