Sidetrack

★★★★★
  • 3349 N Halsted St

    Chicago, IL 60657

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  • 773-477-9189

About Sidetrack

Hours
Monday To Friday From 03:00 PM To 02:00 AM Saturday From 03:00 PM To 03:00 AM Sunday From 02:00 PM To 02:00 AM

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Arts & Entertainment
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You must order their frozen drinks you can even ask them to mix the different flavors. There are always a lot of people there but the place is big and worth going there to witness and or to take part in their sing-a-longs.

4
★★★★☆

You must order their frozen drinks you can even ask them to mix the different flavors. There are always a lot of people there but the place is big and worth going there to witness and or to take part in their sing-a-longs.

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There are two reasons to go to Sidetracks. First and foremost, you go for musical theater Monday. They play movie showtunes and Tony award performances all night long, and every person in the bar sings along and shouts at the screens. It's a unique experience that everyone must have at some point. The second reason is the frozen drinks. It's what you get there, and that's that.

4
★★★★☆

There are two reasons to go to Sidetracks. First and foremost, you go for musical theater Monday. They play movie showtunes and Tony award performances all night long, and every person in the bar sings along and shouts at the screens. It's a unique experience that everyone must have at some point. The second reason is the frozen drinks. It's what you get there, and that's that.

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huge , always popular bar that caters to the boystown crowd and their female friends. Fun frozen drinks that actually taste good, and a multi floored atmosphere to please all different types, love the rooftop in the summers

4
★★★★☆

huge , always popular bar that caters to the boystown crowd and their female friends. Fun frozen drinks that actually taste good, and a multi floored atmosphere to please all different types, love the rooftop in the summers

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This is the best bar Ive every been too. The bartenders are great, the space is really cool and very clean. Job well done. I LOVE CHICAGO

2
★★★★★

This is the best bar Ive every been too. The bartenders are great, the space is really cool and very clean. Job well done. I LOVE CHICAGO

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Sidetrack has really grown up. The bar is huge nowadays and many of the bartenders have been there for what seems like forever. For good reason...they're probably the friendliest group of bartenders at any gay bar in America of this size. The drinks are poured right too. The bar is a stand-and-model type but with the right friends can be quite fun. For me, it's a walk down memory lane, as I get to see the same old acquaintances from my days in Chicago as I did when I lived there. Sidetrack has the right formula and hopefully will for a long time to come.

2
★★★★★

Sidetrack has really grown up. The bar is huge nowadays and many of the bartenders have been there for what seems like forever. For good reason...they're probably the friendliest group of bartenders at any gay bar in America of this size. The drinks are poured right too. The bar is a stand-and-model type but with the right friends can be quite fun. For me, it's a walk down memory lane, as I get to see the same old acquaintances from my days in Chicago as I did when I lived there. Sidetrack has the right formula and hopefully will for a long time to come.

Pros: Valet is available if you have to drive

Cons: Crowd can be a bit aloof sometimes

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Sidetracks is one of the most beautiful bars I've ever seen. The metal and woodwork are just great!
They offer several rooms for different feels.
I noticed a lot of comments about an older crowd and pricey drinks, but I've never noticed that. I think the drink prices are pretty average. And every time I've been here the crowd has been fairly well mixed age-wise.
A great aspect to this bar is the fact that the cruising, meat-market feel is pretty faint. Most people are more caught up in the videos and friends.
If you're visiting, make this a must-see!

2
★★★★★

Sidetracks is one of the most beautiful bars I've ever seen. The metal and woodwork are just great!
They offer several rooms for different feels.
I noticed a lot of comments about an older crowd and pricey drinks, but I've never noticed that. I think the drink prices are pretty average. And every time I've been here the crowd has been fairly well mixed age-wise.
A great aspect to this bar is the fact that the cruising, meat-market feel is pretty faint. Most people are more caught up in the videos and friends.
If you're visiting, make this a must-see!

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Parking, of course

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Everything is perfect. size: huge..... cover: none.... crowd: everyone. So much fun it might make a straight man gay!

2
★★★★★

Everything is perfect. size: huge..... cover: none.... crowd: everyone. So much fun it might make a straight man gay!

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Is one of the best gay bars in Chicago. The problem is that one of the Bartenders is very rude. I don't know his name because they don't have a name tags. Totally necesary!!!!! But I will come back with a lot of plesure to tell you guys. He threw a dollar at my face after I asked for a cup of water.

