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Gay Bar and Night Club$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
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    Has a stamp of approval from Time Out Chicago and Redeye Chicago
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    Stephen R.
    "A Boystown icon and the best Showtunes video bar ANYWHERE!"(19 Tips)
    Tiffany S.
    "Black cherry slushy drinks and showtunes...GAY HEAVEN!"(5 Tips)
    EChi G.
    "It's my favorite bar in Boystown!!!!!"(3 Tips)
    Phil T.
    "Amazing slushy drinks and Monday Night Showtunes"(2 Tips)
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  • slushies
  • boozy drinks
  • rooftop
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  • Dustin H.heart icon on user image
    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 2 weeks ago
  • David
    DavidMay 10, 2016
    Great slushie drinks. Really neat RuPauls drag race paintings throughout. Would visit next time in town, thanks to the friendly bartenders.
  • Rick F.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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.
    Upvoted Dec 29, 2023
  • Agustin Z.heart icon on user image
    Thanks so much everything was so nice, we loved the place and the atmosphere there, definitely going back, greeting from PV
  • Chris D.heart icon on user image
    Chris DuhaimeJune 26, 2020
    Been here 100+ times
    There’s a vibe for everyone! Most the bars are playing the same music, the feeling can change from room to room. Highly recommend a “fruit loop” before committing, and don’t forget to check upstairs.
  • 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!
  • Khari S.
    Khari SheltonJanuary 20, 2020
    Been here 25+ times
    from musical monday to showtune sundays, trax is THAT girl. get the frozé. you won't regret it. sidetrack: the watering hole of boystown
  • Melody L.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Jai M.heart icon on user image
    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.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Cornellious P.heart icon on user image
    Cornellious Parthenopaeus-LumpkinJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is awesome here! Got a Effen Vodka Black Cherry Buzz mixed with Stoli Pink Lemonade
  • 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
  • Fabio R.heart icon on user image
    The biggest place with bars I've ever seen
  • Chris D.heart icon on user image
    Chris DuhaimeJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ 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.
  • Patrick L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Marty E.heart icon on user image
    Marty ErwinApril 5, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    The Outspoken series is well worth attending. First Tuesday of each month.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Rick R.heart icon on user image
    Rick RappSeptember 14, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Always clean and non-threatening. More fun in a group.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Phoenix J.heart icon on user image
    Phoenix JimenezAugust 10, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    This place is amazing, make sure and check out the rooftop patio and all of the different bars.
  • Tim S.heart icon on user image
    Tim SheaNovember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing show tunes night! And get the purple slushie!
  • Brittney D.
    Brittney DiseroadOctober 18, 2013
    Go on showtunes night, best night ever...the slushies are fantastic as well
  • Appliance Repair Chicago
    Great place to hangout with friends or family from out of town. Read more Read more
  • Rohan H.
    Rohan HareJune 17, 2013
    This bar is really big, and a lot of fun. Great place to meet some new people.
  • Andrew I.
    Andrew InmanApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get an equality slushy at sidetracks! (It's just two flavors layered together)
  • Beth B.
    Beth BorkowskiOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try: slushies, any flavorGreat music videos on the weekendsShowtunes on SundayMusical MondayComedy night on Thursdays
  • GuySpy A.
    GuySpy AppNovember 11, 2012
    Make sure to try their signature Frozen Drinks! Really good!
  • 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
  • A D.heart icon on user image
    A DelFebruary 27, 2016
    Huge club with amazing bartenders
  • zfelsheart icon on user image
    zfelsMay 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Slushie, for sure. Go for the smaller one or you'll get brain freeze.
  • Jordan B.heart icon on user image
    Jordan BouvierSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They have St. Germain, get it mixed with gin and champagne or gin and soda.
  • 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.
  • Edward C.heart icon on user image
    Edward CollinsJune 30, 2019
    Been here 100+ times
    Glass bar is where I like to hang out. Best bar in Boystown!
  • 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!
  • Jason A.
    Jason AstorgaDecember 16, 2012
    Great bar, make sure you get your drink from Paul, great and handsome!
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Take time to walk around and explore. The bar is huge!
  • Stephen R.heart icon on user image
    Stephen RománMay 20, 2021
    A Boystown icon and the best Showtunes video bar ANYWHERE!
  • 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.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!
  • Stephenheart icon on user image
    StephenMay 1, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    I can't go and not order a Kitchen Sink.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DuJanApril 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ 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.
  • 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
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Multiple rooms each boasting its own clubby personality. Read more
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