Big Chicks takes its name from a moniker its owner, the sizable Michelle Fire, picked up on a trip to India. The natives there had trouble pronouncing "Michelle," so they simply called her "Big Chick." Others have called her "The World's Coolest Den Mother," because she is so close to the mostly gay customers who patronize her Uptown bar. As she notes, "we play well together." The colorful Uptown bar caters to a mostly lesbian and gay clientele but is very straight-friendly.
Fire's art collection, which hangs on the walls of the bar, is devoted to images of women (not the usual fare for a gay bar), including a semi-nude drawing of the owner. Deejays spin Friday and Saturday. Big Chicks is in a narrow room, so it's always crowded on weekends.