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 October 28 2016 - Friday November 11 2016Read more
Paper Mice + American Draft + Marateck + Maurice
The Empty Bottle throws a Halloween bash, headlined by local post-punks Paper Mice, who will play Television's 1977 debut Marquee Moon in its entirety. You'll also get to hear tributes to Danzig (portrayed by versatile rockers American Draft) and Ennio...Rock and indie Monday October 31 2016Read more
Protomartyr + The Gotobeds + Order of Night
Detroit post-punks Protomartyr harness dark, bellowing guitars and the monotone (but no less impassioned) vocals of frontman Joe Casey on its 2015 album, Agent Intellect. There's an intensity and single-minded focus to the group's music that becomes even...Rock and indie Wednesday November 2 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
Handmade Market Chicago
Handmade Market Chicago returns to beloved Ukie Village club The Empty Bottle for an October–April market. More than 30 sellers will ply their homemade arts and crafts for this monthly celebration of the local and artisanal.Saturday November 12 2016 - Saturday April 8 2017 FreeRead 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.