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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."(4 Tips)
    Chris B.
    "cheap beer"(12 Tips)
    Wilson S.
    "Play World Poker Tour Pinball"(4 Tips)
    Nathan B.
    "early for Windy City Soul Club in the winter"(2 Tips)
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Sei Jin L.
    Sei Jin LeeMay 18, 2010
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Brett W.
    Brett WidmannSeptember 13, 2013
    Small and intimate venue with very comforting and positive vibes. Worth checking out. Decent prices on drinks, too.
  • Michael M.
    No pretentiousness, unless you consider the "no preps allowed" attitude pretentious. Fine by me, and shot & beer specials are cheap.
  • prince of A.
    Good place to go for live music. Hot chicks as well, grunge type atmosphere and the clientele are very nice.
  • 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
  • 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!!!
  • Carlo
    CarloSeptember 15, 2010
    Great bookings, cool staff, $2.50 shiner bocks, photo booth, pool table, what more could you want?
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioAugust 18, 2015
    Amazing dive bar and a Chicago punk institution. Acoustics suck though as it's always way too loud.
  • chris c.
    chris collinsNovember 16, 2014
    This is easily the best music venue in Chicago. If you disagree you clearly don't like having a good time.
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BobinchakNovember 24, 2013
    Show up early for Windy City Soul Club in the winter, or pack a heavy coat.
  • Keilon L.
    Keilon LawrenceDecember 4, 2012
    Nice grungy dark venue with cheap beers...can't go wrong with that.
  • Jon O.
    Jon OzaksutJuly 15, 2009
    Check out their free shows on Mondays. They always have cheap beer and beer&shot combos.
  • 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.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesJune 7, 2011
    Some of the best up-and-comers in Chicago play here -- and cheap beer Read more
  • 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
  • Bryce J.
    Bryce JensenAugust 26, 2015
    Very classic hipster bar. Slogan goes something like 'music friendly dancing' or something
  • 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....
  • 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 =/
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Intriguing selection of beers: Craft, bridge, and macro.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SandersApril 1, 2013
    The Empty Bottle was named one of the "Best Rock Clubs in America" by Rolling Stone magazine!!
  • Pon Y.
    Pon YoSeptember 29, 2013
    The best in indie rock scene cheap liquors too.
  • 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.
  • Mitch R.
    Mitch RoadyJune 21, 2013
    Elliott Smith played here. So excellent to see a show here for reeeealzz! :)
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KragerFebruary 18, 2010
    Horrible and way too loud of music. Could make your ears bleed! This place sucks.
  • Bruce F.
    Bruce FinkelmanJune 14, 2012
    Talk to some of the nice folks who work there.
  • Dena
    DenaJanuary 20, 2013
    Windy City Soul!!! And cheap beer! It all adds up to a great night!
  • 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
  • Claudia P.
    Claudia PerryMay 20, 2013
    Beer specials are pretty spectacular. $2.50 PBR works.
  • Kathy rockerchick J.
    Kathy rockerchick JonesSeptember 4, 2012
    Been there before great place for a live show. I wish I still had my pic.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferNovember 14, 2014
    Home away from home. Favorite place to see a show in Chicago.
  • DJRC
    DJRCAugust 21, 2012
    Saturday 8/25. Heavy Funk Dance Party! DJRC + The Heard + The Krewe.
  • Kayleigh G.
    Kayleigh GiorgioAugust 25, 2011
    Free cover on Monday nights, plus $5 beer + shot o' whiskey.
  • David J.
    David JacobsJuly 15, 2011
    Great checkin special across the street at Lockdown
  • Dan M.
    Dan MeyerSeptember 29, 2011
    Don't overlook the pinball machines.
  • Grace A.
    Grace AldridgeJuly 22, 2015
    Live music every night, nice dive-y feel
  • Steve R.
    Steve RuizSeptember 26, 2010
    Great music, but what's with all the blood in the bathroom?
  • Designkitchen
    DesignkitchenMarch 23, 2010
    You can always find a great band here, always.
  • B S.
    B SparksMarch 8, 2015
    Check out the Honkey Tonk Happy Hour on Fridays.
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