Sidetrack

Sidetrack

The Video Bar

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Sidetrack has been welcoming the community and the world for more than 30 years with a unique video mix of pop, rock, comedy, show tunes and retro favorites.

Named the Most Popular Bar in Illinois by Buzzfeed.com, the Most Visited Bar in Chicago by LYFT, the Best Gay Bar in Chicago by TimeOut and one of the 50 Top Gay Bars in the US. Yelp, 2017.

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Sidetrack
4.2
Based on 875 reviews
Drew Carson
01:45 07 Sep 22
Usually always a good time here. Good-priced drinks and pretty good vibes.... Only complaint I have is with 1 of the extremely rude workers there that was rather verbally aggressive towards me about my dog on dog day (and for not a valid reason).... But, I won't hold it against the bar. Definitely 1 of the best bars in Boystown.
Joseph S.
19:40 29 Aug 22
As a person of color this is not a place I'd choose. The musics is clearly directed at a specific demographic, which works for the client. As a person of...
Kyle U.
14:45 25 Aug 22
Sidetrack is a staple in the Chicago LGBT nightlife scene as it provides a great atmosphere to be social in some areas of the bar, while also providing...
Alix Mendoza
21:49 21 Aug 22
Bartender girl reacted very rude when I told her my cocktail was not strong at all after I made my friends try it too. She throws the cocktail away and made a new one out of anger!. Is this the type of love you share in this place?? Just wondering
Matthew Nutter
01:48 22 Jul 22
This is my favorite place on the planet. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. If you HAVE been, you know the vibe. Friendly bartenders, fairly priced drinks, SLUSHIES, theme nights, great music, and an incredible, well-maintained venue.
EAE espinosa
02:44 21 Jul 22
I am visiting Chicago as a tourist and this happened to me, bad service.I went in and asked if they had a show today, he said yes. I asked what time and he said I don't know. quickly he makes me a sign to move that there is a line. The cashier or hostess was NO GOOD.
Cassidy B.
19:17 08 Jul 22
Although I'm admittedly a Scarlet girl to my core, Sidetrack has recently been my go-to spot! Why, you ask? Several things make it my first suggestion when...
Bobby Wilson Jr
17:21 27 Jun 22
BE AWARE. This place is FUN but a HOTSPOT for pick pocketing. I wish I would have read the reviews from others about this before visiting. Had my iphone stolen the second (literally) my hand was out of my pocket. I wish they would have given me a warning when I entered. Love the place, it is a shame this happened here.
Sarah G.
07:19 27 May 22
Sidetrack is exactly the kind of place that comes to mind when I envision a gay bar. It's colorful, vibrant, filled with the best pop hits from across the...
Kate M.
08:39 25 May 22
My sincere apologies to Sidetrack for not leaving a review until now. I've been here many, many times in my six years in Chicago, and it continues to be my...
Matt C.
08:32 20 May 22
Holy hell, this place is fun. Probably one of the best gay bars I've ever been to. Service was outstanding, the music was loud, the crowd was happy and the...
Trina Grogan
18:37 18 May 22
i came here with two friends with fully legal IDs that are well above legal drinking age and we were denied despite the IDs being legal and us asking them to call the cops to prove legality. i watched them “submit” the photos to some agency on their computer. we were then shoved out by security who was extremely rude to us and unwilling to hear us out. we were regulars but this was a terrible experience and their ID checking machine does not work and their employees are rude.After posting this review I’m changing to be 5 stars as management called and completely investigated the incident and was extremely understanding and agreed that this was not in their policies. Thank you to management for hearing me out and I will continue supporting Sidetrack!
Jordan Hillis
22:08 16 May 22
Visited this past weekend while I was in Chicago. Thoroughly enjoyed Eurovision 2022. Offered a great atmosphere and the staff was more than exceptional, Zach was amazing!!!
WisconsinBoy 1982
16:08 14 May 22
Fantastic club. Great bars everywhere. Upstairs best. Super lighting. Awesome music. Fun fun fun. Can’t wait to be back. And I’m a “straight” guy. These people really know how to enjoy themselves.
Heather P.
19:19 01 May 22
Place is usually has a line which goes pretty quick. Big space but always packed. Bar is small and took ~25 minutes to get drinks. Got the frozen drinks and...
Audrey T.
15:46 29 Apr 22
I visited Chicago last weekend and my hosts took me here. Super cute and a lot bigger than I thought. The music was excellent. Totally up my alley and I...
Sam W.
