If you’re planning to pull an all-nighter, want to hang with a like-minded crowd and not look up to find yourself ashamed that you’re suddenly the denizen of a place with wood paneling, try The Closet. A veritable institution in the Lakeview lezzie scene since 1978, the generalized feeling of the crowd these days is always that of a friendly, totally wasted bunch of carousers, which makes sense since the drink prices are keenly budget-safe. There’s free pool and darts, a makeshift dance floor area around the main bar and weekend nights always fill up with thirsty, like-minded patrons, lending the place a house party feel.
3325 North Broadway, (773)477-8533, theclosetchicago.com
Best of Chicago 2013