|Address:||520 Franklin St, Traverse City, MI 49686, USA|
|Working:||5PM–2AM 5PM–2AM 5PM–2AM 5PM–2AM 5PM–2AM 5PM–2AM 5PM–2AM|
Went to TC this weekend and we always like to check out the gay bar/club scene when we travel to see how it differs from our hometown. Now, Grand Rapids is still a pretty conservative place in my opinion, right in the bible belt of Michigan, and we experience a fair amount of discrimination, but there are a couple of places we can go where we always feel safe and accepted. Sidetraxx, who advertise themselves as a gay bar, is not a place where someone who is outwardly gay or that does not conform to gender norms will feel safe. The LGBT crew there last night made up maybe 10% of the patrons. We befriended some ladies that are native to the area, and found that this was not just a fluke. It is a place where straight folk go to dance because it has an amazing dance floor and music videos played throughout the bar. Now, I am not saying that straight folk are not allowed to go to gay bars, but they must respect that gay bars are supposed to be our safe place. Our place to be us. Our true selves, without the threat of discrimination or a hate crime. In talking to these natives, we also learned that this bar is the ONLY establishment that advertises itself as a gay bar in the area. This to me, is an injustice and should be addressed. Overall, I give Sidetraxx one star, and this is ONLY because of how amazing the bartender was and how sweet the door person was. Get some pride TC! Get some!
I never understand why gay bars in a one gay bar town ALWAYS charge a cover??!!! I can go to Sidetracks (Ironically) in Chicago, Chicagos NUMBER ONE rated gay bar and NEVER pay a cover. Owners of gay bars in small towns take advatage of us as we have no where else to go. They know if we want a gay bar, there is only one for miles, so well pay that cover. It is a very wrong way to do business. I do not go to gay bars that charge a cover and especially not for this hole.
Theresa M Funk
TERRIBLE SERVICE. We went to SideTraxx this weekend with a Bachelorette Party. Not only was the bouncer INCREDIBLY RUDE, but the manager was completely unwilling to work with us on cover (which was $5/person, pretty high for Northern Michigan). We would have willingly stayed there all night and were ready to spend hundreds on drinks. After the terrible service we got at the door, we left after 45 minutes. This bar needs to adjust their attitude!
This bar is located next to a sewage treatment plant, which is the nicest thing I can say about it. The "décor" is horrid, the music is outdated pop garbage and the miserable, rude troll they have behind the bar should probably have retired about 10 years ago. A word of warning: if after reading this you still insist on spending an evening in this festering hellhole, DO NOT start a tab - you will likely be overcharged and ripped off.
Checked out the local gay scene and was told this was the place to go. There was a cover, not really sure what for. Did not feel like an LGBT place, it was 90% straight girls, which is fine, but the few guys they brought were literally mocking gay men and being rude. For a bar its fine (2, maybe 3 stars?), for a gay bar its a definite one star place.
Super fun! Didnt seem to warrant a cover, but great music and dancing, chill people, as well as well-priced drinks (ask for the specials - they werent posted but were great!). Bathrooms need major work - Im a small woman and could barely fit in the stall!
Fun casual spot in TC! We were there on Wednesday night for kareoke, the crowd was small but we had a blast. And my fiancé made an ass of himself because he was singing a Spanish song that is English "is all they have"
Walked in sat at a table, after 10 mins no one greeted us and the bar tender seem to care about the TV more than selling alcohol. We left 5-24-2017 10:40 pm.
A Private User
He is awful!! Worst bartender in town.. he is about bad as it gets!! Overall bad attitude bad time!! Will never be back .. hes what you call a p.r.I.c.k.
bar is suffering from an identity crisis, really is just a dance club as most people in there that attend are not gay alot of straight couples dancing
Best late night bar in TC only place to have a truly good time after midnight, also a great mix of people at this bar and all extremely friendly!
Side Traxx is a fun place to hang out and a nice place to dance in TC. Not my favorite thing to do in general, but I had a good time.
They had a cover charge and didnt seem to want us in there. Was a dull crowd.
They have a disco ball shaped like a torso. What is not to love??
Fun for all sexual preference and dancing plus karaoke. Love it
Everyone seems to have a great time every time i go.
Really wish I could give it a lower star rating..
A Private User
Very welcoming, great music, and amazing staff!!
A Private User
The best (and only) gay bar in Traverse City!!!
Gotta mad blowy in the bathroom. Will cum back
A Private User
Great music, friendly staff & great drinks!
Fun place to meet up with friends
The bartenders r awesome
Bets dance club in town.