Chicago >Bars & Clubs > Cell Block
3702 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061341.949352 -87.649542
Neighborhoods: North Side, Lakeview
While Cell Block is not known as the best cocktail bar in town, it is a Boystown must-go just to check it out and say you have been. Why? The kink, my friends, the kink. Blue jeans are typical in the front bar - and if you wear an item of leather you get to go to the "Holding Cell" in the back. Notorious for the porn vids they show in the back, this bar is not for the light-hearted gay clubber.
AVOID! – I am a Chicago resident, and I am here to tell you what every local knows here in Chicago: The Cell block is horrible! The alcohol is uses the berg system. Basically a computer controls how much alcohol you get in a drink, and it's not much. Anyone who lives in Chicago and knows REAL leather bars, knows Cell Block is a joke. The manager is a *** who roams around policing everyone, even for appropriate behavior. One man knelt down next to his Master, and the manager told them not to get "out of hand" even though both were fully dressed in leather. He's really alienated the community here. If you want a real leather bar experience in Chicago with hot guys of every age, GO ELSEWHERE, like Jackhammer, and their bar inside called the "hole." GO to Eagle or Touche, but what ever you do AVOID the cell block at all costs. It's a sorry excuse for a bar of any kind, period.
If kink is your thing, guys, this is your hangout. – The Scene
Think all gay men look like the cast of "Will & Grace"? Wake up and check out the burly, tattooed, leather-lovin' dudes at this dingy hangout. Tough-looking guys stake out a place at the bar in the front room, where gay porn flickers on a few monitors, and a pool table and pinball machine go mostly unused. Despite the rough crowd, staff is friendly and welcoming, even to the preppy types who occasionally stumble in for a peek around.
If you're in uniform or wearing a major article of leather or latex clothing, you'll be allowed back to the Holding Cell, an even darker bar that's open Thursday through Sunday. And if you're feeling naughty, head out to the Yard, a meeting place complete with chain web, a narrow steel cage and more.
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