Smart Bar

3730 N Clark St (btwn Grace and Waveland), Chicago, IL 60613
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  • "... legends slay the dance floor!" (4 tips)
  • "... like dance music like Kaskade I definitely recommend this." (2 tips)
  • "... out Signal/new Bass sounds third Thursday of the month!" (5 tips)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lisa Q.

    For mixes, interviews, and info on SmartBar DJs, check out

    Lisa Q. · April 18, 2011
  • 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
  • Lawrence L.

    Dance, dance!! :)

    Lawrence L. · April 20, 2010
  • 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 P. · October 6, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Katherine C.

    For Smartbar on the cheap, come every Sunday for Dollar Disco! $2 cover, $2 well drinks/PBR and great music!

    Katherine C. · September 20, 2010
  • Byrd B.

    Queen! is on Sunday nights 10pm-4am! Show your four square check-in at the door for free entry!

    Byrd B. · April 10, 2012
  • Aaron D.

    You are the party, dance and enjoy every minute!

    Aaron D. · July 4, 2011
  • Tamara O.

    Bring a flask

    Tamara O. · January 20, 2012
  • Eric S.

    I'm in LOVE ...I'm in LOVE ...I'm in LOVE ...

    Eric S. · December 9, 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 K. · October 19, 2012
  • 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
  • Aniela T.

    Check out Signal/new Bass sounds third Thursday of the month!

    Aniela T. · January 19, 2012
  • Natalie G.

    Queen on Sunday night is supessss horn doggy!

    Natalie G. · December 9, 2013
  • Brooklyn L.

    Just f**** awesome. Nothing more to add

    Brooklyn L. · October 26, 2013
  • Michael W.

    Queen is the shit!!

    Michael W. · January 28, 2013
  • SAL E.

    Good Times!

    SAL E. · December 10, 2012
  • Veronica S.

    Don't come here if you aren't rolling, and if you are bring your own water!

    Veronica S. · October 6, 2012
  • Judy P.

    This place is definitely like my second home. Love it!

    Judy P. · August 30, 2012

    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
  • Adam K.

    Nice Dance floor. Thursday is Dubstep nite.

    Adam K. · March 13, 2011
  • [esc] a.

    [esc]ape Live Friday Night @ SmartBar Read more

    [esc] a. · August 18, 2010
  • Andreas E.

    Funktion-One sound system

    Andreas E. · 2 weeks ago
  • gohna

    The best house and techno in Chicago!

    gohna · November 10, 2013
  • Carrie M.

    The newest bartender is pretty cute and knows A LOT about music.

    Carrie M. · October 14, 2013
  • Megan O.

    I think there's a dance party in here......

    Megan O. · August 23, 2013
  • 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 P. · June 23, 2013
  • Andrew O.

    Nice place Illinois

    Andrew O. · March 24, 2013
  • Jon B.

    It's like Mecca. Only with better sound.

    Jon B. · March 4, 2013
  • 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
  • Keith B.

    Great Gay night on Sunday. Late....

    Keith B. · May 2, 2011
  • 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 Y. · May 6, 2010
  • Billy P.

    Sunday is Nintendo night. Theatre sized projection of free-to-play NES with a stack of games.

    Billy P. · December 22, 2009

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