So You Want to...
As one of the nation’s largest gay communities, Boystown has something for everyone. Just fill in the...
Hands down the danciest spot in the gayborhood, Scarlet is a high-octane nightclub with DJs spinning up-tempo pop hits (and gay classics), laser lights and smoke machines. 3320 N. Halsted St., 773.348.1053, scarletbarchicago.com
Replay is the place to be to grab a beer, watch sports or play arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and Mortal Combat. They’ve got 26 beers on tap and over 50 bourbons and whiskeys to choose from. Plus an outdoor back patio makes it a great afternoon chill spot. 3439 N. Halsted St., 773.661.9632, replaylakeview.com
A low-key craft cocktail joint that’s the perfect respite from the bustle of Boystown, Elixer is the best bet in the neighborhood for a relaxing negroni or a martini done right. 3452 N. Halsted St., 773.975.9244, elixerchicago.com
Chicago is the kingdom of drag queens, and every Tuesday it’s like “Game of Thrones” at Roscoe’s Tavern as amateur queens compete in the weekly lip sync contest. They bring the moves and the attitude, you bring some dollar bills and be prepared to shout “Yaas, kween!” The bar is also home to a massive dance floor and regular events like Slave For Britney Sundays. 3356 N. Halsted St., 773.281.3355, roscoes.com
Honorable mention: Though it’s not in Boystown, we’d be remiss if we didn’t call out The Baton Show Lounge, where Chicago’s most seasoned drag queens, like the famed Chilli Pepper, have been putting on shows for nearly 50 years. 436 N. Clark St. 312.644.5296, thebatonshowlounge.com