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Empty Bottle

Music Venue and Dive Bar
Ukrainian Village, Chicago
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  • Pon Y.
    "The best in indie rock scene cheap liquors too."(12 Tips)
    Nathan B.
    "early for Windy City Soul Club in the winter"(2 Tips)
    Dan M.
    "Don't overlook the pinball machines."(4 Tips)
    TicketWeb
    "... then drink a toast to Radley. You win some serious respect and maybe a..."(2 Tips)
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  • C R.
    C ReyNovember 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The best dive music venue this side of the Mississippi. Cash only bar keeps the patrons in check and the focus on the music. And when the night needs a boost, ask for a few mystery shots.
  • RCRD LBL
    RCRD LBLJune 29, 2011
    Great music venue with pretty awesome acoustics. In between sets for Gang Gang Dance, jump into the old photobooth with some pals. Added bonus - the tamale guy that comes around at the end of the nigh
  • Steve W.
    Steve WolvesApril 1, 2014
    ITS THE BOTTLE! you cant go wrong here ever! Killer music always, lots of great beers, and great people all the staff are awesome
  • Dani S.
    Dani SchmidtJuly 12, 2014
    Cool looking venue inside. Good drinks! However the sound was a little off and it was hard to hear the singer. I watched from the raised level and had no problem seeing.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 23, 2012
    This is Chicago’s premier indie rock club, hosting cutting-edge bands from home and abroad. “Cheap Sundays” and free Mondays remove the financial risk from gambling on an unknown bill. -ASK Read more
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 24, 2012
    A great concert venue for the Indie Music Scene a lot of their shows all people in under 21. Go to their website for more info.
  • keidra c.
    keidra chaneyMay 20, 2011
    A place where you can check out really eclectic sounds for fairly cheap, with a great beer selection. Whoever books their shows has good taste in metal.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    This is Chicago’s premier indie rock club, hosting cutting-edge bands from home and abroad. “Cheap Sundays” and free Mondays remove the financial risk from gambling on an unknown bill.
  • Digital Tour Bus
    Digital Tour BusMay 20, 2011
    There is an awesome old school photo booth! So, grab a couple of friends and make some funny faces. Also, tons of bands come through here, so catch a live show here before they blow up!
  • Brett W.
    Brett WidmannSeptember 13, 2013
    Small and intimate venue with very comforting and positive vibes. Worth checking out. Decent prices on drinks, too.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best venues in the city. Great drink specials, usually a dance party, bad ass photo booths. Late night food at Bite, and as always, RIP Radley.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Crowds are often sizeable, but you can still even make a spot for yourself near the sharply stage right Tall Guy Corner if you so choose. Read more
  • prince of A.
    prince of ArroganceJune 22, 2016
    Good place to go for live music. Hot chicks as well, grunge type atmosphere and the clientele are very nice.
  • Mazda
    MazdaDecember 6, 2010
    Music 7 days a week. Everything from Anti-pop Consortium to Trans Am, the indie-rock, electronic, experimental, jazz; post-this and pre-that.
  • chris c.
    chris collinsNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This is easily the best music venue in Chicago. If you disagree you clearly don't like having a good time.
  • TicketWeb
    TicketWebFebruary 19, 2011
    If you can cram 6 or more people in the photo booth and take a photo then drink a toast to Radley. You win some serious respect and maybe a free show! TW ♥'s Empty Bottle. Read more
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 29, 2011
    The best thing about the Bottle is that its so cheap you can go for a show of a band you've never heard of, just drink, and it won't break your bank. Read more
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BobinchakNovember 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Show up early for Windy City Soul Club in the winter, or pack a heavy coat.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioAugust 18, 2015
    Amazing dive bar and a Chicago punk institution. Acoustics suck though as it's always way too loud.
  • Keilon L.
    Keilon LawrenceDecember 4, 2012
    Nice grungy dark venue with cheap beers...can't go wrong with that.
  • Sei Jin L.
    Sei Jin LeeMay 18, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    They'll occasionally have tickets at the door for sold out shows. Show up early for those, or call, they're good at picking up at the Bottle. And remember, tugging Bob's beard is good luck.
  • Carlo
    CarloSeptember 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bookings, cool staff, $2.50 shiner bocks, photo booth, pool table, what more could you want?
  • Pon Y.
    Pon YoSeptember 29, 2013
    The best in indie rock scene cheap liquors too.
  • Mitch R.
    Mitch RoadyJune 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Elliott Smith played here. So excellent to see a show here for reeeealzz! :)
  • Dena
    DenaJanuary 20, 2013
    Windy City Soul!!! And cheap beer! It all adds up to a great night!
  • Bryce J.
    Bryce JensenAugust 26, 2015
    Very classic hipster bar. Slogan goes something like 'music friendly dancing' or something
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesJune 7, 2011
    Some of the best up-and-comers in Chicago play here -- and cheap beer Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Start (or end!) your night with the evening's drink combo, a rotating shot and a beer pair at a ridiculously low price.
  • Claudia P.
    Claudia PerryMay 20, 2013
    Beer specials are pretty spectacular. $2.50 PBR works.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferNovember 14, 2014
    Home away from home. Favorite place to see a show in Chicago.
  • Grace A.
    Grace AldridgeJuly 22, 2015
    Live music every night, nice dive-y feel
  • Michael M.