14:50 28 Apr 22
drinks are good, lots of different areas and vibes and lots of fun. never had a bad time here
Xiang Liu
16:50 24 Apr 22
Hands down my favorite gay bar. Love the diversity of drinks, decorations, music is ok. Social media can be superficial by posting hot guys or same popular gays only
Cris Rodriguez
18:03 23 Apr 22
I have always had an amazing experience here. Everything from the music to the people and atmosphere are great. It’s a place where people of all walks of life can come together, be who they are, and feel accepted while everyone has a good time. The bar is always staffed well and everyone is super kind. Huge shout out to the owner because you’ve created a wonderful environment that brings people back and we can all be our true authentic selfs. Drinks are priced well, music is always fire, and the staff is always kind. Will definitely be back
Cat L.
19:02 18 Apr 22
This bartender at the upstairs bar is the rudest bartender I have ever dealt with. I was here on a trip with my friend who decided to celebrate his bday in...
Jocelynn Garcia
16:18 17 Apr 22
This place was amazing! It’s gets very crowded on weekends but it made for great company! I wish the drinks where a little cheaper but it’s a club so what else can you expect? Definitely recommend.
Christina Alagna
17:00 09 Apr 22
I explained how I changed my purse and I had pictures of all my documents (passport, ID, and certificate) and they still denied me. I also tried explaining I had my passport but they wouldn’t even let me talk they just kicked me out. I get that they need to scan it but the bouncers LITERALLY told me to wait in the snow storm. It was my first time going out to a club since I turned 21 and they wouldn’t even let me stand with my friends. I had to stand in the snow and basically wait for an Uber to go home to get my documents (which I couldn’t even return because of the snow and the traffic). Unfortunate but most of all so unprofessional. Like I get you have to do your job but at least be compassionate and throw a woman out in a snow storm. Not to mention it did not look the best because I was the only one kicked out from my friends and I was the only Latina in that group. Whether that was the intention or not it was so uncalled for and the bouncers didn’t even seem to care.
Mackenzie C.
08:47 09 Apr 22
If I could give this place zero or even negative stars I would!! My friends & I used to go here all the time, somewhat disregarding how many women said that...
Christina Alagna
06:16 09 Apr 22
I explained how I changed my purse and I had pictures of all my documents (passport, ID, and certificate) and they still denied me. I get that they need to scan it but the bouncers LITERALLY told me to wait in the snow storm. It was my first time going out to a club since I turned 21 and they wouldn’t even let me stand with my friends. I had to stand in the store and basically wait for 31 minutes for an Uber to go home to get my documents. Unfortunate but most of all so unprofessional. Like I get you have to do your job but at least be compassionate and throw a woman out in a snow storm.
Dikota David
15:37 07 Apr 22
Loved this place big time! They even welcomed this goth boy with the strongest drinks they got because of my high tolerance with Everclear. Staff where on point and the other guests where very nice. Even with my black and white makeup on, guys flirting with me which is a good sign! Not much drama from this place it seems. Will sure be coming back!
Edith “Jetset Jezebel” Giles
06:17 26 Mar 22
I love the staff and the live drag. And the drinks are good and reasonably priced.
Virginia M.
18:32 22 Mar 22
One of the most epic nights I've had! What a great place, so fun! The crowd is awesome the venue is super cool. Fun dance environment and great music. An...
Michael I.
22:12 25 Feb 22
This place needs to fix their horrible ID scanning system. Me and my friend from out of state had our IDs rejected at the door because their stupid scanner...
Ellie D.
16:03 21 Feb 22
Love love LOVE coming here for Little Mix Monday's!! I literally travel all the way from Detroit for it like twice a month. Thank you Adrian for bringing us...
Anthony J.
15:32 11 Jan 22
No memory. Scott Deatherage the best bDebate coach ever and I used to go. Scott died an untimely death. Now a terrible security guard who should be fired...
Donna Derek
14:04 30 Dec 21
Warning Please watch your credit card any card to use before handle at the bartender information gets stolen because couple days ago they charge me $642 from my card. cart was stolen information please be careful about your card the best decision to do pay with cash they are scammer bar when I called my bank capital one they see a statement someone charge me $642 and they say your card was the my girlfriend she’s start refusing about the situation because my girlfriend she bank accounting specially the white guy you need to be careful from him suspicious he did it OK thank you
Marcus Wade '93
17:36 24 Dec 21
Friendly staff, large space with two levels for dancing and bar access. Amazing music selection. Highly recommend!!!
Eugen
08:50 21 Dec 21
Reko is the best bartender in Chicago, the best Long Islands I have ever had. Thank you so much. You are amazing! ❤️
Mike R.
11:37 16 Dec 21
I debated a lot whether I should post this- since i love this bar so much but I couldn't get over it last night so here it is. Last night - late-ish I...
