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Bars, Dive bars River West/West Town
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Once known primarily as a ramshackle roadhouse of country-rock in an industrial stretch of the city, the Hideout has become a place where new musicians, veteran performers and outspoken personalities of all stripes can come together onstage. Rootsy ensemble Devil in a Woodpile still holds down a regular gig, but the venue also hosts the experimental-leaning Resonance Series, variety shows and a Saturday night dance party. It can be difficult to reach this tucked-away spot via public transportation, but it is worth it for the cheap beer, fresh sounds and DJs dropping nostalgia, from Prince to Devo.



Venue name: Hideout
Address: 1354 W Wabansia Ave
Cross street: between Willow and Ada Sts
Opening hours: Tue 7pm–2am; Wed–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 7pm–3am; Sun, Mon for special events (call ahead)
Transport: Bus: 72, 73.
Price: Average beer: $2
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  • Games and hobbies Wednesday July 17 2019 - Wednesday August 28 2019
  • Folk, country and blues Friday July 19 2019 - Friday August 2 2019

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The Hideout is worth the trek (most people don't live nearby, and it's not exactly conveniently located to a train). The small music venue hosts great shows most nights of the week, and the cool bar with twinkly lights is exactly what you think of when you're looking for a laid-back dive bar, but with great beer to drink.

This is a great venue for live music; it's very intimate, low key, and has great acoustics. It almost has a small town feel. It's kind of hidden away off Elston so you almost think you are in a different city altogether. The bartenders are great and very nice.  It has cheap drinks, including $3 PBR  and when I went the tamale guy came through a couple of times. There is also a water cooler in the dance floor portion of the bar.  After the live bands go on, it apparently becomes a dance venue. 

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Great venue to catch live music in an intimate setting. The location is a little difficult to get to/from, but that's what Uber's for, right?