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Lizard's Liquid Lounge

View Map3058 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago
Tel: (773) 463-7599
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Editorial Review of Lizard's Liquid Lounge

Leapin' lizards! Lost and Found Lounge, the city's oldest lesbian bar, is gone. Despite the name and owner change, this relic of old-school lesbian culture—you know, one where people couldn't see inside from the street and all guests had to identify themselves through a small slit in the door before the bouncer would let them enter—retains much of its original décor, from the mahogany art deco-style bar that stretches the length of the bar to the classic jukebox and pool table.

You won't have to be undercover here anymore because Liz, the owner and a former Edgewater Lounge bartender, makes the windows two-way again, and doesn't screen you before entering. Plus, she's added a few amenities to bring this space into the 21st century, like three widescreen TVs (sports fans, enjoy) and free WiFi throughout. A nice escape from overcrowded Andersonville and pricey Boystown, Lizard's keeps the lesbian vibe, while also welcoming the rest of the queer community—and even those straighties. Single ladies, note that Lizard's hosts a lesbian speed-dating event.

Perhaps the only downfall is the un-lounge-like seating. Liz hasn't tossed the same old tired array of tables and chairs that make this space feel like a dive bar. This set-up does work better for customers who bring their dogs, however — something Lizard's encourages. (Seriously, who wants dog hair on sleek lounge couches?) Stroll in with pooch and enter a weekly contest for a chance to win a free pint and doggie treats. Daily drink specials run the gamut, from $2 Monday Miller bottles to $4 margaritas on Thursdays.

Now let's get down to boozeness. If you're a beer fan and you came to drink, sample the beers on tap, which include Burning River, Dead Guy, Fat Tire and Three Floyds, among others. Rather not drink tonight? Lizard's has non-alcoholic options, too. No matter what you're doing here, make sure you check out the bar's constantly rotating feature artist, whose work covers the walls.

Centerstage Reviewer: Alicia Eler

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4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; noon-3 a.m. Saturday; noon-2 a.m. Sunday

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