Sidetrack is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

1. Sidetrack

3349 N Halsted St (btwn Roscoe & Buckingham), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lake View East · 150 tips and reviews

Viral P.Viral PR: 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.

@djbencastaneda@djbencastaneda: Prettiest gay bar in boystown.

Kyle E.Kyle Eggert: Best Gay Bar in the WORLD!

Big Chicks is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

2. Big Chicks

5024 N Sheridan Rd (at W Argyle St.), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Uptown · 83 tips and reviews

Trish D.Trish Doran: Buck Burger Monday and $2 off pitchers! 2 burgers w/fries 1 pitcher of miller = $10 Delicious Dinner! and if you aren't a meat fan you can sub for a tofu dog!

David B.David B: Buck Burger on Monday Nights

Sean D.Sean Doe-Simkins: Go to Big Chicks on Mondays for dollar burgers and cheap pitchers!

Replay Beer & Bourbon is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

3. Replay Beer & Bourbon

3439 N Halsted St (at W Newport Ave), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lake View East · 37 tips and reviews

Matthew P.Matthew Patterson: Great selection of craft beers on tap and on Sundays they have free BBQ

steve z.steve zzz: Come for the games, leave with a boy!

James W.James W: Pretty good beer selection, better bourbon selection, jukebox, and FREE arcade games?! Come on...

Roscoe's is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

4. Roscoe's

3356 N Halsted St (at Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lakeview · 109 tips and reviews

Ray O.Ray Olmeda: Just discovered their pitchers of Vodka (the flavors vary by day), quite groundbreaking, and dangerous!!!!

Justen P.Justen Perez .com: Line for the bathroom and you're male?... Skip it and go straight to the very back bathroom for faster turn around time!

Dan M.Dan McCoy: Great spot to observe the homosexual mating rituals of the intoxicated unattractive middle-aged homosapien.

SoFo Tap is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

5. SoFo Tap

4923 N Clark St (at Argyle St), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Uptown · 34 tips and reviews

Theo E.Theo Estes: The porch is a nice outdoor space, and tall beers are always good. I would say come here with friends over coming alone.

Austin D.Austin Duus: They have WiFi

Jorge V.Jorge Valdivia: Order em tall and order em now.

Second Story Bar is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

6. Second Story Bar

157 E Ohio St (btwn N Michigan Ave & N Saint Clair St), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Streeterville · 50 tips and reviews

Joseph A.Joseph Adkins: A wonderful cocktail!

Austin D.Austin Duus: My favorite gay dive bar

Anthony G.Anthony Galloway: I love Carlos!

Elixir Lounge is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

7. Elixir Lounge

3452 N Halsted St (btwn N Newport Ave and N Cornelia Ave), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lakeview · 43 tips and reviews

Ross G.Ross Guthrie: Relaxed atmosphere & well mixed drinks. Come here to linger. Also, restroom is beautiful.

Dan M.Dan McCoy: Red Dynasty. End Scene.

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A well-made cocktail was a hard thing to find in Boystown. Thankfully there’s Elixir, which not only shakes mean drinks, but also keeps the crowd in control and the music somewhat low. Read more.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

8. Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N Halsted St (at W Waveland Ave), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lakeview · 80 tips and reviews

Nelson R.Nelson Rodriguez: Sunday Brunch here is only rivaled by minibar's. However, Madame X is such a fun performer and adds flare to the brunch experience. The chicken and waffles are phenom - the grilled chicken panini too!

Tony W.Tony Wood: Half price martinis on Tuesdays and Sundays

Gilt CityGilt City: Most of the buzz on this supper club is about the divas—impersonators from Beyonce to Toni Braxton—but don’t ignore the food. (Salmon is encrusted with sriracha peanuts.)

Touche is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

9. Touche

6412 N Clark St (btwn W Devon Ave & W Schreiber Ave), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Rogers Park · 9 tips and reviews

Dereald M.Dereald M: Friendly bar staff and great drink special most days of the week.

Ken Q.Ken Quandt: Cruisy, leathery bear bar. Nice place to start the evening. Heavier action in back bar area, behind the fence. Theme nights and special events most weekends and holidays. Give it a try when in Chicago

Leather Archives & MuseumLeather Archives & Museum: The last of the Chicago Leather bars. Lots of history in this place.

Scarlet is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

10. Scarlet

3320 N Halsted St (btwn W Aldine Ave & W Buckingham Pl), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lakeview · 65 tips and reviews

Francois F.Francois F: The music here is amazing on Saturdays if you like a mix of hip hop and dance with great djs! Hipster club kid crowd! Did I mention $12 champagne on Sunday?

Andy M.Andy Meyer: This place totally violates capacity laws! Shitty dance floor and weak drinks... It's like a smaller, less classy minibar. Stay away!

@djbencastaneda@djbencastaneda: Kevin makes the best drinks...

Manhandler Saloon is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

11. Manhandler Saloon

1948 N Halsted St (at W Armitage Ave), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · North Side · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Expect to get manhandled at the Manhandler Saloon. This Lincoln Park hole-in-the-wall is stocked with bottled beers, rugged barstools, gay porn on the TVs and plenty of middle-aged discreet men. Read more.

Ken Q.Ken Quandt: Stop by this gay watering hole when you are feeling kind of sleezy. Never mind the inside bar. The action is out back on the patio, regardless the weather. Grab a drink and head back. Free food Sunday

Patrick L.Patrick LeMaster: One drink minimum but they're cheap & strong, well worth it.

Scot's is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

12. Scot's

1829 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Ravenswood · 13 tips and reviews

Christopher O.Christopher Owen: So fun! Cheap drinks and great darts! Bring cash as it is cash only.

Austin D.Austin Duus: This is a cash bar. There is an ATM inside.

Kelly G.Kelly Gruver: My new favorite hangout. Great people!

Hydrate is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

13. Hydrate

3458 N Halsted St (at W Cornelia Ave), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lakeview · 53 tips and reviews

Cree C.Cree Chapman: I really enjoyed myself. Bartenders were nice & the music was good too.

Austin D.Austin Duus: It wouldn't make my list at all, but they support TPAN once a month.

Derek K.Derek Kucynda: Amazing late night bar. This tip comes from a lifelong Chicagoan. Do it. Sweaty. Dance. Party. Best staff ever. What more does a queen need??

Progress Bar is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

14. Progress Bar

3359 N Halsted St (at W Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lake View East · 26 tips and reviews

ForrestForrest: This is a very progressive bar. Unisex bathrooms, affordable drinks, and fun atmosphere.

Izzy S.Izzy Salcedo: Nice bar, best bartender is Dexter, but way too loud. They should lower the volume at the front of the bar.

Jesse S.Jesse Salazar: Quit complaining!

North End is one of The 15 Best Gay Bars in Chicago.

15. North End

3733 N Halsted St (at W Bradley Pl), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lake View East · 15 tips and reviews

Rajaad T.Rajaad Twine: They have a jukebox, darts and pool tables. The bar next door even has karaoke on Friday and Saturday. My type of bar!

Jonathan G.Jonathan Graves: If you want a drink without exorbitant prices and without boystown nonsense, this is your bar

Sean B.Sean Bush: That bartender Doug is awesome!