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Smart Bar

Nightclub, Music Venue, and Bar$$$$
Wrigleyville, Chicago
50 Tips and reviews
  • dancing
  • DJs
  • techno
  • kaskade
  • sunday night
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  • Ashley S.
    LEGENDARY. Known for House Music veterans. You can go see a concert upstairs at The Metro upstairs then head downstairs for DJs that mix until the wee hours. Underground scene for sure..
    Ashley Sheeran · January 22, 2015
  • Little P.
    Best club to hear techno and house in Chicago. Not pretentious, cheap drinks, cool staff and they bring the talent... If you like Hawtin, Miles , Sneak, Farina, Paul Johnson, Jeff Mills come here.
    Little Phil · October 6, 2011
    There are two ways to cool down at this notorious spot that books epic talent: 1. typically strong, always tasty drinks. 2. the fans! Do everyone a solid, and blast them when the dancefloor is bumpin.
    RCRD LBL · June 29, 2011
  • Mica A.
    If a tune comes on that you particularly enjoy, dance your way over to the sweet spot near the left pillar in the middle of the room. You won't ever hear that song sound better in Chicago.
    Mica A · February 11, 2010
  • Mica A.
    When the die-hards and regulars are really feeling a set, we all congregate in a spot we call the Left Front Speaker Party. It's a private function, but come on over and say hi! We're all really nice.
    Mica A · February 11, 2010
  • Noemi P.
    This place is awesome.great atmosphere and people. The sounds are amazing. My bff and I danced all night. If you like dance music like Kaskade I definitely recommend this.
    Noemi Palacios · June 23, 2013
  • Derek K.
    I've been going to Smartbar for years and it has YET to provide a disappointing night. Kaskade used to DJ here, but now Derrick Carter and other house(+techno) legends slay the dance floor!
    Derek Kucynda · October 19, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago
    This venerated dance club housed in Metro’s basement received a makeover in 2006, slicking up the looks significantly and bringing back a vibrant crowd. Read more
    Time Out Chicago · October 31, 2011
  • Time Out Chicago
    This venerated dance club housed in Metro’s basement received a makeover in 2006, slicking up the looks significantly and bringing back a vibrant crowd.
    Time Out Chicago · October 20, 2011
  • Mazda
    Smart Bar tapped Funktion One, the UK audio company responsible for legendary night club systems across the globe, to power the new dance floor.
    Mazda · October 26, 2010
  • BriBri
    A great place to see awesome underground djs and dance the night away! The best part is the lack of a dress code and d-bags
    BriBri · February 2, 2012
  • Bridgey Y.
    Tonight @smartbar FREE Dannywildchild, DeLaMota, Bad Examples, Mega Mike,Oracle, Riverman. There will be exclusive MIA hoodies and t-shirts for sale by: J. Villa Clothing
    Bridgey YaDig · May 6, 2010
  • Katherine C.
    For Smartbar on the cheap, come every Sunday for Dollar Disco! $2 cover, $2 well drinks/PBR and great music!
    Katherine Champagne · September 20, 2010
  • Victor P.
    The bouncer is behaving like an idiot. If you like that good luck. The place is a dump on the inside. If you have luck with a DJ it might be ok...
    Victor Panov · January 17
  • Lisa W.
    Wasted people on the dance floor! Always a fun messy time. Once saw a random guy get a hand job during the middle of Switch's set. Good times.
    Lisa W · May 13, 2012
  • TJ K.
    One of the nation's best dance clubs featuring local and world class talent.
    TJ K · November 15, 2015
  • Stephan G.
    Super fun dance club especially Sunday nights for Queen. Great bartenders!!
    Stephan Germain · January 23
  • Redeye Chicago
    Downstairs, DJ-fueled Smart Bar caters to the city's house and electronic scene. Read more
    Redeye Chicago · August 3, 2014
  • Billy P.
    Sunday is Nintendo night. Theatre sized projection of free-to-play NES with a stack of games.
    Billy Poore · December 22, 2009
  • Carrie M.
    The newest bartender is pretty cute and knows A LOT about music.
    Carrie Martin · October 14, 2013
  • Byrd B.
    Queen! is on Sunday nights 10pm-4am! Show your four square check-in at the door for free entry!
    Byrd Bardot · April 10, 2012
  • Veronica S.
    Don't come here if you aren't rolling, and if you are bring your own water!
    Veronica Steege · October 6, 2012
  • Angie E.
    best place for dancing. love the DJs here.
    Angie Evans · December 20, 2014
  • caleb h.
    One of the best spots for deep house acoustics in the city.
    caleb hanlon · December 1, 2014
  • George H.
    Solid spot to dance, look for the next hot act.
    George Hayes · August 3, 2015
  • House Life TV
    So few venues left that are all about the music! If you love this, check out
    House Life TV · August 30, 2012
  • Aniela T.
    Check out Signal/new Bass sounds third Thursday of the month!
    Aniela Ta · January 19, 2012
  • Judy P.
    This place is definitely like my second home. Love it!
    Judy Perez · August 30, 2012
  • Eric S.
    I'm in LOVE ...I'm in LOVE ...I'm in LOVE ...
    Eric Schardt · December 9, 2013
  • Lisa Q.
    For mixes, interviews, and info on SmartBar DJs, check out
    Lisa Q · April 18, 2011
  • Marija V.
    Queens night! Best party ever!!!!
    Marija Veljovic · August 4, 2014
  • Jon B.
    It's like Mecca. Only with better sound.
    Jon Boy · March 4, 2013
  • Aaron D.
    You are the party, dance and enjoy every minute!
    Aaron Davis · July 4, 2011
  • Adam K.
    Nice Dance floor. Thursday is Dubstep nite.
    Adam Kelm · March 13, 2011
  • gohna
    The best house and techno in Chicago!
    gohna · November 10, 2013
  • Natalie G.
    Queen on Sunday night is supessss horn doggy!
    Natalie Gordon · December 9, 2013
  • Keith B.
    Great Gay night on Sunday. Late....
    Keith Burgard · May 2, 2011
  • Gustavo D.
    Uninteresting people from a cookie-cutter.
    Gustavo Dorietto · May 25, 2014
  • Reggie B.
    Dance. Dance. Dance. House music!!
    Reggie B · January 22, 2015
  • [esc] a.
    [esc]ape Live Friday Night @ SmartBar Read more
    [esc] ape · August 18, 2010
  • Megan O.
    I think there's a dance party in here......
    Megan Osbun · August 23, 2013
  • Brooklyn L.
    Just f**** awesome. Nothing more to add
    Brooklyn Liver · October 26, 2013
  • Konstantin V.
    Good house music!
    Konstantin V · June 1, 2014
  • Tamara O.
    Bring a flask
    Tamara Okun · January 20, 2012
  • Lawrence L.
    Dance, dance!! :)
    Lawrence Lau · April 20, 2010
  • Andreas E.
    Funktion-One sound system
    Andreas Ehn · April 3, 2014
  • Andrew O.
    Nice place Illinois
    Andrew O Connor · March 24, 2013
  • Michael W.
    Queen is the shit!!
    Michael Weber · January 28, 2013
  • SAL E.
    Good Times!
    SAL E · December 10, 2012
  • Crabbyrangoon
    Holiday partee
    Crabbyrangoon · December 10, 2014
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