Empty Bottle

1035 N Western Ave (at W Cortez St), Chicago, IL 60622
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  • Today
    • 4:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 6:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 7:00 PM–Midnight
  • Tue–Thu
    • 7:00 PM–11:00 PM
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Music, Friendly, Dancing Est. 1992

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  • "... four people into the photo booth in the front room." (5 tips)
  • "Show up early for Windy City Soul Club in the winter, or pack a heavy coat." (2 tips)
  • "Awesome funk and soul club. But why is it that I always get approached..." (2 tips)
  • Mazda

    Music 7 days a week. Everything from Anti-pop Consortium to Trans Am, the indie-rock, electronic, experimental, jazz; post-this and pre-that.

    Mazda · December 6, 2010
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  • Chicago Reader

    Back corner by the piano, best place to sit at the Empty Bottle if you've spent more than ten years hanging out at the Empty Bottle (Best of Chicago 2010) Read more

    Chicago Reader · August 3, 2011
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Erik S.

    My favorite place on Earth. Read more

    Erik S. · June 23, 2011
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  • Jon O.

    Check out their free shows on Mondays. They always have cheap beer and beer&shot combos.

    Jon O. · July 15, 2009
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  • TicketWeb

    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

    TicketWeb · February 19, 2011
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  • Dj N.

    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.

    Dj N. · July 23, 2011
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  • Mark S.

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

    Mark S. · April 1, 2013
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  • keidra c.

    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.

    keidra c. · May 20, 2011
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  • Sei Jin L.

    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.

    Sei Jin L. · May 18, 2010
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  • Dan M.

    Don't overlook the pinball machines.

    Dan M. · September 29, 2011
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  • David J.

    Great checkin special across the street at Lockdown

    David J. · July 15, 2011
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  • Designkitchen

    You can always find a great band here, always.

    Designkitchen · March 23, 2010
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  • Piper-Lori P.

    The old school photobooth actually works!

    Piper-Lori P. · February 7, 2010
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  • Patrick D.

    Gotta love the whiskey and beer combos.

    Patrick D. · December 23, 2009
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  • Jackie T.

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

    Jackie T. · May 28, 2012
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  • Carlo

    Great bookings, cool staff, $2.50 shiner bocks, photo booth, pool table, what more could you want?

    Carlo · September 15, 2010
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  • Wilson S.

    Play World Poker Tour Pinball

    Wilson S. · January 10, 2010
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  • Sami A.

    Seeing Little Boots tonight!

    Sami A. · September 17, 2009
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  • Candelario G.

    Awesome bar! Good bands

    Candelario G. · March 9
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  • Clariza S.

    Bring a sweater it gets chilly

    Clariza S. · October 11, 2013
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  • Antonella M.

    Monday free concerts

    Antonella M. · August 7, 2013
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  • Claudia P.

    Beer specials are pretty spectacular. $2.50 PBR works.

    Claudia P. · May 20, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Kyle K.

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

    Kyle K. · March 3, 2012
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  • Nanica B.

    Get the Backyard Tea.

    Nanica B. · November 9, 2011
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  • Kayleigh G.

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

    Kayleigh G. · August 25, 2011
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  • RCRD LBL

    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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  • 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
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  • Chris B.

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

    Chris B. · June 7, 2011
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  • Thom N.

    indie rock dive bar galore

    Thom N. · April 28, 2011
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  • Diego R.

    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

    Diego R. · March 29, 2011
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  • Audrey K.

    I think I have been doing Japan Nite here for maybe 7 years? It's March 22nd this year. Read more

    Audrey K. · February 17, 2011
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  • Wilson S.

    Jam four people into the photo booth in the front room.

    Wilson S. · January 10, 2010
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  • Justin P.

    Shiner Bock for $2.50. Do it.

    Justin P. · January 2, 2010
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  • John D.

    nicest venue staff ever.

    John D. · October 15, 2009
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  • 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 W. · 3 weeks ago
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  • Jeff L.

    Why does it smell like bologna in here???

    Jeff L. · March 10
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  • Amy M.

    Easygoing, cheap drinks, good times

    Amy M. · February 4
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  • Nathan B.

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

    Nathan B. · November 24, 2013
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  • Pon Y.

    The best in indie rock scene cheap liquors too.

    Pon Y. · September 29, 2013
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  • Brett W.

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

    Brett W. · September 13, 2013
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  • Jordan A.

    Wanna run into random celebrities that don't act like Hollywood (which is awesome) this is the place

    Jordan A. · July 15, 2013
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  • Mitch R.

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

    Mitch R. · June 21, 2013
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  • Dena

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

    Dena · January 20, 2013
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  • Keilon L.

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

    Keilon L. · December 4, 2012
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  • KickTickets

    The 8th Annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash at Friday, Dec 28, 2012 Read more

    KickTickets · December 3, 2012
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  • Megan B.

    GF beer here

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

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

    Kathy rockerchick J. · September 4, 2012
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