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Roscoe's Tavern

3356 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL (Lakeview)
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Ranked #190 of 501 Nightlife in Chicago
Type: Gay Bars, Bars
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English first
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I have been going to this bar since the early 90's. Back then it was wildly popular, fun, always busy and it had a great staff. After taking a hiatus from the bar scene for a year or so I was dumbstruck at how awful Roscoes had become. The bartenders are slow, unfriendly, and extremely unattentive. They are more concerned... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Wanted to review this place which has gone downhill from the time I met my partner 10 years ago. I had always had nostalgia about Roscoe's because of my personal history. I had been there a few times throughout the years and thought it wasn't as good as it used to be. But tonight on two occasions bringing friends from... More

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Chicago, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

I consider Roscoe’s the “go-to” bar for visitors. It has a bit of everything: -Good Drink Specials: Pitchers are the way to go… they are cheap. I usually find them oversly sweet, but when you are 22, they are great. -Dance floor: This bar is one of the few on Halsted that offers a dance floor -Café: In the afternoons,... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Had a nice evening at Roscoe's. When we walked in we were asked for ID and we said we didn't have any, the guy looked at us like we committed murder. I explained we were from ENgland and not accustomed to carrying ID. The guy on the door said we must carry ID because "you need it to get into... More

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011 via mobile

My wife and I went with my brother in-law and his wife and her cousin that recommended it. This was our first time in a gay club and had a great time. Staff was friendly. Drinks were fine and prices in line with other bars. It got a little crazy at about 11 when the drag races started but its... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2011

I'm quite surprised by the negative reviews for Roscoe's. This was my first time visiting Chicago and Roscoe's was actually the first bar that I went to in Boystown. I was really looking forward to hitting Boystown and experiencing the gay community in such a lively and big city like Chicago. Roscoe's did not disappoint. The crowd at Roscoe's was... More

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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2010

I have been to Roscoe's numerous times and never had an issue with anything done there..infact had a great time. I don't understand these negative posts about it, probably someone looking to find something wrong rather than just having a good time.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010 via mobile

Drinks are watered down and the older bouncer was completly rude! Went to sidetracks afterwards

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Chicago, Illinois
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2009

This place is the worst representation of the Chicago gay community. You are better off at any other bar on the Halsted strip. This bar is old, dirty and has the worst customer service anywhere around. The employees let hoodlums hangout in front of the entrance smoking cigarette sand blocking the entry, the drinks are all measured electronically & the... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2006

The bouncers here are all rude and on some terrible power trip. The night I went to the club, I saw 2 frail, harmless girls being "escorted" (more like DRAGGED) by three MALE bouncers and PINNED to the wall for having a minor dispute about coat check tickets with the head bouncer. The girls were histerically crying, trying to calmly... More

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