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. The club mascot, Radley the cat, passed away years ago, but his scent perhaps lives on. Most local shows are free with RSVP, removing the financial risk from gambling on an unknown bill. A great venue.
|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: $3|
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The Hoyle Brothers
After a long week at the office, sometimes the only way to wind down and prepare for a weekend of relaxation is to listen to some country music. The Hoyle Brothers have been playing a free set at the Empty Bottle nearly every Friday for more than a decade,...Folk, country and blues Friday September 30 2016 - Friday November 11 2016Read more
Cymbals Eat Guitars + Field Mouse + Wild Honey
Stripping away much of the psych-rock sheen that defined its first two records, Cymbals Eat Guitars take a more straightforward approach on its latest album, Pretty Years. There are echoes of Springsteen on the debut single, "Wish," but there's still...Rock and indie Tuesday October 11 2016Read more
Oozing Wound + Rabble Rabble + Dim
If you can get past its gag-inducing name, you'll be enthralled by the disgustingly great thrash metal that local trio Oozing Wound churns out. The group comes to the Bottle to celebrate the release of its latest album, Whatever Forever, which marks the...Punk and metal Friday October 14 2016Read more
Cass McCombs + Delicate Steve
Cult-fave singer-songwriter Cass McCombs combines powerful emotions and witty observations on his latest LP, Mangy Love. Mashing up elements of folk rock, soul and smooth jazz, the record shows off McCombs ability to inhabit almost any musical style,...Rock and indie Friday October 21 2016Read more
Running + Counter Intuits + Obnox
Permanent Records has been slinging vinyl in Chicago for a decade now, continuing even after founders Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi moved to LA to open up a satellite shop. To celebrate the occasion, the shop is throwing a free party at the Bottle, headlined...Rock and indie Monday October 24 2016Read more
S U R V I V E
If you enjoyed the retro, synthesizer-driven soundtrack of Stranger Things, you'll love the John Carpenter-inspired electronica of Austin, Texas quartet S U R V I V E. Band members Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein provided the eerie instrumentals for the...Dance and electronic Sunday November 6 2016Read more
Earthless + Ruby the Hatchet
Conjuring up the bluesy psychedelia of ‘70s acts like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, San Diego trio Earthless string together heavy riffs and meandering solos to create expansive tracks that sounds like they should come with a complimentary black light...Rock and indie Friday December 2 2016Read more
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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.