Empty Bottle

Dive Bar and Music Venue
1035 N Western Ave (at W Cortez St), Chicago, IL 60622, United States
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 7:00 PM–Midnight
  • Mon–Thu
    • 8:00 PM–Midnight
$ $ $ $
Beer, Full Bar
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Music, Friendly, Dancing Est. 1992


Based on 299 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Pon Y.
    "The best in indie rock scene cheap liquors too."(4 Tips)
    Keilon L.
    "Nice grungy dark venue with cheap beers...can't go wrong with that."(11 Tips)
    Nathan B.
    "early for Windy City Soul Club in the winter"(2 Tips)
    Wilson S.
    "Play World Poker Tour Pinball"(4 Tips)
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  • soul club
  • indie rock
  • windy city soul
  • music
  • beer
  • dancing
  • whiskey
  • lively
  • grungy
  • pinball
  • books
  • pool tables
  • hipster
  • good for a late night
  • casual
  • authentic
  • tours
  • tea
  • handmade
  • photo booth
  • Bryce J.

    Very classic hipster bar. Slogan goes something like 'music friendly dancing' or something

    Bryce Jensen · 2 days ago
  • Michael D.

    Amazing dive bar and a Chicago punk institution. Acoustics suck though as it's always way too loud.

    Michael DiGilio · 1 week ago
  • Grace A.

    Live music every night, nice dive-y feel

    Grace Aldridge · July 22
  • B S.

    Check out the Honkey Tonk Happy Hour on Fridays.

    B Sparks · March 8
  • chris c.

    This is easily the best music venue in Chicago. If you disagree you clearly don't like having a good time.

    chris collins · November 16, 2014
  • Kate S.

    Home away from home. Favorite place to see a show in Chicago.

    Kate Schaffer · November 14, 2014
  • Alex N.

    Bomb shows and cheap drinks

    Alex Nelson · November 9, 2014
  • Tracy T.

    Fun place with some good bands

    Tracy Takacs · August 21, 2014
  • Chicagoist

    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

    Chicagoist · August 1, 2014
  • Dani S.

    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.

    Dani Schmidt · July 12, 2014
  • Steve W.

    ITS THE BOTTLE! you cant go wrong here ever! Killer music always, lots of great beers, and great people all the staff are awesome

    Steve Wolves · April 1, 2014
  • Candelario G.

    Awesome bar! Good bands

    Candelario Gonzalez Jr · March 9, 2014
  • Amy M.

    Easygoing, cheap drinks, good times

    Amy Marie · February 4, 2014
  • Nathan B.

    Show up early for Windy City Soul Club in the winter, or pack a heavy coat.

    Nathan Bobinchak · November 24, 2013
  • Clariza S.

    Bring a sweater it gets chilly

    Clariza Saint-George · October 11, 2013
  • Pon Y.

    The best in indie rock scene cheap liquors too.

    Pon Yo · September 29, 2013
  • Brett W.

    Small and intimate venue with very comforting and positive vibes. Worth checking out. Decent prices on drinks, too.

    Brett Widmann · September 13, 2013
  • Antonella M.

    Monday free concerts

    Antonella Montinaro · August 7, 2013
  • Mitch R.

    Elliott Smith played here. So excellent to see a show here for reeeealzz! :)

    Mitch Roady · June 21, 2013
  • Claudia P.

    Beer specials are pretty spectacular. $2.50 PBR works.

    Claudia Perry · May 20, 2013
  • Mark S.

    The Empty Bottle was named one of the "Best Rock Clubs in America" by Rolling Stone magazine!!

    Mark Sanders · April 1, 2013
  • Dena

    Windy City Soul!!! And cheap beer! It all adds up to a great night!

    Dena · January 20, 2013
  • Keilon L.

    Nice grungy dark venue with cheap beers...can't go wrong with that.

    Keilon Lawrence · December 4, 2012
  • Megan B.

    GF beer here

    Megan Balabon · November 1, 2012
  • Kathy rockerchick J.

    Been there before great place for a live show. I wish I still had my pic.

    Kathy rockerchick Jones · September 4, 2012
  • DJRC

    8/25 Heavy Funk Night with DJRC + The Heard!

    DJRC · August 21, 2012
  • DJRC

    Saturday 8/25. Heavy Funk Dance Party! DJRC + The Heard + The Krewe.

    DJRC · August 21, 2012
  • Shannon H.

    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.

    Shannon Heath · July 24, 2012
  • Matt Spudart M.

    Play pinball: Harley-Davidson, Twister

    Matt Spudart Maldre · July 13, 2012
  • Bruce F.

    Talk to some of the nice folks who work there.

    Bruce Finkelman · June 14, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    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.

    Time Out Chicago · June 4, 2012
  • Jackie T.

    Be prepared to smell B.O at its finest!! Bring your scented candles or put vicks under your nose

    Jackie Torres · May 28, 2012
  • Marcela

    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!!!

    Marcela · May 28, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    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

    Time Out Chicago · May 23, 2012
  • Robert l.

    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....

    Robert licursi · May 23, 2012
  • Lisa W.

    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.

    Lisa W · May 13, 2012
  • Kyle K.

    The twister pinball steals money and the photobooth pics look like crap.

    Kyle Kiriluk · March 3, 2012
  • Nanica B.

    Get the Backyard Tea.

    Nanica Brown · November 9, 2011
  • Dan M.

    Don't overlook the pinball machines.

    Dan Meyer · September 29, 2011
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.

    Intriguing selection of beers: Craft, bridge, and macro.

    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De Rose · August 29, 2011
  • Kayleigh G.

    Free cover on Monday nights, plus $5 beer + shot o' whiskey.

    Kayleigh Giorgio · August 25, 2011
  • Luiz T.

    Indie rock in vain.

    Luiz Trindade · August 18, 2011
  • John D.

    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.

    John Doe · July 23, 2011
  • David J.

    Great checkin special across the street at Lockdown

    David Jacobs · July 15, 2011
  • Monica H.

    Awesome funk and soul club. But why is it that I always get approached by swingers??? I must have that vibe I guess =/

    Monica Hernandez · July 1, 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

    RCRD LBL · June 29, 2011
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    Tariq Shah · June 29, 2011
  • Erik S.

    My favorite place on Earth. Read more

    Erik Swedlund · June 23, 2011
  • The Feast

    Start (or end!) your night with the evening's drink combo, a rotating shot and a beer pair at a ridiculously low price.

    The Feast · June 10, 2011
  • Chris B.

    Some of the best up-and-comers in Chicago play here -- and cheap beer Read more

    Chris Broyles · June 7, 2011

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