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On The Corner at The SoFo Tap

The SoFo Tap (4923 North Clark Street) opened in July 2011 on a the northwest corner of Clark and Argyle. The SoFo Tap has a solid reputation as a no attitude neighborhood LGBTQ bar that never charges a cover.

 

The SoFo Tap has all the ingredients for a great neighborhood gay bar; a friendly staff, a wide selection of spirits, flat screen TVs playing videos, a relaxed feel, and a comfortable decor. Another signature feature of the SoFo Tap is the cozy beer garden which features abundant seating amongst the colorful string lights and greenery. The garden also has a fully stocked bar built out of a vintage garage, making it a terrific place to unwind and grab a relaxing cocktail (or two) with friends.

 

Something for Everyone

The SoFo Tap

The SoFo Tap attracts a diverse blend of patrons and the bar nurtures that mix with an array of nights geared to appeal to various demographics of the LGBTQ community. Every Friday night is Grrr... It's Friday, Chicago’s best weekly bear party. The first Saturday of every month is DILF, for men 35 years older, and the men that love them. The third Saturday of the month is NSFW, a party celebrating whatever people are into. For this event the bar has had drag performances, dick pic contests, and fetish demonstrations. NSFW draws a crowd and activities that might not be suitable for work!

Mondays and Tuesdays, SoFo aims to strike more of a neighborhood feel with music selections from their eclectic jukebox and a tasty blend of drink specials. Wednesday nights are one of the bars most popular evenings with crowds consistently turning out for the weekly Trivia night. On Sundays, the SoFo Tap is becoming a Chicagoland favorite with music videos, once a month DJ in the patio bar, and Rock and Soul Karaoke at 9PM.

 

Dog Friendly Too!

 

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The SoFo Tap is a dog friendly bar. Every Saturday is Doggy Day from noon until 3PM, a rare bar opportunity where dogs and their owners can make new friends. Pooches are welcome on other days too, as long the bar isn’t so crowded that it becomes unsafe for dogs or other patrons.

 

Giving Back

In addition, the SoFo Tap takes great ride in their commitment to supporting the community. The bar has become a popular site for the fundraisers of numerous LGBTQ organizations, animal groups and pet shelters, as well as several neighborhood causes.

Since 2011 the SoFo Tap has also supported the community with a Featured Artist Program, which showcases the work of a chosen local artist for a two month in-house exhibition. The program allows for the artist to have a substantial window of exposure and the rotating exhibits also allow the SoFo to adopt a varied look from time to time. In the six years since opening, the SoFo Tap has featured over 25 different artists.

 

Paul’s Picks

SoFo Manager Paul Cascioli has several suggestions for visitors to Chicago or Chicagoans looking to spice up their routine. If it’s summer Paul recommends the beach. “I personally love taking people to Hollywood/Kathy Osterman Beach (5800 North Lake Shore Drive). They always love that we can be ourselves there and it's always a good time.” For a nice evening during the warm summer months, Paul is also a big fan of movies in the parks.

For Food and Drink

For a nearby eatery, Paul recommends Bar Roma (5101 North Clark Street) just up the street from The SoFo Tap. “It's pretty new, but has been really good every time I've gone there.” Paul adds that Andersonville has an abundance of great restaurants from quaint and cozy to energetic and loud. Paul’s other favorite spots include The Hop Leaf (5148 North Clark Street) and Calo Ristorante (5343 North Clark Street) as well as Uptown favorite, Tweet (5020 North Sheridan Road).

Other than the SoFo Tap, the LGBTQ bars Paul most frequently recommends to friends and patrons are Big Chicks (5024 North Sheridan Road) and Marty’s Martini Bar (1511 West Balmoral Avenue).

For Chicago Gifts

For gift buying in the area Paul recommends Crossroads Trading (5127 North Clark Street) which he describes as a “higher end consignment shop.” Another of his favorite places for gift-oriented items is Foursided (2958 North Clark Street) which he says is, “his favorite place to buy cards.”

 

SoFo stands for "South of Foster", the bustling area just south of Andersonville. And the SoFo Tap stands for fun every day of the week. The SoFo is open on Sunday 12PM–2AM, Monday-Thursday 5PM-2AM, Friday 3PM–2AM and Saturday 12PM–3AM.

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