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Smart Bar

Nightclub, Music Venue, and Bar$$$$
Wrigleyville, Chicago
51 Tips and reviews
  • dancing
  • DJs
  • techno
  • kaskade
  • good for singles
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  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SheeranJanuary 22, 2015
    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..
  • Noemi P.
    Noemi PalaciosJune 23, 2013
    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.
  • Little P.
    Little PhilOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • BriBri
    BriBriFebruary 2, 2012
    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
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 31, 2011
    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
    RCRD LBLJune 29, 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.
  • Derek K.
    Derek KucyndaOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • Mica A.
    Mica AFebruary 11, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 20, 2011
    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.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • David M.
    David MedinaJanuary 6
    Best house music in Chicago with a great scene!!
  • Stephan G.
    Stephan GermainJanuary 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Super fun dance club especially Sunday nights for Queen. Great bartenders!!
  • Mica A.
    Mica AFebruary 11, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 26, 2010
    Smart Bar tapped Funktion One, the UK audio company responsible for legendary night club systems across the globe, to power the new dance floor.
  • Jessika E.
    Jessika EvansJanuary 5
    Incredible house music. Highly recommend!
  • TJ K.
    TJ KNovember 15, 2015
    One of the nation's best dance clubs featuring local and world class talent.
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine ChampagneSeptember 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    For Smartbar on the cheap, come every Sunday for Dollar Disco! $2 cover, $2 well drinks/PBR and great music!
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Downstairs, DJ-fueled Smart Bar caters to the city's house and electronic scene. Read more
  • caleb h.
    caleb hanlonDecember 1, 2014
    One of the best spots for deep house acoustics in the city.
  • Carrie M.
    Carrie MartinOctober 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The newest bartender is pretty cute and knows A LOT about music.
  • Angie E.
    Angie EvansDecember 20, 2014
    best place for dancing. love the DJs here.
  • House Life TV
    House Life TVAugust 30, 2012
    So few venues left that are all about the music! If you love this, check out
  • George H.
    George HayesAugust 3, 2015
    Solid spot to dance, look for the next hot act.
  • Konstantin V.
    Konstantin VJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good house music!
  • Judy P.
    Judy PerezAugust 30, 2012
    This place is definitely like my second home. Love it!
  • gohna
    gohnaNovember 10, 2013
    The best house and techno in Chicago!
  • Aniela T.
    Aniela TaJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out Signal/new Bass sounds third Thursday of the month!
  • Marija V.
    Marija VeljovicAugust 4, 2014
    Queens night! Best party ever!!!!
  • David L.
    Best Dance bar in Chicago!
  • Bridgey Y.
    Bridgey YaDigMay 6, 2010
    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
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GubmanDecember 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Queen on Sunday night is supessss horn doggy!
  • Byrd B.
    Byrd BardotApril 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Queen! is on Sunday nights 10pm-4am! Show your four square check-in at the door for free entry!
  • Reggie B.
    Reggie BJanuary 22, 2015
    Dance. Dance. Dance. House music!!
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DavisJuly 4, 2011
    You are the party, dance and enjoy every minute!
  • Veronica S.
    Veronica SteegeOctober 6, 2012
    Don't come here if you aren't rolling, and if you are bring your own water!
  • Billy P.
    Billy PooreDecember 22, 2009
    Sunday is Nintendo night. Theatre sized projection of free-to-play NES with a stack of games.
  • Gustavo D.
    Gustavo DoriettoMay 25, 2014
    Uninteresting people from a cookie-cutter.
  • Brooklyn L.
    Brooklyn LiverOctober 26, 2013
    Just f**** awesome. Nothing more to add
  • Adam K.
    Adam KelmMarch 13, 2011
    Nice Dance floor. Thursday is Dubstep nite.
  • Jon B.
    Jon BoyMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It's like Mecca. Only with better sound.
  • Lisa Q.
    Lisa QApril 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    For mixes, interviews, and info on SmartBar DJs, check out
  • Megan O.
    Megan OsbunAugust 23, 2013
    I think there's a dance party in here......
  • Andreas E.
    Andreas EhnApril 3, 2014
    Funktion-One sound system
  • Keith B.
    Keith BurgardMay 2, 2011
    Great Gay night on Sunday. Late....
  • Andrew O.
    Andrew O ConnorMarch 24, 2013
    Nice place Illinois
  • SAL E.
    SAL EDecember 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Good Times!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WeberJanuary 28, 2013
    Queen is the shit!!
  • Victor P.
    Victor PanovJanuary 17, 2016
    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...
  • Crabbyrangoon
    CrabbyrangoonDecember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Holiday partee
  • [esc] a.
    [esc] apeAugust 18, 2010
    [esc]ape Live Friday Night @ SmartBar Read more
  • Lawrence L.
    Lawrence LauApril 20, 2010
    Dance, dance!! :)
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