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The Empty Bottle
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Today 3:00 – 5:00 pm
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1035 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60622
1035 North Western AvenueUSIllinoisChicago60622
$$Live Music Venue, BarToday 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Monday 5:00 – 8:00 pmTuesday 5:00 – 8:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 8:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 8:00 pmFriday 3:00 – 5:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Est. 1992
Music, Friendly, Dancing
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Indie music venue & bar hosting alternative bands in a somewhat small space with cheap drinks.- Google
"The offer a variety of daily drink specials, centering on shots of cheap booze."
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"Maybe my favorite spot for live music in Chicago."
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Aimee Dewante
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Classic Chicago music venue with plenty of standing room, a good beer list with plenty on tap, and pool tables. Supports new bands, but established groups come back to play here too. Also, right next door to a great restaurant if you get hungry (or vice versa - in the restaurant you can order drinks from the Empty Bottle).
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Claudia Herrera
6 months ago
The perfect place to see up and coming acts, or see an established artist in a cozier space. There is ample floor space, and if you're there for the bar you won't be suffocated by the people there for the live music. There is also a back room, complete with pool table and some arcade games, where you can see what's happening onstage via live feed on a monitor in the room. It's a cool, authentic venue, the type where you'll find the bathrooms decked out in graffiti, and the walls full of old and new show posters. Check it out any night of the week!
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Sean Boyle
11 months ago
I came here for a concert that I had won a couple of tickets to. The venue is interesting, very much a dive bar. They have a surprisingly decent beer list, some of which is on tap. The drink specials were good, but this place is all about the music. The band I went to see didn't end up going on until about 2 and a half hours after the "start" time of the concert. The opening acts were alright, but mostly just wasted time before the main performance. This place is loud! They even sell earplugs at the bar, which might be necessary if you get up close and personal to the performance. The bathroom was a bit dirty, which is not particularly surprising.
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Nikki Hartel
6 months ago
This place rules. This is a classic Chicago venue that gets it right from the bands, to the booze, to the pool table, to the vibe. If you are looking to discover a great new band you can count on EB. Plus their restaurant, Bite, next door is super tasty!
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Richard Foulkes
3 months ago
Live music rules! Yet another cheap place to get you music heard! Plus a great eaterie next door. Small and volume is always the drummers fault! Does every drummer have to slam it like John Bonham? This kind of place is why Chicago can grow and support some great bands!
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Aleksey Ivanuk
5 months ago
Basically a dive bar with live music. Was strange not ordering a PBR. it felt like I was the only one not drinking one. I get this is a cool and hip place but does it really have to look like a shit hole inside. 5 stars since I guess its seems like the perfect place for the crowd that shows up.
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Jim Withington
5 months ago
Great bands play here, but I wish it wasn't so far from everything. Still, good place to catch a show. :-)
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Dylan C
a year ago
I've been right next to this place numerous times because I always visit Bite Cafe when I'm in Chicago. Finally had a chance to check out the venue and overall it was great. The place gives off a very intimate underground vibe. There's a pool table and a couch in the front room, an arcade corner, and the walls are lined with band posters. The stage is right next to the bar and fairly small but good sound quality. My only issue is that sometimes the speakers are way too loud. I've been to many concerts, standing near massive speaker systems, but this was so bad that I had to put in ear plugs (was lucky enough to bring someone along who had some). I felt like my ear drums were punctured even with them in and had to leave towards the end of the set with a headache.
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