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#264 of 528 Pub in Chicago
#1,623 of 5,560 Restaurants in Chicago


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Near North Side
0.4 miles from 360 Chicago Observation Deck
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Reviewed September 18, 2019 via mobile

I met a friend for happy hour here in Chicago and left happy hour and follow him to a bar downtown. It was this bar. The bartender was great. Really nice guy. Too many drinks though. Grrrr 😬

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 28, 2018

We stumbled across this tiny gay bar on our last visit to Chicago. It was just a few blocks from our hotel. The drinks are large and reasonably prices. The customers are friendly and nice to chat with. This is not a stylish bar, but...if you want to relax in a nice atmosphere with good drinks, good fellow customers and none of the posing and crap you get at most gay bars, this is a great place.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

This place is The Best GAY secret in Chicago!!! Cash only best drink prices in Gay Chicago!!! Bartenders and crowd very hometown “feel”

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed November 17, 2017 via mobile

This bar is predominantly male. Very small bar but the patrons are friendly. The drinks are reasonably priced and strong. Will definitely go back.

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

Walked into the bar on the recommendation of hotel. Wow! The person at the front door on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 pm was the worst FIRST IMPRESSION. He was rude. We went back to advise the manager on duty- there was not one....That must explain the rudeness. We walked away and bought nothing. Not gonna spend my travel dollars there. No thanks.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

As the only gay bar located convenient to the Loop and Magnificent Mile area, this is a popular spot that can be very crowded during cocktail hour and weekend evenings. The crowd is relatively mature, as younger folk prefer watering holes in Boystown, Andersonville or...the South Side. As you'd expect in a neighborhood bar, a good number of the patrons are regulars.More

Date of visit: August 2016
Reviewed June 27, 2017

A fun local joint in downtown Chicago way out of all the gay bars in Boys-town. A mix of locals, people having after work drinks and a few tourists. It's only some years ago and you had people still smoking in here. The bar attendant...would shout you shots and drink with you if you stayed long enough, but that's all long gone now. Still a friendly and sometimes very busy drinking hole!More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed May 16, 2017

Always a pleasant experience, friendly locals, pleasant bar tenders. Popular post work hours, cocktail hour, etc.. Busy on weekends / holidays also. Cash only, no food. There is a restaurant at sidewalk level, plus many more in vicinity, off Michigan Avenue location. Venue there many...years, has regulars, generally friendly with affable conversation. Am a Chicago resident, have frequented the venue solo and with friends, always pleasant. Not for "hot" cruising, per Chicago North Halsted street "Boystown". Sincerely recommended for gay visitors who prefer the presence of kindred souls. Simple, non pretentious venue.More

Date of visit: June 2016
Reviewed April 1, 2017

Just a head's up they only take cash! It is very dark inside the bar itself and you have to take a set of stairs up to the business. Was not impressed.

Date of visit: March 2017
Reviewed March 29, 2017

Love this bar! Great small bar that has great bartenders, regulars who strike up conversations about anything! The drinks are excellent and well prepared. Love our Tuesday Jeopardy show which brings the patrons entertainment. Brian and AJ lead a fun group of regulars! This is...a fun experience which results in many first timers visitMore

Date of visit: March 2017
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