Pride In the Park is downtown, but if you’re coming to Chicago early for Pride Week, you’ll undoubtedly end up on North Halsted. Formerly dubbed “Boystown” and renamed to be more inclusive to the entirety of the LGBTQ+ population, the North Halsted neighborhood is one of the most vibrant and lively areas in Chicago, and it’s no wonder why. With a plethora of trendy restaurants and bars, there’s always something exciting to do in this LGBTQ+ haven.
Here are a few restaurants and bars on North Halsted that are sure to please (in no particular order):
D.S. Tequila Co.
Known for its delicious margaritas, open air patio, and boozy brunches, D.S. Tequila Co. is a must-visit spot on North Halsted. Their menu features creative takes on classic Tex-Mex dishes, while late night fires up some of the best DJs in the city for an all-out party till you drop experience.
Sidetrack is one of the most iconic bars on North Halsted, and for good reason, they have been there for 30+ years. This massive bar features multiple rooms, each with its own theme and music. They’re known for their music video nights, rooftop patio, and always have amazing drink specials.
Drew’s on Halsted
Drew’s on Halsted is a cozy but elevated restaurant that serves up delicious food with a side of charm. For a special event or romantic evening, this is the spot.
Roscoe’s is another classic Chicago bar that’s been around since the 1980s. They have an amazing dance floor, and are always a busy spot on the weekends. Keep an eye out for special events, they bring out national talent regularly.
Elixir Lounge is a trendy cocktail bar with a martini shaker vibe. Their drinks are creative and delicious and it’s a perfect spot for a quality martini to get your night started.
The North End
The North End is an easy going bar that serves up classic cocktails and beer. They have a variety of self-served entertainment, including pool tables and darts.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club is a fun and flirty bar that combines delicious food with drag shows. Their menu is full of tasty dishes, and their shows are always entertaining. Every evening and weekends for brunch the world famous Kit Kat Divas take the spotlight for a floorshow you’ll never forget. Book your table early, Kit Kat fills up quick!
Replay Beer & Bourbon
Replay Beer & Bourbon is a hip and laid-back bar that specializes in, you guessed it, booze and arcade games. They have a rotating list of craft beers plus plenty of games and activities to keep you entertained.
Lark Restaurant & Bar
Lark Restaurant is a cozy and intimate spot with delicious comfort cuisine. Lark has a ton of great specials almost every night and is the perfect spot to hang with your friends. Check out the back patio, it’s a relaxing oasis in the summer.
Progress Bar is a sleek and modern bar that’s perfect for a night out with friends. They have a great DJ lineup and keep the energy high all night long.
Hydrate Nightclub is one of the most popular clubs on North Halsted with amazing DJs and incredible drag shows. The dance floor is always packed, and their drink specials make it easy to have a great time until 4am.
Berlin Nightclub is a legendary club that’s been around for over 30 years. DJs are experimental and cutting edge, with eclectic drag shows that are some of the most avant garde in the city. Berlin is slightly off the path of North Halsted on Belmont, but worth the walk.
No matter where you choose to go around North Halsted, you’re sure to have a great time. With so many amazing restaurants, bars, and clubs to choose from, it’s the perfect neighborhood for a night out or a weekend adventure. So come on by and experience the vibrant and welcoming LGBTQ+ community that makes North Halsted so special!