The Redhead Piano Bar

★★★☆☆
Beneath its sassy sign, River North's tunester paradise is old-school (in good way).
  • 16 W Ontario St # 5

    Chicago, IL 60654

    Cross street: State Street

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  • 312-640-1000

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They say coat check is mandatory - don't do it! They're thieves! My girlfriend and I went after the Keith Urban concert tonight. Coat check was mandatory. I asked my girlfriend - should I keep my concert tshirt in my coat pocket? She said

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★★★★★

They say coat check is mandatory - don't do it! They're thieves! My girlfriend and I went after the Keith Urban concert tonight. Coat check was mandatory. I asked my girlfriend - should I keep my concert tshirt in my coat pocket? She said

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Had been there a few times in the past years, but t his time I was 'turned away' by the big bouncer who told my 2 friends and I that we weren't allowed inside because we had too much to drink! We came by taxi. We live in Chicago. We're

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★★★★★

Had been there a few times in the past years, but t his time I was 'turned away' by the big bouncer who told my 2 friends and I that we weren't allowed inside because we had too much to drink! We came by taxi. We live in Chicago. We're

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We went to Red Head Saturday May 30, 2010 for our anniversary with another couple. We got great seats at the bar facing the piano without having to pay off the staff.

Dave Johnson, the pianist, was a pro although we left after an hour. Somebody needed to sound check him. Thepianoandhisvoicedblendedtogetherintoamishmash.
I know he favors Billy Joel and Joe Cocker - but all his songs sounded the same and muddy. He didn't encourage audience interaction and the people sitting around the piano were DUUUULLLL. We left, agreeing we would give it another chance with a different performer.

The people watching is fun. The security staff take themselves very seriously. I don't object to the dress code.

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★★☆☆☆

We went to Red Head Saturday May 30, 2010 for our anniversary with another couple. We got great seats at the bar facing the piano without having to pay off the staff.

Dave Johnson, the pianist, was a pro although we left after an hour. Somebody needed to sound check him. Thepianoandhisvoicedblendedtogetherintoamishmash.
I know he favors Billy Joel and Joe Cocker - but all his songs sounded the same and muddy. He didn't encourage audience interaction and the people sitting around the piano were DUUUULLLL. We left, agreeing we would give it another chance with a different performer.

The people watching is fun. The security staff take themselves very seriously. I don't object to the dress code.

Pros: Bartenders, drinks, dress code

Cons: Reserved areas waiting for big tips

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I know a lot of people balk at their enforcement of the dress code - and I would agree that there is a right way and a wrong way to turn people away. There aren't many places that insist on dress codes anymore, so I can appreciate that they still exist somewhere. I just think they can do a better job of turning people away without turning them off completely. "I'm sorry but we have a dress code and tennis shoes are no allowed" isn't difficult to say.

That said, I enjoy this place. Cougar hunters would love this place as well. The riff-raff is kept out (with some collateral damage, I know). The music is lively. They can make a proper cocktail.

This place certainly isn't for everyone - but it has stayed in business for years. I think they enjoy having a bit of a reputation for being pushy at the door.

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★★★★☆

I know a lot of people balk at their enforcement of the dress code - and I would agree that there is a right way and a wrong way to turn people away. There aren't many places that insist on dress codes anymore, so I can appreciate that they still exist somewhere. I just think they can do a better job of turning people away without turning them off completely. "I'm sorry but we have a dress code and tennis shoes are no allowed" isn't difficult to say.

That said, I enjoy this place. Cougar hunters would love this place as well. The riff-raff is kept out (with some collateral damage, I know). The music is lively. They can make a proper cocktail.

This place certainly isn't for everyone - but it has stayed in business for years. I think they enjoy having a bit of a reputation for being pushy at the door.

Pros: Lively

Cons: Staff can be rude at times

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I was there a few months ago and the bartender, Eric made me feel welcome and introduced me to other people sitting around the bar. I immediately felt at ease, met some interesting people and had a great night. I went back recently and was amazed when Eric remembered my drink. I again met some great people and had a great night. I'm a believer

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★★★★☆

I was there a few months ago and the bartender, Eric made me feel welcome and introduced me to other people sitting around the bar. I immediately felt at ease, met some interesting people and had a great night. I went back recently and was amazed when Eric remembered my drink. I again met some great people and had a great night. I'm a believer

Pros: great staff, great crowd, warm place

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This is my favorite bar in Chicago. I love it - check out Tuesdays - incredible piano player every week. Martinis here are not cheap, but you get what you pay for so I like it. I also don't mind the coat check policy or dress code. I hate people who dress like hobos and go out to bars. Viva Redhead Piano Bar!

