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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Once known for raucous performances that featured bodily fluids and fireworks, the Black Lips have matured into a jangle-y garage rock act that mixes bluesy riffs with a bit of Southern charm. The Altlanta-based group recently teamed up with Sean Lennon...Punk and metal Saturday May 13 2017 - Sunday May 14 2017
Using traditional Korean instruments, including the fiddle-like haegum, piri flute and zither-dreived geomungo, Jambinai bring folk and classical-inspired sounds to its cacophonous post-rock. The South Korean trio comes to the Bottle behind its latest...Rock and indie Thursday May 18 2017
New Orleans bounce music's "Queen Diva" Big Freedia combines elements of EDM and hip-hop to create music that is tailormade for shaking your hips—back in 2013, she lead a crowd attempting to set the Guinness World Record for twerking. If you've ever seen...Dance and electronic Friday May 19 2017
A mainstay of the Chicago rock circuit for more than a quarter century, the, er, local duo is returning to the Empty Bottle's stage to celebrate the venue's 25th anniverary. Expect frontman (and noted cinefile) Scott Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding to...Rock and indie Saturday May 27 2017
Peter Brötzmann + Heather Leigh
European free jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Peter Brötzmann has played at the Bottle 14 times since 1997, and he's coming back to blow minds (and reeds) in celebration of the venue's 25th anniversary. Since releasing his first album, For Adolphe Sax,...Jazz Friday June 9 2017
The Hold Steady
Fronted by Midwestern-raised singer-songwriter Craig Finn, the Hold Steady has always worn its flyover state origins on its sleeve. The group's seminal 2006 release Boys and Girls in America was a Bruce Springsteen-inspired suite of songs about people...Rock and indie Thursday June 15 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017
The Mountain Goats
Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle wrote the forward to last year's Empty Bottle book, so he clearly appreciates the lasting influence of the Chicago rock club. Here, the group plays a special show at a venue they long ago outgrew, debuting tracks...Folk, country and blues Monday July 3 2017
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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.