Eugen
07:28 16 Dec 21
He is the best bartender in Chicago, Reko, the best Longs Islands I have ever had. Thank you so much. You are amazing! ❤️
Matt H.
22:51 20 Nov 21
My friend and I visited this bar in early November, my friend unfortunately drank too much and ended up falling. Guests were able to help me get him up, but...
Trevor Harris
15:11 13 Nov 21
Yesterday was the first time ever that I was told I couldn’t come into a bar and it was here. The bias staff told me, that I was too drunk to come despite coherently communicating with them and trying to get a legitimate answer as to why. None of their reasons made sense or were correct. I came to celebrate my birthday and wound up being treated like a second class citizen. Changes need to happen so stuff like this doesn’t happen again.
Ellie D.
23:53 08 Nov 21
God bless Adrian for starting Little Mix Monday's!! I literally extended my trip to Chicago for this and it did not disappoint!
Giovanny Hernandez
00:59 02 Nov 21
First time visiting this place from San Diego and it was hella fun. The show was lit 🔥🔥🔥
Heather F.
15:31 01 Nov 21
Side track is one of my favorite bars in boys town. However I'm deducting a couple of stars because of my experience last night for the first time ever at...
Will P.
16:49 24 Oct 21
Sidetrack, awesome gay video bar in Boystown Chicago. I went to this place twice, had a few weirdos hit on me beside that its a nice place. Good drinks,...
Orlando Rodriguez
18:48 23 Oct 21
A month ago I had done a 5 star review for Sidetrack but I edited it and gave a 1 star. Why? When 3 bartenders are attending bar and 1 completely blows you off but then serves the person behind you I find that disrespectful. Another one attended the people around me and it took 40 minutes for him to ask if something was wrong only because I took my glass and slammed it down. If you don't have a nice body or in with the bartenders they start calling you weird and look at you like you were something from another planet. I served this nation during war and I did not pick and choose who I wanted to help but obviously Sidetrack is doesn't really care about that.
Justin Trinidad Quelix
11:55 29 Sep 21
Best spot in Chicago, hands down. Friendly staff, good music, good shows, constantly innovating, but most importantly, honest staff and culture. I lost my wallet, called the next day, I wasn’t there. Bradley reached out to me through Facebook to let me know that my wallet was found… who does that? World-class individuals. Thanks, Sidetrack and Bradley, you made a Customer forever.
Travis W.
19:56 25 Sep 21
Sidetrack always, and I mean ALWAYS, takes care of its patrons. Best place in Chicago.
George K.
18:06 25 Sep 21
I've just recently started going back out to bars after nearly a four year absence and I must say that this bar is simply fantastic. I've been going to it...
Mike S.
13:19 20 Sep 21
Fun bar. Love their frozen drinks and the showtunes on Sunday is something I have to attend whenever I'm in the windy city.They are strict about showing...
Audra Kolker
02:10 13 Sep 21
Great music, friendly staff and the roof deck is a perfect summer spot. It's a huge bar with different rooms with unique character. The crowd really get's into the music and show tunes!!
Justin Horlyk
04:22 08 Sep 21
Sunday show tunes sing-a-long is fun! And the drinks are tasty
T Mamola
16:41 14 Aug 21
Very nice staff, the management and servers are kind and quick. The Dj’s play all the boystown hits. During market days the have a great booth too.
Alicia Lynch
10:37 03 Aug 21
I love sidetrack. I’m from Orlando and I always make sure to visit if I’m in Chicago on a a Sunday. The crowd is welcoming and who doesn’t love a great Broadway show tune.
Alina Z.
05:16 03 Aug 21
We had a BLAST HERE! Loved the drag queens and contests with the customers. Music was great, I wish it hadn't rained so we could've seen the rooftop bar....
Taryn C.
08:14 01 Aug 21
I recently moved to Boystown and have been going to this bar almost every weekend. The bartenders are great and super friendly. This past Saturday, the guy...
Chelsea Carver
00:53 27 Jul 21
Fantastic bar. The rooftop area is one of the best I’ve been too. A perfect place.
360 MAGAZINE
12:10 26 Jul 21
Sidetrack is a contagious alternative discothèque experience. Extremely diversified and nonintrusive. Cheap booze and good music. Polite doorman, bartender with access to several rooms. Sunday had a highly mixed ratio of men and women of all genders, beliefs and cultures. I strongly recommend this location for a night of dancing. On the whole, the crowd was friendly, funny and fabulous. A perfect spot to break the ice.
Mike Rafferty
03:22 14 Jul 21
Great music, friendly staff and the roof deck is a perfect summer spot. It's a huge bar with different rooms with unique character. The crowd really get's into the music and show tunes!!
Rocko R.
