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 2 2016 - Friday November 11 2016Read more
Scorched Tundra VI
Founded in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Scorched Tundra music festival comes to the Empty Bottle, assembling some of the heaviest metal acts on the planet for two nights of ear-splitting concerts. The fest kicks off on Friday with sets from local thrash metal...Punk and metal Friday September 2 2016 - Saturday September 3 2016Read more
Xenia Rubinos + Dia.L + DJ Audio Jack
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Xenia Rubinos flirts with R&B, jazz and pop on her latest release, Black Terry Cat, but her brutally direct lyricism is what sticks out. Rubinos taps into her identity as a person of color, grappling with weighty societal issues...Rock and indie Tuesday September 6 2016Read more
Quilt + Mutual Benefit
Piecing together ’70s folk rock and ’60s psychedelic guitar riffs, Quilt brings a patchwork of influences to the table. The Boston trio comes to Chicago behind its latest LP, Plaza, a cozy collection of songs that draw on influences like Jefferson Airplane,...Rock and indie Tuesday September 20 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
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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.