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Empty Bottle

Music Venue and Dive Bar
Ukrainian Village, Chicago
  • Pon Y.
    "The best in indie rock scene cheap liquors too."(12 Tips)
    Wilson S.
    "Play World Poker Tour Pinball"(4 Tips)
    Nathan B.
    "early for Windy City Soul Club in the winter"(2 Tips)
    "Windy City Soul!!!"(2 Tips)
77 Tips and reviews
  • cheap drinks
  • soul club
  • windy city soul
  • music
  • beer
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    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
  • prince of A.
    Good place to go for live music. Hot chicks as well, grunge type atmosphere and the clientele are very nice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Brett W.
    Brett WidmannSeptember 13, 2013
    Small and intimate venue with very comforting and positive vibes. Worth checking out. Decent prices on drinks, too.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioAugust 18, 2015
    Amazing dive bar and a Chicago punk institution. Acoustics suck though as it's always way too loud.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Keilon L.
    Keilon LawrenceDecember 4, 2012
    Nice grungy dark venue with cheap beers...can't go wrong with that.
  • Bryce J.
    Bryce JensenAugust 26, 2015
    Very classic hipster bar. Slogan goes something like 'music friendly dancing' or something
  • 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! :)
  • 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.
  • Dena
    DenaJanuary 20, 2013
    Windy City Soul!!! And cheap beer! It all adds up to a great night!
  • Michael M.
    No pretentiousness, unless you consider the "no preps allowed" attitude pretentious. Fine by me, and shot & beer specials are cheap.
  • 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?
  • Grace A.
    Grace AldridgeJuly 22, 2015
    Live music every night, nice dive-y feel
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferNovember 14, 2014
    Home away from home. Favorite place to see a show in Chicago.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesJune 7, 2011
    Some of the best up-and-comers in Chicago play here -- and cheap beer Read more
  • Claudia P.
    Claudia PerryMay 20, 2013
    Beer specials are pretty spectacular. $2.50 PBR works.
  • 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.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SandersApril 1, 2013
    The Empty Bottle was named one of the "Best Rock Clubs in America" by Rolling Stone magazine!!
  • Joshua T.
    Dope bar with a huge dance/concert vibe
  • 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.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RichterNovember 12, 2015
    Great sound, beer and people!
  • Rich C.
    Rich ColeAugust 21, 2012
    Saturday 8/25. Heavy Funk Dance Party! DJRC + The Heard + The Krewe.
  • 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
  • B S.
    B SparksMarch 8, 2015
    Check out the Honkey Tonk Happy Hour on Fridays.
  • Kathy rockerchick J.
    Kathy rockerchick JonesSeptember 4, 2012
    Been there before great place for a live show. I wish I still had my pic.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19
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  • 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 =/
  • Amir A.
    Amir AbdiJune 28
    favorite place for weekends
  • Amy M.
    Amy MarieFebruary 4, 2014
    Easygoing, cheap drinks, good times
  • Alex N.
    Alex NelsonNovember 9, 2014
    Bomb shows and cheap drinks
  • Candelario G.
    Awesome bar! Good bands
  • Kayleigh G.
    Kayleigh GiorgioAugust 25, 2011
    Free cover on Monday nights, plus $5 beer + shot o' whiskey.
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy TakacsAugust 21, 2014
    Fun place with some good bands
  • 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!!!
  • David J.
    David JacobsJuly 15, 2011
    Great checkin special across the street at Lockdown
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