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★★★☆☆

Is one of the best gay bars in Chicago. The problem is that one of the Bartenders is very rude. I don't know his name because they don't have a name tags. Totally necesary!!!!! But I will come back with a lot of plesure to tell you guys. He threw a dollar at my face after I asked for a cup of water.

Pros: MUSIC VIDEOS, CUTE GUYS.

Cons: BARTENDERS, DOOR GUYS, DRINKS

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On a Sunday afternoon this place was packed. It must be the place to meet. Even with crowds so thick that it was hard to navigate the multitude of bars made it easy to get a drink. The rooftop was the fastest. Went pack on a weekday, still a large and varied crowd. Then the decor and ambience could be enjoyed and it is one of the nicest bars (gay or straight), I have ever been to. The drinks cost a little less than the neighboring places, the barstaff more friendly and served in nice glassware (during the week). Well worth the visit.

2
★★★★★

On a Sunday afternoon this place was packed. It must be the place to meet. Even with crowds so thick that it was hard to navigate the multitude of bars made it easy to get a drink. The rooftop was the fastest. Went pack on a weekday, still a large and varied crowd. Then the decor and ambience could be enjoyed and it is one of the nicest bars (gay or straight), I have ever been to. The drinks cost a little less than the neighboring places, the barstaff more friendly and served in nice glassware (during the week). Well worth the visit.

Pros: Nice ambience, varied clientele, good service

Cons: quite crowded on Sun afternoon

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I was in this establishment for an event a couple of years ago and I have to say I was not dissappointed. One of the nicest places I've been to. This place is huge! I would probably get lost if I were there for very long!

5
★★★★★

I was in this establishment for an event a couple of years ago and I have to say I was not dissappointed. One of the nicest places I've been to. This place is huge! I would probably get lost if I were there for very long!

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The best bar ever!!! The new lounge area is comfortable and very attractive with lighting that changes colors about every 15 mins. or so. The brand new rooftop deck is not to be missed!!! It boasts a new inside bar (with video monitors, of course), with an outside service window and another service bar as well. The large, two-level outside deck has planters with flowers and trees. Add all that to the other beautiful, clean bar areas - throw in fast, friendly service, good drinks, and the best job done showing videos anywhere - and you have Sidetrack!!! I can only imagine what they will do with the space they have purchased next door (south). I'm sure it will be amazing!!! I believe that expansion will make their facility one-half of the block!!! Keep up the great work, Sidetrack!!!!!

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★★★★★

The best bar ever!!! The new lounge area is comfortable and very attractive with lighting that changes colors about every 15 mins. or so. The brand new rooftop deck is not to be missed!!! It boasts a new inside bar (with video monitors, of course), with an outside service window and another service bar as well. The large, two-level outside deck has planters with flowers and trees. Add all that to the other beautiful, clean bar areas - throw in fast, friendly service, good drinks, and the best job done showing videos anywhere - and you have Sidetrack!!! I can only imagine what they will do with the space they have purchased next door (south). I'm sure it will be amazing!!! I believe that expansion will make their facility one-half of the block!!! Keep up the great work, Sidetrack!!!!!

Pros: Great facility, Great Service, Friendly staff

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This is honestly the best gay bar in all of the US. No question! Try it, you will agree!

2
★★★★★

This is honestly the best gay bar in all of the US. No question! Try it, you will agree!

Pros: Great location, Great people, Great bar!!

Cons: None!

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Not your average gay bar. Sidetrack in Chucago is like NOTHING you have been to. I've traveled the country and this place is the model for profesional gay men to visit. If you want sleeze, go to an Eagle, or Manhole. Dancing, check out Backstreets in Atlanta. Sidetracks is for the gay professionals.

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★★★★★

Not your average gay bar. Sidetrack in Chucago is like NOTHING you have been to. I've traveled the country and this place is the model for profesional gay men to visit. If you want sleeze, go to an Eagle, or Manhole. Dancing, check out Backstreets in Atlanta. Sidetracks is for the gay professionals.

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This bar is not like a lot of the gay bars. You don't feel like you're in a meat market. Everyone that you meet is just there for a relaxing good time.

2
★★★★★

This bar is not like a lot of the gay bars. You don't feel like you're in a meat market. Everyone that you meet is just there for a relaxing good time.

