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Gay Nightlife in Chicago

Grab a drink and grab a local.

Touche

Leather daddies and bears of all kinds know that Touche is the place to get touched. It’s friendly in the front if you’re not ready for a foray into the back room.

Sofo Bar

Beers, beards and bears. There’s a back porch for an escape if need be. Or a chance at some private time. You choose.

Sidetrack

Probably the best all around place to be in Boystown. It’s huge and you can walk around and feel like every gay in Chicago is there. You kinda have to go.

Scot's Bar

A sports bar with the brew or mixed drink of your choice. Sit back and watch the game, or watch the boys watching the game.

Scarlet Bar

A somewhat dressed up alternative to the usual scene of Boystown. Lounge around have a few drinks while feeling a bit fancy.

Roscoe's

This mainstay club rarely disappoints those looking for the younger scene. It can get way too crowded, but if you haven’t been there, you haven’t done Boystown.

North End

It feels like a sports bar that just happens to be gay. Which is refreshing. It’s a chill spot for when relaxing and watching a game are your main objectives.

Minibar

When you want to step it up a notch, this “ultra lounge and cafe” provides pretty people and an upscale vibe (and price). A mixed crowd and definitely scene-y.

Marty's

Marty’s martinis bring all the boys to the joint. Enjoy one for yourself and watch as the boys come through.

Manhandler Saloon

The name is about as apt as it can be without being crude. A somewhat older crowd hangs here for their quick fixes, the vibe being very get in, get up, get out.

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