    Michael MosesMarch 1, 2016
    No pretentiousness, unless you consider the "no preps allowed" attitude pretentious. Fine by me, and shot & beer specials are cheap.
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Intriguing selection of beers: Craft, bridge, and macro.
  • Bruce F.
    Bruce FinkelmanJune 14, 2012
    Talk to some of the nice folks who work there.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SandersApril 1, 2013
    The Empty Bottle was named one of the "Best Rock Clubs in America" by Rolling Stone magazine!!
  • Jackie T.
    Jackie TorresMay 28, 2012
    Be prepared to smell B.O at its finest!! Bring your scented candles or put vicks under your nose
  • Rich C.
    Rich ColeAugust 21, 2012
    Saturday 8/25. Heavy Funk Dance Party! DJRC + The Heard + The Krewe.
  • Kathy rockerchick J.
    Kathy rockerchick JonesSeptember 4, 2012
    Been there before great place for a live show. I wish I still had my pic.
  • Monica H.
    Monica HernandezJuly 1, 2011
    Awesome funk and soul club. But why is it that I always get approached by swingers??? I must have that vibe I guess =/
  • Joshua T.
    Joshua TedescoAugust 2, 2016
    Dope bar with a huge dance/concert vibe
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RichterNovember 12, 2015
    Great sound, beer and people!
  • B S.
    B SparksMarch 8, 2015
    Check out the Honkey Tonk Happy Hour on Fridays.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MarieFebruary 4, 2014
    Easygoing, cheap drinks, good times
  • Kayleigh G.
    Kayleigh GiorgioAugust 25, 2011
    Free cover on Monday nights, plus $5 beer + shot o' whiskey.
  • Candelario G.
    Awesome bar! Good bands
  • David J.
    David JacobsJuly 15, 2011
    Great checkin special across the street at Lockdown
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Best Venues according to radicalpossibility.com
  • Alex N.
    Alex NelsonNovember 9, 2014
    Bomb shows and cheap drinks
  • Marcela
    MarcelaMay 28, 2012
    The people smelled so foul. I don't think they've ever seen a bar of soap. This place was disgusting. I feel like I have to burn my clothes and shower in sanitizer!!!
  • Amir A.
    Amir AbdiJune 28, 2016
    favorite place for weekends
  • Matt Spudart M.
    Matt Spudart MaldreJuly 13, 2012
    Play pinball: Harley-Davidson, Twister
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy TakacsAugust 21, 2014
    Fun place with some good bands
  • Dan M.
    Dan MeyerSeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't overlook the pinball machines.
  • John D.
    John DoeJuly 23, 2011
    Don't pass out on da couch. I did once. Bruce had to carry me and put me on a bus bench. <3 this club.
  • Audrey K.
    Audrey KimuraFebruary 17, 2011
    I think I have been doing Japan Nite here for maybe 7 years? It's March 22nd this year. Read more
  • Rich C.
    Rich ColeAugust 21, 2012
    8/25 Heavy Funk Night with DJRC + The Heard!
  • Jon O.
    Jon OzaksutJuly 15, 2009
    Check out their free shows on Mondays. They always have cheap beer and beer&shot combos.
  • Antonella M.
    Antonella MontinaroAugust 7, 2013
    Monday free concerts
  • Steve R.
    Steve RuizSeptember 26, 2010
    Great music, but what's with all the blood in the bathroom?
  • Nanica B.
    Nanica BrownNovember 9, 2011
    Get the Backyard Tea.
  • Megan B.
    Megan BalabonNovember 1, 2012
    GF beer here
  • Erik S.
    Erik SwedlundJune 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    My favorite place on Earth. Read more
  • Designkitchen
    DesignkitchenMarch 23, 2010
    You can always find a great band here, always.
  • Thom N.
    Thom NApril 28, 2011
    indie rock dive bar galore
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KirilukMarch 3, 2012
    The twister pinball steals money and the photobooth pics look like crap.
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DombrowskiDecember 23, 2009
    Gotta love the whiskey and beer combos.
  • Robert l.
    Robert licursiMay 23, 2012
    Dont ever go here with my friends. Because its known as the NEVER Empty Bottle. They need therapy. The not Empty Bottle, but you know who you are....
  • Wilson S.
    Wilson StandishJanuary 10, 2010
    Jam four people into the photo booth in the front room.
  • Tariq S.
    Tariq ShahJune 29, 2011
    Monday....
  • Piper-Lori P.
    Piper-Lori ParkerFebruary 7, 2010
    The old school photobooth actually works!
  • Justin P.
    Justin PetersonJanuary 2, 2010
    Shiner Bock for $2.50. Do it.
  • Wilson S.
    Wilson StandishJanuary 10, 2010
    Play World Poker Tour Pinball
  • John D.
    John DeCiccoOctober 15, 2009
    nicest venue staff ever.
  • John H.
    John HarrisAugust 11, 2010
    Night Club Read more
  • Sami A.
    Sami AriSeptember 17, 2009
    Seeing Little Boots tonight!
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KragerFebruary 18, 2010
    Horrible and way too loud of music. Could make your ears bleed! This place sucks.
  • David C.
    David CroushoreDecember 27, 2009
    Staff are dicks
  • Héctor G.
    Héctor Gatica B.April 6, 2011
    excelente muy buen lugar
  • Luiz T.
    Luiz TrindadeAugust 18, 2011
    Indie rock in vain.
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