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The Empty Bottle
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Today 3PM–2AM
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1035 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60622
1035 North Western AvenueUSIllinoisChicago60622
(773) 276-3600emptybottle.com
Live Music Venue, BarToday 3PM–2AM
Thursday 3PM–2AMFriday 3PM–2AMSaturday 11AM–3AMSunday 11AM–2AMMonday 5PM–2AMTuesday 5PM–2AMWednesday 5PM–2AM
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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."
"Bring ear plugs for the music and singles for cheap beers."
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Emily Belke
2 weeks ago
One of the best music venues for local acts with cheap specials. No frills, just a good place to hang. Check out the monthly book club if you have a chance.
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David Davy
a week ago
Has consistently booked the best rock shows in the city for years. Bring ear plugs for the music and singles for cheap beers
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Eric P
8 months ago
A great venue, wonderful atmosphere and pricing, couldn't ask for much more. I look forward to the next time I can go back. Also great bands and beers. I'm not sure who ran the audio, but the Ryley Walker show (12/18) had to be one of the best mixes I've heard in a while.
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Matt Drab
a month ago
A Chicago institution. My favorite venue in the city. No bad spots to stand!
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Charlie Graham
a month ago
Great venue. The staff can be a bit short with you if you're not on the ball, but it's stressful to run shows, so I don't really hold it against them. The beer and shots are well priced. Try the mystery shot - it's probably going to be gross, but sometimes that's what you need. Check out the Busy Beaver Button Co vending machine and nab some locally made pins! Warning: this venue gets LOUD. Luckily, they sell earplugs. You're definitely going to want them. Otherwise, a heavy show will leave you deaf by the end of the night.
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Karen Cassidy
5 months ago
If you want to be 2 feet from your musicians and 6 feet from the bar this is the place to be. I've seen some great raw bands here that you don't get anywhere else, with an energetic crowd, cheap drinks, and a pool table in the next room. What else do you want in a live music venue, an el stop? well tough it up baby, this is your best shot.
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Emilee
3 months ago
Drinks were decently priced and the bartenders were quick even though they were busy. My boyfriend and I came here for a show and I really liked the set up of the stage and how you could see it from many angles and areas. As a short person, it's kind of annoying when someone taller than you stands in front of you, but this didn't really happen because there was always another angle to see the stage from.
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Rob Condy
11 months ago
Saw a few posts on here complaining about the loudness and poor sound quality. Not sure if I just went on a good night, but I had a great experience. Was visiting Chicago from out of town and saw a phenomenal band here called the young empires. And I was very impressed by their music and the overall sound quality, which I find to be rare at dive live music bars like these. Yea, it was loud, but was well balanced. Bass was pretty clean, vocals cut through the mix, etc. Like others have said, they have a solid beer selection. prices are reasonable (10 buck ticket + 5 buck beer). I'll come back next time in Chicago
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