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Our Favorite Lesbian Bars in Chicago

Whether you live in Chicago and have been wondering what queer and lesbian bars there are, or are visiting and wanting to find some cool places to check out on your trip, we’ve compiled a list of the great queer and lesbian bars in Chicago to grab a drink, be gay, and find your community.

Nobody’s Darling

Nobody’s Darling is a great place to grab a cocktail and relax. The owners created it with a laid-back, classy vibe in mind so it makes for a great place to have a date, hang out with friends, and enjoy a lesbian bar with a relaxed environment. They have a fantastic selection of creatively named cocktails, such as Lipstick Lover and The Marsha. Nobody’s Darling also hosts a variety of events, including Singles Mixers, Drag Brunch, and Sunday Tea.

Roscoe’s Tavern

Roscoe’s Tavern is a gay and lesbian bar that prides itself in being a leader of Chicago nightlife for 35 years. They have a full food and drink menu, including sandwiches, salads, burgers, cocktails, and more. They also have a full brunch menu, including bottomless brunch packages (who doesn’t love bottomless brunch?!). Roscoe’s Tavern has karaoke nights, musical bingo, themed brunches, and more.

Dorothy

Dorothy is a 70s inspired lesbian cocktail lounge that cultivates an elegant relaxed vibe. Their name comes from the term “friend of Dorothy,” which was a commonly used phrase to signal to other queer people that you were gay. Dorothy hosts a variety of events, such as Music Mondays, film screenings, panels, and more. They’re open to everyone of all genders and sexualities.

Berlin

Berlin is a great queer bar with many themed events, music nights, and more. If you’re looking for a place to dance, this is the spot to be. From Gay Disco Night to Queer Punk Night and more, there’s vibes for everyone. 

The Closet

The Closet is another fantastic gay and lesbian bar with a large selection of drinks and a lot of fun to be had. They have darts, bingo, karaoke, and even pet adoption days!

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