Halsted Street bar crawl
Stumble up Halsted to discover some of Boystown's best gay bars
Sidetrack is one of Halsted Street's most popular gay bars. (June 15, 2012)
1. Hop a cab to Belmont and Halsted, where you can start your night at Spin (800 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-7711) for a round of something on special—themes vary every night.
2. Next, head north down the main drag to Minibar (3341 N. Halsted St. 773-871-6227), where your group can split a few small plates to stay fueled for the night.
3. Ready for some fresh air? Walk down the block to Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted St. 773-477-9189) for a round of cocktails on the huge rooftop deck.
4. If your crew can’t decide on dancing or another round, make a move to late-night bar Hydrate (3458 N. Halsted St. 773-975-9244), which has space for both drinking and dancing.
5. Haven’t seen enough? Hit the strip the next night for a tour of more of the greats. Start by soaking in some Boystown history at Little Jim’s (3501 N. Halsted St. 773- 871-6116), which opened in 1975, before Halsted was so crowded with clubs.
6. Next, hit Roscoe’s (3356 N. Halsted St. 773-281-3355), one of the city’s most well-known gay hangouts, where you’re sure to find something to drink at one of the club’s six bars.
7. Then head to Scarlet (3320 N. Halsted St. 773-348-1053), known for its crowd of loyal regulars and pop culture-inspired theme nights.
8. Get back on the dance floor at Circuit (3641 N. Halsted St. 773-325-2233), which sits just behind Rehab, a legendary lounge that occupied the space in the ’90s and just reopened a few years ago.
9. Make up for all those burned calories by ending the night at Jack’s on Halsted (3201 N. Halsted St. 773-244-9191), where the grill stays hot until 1 a.m.