12:03 13 Jul 21
Had the best time there for Sunday Funday Show Tunes. The bartender Adrian was super friendly, nice to look at, and knew all the words to the songs. Look...
KnightDaze00
05:15 27 Jun 21
Josh gave the BEST service eveer! He's so friendly and makes this a place a will absolutely come to again. Amazingly personable bartender.
Dune U
21:26 24 Jun 21
Loved the energy ambience and various indoor outdoor options / levels .Didn’t care for the music. Wanted covid vax proof - well done!
Elena B.
05:15 22 Jun 21
This is literally the rudest bar in North Halsted. If you're Hispanic or a person of color, good luck trying to feel included. I had the worst service ever....
Eric K.
07:54 15 Jun 21
I mean, who doesn't love Sidetrack? I'm so glad Musical Mondays are back -- playing songs from musicals on video monitors around the bar (complete with...
Akis A.
15:06 14 Jun 21
Best gay bar in boystown. Management is always very nice and they always do everything to go above and beyond for their customers. Bartenders and door staff...
R G
19:14 09 Jun 21
It's a nice place. But my concern is with the parking woes. I'm not from the city and drove there from the burbs last Friday night. After driving around a few times, found a parking spot on the street and the payment box said it was free till midnight. I come out at 12.15 and there was a ticket ($100) on my window placed at 12.04!!!! And I saw it on all the cars parked on the street and there were a lot. Though I'm not justifying my action and I did pay the fine, this is a city problem and I wish the bars and night clubs should together work with the city to address it. In an entertainment area that's popular on weekend nights, allowing parking earlier on and restricting it after midnight and issuing tickets within a few minutes seems like planned robbery to me.
Ellybeth Castaneda
15:17 07 Jun 21
This past weekend was a mess. Went to celebrate a birthday and didn't know this was an ALL VACCINATED bar ONLY. The security said MY KIND was not allowed and they would accept me at 2 other bars down the street. I'm sorry but all of a sudden you feel entitled to discriminate and talk like that. This used to be the bar to go but not after that type of encounter. Please don't blame that its all still knew bc I understand but doesn't give you the right to say that to people. You know exactly what you said.
Gabe C.
21:55 06 May 21
I'm sympathetic to the struggle of trying to make money 1) in Chicago; and, 2) during a pandemic, but $15 for a 12 ounce (8 ounce?) solo cup with some...
Paul Koch
17:17 10 Apr 21
Always enjoy going to Sidetracks for a drink when we go to Chicago for the day. Adrian our bartender/server was awesome. #biggestlittlemixfan
kenji Bergeron
03:35 04 Apr 21
Worst bar ever will never go backStand outside party of three first in lineThe outside staff wasn’t friendly had allThere usuals and friends parties of fourGo ahead of us and was completely ignoredI was told this was a nice spot and I totally seenThe opposite......worst night ever.
Kyle Fennigan
14:53 23 Mar 21
SHOWTUNE SUNDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYS
Ever Sanchez HN
05:13 22 Mar 21
Great place, good service, good drinks and very good music 🎶 I loved the attention of the security staff 👌 excelente job.
Christopher A.
12:20 15 Mar 21
I want to start off this review by saying, if you live in Chicago and you haven't been to Sidetrack, you need to make a visit. Ordinarily, Sidetrack is an...
Sam Baner
00:37 14 Dec 20
Honestly, since the shut down the service has declined tremendously. I think they aren’t trained in the art of serving but instead, taking orders. Which unfortunate. Honestly, if you’re not a usual you won’t be served the same way. It’s unfortunate.
elliot velez
03:55 10 Dec 20
Great drinks. Amazing music. SHOW TUNES is a PLUS!!!!! The staff is super nice and friendly. The rooftop is super cool.If you are a visitor this is the place to go!!!!
Verne Scazzero
01:32 13 Nov 20
Waited for over 10 minutes before the server decided to acknowledge us which never happened......and there were only 2 other tables. We saw him around. He saw us. He just decided we weren't worth his bother. Terrible service. Terrible. The bouncers efficient. What a shame. Used to love that place for its service. Went down the street and were served immediately with a smile.
David Davila
17:18 06 Nov 20
Love this bar. The staff is amazing and the entertainment is exceptional. We love it so much we were married on their deck. Highly recommended to visit whenever in Chicago!!
Ginka Jasovic
22:00 08 Oct 20
It is nice to go to a bar and not be hit on or harassed by the men everyone is always nice and polite I just wish I didn’t have to come pick Boris up here at such late hours of the night
Greg Caporale
21:38 09 Aug 20
Good music. Decent crowd. Needs more seating in the main room. Bartenders are fairly friendly. They did charge $2 for a club soda and lime which was kind of annoying.

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