Baton Show Lounge

 
89% love it
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48 years of entertainment
The world-famous female impersonation shows draw bachelorette parties and local fans.

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    • Tk111
      Tk111 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Not particularly great.
      I went with my ex a last week. We were sat at the seat in front of the stage. My ex has never been to a drag show, so a friend of mine recommended that we try this place. The cost was a bit much and the mandatory 2 drink minimum was silly to me. If your service is good and drinks are made correctly, people will buy them. The show overall was okay, but the body language from some of the performers towards us was unnerving. Some wouldn't walk to our side of the stage. One in particular, the called Chilli peppers was rude towards us, starring and mouthing off about my ex. For which we did nothing but watch the show and clapped when things were good. I suspect it had something to do with my ex looking like a mountain main and not being from the city. Or that we were the only guys in a sea of women( bachelorette parties). One thing was clear was the level of aggression from Chilli peppers towards the end of the show was disgusting. I'll never return and will make sure others I know don't give them business. Mimi and Angel were great to watch and one can tell that they actually love to perform. The others, well I saw better at drag nights at local bars. The Decor was okay and music was tasteful. Unless you want to see Angel or Mimi up close, save your money and time.

    • mikesb1965
      mikesb1965 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      sucks all about ripping customer off
      Arrived and paid the big cover and then sat down and saw one person and was told the show was over. Yuck no where it was posted and still had pay 2 drink min for five min show. Place sucks and so did the service

    • Jerzy
      Jerzy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Drag Shows
      This place has been there forever almost..the shows are really great..been there in 09' & had a real good time..but the service sucks you have to beg for a drink..would I go back Definitely!!...LOL

    • Adrenalin
      Adrenalin Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Comedic Drag with mixed seriousness = EXPENSIVE
      Fun to go with friends. Typically you need a reseveration and purchase/hold tickets in advance. Drinks are pricey as well as the constant baddgering to tip the drag queens. It can add up to be pretty expensive for just ok entertainment.

    • chicagojack1
      chicagojack1 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Baton is fun
      Baton can be a fun club to watch drag shows. I always have a pretty good time at this spot. The entertainment is top quality and the female impersonators are very talented. The only draw back is the service can be somewhat lacking. I had to wait a while to get drinks because the waiters were busy gabbing in the corners and around the waitress well. All in all, fun place!

    • Awfcute
      Awfcute Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Bad service staff
      Great shows and talented drags. However, the service staff is rude and very unprofessional. They seem to forget that the audience is mostly straight and professionals who enjoys great drags shows and should be served accordingly.

    • RoadWarrior
      RoadWarrior Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Yuck
      I was staying at the Weston North River, so was pleased to find a gay bar on line that was only a couple blocks from the hotel. There are a number of reasons to skip this joint if you are a road weary gay man looking to hang with the tribe. First the cover charge is steep, $15 for what you get. Second the staff is decidedly unfriendly, no smiles, no customer service. The act like they are doing you a favor. Next, it was not that busy, but it took them 15 minutes to wait on me. I was sitting at the bar, and they served me the sorriest short pour I have ever had for $7. The crowd was certainly enjoying the show, one drag queen after another. But here is my biggest complaint about the place. The audience was 85% straight. While billed as a gay performance bar, this is clearly a place for straight couples and bachelorette parties to come and watch the "freak show". . . If you are staying downtown, skip the Baton and take a taxi uptown and visit one of Chicago's real gay bars.

    • Lunatiki
      Lunatiki Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Awesome
      Great drag show! A Chicago tadition...it's been around for over 40 years!

    • jewel1331us
      jewel1331us Over a year ago
      Loves it

      FANTABULOUS!!!
      This is a must go at least 3 times in your life!!! The "girls" are incredibly talented & amazingly gorgeous!!!!! My friends and I go @ least 2 times each year and the shows never get old....as far as the extremely rude comment made in the previous comment here is what I have to say----don't go to a drag show if you are have a stick up your butt!!!! The MC is awesome and hilarious----IF YOU'RE GOOD TO MAMA-MAMA'S GOOD TO YOU!!!!!!!! Love to all the wonderful ladies of the baton and the awesome wait staff as well!! Muah!! Keep up the hard work b/c it pays off!!!!

    • Chicago_Les_84
      Chicago_Les_84 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Rude
      The guy who sat us was extreamly rude! So was the 500 lb woman in the show who liked to pick on people in the audience.

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