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★★★★★

This is my favorite bar in Chicago. I love it - check out Tuesdays - incredible piano player every week. Martinis here are not cheap, but you get what you pay for so I like it. I also don't mind the coat check policy or dress code. I hate people who dress like hobos and go out to bars. Viva Redhead Piano Bar!

Pros: Great environment with lots of hotties

Cons: None

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My hubby and I were in Chicago to celebrate our anniversary, so we were dressed up a bit. We were welcomed right in and shown right to table. The table had said 'reserved' but that was taken off for us. What does that mean? The good service stopped there. The waitress seemed annoyed to be our waitress. My husband ordered a speciality drink that he did not like at all. He asked her to exchange it and she looked liked that was the most absurd thing she had ever heard. She did do it tho. Music was nothing to write home about, kinda boring. We had been at a jazz bar in our own home town 2 weeks before that and were missing our home town place.

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★☆☆☆☆

My hubby and I were in Chicago to celebrate our anniversary, so we were dressed up a bit. We were welcomed right in and shown right to table. The table had said 'reserved' but that was taken off for us. What does that mean? The good service stopped there. The waitress seemed annoyed to be our waitress. My husband ordered a speciality drink that he did not like at all. He asked her to exchange it and she looked liked that was the most absurd thing she had ever heard. She did do it tho. Music was nothing to write home about, kinda boring. We had been at a jazz bar in our own home town 2 weeks before that and were missing our home town place.

Pros: Not ignored at door

Cons: drink was not tasty and was expensive

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We never made it in the door. I was there for girls week in Chicago and because we had the audacity to be having a good time and laughing it was assumed we were drunk. We were not and asked to speak with the manager and he was just as rude. Since then we spoke to several people who have had similar experiences. I don't know what is going on with this establishment but I would suggest that everyone find another place to go. Chicago is an awesome city and this establishment is not worth the time.

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★☆☆☆☆

We never made it in the door. I was there for girls week in Chicago and because we had the audacity to be having a good time and laughing it was assumed we were drunk. We were not and asked to speak with the manager and he was just as rude. Since then we spoke to several people who have had similar experiences. I don't know what is going on with this establishment but I would suggest that everyone find another place to go. Chicago is an awesome city and this establishment is not worth the time.

Cons: RUDE Doorman and Manager

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First off the atmosphere was beyond life sucking. I enjoyed pretty much nothing there. The crowd was boring, the entertainment much the same. My drinks were craptastic in both flavor and price. They make horrible mojitos. The management I spoke with however was very attending. The doorman, while a bit rude was very effective torward the street people who tried to come nearby.

Then there was the coat check. Be sure you get all your tickets for every item. The lady had the nerver to call me a liar and lost my leather jacket. When I talked to the manager, he knew exactly which coat I was referring to. There was another patron there with similar coat check issues.

The dress code was unexpected. Several people were turned away or offered other clothing. I was not fond of that at all. I prefer an environment where people can come in clean at least but also be themselves.

Personally I will never go back there and recommend others take similar caution.

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★☆☆☆☆

First off the atmosphere was beyond life sucking. I enjoyed pretty much nothing there. The crowd was boring, the entertainment much the same. My drinks were craptastic in both flavor and price. They make horrible mojitos. The management I spoke with however was very attending. The doorman, while a bit rude was very effective torward the street people who tried to come nearby.

Then there was the coat check. Be sure you get all your tickets for every item. The lady had the nerver to call me a liar and lost my leather jacket. When I talked to the manager, he knew exactly which coat I was referring to. There was another patron there with similar coat check issues.

The dress code was unexpected. Several people were turned away or offered other clothing. I was not fond of that at all. I prefer an environment where people can come in clean at least but also be themselves.

Personally I will never go back there and recommend others take similar caution.

Pros: rif raf are kept out

Cons: everything about what a nightclub should be, this was not.

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We were staying in the Embassy Suites (right across the street) and didn't feel like fighting a crowd at a club, so decided to try this place instead. The music is fun and you can usually find a table.

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★★★★☆

We were staying in the Embassy Suites (right across the street) and didn't feel like fighting a crowd at a club, so decided to try this place instead. The music is fun and you can usually find a table.

