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Roscoe's Tavern

3356 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 281-3355

Roscoe's is one of Chicago's best-known and most popular gay bars. The bar offers different rooms for relaxing, dancing, shooting pool or catching a breath of fresh air on the outdoor patio.
Hours   3pm-2am monday - thursday; 2pm-2am friday; 1pm-3am saturday; 1pm-2am sunday
Popular Nights   tuesday  saturday 
Cards Accepted   VISA card accepted Mastercard credit card accepted
Tags   bar/pub, gay/lesbian, mostly male, dancing, video, entertainment
Amenities   atm, coat check, cover (sometimes), dancing, dj, drag shows, food served, full bar, house/techno, karaoke, mainstream dance, mixed, mostly men, neighborhood, neighborhood parking, outdoor/patio, pool tables, pop music, video
Sundays   free burgers from 6-9pm, $12 absolut long island iced tea pitchers, $1 miller lite drafts, $5 bacardi bombs, $15 barefoot bubbly mimosa buckets   Mondays   $12 bacardi razz-berry lemonade pitchers, $2.50 miller lite drafts, $10 miller lite pitchers, $5 smirnoff bombs   Tuesdays   drag race with frida lay at 11pm, $12 absolut mandrin cosmo pitchers, $2.50 miller lite drafts, $10 miller lite pitchers, $5 jager bombs   Wednesdays   $12 three-o pomegranate cosmo pitchers, 1/2 off bottles of wine, $2.50 miller lite drafts, $10 miller lite pitchers, $5 smirnoff bombs, karaoke with honey west at 10pm   Thursdays   $12 smirnoff tidal wave pitchers, $2.50 miller lite drafts, $10 miller lite pitchers, $5 jameson shots   Fridays   $15 absolut pink lemonade pitchers, $3.50 coors light drafts, $4.50 peroni drafts, $5 svedka skittle bombs   Saturdays   $15 absolut pink lemonade pitchers, $3.50 coors light drafts, $4.50 peroni drafts, $5 svedka skittle bombs  
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Editor's Review   When giving your straight girlfriends lessons on gay bars, Roscoe's Tavern is where you take them for Introduction to Boystown 101. The crowd is a mix of cute, guppy, fresh-out-of-college gay men (and their straight friends) drinking in a fraternity-meets-disco type atmosphere. The average age ranges from twenty-one-year-olds on up to men in their thirties, but most are in the younger category.

It's a bar where you can relax, have a beer, shoot pool, and show your straight friends a good time without showing them the Advanced Gay Man 202 side of Boystown--strippers, go-go boys, and leather daddies (read as straight men are only slightly uncomfortable here). It feels a little more collegiate than anything else at the corner of Roscoe and Halsted, making it a good starter bar for those boys just coming out of the closet or those looking for a more Abercrombie existence.

The actual bar is split into various sections, some with pool tables, a main bar, a fireside chat room, a terrace, and a high-energy, poppy dance floor. The décor is almost gay Irish pub-ish, if there is such a thing. Video screens alternate between modern dance and '80s pop, the dance floor is usually a mix of shortened dance anthems and re-mixed top 40. Almost every night is a theme night, but most popular nights are the weekends and Sunday Tea, not a Tea dance, but specials on pitchers of Long Island Iced Tea. A particularly hot time to visit includes summertime softball Sundays when the Chicago gay sports leagues quench their thirsts after nine innings of play.

At the end of the night, once your straight girlfriends are ready to graduate, they'll have made all the usual remarks, "Oh my God, why can't straight guys dance like that?" and "Why are all gay men so cute?" Hand them their degrees and send them back to Lincoln Park.
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LOVE Roscoes! There pretty much every wednesday and I love the Karaoke crowd!!! - TylerMcMahon
an amazing dance floor and very good music and an awesome select of hot guys - funlovinguy2009
I like Roscoe's: the most attractive bar space on the strip. DJ is always nice for requests, although the music videos are the standard. Dancefloor is cool. Crowd can be a bit to-themselves, so go with a friend or group. Also, look out for the drunk straight girls, lol. - athleticmatt
A well-rounded bar/club. Does not cater to a certain crowd. - aray
This place was good but has recently started to slide. The prices were raised on the drinks yet nothing is being done to improve the bar. The tile on the floor is hideous and has probably been there from the 80s. The stupid things that measure your cocktails make the drinks taste like all juice when no one else around Roscoe's measures and charges 1.25 less. Thank god the dance floor burned forcing them to do some well needed remodeling. My friends and I used to go here. IMHO go to one of the several bars surrounding this place because they are of better value. - abetzold
From their drag shows, to Miss Foozie’s Sunday Male Call, Roscoe’s is my home-away-from-
This was my first gay bar and will always be my favorite! Bartender Joel is reason enough to return. He is beyond beautiful! - ToBeOrNotToBe
A boystown favorite of mine! Great suds and great studs! - OldIsOkay
I was there on a Sunday night and ran into Miss Foozie. What a fun night of boy watching and beverage drinking! - Stripes
Sunday nights with Miss Foozie are the best times! Don't forget to grab a pitcher of long island on your way in! - JimmyBoi
Great Bar/club... The environmentin roscoe's is amazing very fun and exciting place. Great People too and Music!!! - jla0004
I usually visit roscoe's on sunday nite's the atmosphere is nice, the bartenders are great and the Long island flow all nite. on a Scale 1-10 they rank 10+ - Preppydon
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