Pros: Relaxing, Entertainment, Great service

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Definitely a fun bar with a big mix of people. The drinks are really good w/ enough liquor but highly priced. The crowd is fun loving all night pretty much that I've been, and they mix their weeknights with fun stuff like showtune and comedy nights. The crowd is alot older so that makes it less popular with the young guys. But why not stop in for atleast a drink since there's no cover any night =)

2
★★★★★

Definitely a fun bar with a big mix of people. The drinks are really good w/ enough liquor but highly priced. The crowd is fun loving all night pretty much that I've been, and they mix their weeknights with fun stuff like showtune and comedy nights. The crowd is alot older so that makes it less popular with the young guys. But why not stop in for atleast a drink since there's no cover any night =)

Pros: Good drinks, Plenty of space, Nice environment

Cons: Older crowd, Expensive, No dancing

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Since moving to Chicago in summer 2002, I have not missed a Monday nite.. The showtune nite is wonderful with a bar full of people singing our favorite songs. Thursday for comedy is a nice way to unwind after a hard day at work also. Great job guys!

2
★★★★☆

Since moving to Chicago in summer 2002, I have not missed a Monday nite.. The showtune nite is wonderful with a bar full of people singing our favorite songs. Thursday for comedy is a nice way to unwind after a hard day at work also. Great job guys!

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I lived in Chicago my whole life before moving away to MO. Just thinking of Sidetracks makes me totally homesick, and I make several trips back to Chgo with a stop to Sidetracks at the top of my to-do list ! NO drama, NO attitude, just fun and great drinks and videos. I MISS YOU ! ! !

2
★★★★★

I lived in Chicago my whole life before moving away to MO. Just thinking of Sidetracks makes me totally homesick, and I make several trips back to Chgo with a stop to Sidetracks at the top of my to-do list ! NO drama, NO attitude, just fun and great drinks and videos. I MISS YOU ! ! !

Pros: friendliness, barbacks :), videos

Cons: parking :(

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Always a good time! Comedy night, Show Tunes and retro video nights are the best!

2
★★★★★

Always a good time! Comedy night, Show Tunes and retro video nights are the best!

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Sidetrack is one of this country's best gay bars in that it is welcoming to all types of people. No age or sex discrimination here. They have a wide open floor plan with plenty of space including an outdoor patio in the front, perfect for watching people walk by on Halsted. Each night features a different type of video entertainment ranging from comedy night to retro and showtune nights. Great for large groups you can chat or choose to watch and share the fun on one of the many screens they have.

This place rocks and there's a scene but it's not pretentious in the last.

2
★★★★★

Sidetrack is one of this country's best gay bars in that it is welcoming to all types of people. No age or sex discrimination here. They have a wide open floor plan with plenty of space including an outdoor patio in the front, perfect for watching people walk by on Halsted. Each night features a different type of video entertainment ranging from comedy night to retro and showtune nights. Great for large groups you can chat or choose to watch and share the fun on one of the many screens they have.

This place rocks and there's a scene but it's not pretentious in the last.

Pros: Plenty of space, Kept very clean, Amazing videos

Cons: Drinks are costly

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Great to work and play at. A definitely mature crowd that is cordial and easy to talk with, the staff is more than friendly too.

2
★★★★★

Great to work and play at. A definitely mature crowd that is cordial and easy to talk with, the staff is more than friendly too.

Pros: VIDEOS, STAFF, CLEAN

Cons: NONE

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I go to Cocktail when I want a great martini & to just hang out- not talk, not play pool, not dance. Good place to watch the crowd, especially in the back by the (too small) dance floor. The dancers (and their fans) also lend some entertainment value. And, you can't beat their Halsted windows for people-watching. Try the Chocolate Martini- 2 different types(!) or Cosmo. Oh, and the bartenders have always been great. I've never had a bad time here.

2
★★★★★

I go to Cocktail when I want a great martini & to just hang out- not talk, not play pool, not dance. Good place to watch the crowd, especially in the back by the (too small) dance floor. The dancers (and their fans) also lend some entertainment value. And, you can't beat their Halsted windows for people-watching. Try the Chocolate Martini- 2 different types(!) or Cosmo. Oh, and the bartenders have always been great. I've never had a bad time here.

Pros: Great Martinis, Interesting crowd, Good atmosphere

Cons: NO parking, Pricey drinks

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I never quite put my finger on if I loved or hated Sidetrack. The bartenders were great, the crowd, totally unpredictable. It's hard to know what to expect here.

2
★★★★☆

I never quite put my finger on if I loved or hated Sidetrack. The bartenders were great, the crowd, totally unpredictable. It's hard to know what to expect here.

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The polished metal facade gives way to a dark, warm interior lit by wall sconces and video screens. There's a room here for every mood, from the dimly lit front and back areas to the sunny, loft-like "glass bar" and…

 

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