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My husband had business in Chicago, so I decided to fly up from Atlanta and spend a few days shopping while he worked. Having done the same thing when he goes to New York, I looked forward to seeing what Chicago had to offer. When my husband returned from work, we decided to walk and find a place to eat, so my husband slipped on his comfortable (not inexpensive) running shoes. Most of the places we wandered into had waits of over an hour and the bars were full. We saw the sign for the Redhead Piano bar and thought maybe we will just get a drink and venture out again. When we approached the door the doorman said, "Can I help you?" My husband replied, "Do you serve any food here?" The man said, "No, but why don't you go buy yourself a pair of shoes and then we can discuss if you will be allowed in this bar."
I was shocked that anyone in the service industry could be so rude. I have traveled to London, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco ( just to name a few of the places I have been) and have never encountered such an attitude from someone who relies on the public for survival.
I have no problem with an establishment enforcing a dress code and had this place really been the classy place that it wants to be, the doorman would have been trained to turn away customers who are not dressed appropriately in a gracious and polite manner. Class is about manners and decency and after reading some of the other reviews about this place and our own experience, I would have to rate this as the lowest class business I have ever ventured near!
In my husbands line of work, he encounters many different people who travel like we do and I can assure you that we will make certain to inform as many people as possible that if they are looking for a high class lounge in Chicago, they won't find it at the Redhead Piano Bar!

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband had business in Chicago, so I decided to fly up from Atlanta and spend a few days shopping while he worked. Having done the same thing when he goes to New York, I looked forward to seeing what Chicago had to offer. When my husband returned from work, we decided to walk and find a place to eat, so my husband slipped on his comfortable (not inexpensive) running shoes. Most of the places we wandered into had waits of over an hour and the bars were full. We saw the sign for the Redhead Piano bar and thought maybe we will just get a drink and venture out again. When we approached the door the doorman said, "Can I help you?" My husband replied, "Do you serve any food here?" The man said, "No, but why don't you go buy yourself a pair of shoes and then we can discuss if you will be allowed in this bar."
I was shocked that anyone in the service industry could be so rude. I have traveled to London, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco ( just to name a few of the places I have been) and have never encountered such an attitude from someone who relies on the public for survival.
I have no problem with an establishment enforcing a dress code and had this place really been the classy place that it wants to be, the doorman would have been trained to turn away customers who are not dressed appropriately in a gracious and polite manner. Class is about manners and decency and after reading some of the other reviews about this place and our own experience, I would have to rate this as the lowest class business I have ever ventured near!
In my husbands line of work, he encounters many different people who travel like we do and I can assure you that we will make certain to inform as many people as possible that if they are looking for a high class lounge in Chicago, they won't find it at the Redhead Piano Bar!

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I have been going to this bar for years throughout my 20s and it still remains one of my favorites. The staff is fantastic and is always willing to accommodate me and my friends. I love that they are classy enough to have a dress code and keep the ignorant Chicagoans and tourists out of the bar.

Overall the atmosphere is warm and upbeat. The music is great and the piano player does their best to meet my eclectic music requests - trying to overcome the high demand for "Piano man" throughout the night is a big feat!

I highly recommend this intimate bar!!!

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★★★★★

I have been going to this bar for years throughout my 20s and it still remains one of my favorites. The staff is fantastic and is always willing to accommodate me and my friends. I love that they are classy enough to have a dress code and keep the ignorant Chicagoans and tourists out of the bar.

Overall the atmosphere is warm and upbeat. The music is great and the piano player does their best to meet my eclectic music requests - trying to overcome the high demand for "Piano man" throughout the night is a big feat!

I highly recommend this intimate bar!!!

Pros: Music

Cons: Open at 7pm

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I have been a patron of The Redhead for years and have enjoyed every visit. Comments about the dress code are absurd. It says "Proper Attire Required" on every ad I have ever seen and at the front door. If you do not want to dress like an adult, go to Division Street. There are plenty of places to wear sneakers and throw peanuts on the floor but if you want a nice, classy piano bar with a fun crowd and unmatched performers, go to The Redhead!

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★★★★★

I have been a patron of The Redhead for years and have enjoyed every visit. Comments about the dress code are absurd. It says "Proper Attire Required" on every ad I have ever seen and at the front door. If you do not want to dress like an adult, go to Division Street. There are plenty of places to wear sneakers and throw peanuts on the floor but if you want a nice, classy piano bar with a fun crowd and unmatched performers, go to The Redhead!

