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Cobra Lounge

Bars, Lounges Downtown
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Photograph: Mireya Acierto Cobra Lounge

The West Loop joint polishes and packs all the clichés of the Sunset Strip—tight Ed Hardy tees, tramp stamps, leather, snakes, neck ink—into two cozy, over-designed rooms. Accordingly, the bookings bring in skuzzy rock and metal. More and more, DJs have become the club's bread and butter, with nights dedicated to burlesque electro (Zombies vs. Skeletons on Wednesdays) and oldies (Dusty Grooves on Thursdays). A wide-range of fist-pumping classics fills the jukebox, but how tough is a joint that serves caprese salads?


Venue name: Cobra Lounge
Address: 235 N Ashland Ave
Cross street: at W Fulton St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 5pm–3am (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Ashland. Bus: 9, 20, 65.
Price: Average cocktail: $5.50
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Cobra Lounge is a little known venue for seeing some excellent live shows. If you're really into discovering good local talent particularly in the hard rock/metal arena, you'll want to check this place out.

The front bar has a higher end, sleek kind of cool vibe where you can chill at the bar with a beer and chat it up with the attractive bar staff or enjoy a glass of wine at an intimate table with your honey. However, the back bar is all about the music. Supposedly Rex Brown of Pantera has been known to stop in here, although it's never been on a night I was there. All the shows are free so you have no excuse not to go and support local Chicago bands. And there's a jukebox filled with rockin tunes for when bands are not performing.