The Empty Bottle

★★★★★
  • 1035 N Western Ave

    Chicago, IL 60622

    Cross street: Between Division St. and Augusta Blvd

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  • 773-276-3600

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Good place to go for live music and live comedy. Some independent names stop by there. Also good place to go for round of drinks with friends. Go during the week and you'll find some good deals on food and beer. Just another quality spot in the heart of the city.

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Good place to go for live music and live comedy. Some independent names stop by there. Also good place to go for round of drinks with friends. Go during the week and you'll find some good deals on food and beer. Just another quality spot in the heart of the city.

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Ok, that's the best anagram for empty bottle I could come up with. Empty bottle has indie rock, cheap beer, cats and is occasionally free, and that spells RAD.

Be too cool for school if you must, I will be only moderately cool and proclaim from my perch in the home room of Chicago life that although it's true that there's a lot of hipsters here (oh my g-d, hipsters at an indie rock show? NO!), Empty Bottle is the perfect-sized venue for indie shows, the mixing is consistently good, the people who work there are noncommittally surly (my fave), and they host some of the best shows in the city. Murder she wrote.

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★★★★★

Ok, that's the best anagram for empty bottle I could come up with. Empty bottle has indie rock, cheap beer, cats and is occasionally free, and that spells RAD.

Be too cool for school if you must, I will be only moderately cool and proclaim from my perch in the home room of Chicago life that although it's true that there's a lot of hipsters here (oh my g-d, hipsters at an indie rock show? NO!), Empty Bottle is the perfect-sized venue for indie shows, the mixing is consistently good, the people who work there are noncommittally surly (my fave), and they host some of the best shows in the city. Murder she wrote.

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I really appreciate that they have a spacious front room where you can just chill out and the music isn't as loud. The sound mixing here is usually very good and I don't think I've seen a single show here that I didn't like. Even when it's packed it still feels intimate, which is really nice. They also have free shows where you can see a lot of local bands, and not all of them suck. Plus they have cheap beer.

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★★★★★

I really appreciate that they have a spacious front room where you can just chill out and the music isn't as loud. The sound mixing here is usually very good and I don't think I've seen a single show here that I didn't like. Even when it's packed it still feels intimate, which is really nice. They also have free shows where you can see a lot of local bands, and not all of them suck. Plus they have cheap beer.

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You got to know what to expect when you go to Empty Bottle, which may depend on the night's performers. Usually, you'll be listening to some querky indie rockers, and chances are if you're going to Empty Bottle you already know the score. But if you don't and want to check out that band that's playing that you heard Wes Anderson talk about in an interview, be prepared for tons of irony including but not limited to: Charles Bronson mustaches, trucker hats, jeans so tight you see scrota, and generally a lot of un-showered hipsters. It's a shame that they actually do have a lot of good bands pass through.

3
★★★☆☆

You got to know what to expect when you go to Empty Bottle, which may depend on the night's performers. Usually, you'll be listening to some querky indie rockers, and chances are if you're going to Empty Bottle you already know the score. But if you don't and want to check out that band that's playing that you heard Wes Anderson talk about in an interview, be prepared for tons of irony including but not limited to: Charles Bronson mustaches, trucker hats, jeans so tight you see scrota, and generally a lot of un-showered hipsters. It's a shame that they actually do have a lot of good bands pass through.

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Empty Bottle is a very cozy place, a dive bar with chic. The immediate stage area is small and intimate, but also perfectly visible from the bar if you don't want to get right up front. Cheap drinks are also a nice plus (a shot and 2

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Empty Bottle is a very cozy place, a dive bar with chic. The immediate stage area is small and intimate, but also perfectly visible from the bar if you don't want to get right up front. Cheap drinks are also a nice plus (a shot and 2

Pros: cozy, intimate stage, cheap liquor

Cons: dive-ish

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I've only been there once, but would definitely recommend this place. There is an above average selection of beers, and the prices are very reasonable, especially if you're low on cash- $1.50 PBR's, etc. The place is definitely a dive, but

3
★★★★★

I've only been there once, but would definitely recommend this place. There is an above average selection of beers, and the prices are very reasonable, especially if you're low on cash- $1.50 PBR's, etc. The place is definitely a dive, but

Pros: Cheap beer, Good service, Cheap cover

Cons: iffy sound system, No sign w/ bar's name

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My favorite place for music.. Bar none. I might be jaded, but it's true.

3
★★★★★

My favorite place for music.. Bar none. I might be jaded, but it's true.

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If you wanted to be within 6 inches of the band... this is the place to go. Everytime I've seen a band here - I've been able to talk to them before and after the show. Very personable place

3
★★★★★

If you wanted to be within 6 inches of the band... this is the place to go. Everytime I've seen a band here - I've been able to talk to them before and after the show. Very personable place

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Empty Bottle's a destination for explorers of jazz and out-there rock from Chicago and beyond, plus dance/DJ fans; owner Bruce Finkelman has a reputation for gutsy programming. At this combination old-time corner tap and hipster hangout,…

 

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