Don’t be fooled by its unassuming storefront: This is Chicago’s premier indie rock club, hosting cutting-edge bands from home and abroad. If you need to get away from the noise for a while, the club has a comfortable front room, complete with a pool table and pinball. At the bar, you'll find affordable drinks, yellowed gig posters and tons of strips from the Bottle's old photo booth. Get to see your favorite garage rocker, up-and-coming indie musician or eletronic tinkerer (or show up on Monday nights, when most shows are free to attend).
|Venue name:||Empty Bottle||Contact:|
1035 N Western Ave
|Cross street:||at Cortez St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 5pm–2am; Thu, Fri 3pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun noon–2am|
|Transport:||Bus: 49, 66, 70.|
|Price:||Average beer: $4|
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The Bottle is a legendary Chicago rock joint. Local and touring bands alike have cut their teeth on its stage, and its intimate space makes for a killer show.
The Empty Bottle is a great dive. I love coming here to catch local bands and touring acts too. The bar is cash only, the music is loud, the crowd is great, and it's always a fun night.
Empty Bottle is the perfect spot to catch local and on the rise acts, cheap booze and is always a good time. The venue is a bit less dive-y after remodeling last year, but it still has that low key, grunge-y vibe that is EB’s charm. They always have good drink specials at the bar and you can play a game of pool or pinball up front if the band onstage isn’t doing it for you. Grab dinner at Bite next door before a show, it’s got an excellent menu. And one of the best classic photo booths in the city!
As far as local venues go, The Empty Bottle isn't half bad. It’s basically a spacious bar with a stage that plays host to a laundry list of Chicago indie bands and a touring acts as well. The stage is a favorite of many regional heavy hitters and newcomers from across the country (and world) alike. The cover charges are typically pretty low, so that's always nice too.