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The Hideout

Rock Club, Bar, and Cocktail Bar
Bucktown, Chicago
  • Has a stamp of approval from Time Out Chicago and Travel + Leisure
    • Time Out Chicago
    • Travel + Leisure
  • Eric S.
    "One of the best and most communitarian venues in Chicago."(3 Tips)
    Men's Health Mag
    "Order The Wooden Leg, named after an old bartender’s band."(4 Tips)
    AFAR Media
    "The Hideout Block Party is one of the best - and latest - summer..."(2 Tips)
    Raksha R.
    "Veggie Bingo is out of season (sad) but is beyond fun."(2 Tips)
54 Tips and reviews
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  • Alexander K.
    Great ambience, cool music, fresh beer.
  • Ronen G.
    dance parties!
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaApril 23
    Been here 5+ times
    Trumer pils
  • Adrian A.
    Adrian AlvaApril 21
    Great spot live performances of indie disco music. They often do vinyl releases.
  • Art J.
    Art JipsonDecember 3, 2016
    Great shows here!
  • deborah l.
    deborah lambertyOctober 14, 2016
    It is the best bar around. Appeals to all ages and has the coolest vibe. Love it!
  • T H.
    T HJuly 31, 2016
    Bring cash: they have a $20 minimum for credit cards.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Best Venues according to
  • Eric S.
    Eric SinclairApril 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best and most communitarian venues in Chicago. Always a great time.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KiperDecember 23, 2015
    Great place to see live music and the nicest bar staff around
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron McDanielsDecember 11, 2015
    Good selection of beers but prices are not too great.
  • Prashant P.
    Prashant PatelAugust 11, 2015
    The music, the vibe, the people....enough said.
  • Kimberly W.
    Kimberly WolfsonJuly 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite venues in Chicago. Great bands.
  • Forrest G.
    Forrest GrantJune 28, 2015
    Great place for discovering great local bands.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MetcalfeJune 19, 2015
    veggie bingo on Wednesdays in the summer 🍆🍅🌽
  • Chicago Bar Bracket
    Chicago Bar BracketMarch 21, 2015
    A little bit out of the way and in a place you wouldn't expect to find a bar, but a great find and worth a return trip. Read more
  • Chicago Bar Bracket
    Chicago Bar BracketMarch 21, 2015
    A little bit out of the way and in a place you wouldn't expect to find a bar, but a great find and worth a return trip.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJanuary 27, 2015
    Other than a good sweater and a roaring fire, one of the best ways to stay warm and cope with the seemingly never-ending winter is enjoying a hot bowl of homemade soup. Get yours here from 5:30pm. Read more
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyOctober 15, 2014
    I really enjoyed this unique venue. Good sized venue that feels intimate.
  • Buck T.
    Buck TownOctober 14, 2014
    Monday nights with Robbie Fulks -- the best ten bucks you can spend in Chicago.
  • Gregory C.
    Gregory CohenSeptember 7, 2014
    The staff here is amazing. The bartenders even make an out of town teetotaler feel welcome.
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen StolarSeptember 1, 2014
    Super low key place to see a show or just get a drink
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    Hipster dance party!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    The Hideout Block Party is one of the best - and latest - summer music festivals in Chicago. The two-day festival is held outside of The Hideout, an intimate Chicago live music spot. Read more
  • Raksha R.
    Raksha RavikumarFebruary 26, 2014
    Veggie Bingo is out of season (sad) but is beyond fun. Don't miss The Interview Show the first Friday of every month-- they're great.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    Anything goes at this music venue in Bucktown—from Baudelaire-inspired shows to performances by indie rock bands.
  • Joe K.
    Joe KlosJanuary 19, 2014
    Terrible place so small
  • Jason X.
    Jason XNovember 2, 2013
    A great place to see comedians.
  • Kurt P.
    Kurt PoppenhouseJune 27, 2013
    Organic cider ummm
  • Nicholas T.
    Nicholas TaylorApril 5, 2013
    Great place for awesome local artists, especially music. Check out some of the many awesome band that's been on this stage, Derek Nelson and the Musicians, The Mutts, and my fav. Paper Thick Walls!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 21, 2013
    A small front bar gives way to a larger music venue in the back. Order a cheap beer and hang around for some great local acts.
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaNovember 3, 2012
    So cute venue, but the owner likes to hear himself talk. And will sabotage your experience by talking nonsense. My advice be prepared for a 2 hour show to last 4 hours. The end.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 23, 2012
    An eclectic musical appetite, commitment to community building and friendly staff keep this cozy bar in a class of its own. Don't leave without ordering a Wooden Leg. -ASK Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 17, 2012
    In the three years since Martha Bayne started Soup & Bread, she’s proven that a modest idea—serve free soup, collect tips for hunger charities—can morph into a movement for social change. Read more
  • Stas G.
    Stas GrayDecember 31, 2011
    Wear your flannel
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoNovember 18, 2011
    See a band play. Order a Wooden Leg. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    Where they won’t floor you with décor (what do you expect from a 100-year-old house?), they do it with the music and rye. Order The Wooden Leg, named after an old bartender’s band.
  • Bruce P.
    Bruce PaulOctober 16, 2011
    The name describes it perfectly, though they host some of the better alternative/country bands in the city.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismSeptember 1, 2011
    This small bar has been around since 1934. They hosts live music, theater performances, art shows and book signings, as well as being a great place to have a drink. Read more
  • Jerome H.
    Jerome HughesAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    a "public house" with great people and amazing live music in the Chinook Lounge Read more
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Below-average pricing with a spectrum of beers available.
    RCRD LBLJune 29, 2011
    We imagine this place hasn't changed much since Neko Case was behind the bar. Though it's tucked away in an alley, you feel like home when you arrive.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesJune 7, 2011
    One of my all-time favorite music venues in Chicago Read more
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. This place used to be a third-shift bar for garbagemen and snowplow drivers. Now, not so much. But it's still good. Read more
  • Nate H.
    Nate HJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sweet place to see a live show! When u leave watch out for cops fueling up at end of the block.
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AlbertOctober 25, 2010
    Check out Life During Wartime once-a-month. Best dance party in the city!
  • Liliana S.
    Liliana SOctober 24, 2010
    Take some febreeze. It smells like wet cat in here
  • Erin H.
    Erin H.September 14, 2010
    Hipster Dance Parties mean everyone looks just as stupid with their funky moves. Give in, and dance the night away!
  • Adam r.
    Adam rarestockSeptember 12, 2010
    I miss the Hideout Block Party as it was in 2008 and before. I love this place though.
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    Chicago: "It's a regular guy bar for irregular folks who just don’t fit in, or just don’t want to fit in. It is the bar that Granddad went to when he was young and crazy" -IFC Staff Read more
  • Chris
    ChrisMay 13, 2010
    Go to the Hideout just after you've picked up that tool you neede at te North Ave Home Depot. Hideout is a no-frills just great bar & music venue. One of the best places to see a new band.
  • CuteChicagoBoys !.
    CuteChicagoBoys !December 11, 2009
    try the wooden leg. rye, soda, bitters and lemon and only 4 bucks!
  • Jason P.
    Jason PelkerJune 17, 2009
    see a dude playing a washboard. Why not?
  • Pete F.
    Pete FullerJune 15, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy the affordable booze and check out the frequent dance parties. I prefer the Soul Dance Parties, myself.
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