Pros: Upscale, fun

Cons: Small

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Chicago was ranked the ?Best Restaurant City in America? ? GQ magazine (2006), but the Redhead Piano Bar didn't contribute to that award. If you are looking for a friendly upstanding bar, look to any of the other great bars around the city. The only customers this establishment cares about is wealthy old businessmen. My friends and I were treated rudely by the bouncer, waitresses, and even the manager. They wouldn't even let us in because my friend was wearing nice-looking tennis shoes because she has foot problems. Don't waste your time on a business that obviously does not care about having your business.

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★☆☆☆☆

Chicago was ranked the ?Best Restaurant City in America? ? GQ magazine (2006), but the Redhead Piano Bar didn't contribute to that award. If you are looking for a friendly upstanding bar, look to any of the other great bars around the city. The only customers this establishment cares about is wealthy old businessmen. My friends and I were treated rudely by the bouncer, waitresses, and even the manager. They wouldn't even let us in because my friend was wearing nice-looking tennis shoes because she has foot problems. Don't waste your time on a business that obviously does not care about having your business.

Pros: none

Cons: rude staff, obnoxious dress code, too much hassle

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I have to agree with the previous rating of this place...My husband & I went there, and to be honest, they were not that nice to my husband...the so called bouncer at the door, was as rude and ignorant as one can be..Ususally when we smile our make a joke before entering a place, one always smiles and laughs back...not this jerk...I'm not saying that the whole staff was rude, or did not like mexicans, but the bouncer sure did not...And of course, he was a white guy..bald/glasses....
The music was the best part of the evening..

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to agree with the previous rating of this place...My husband & I went there, and to be honest, they were not that nice to my husband...the so called bouncer at the door, was as rude and ignorant as one can be..Ususally when we smile our make a joke before entering a place, one always smiles and laughs back...not this jerk...I'm not saying that the whole staff was rude, or did not like mexicans, but the bouncer sure did not...And of course, he was a white guy..bald/glasses....
The music was the best part of the evening..

Pros: GREAT MUSIC

Cons: RUDE - IGNORANT PEOPLE WORKING THERE.

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I came here w/ a group of out of town friends/family from LA. The staff was rude to us and completely disrespectful and discrimenatory. My group was predominantly Hispanic and we felt very humiliated by the way we were treated. We noticed how another group of predominantly white individuals were treated differently. Even after asking for a manager they were just as rude. Little did they know we were accompanied by a State Attorney who works with the Department of Human Rights. Complaints were entered immediately. STAY AWAY AND DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME/MONEY.

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★☆☆☆☆

I came here w/ a group of out of town friends/family from LA. The staff was rude to us and completely disrespectful and discrimenatory. My group was predominantly Hispanic and we felt very humiliated by the way we were treated. We noticed how another group of predominantly white individuals were treated differently. Even after asking for a manager they were just as rude. Little did they know we were accompanied by a State Attorney who works with the Department of Human Rights. Complaints were entered immediately. STAY AWAY AND DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME/MONEY.

Pros: NONE

Cons: EVERYTHING ABOUT IT

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I was trying to entrertain my wife, and two grown sons ( one with his wife) on a recent shopping trip to the city. I had seen the sign for The Redhead many times and decided to venture in. What would best be descibed as a crusty old broad "greated" us outside and informed us the coat check was "mandatory". My wife had already entered the place when Ms. Charming began yelling hey!! Yo! you cant come in!! Although we were all well dressed and just come come from dinner in a nice restaurant nearby, she decided to turn us away because my youngest son had a pair of Nike shoes on. I understand dress codes...but come on!
I suggested to our delightful hostess that she check into the 21st century.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was trying to entrertain my wife, and two grown sons ( one with his wife) on a recent shopping trip to the city. I had seen the sign for The Redhead many times and decided to venture in. What would best be descibed as a crusty old broad "greated" us outside and informed us the coat check was "mandatory". My wife had already entered the place when Ms. Charming began yelling hey!! Yo! you cant come in!! Although we were all well dressed and just come come from dinner in a nice restaurant nearby, she decided to turn us away because my youngest son had a pair of Nike shoes on. I understand dress codes...but come on!
I suggested to our delightful hostess that she check into the 21st century.

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You should dress up a little for The Redhead. Its a great piano bar that is always filled with a nice variety of locals. I used to go here for a cocktail after a dinner date. I would recommend it if you are in the area.

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★★★★☆

You should dress up a little for The Redhead. Its a great piano bar that is always filled with a nice variety of locals. I used to go here for a cocktail after a dinner date. I would recommend it if you are in the area.

