TripOutGayTravel searching for 'Best Gay Bar,' 'Best Gay Destination'

Tue. August 31, 2010 7:30 AM by News Staff

roscoe's shawn hazen and brenden chrisman

photo credit // jay shaff

Roscoe's in Chicago in the running for international fame

Chicago is in the running for two top awards in the second annual TripOutGayTravel competition for best gay destinations on the planet.

Roscoe's Tavern, 3356 N Halsted, is on the list of Top Five Best Gay Bars in the World, and Chicago is on the list of best U.S. destinations for gay travelers.

Located at the corner Halsted and Roscoe streets in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, Roscoe's is probably most-associated with the North Halsted strip known as Boystown.

"We are super excited that Chicago was included in the nominations for Best Gay Destination and we are proud to represent our community and the entire city in the category of Best Gay Bar in the World," Roscoe's General Manager Brenden Chrisman told "It is a huge honor and we thank all of our customers over the past 23 years for their continued support and love."

The popular neighborhood bar, owned by Jim Ludwig, celebrated its 23rd anniversary in April.

The nominees were chosen by LGBT travel writers, but the winners will be selected by online votes over Facebook and on

"Let's bring this one home for Chicago," said Chrisman.

The nominees for Best U.S. Destination are Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Provincetown and San Francisco.

The nominees for Best Gay Bar in the World are The Abbey (Los Angeles), Club Manana (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), Roscoe's (Chicago), The Round-Up Saloon (Dallas), Royal Vauxhall Tavern (London), and The Week (Rio/ Sao Paulo/ Florianopolis, Brazil)

Barcelona, Key West, Las Vegas, Rio, Tel Aviv, and Palm Springs are in the running to be named the Sexiest Place on Earth.

"LGBT consumers, their families and friends are aficionados when it comes to using social media and traveling the globe," said John Polly, Editor-in-Chief of, "It will be exciting to see how the results may change now that voter's can share their choices through social media with family and friends."