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Queer friendly places to grab a drink at in Chicago

February 20, 2019


There’s nothing more infuriating than walking into a gay bar and feeling like you don’t belong. I have a love-hate relationship with Chicago’s Boystown. I love the idea of it, but... it's a bit problematic for me. It’s a hot take, but I don’t find Boystown to be super welcoming of trans, queer and non-binary people. 


As a queer person who is relatively femme, people usually assume things about me, which sometimes ends up with people in gay bars being passive aggressive, saying rude comments or both. However, I’m lucky. I haven’t had any horrible experiences like some have had because of my privilege of being femme.


Earlier this month, I turned to the Facebook group, Chicago Queer Exchange, to find out where the queer friendly places to grab a drink were at. I asked, you all answered:





Please note:

  • Queer friendly isn’t the same as gay friendly.

  • I have not been to all of these places and cannot personally vouch for them.

  • Some of these places are cash-only.

  • Some of these places aren’t bars but offer alcoholic beverages.


Bar Biscay

1450 W. Chicago Avenue


Bar on Buena

910 W. Buena Ave.


Beauty Bar

1444 W. Chicago Ave



954 W. Belmont Ave


Big Chicks

5024 N. Sheridan Rd.


Bobby Loves

3729 N. Halsted


Bonus Round Café

3230 N. Clark St.


Burlington Bar

3425 W. Fullerton Ave


Café Mustache

2313 N. Milwaukee Ave


Chicago Diner - Lakeview

3411 N. Halsted St


Chicago Diner - Logan Square

2333 N. Milwaukee Ave


Community Tavern

4038 N. Milwaukee Ave



2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.


Den Theatre's Bar

1331 N. Milwaukee Ave


Empirical Taproom

1801 W. Foster Ave


F. O'Mahony's European Tavern

3701 N. Broadway


Front bar: Coffee & Drinks

1700 N. Halsted



6962 N. Glenwood Ave


Gman Tavern

3740 N. Clark St



6406 N. Clark St.



3420 N. Broadway St.


Jerry's -- Andersonville

5419 N. Clark St.


Kuma's Corner West Loop

852 W. Fulton Market



630 W. Lake St


Lady's Room at Fat Rice

2957 W. Diversey Ave


Logan Arcade

2410 W. Fullerton Ave


Lost Lake

3154 W. Diversey Ave.


Ludlow Liquors

2959 N. California Ave


Lula Café

2537 N. Kedzie Blvd.


Meeting House Tavern

5025 N. Clark St.


Nighthawk Chicago

4744 N. Kimball Ave


R Public House

1508 W. Jarvis


Reno Chicago

2607 N. Milwaukee Ave


Rocks in Lakeview

3463 N. Broadway


Rogers Park Social

6920 N. Glenwood Ave


Roscoe's Tavern

3356 N. Halsted St



3201 W. Armitage


Shakers on Clark

3160 N Clark St


Simon's Tavern

5210 N. Clark St


Sovereign Liquors

6202 N. Broadway


Spyner's Pub

4623 N. Western Ave


Teacher's Lounge

2525 W Division St


The Call

1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave


The Closet

3325 N. Broadway St


The Granville Anvil

1137 W. Granville Ave.


The Northman

4337 N. Lincoln


The Whistler

2421 N. Milwaukee Ave


Uptown Lounge

1136 W. Lawrence



3313 N. Broadway



3317 N. Broadway St.


Woodlawn Tap

1172 E 55th St


Young American

2545 N. Kedzie Ave



To offer an edit/suggestion to this list, please email Nic at: yungmiga@gmail.com



Updated on June 4, 2019: Removed Progress Bar from the list.

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