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Talk about a want-to-be-classy bar. If you're going to expect customers to meet a dress code, the aura, building, and service should at least meet it. the impression from the interior and exterior of the building was one of a brothel and the interior is anything but classy. The service was one of the worst experiences I have ever had.The first time, I went with my friends, one of my good friends was not allowed in because his shoes did not meet the dress code. (They were trendy looking Sketchers). I understand the idea behind a dress code and that's fine. Just the way the bouncer and other staff members treated my friend, looking at him like trash, told me a lot about the service. The next time I went, I hoped it was different but was even more disappointed with the wait-staff. All that could be seen was a superior, unfriendly attitude. The music and bartenders are fine, and I would have no problem with the older crowd, but terrible service from the staff is too high of a price for me to pay to have fun. I even gave it a second chance because I had high expectations for it. You can go four blocks south to Hubbard to Howl at the Moon for music that is just as good and waiters and waitresses who don't ruin their customers' night out with rudeness. I find it interesting to see a review from a bartender who just so happens to think the bar he works at is great. It makes me wonder if the other good reviews are written by its rude staff members. It is definitely not worth your time or money and clearly a bar that gets its business from first-time tourists who are lured by what it claims to be (a classy, fun atmosphere) and not repeat business.

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★☆☆☆☆

Talk about a want-to-be-classy bar. If you're going to expect customers to meet a dress code, the aura, building, and service should at least meet it. the impression from the interior and exterior of the building was one of a brothel and the interior is anything but classy. The service was one of the worst experiences I have ever had.The first time, I went with my friends, one of my good friends was not allowed in because his shoes did not meet the dress code. (They were trendy looking Sketchers). I understand the idea behind a dress code and that's fine. Just the way the bouncer and other staff members treated my friend, looking at him like trash, told me a lot about the service. The next time I went, I hoped it was different but was even more disappointed with the wait-staff. All that could be seen was a superior, unfriendly attitude. The music and bartenders are fine, and I would have no problem with the older crowd, but terrible service from the staff is too high of a price for me to pay to have fun. I even gave it a second chance because I had high expectations for it. You can go four blocks south to Hubbard to Howl at the Moon for music that is just as good and waiters and waitresses who don't ruin their customers' night out with rudeness. I find it interesting to see a review from a bartender who just so happens to think the bar he works at is great. It makes me wonder if the other good reviews are written by its rude staff members. It is definitely not worth your time or money and clearly a bar that gets its business from first-time tourists who are lured by what it claims to be (a classy, fun atmosphere) and not repeat business.

Pros: Piano music that you can get elsewhere, decent bartending

Cons: Everything else

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Strong drinks, sophisticated people, fun fun fun! Best music to hang out and chat...sing along...drink and socialize!

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★★★★★

Strong drinks, sophisticated people, fun fun fun! Best music to hang out and chat...sing along...drink and socialize!

Pros: Great downtown prices

Cons: smokey...but ending Jan 08

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I love this place!!!! Great Drinks, Great Bartenders, Great Hangovers! Sure, there is an older crowd early in the evening, but by 11 it's a bar that anyone who has even the minutest ability to have a good time will love. Service was impeccable, despite the craziness. And the bartenders know how to put on a show! Two guys and one girl in that small space, singing, laughing, and having fun, and never taking a break..Amazing! If you can't see the piano, watch the bar! There's a show no matter where you're at. Long live the Readhead!!!

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★★★★★

I love this place!!!! Great Drinks, Great Bartenders, Great Hangovers! Sure, there is an older crowd early in the evening, but by 11 it's a bar that anyone who has even the minutest ability to have a good time will love. Service was impeccable, despite the craziness. And the bartenders know how to put on a show! Two guys and one girl in that small space, singing, laughing, and having fun, and never taking a break..Amazing! If you can't see the piano, watch the bar! There's a show no matter where you're at. Long live the Readhead!!!

Pros: Service and entertainment, Chicago Style

Cons: Staying out later than I should

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I must admit...I bartend at the Redhead.. I've only worked there for about a year, but, after 15 years in the service industry, it has proven to be the most respectable, fair, and fun of all my endeavors. I have a degree (and an 'almost' master's), and no one understands why I don't use it...All I can say is 'How many people go to work everyday doing something they truly enjoy?' I love my job....I get to entertain people, and be entertained at the same time...in a bar that is true Chicago, through and through.......Life is short.... Why not stay up all night and get the most out of it? Oh, and the piano players like to strip for shots. (Just kidding....that's only at the after hours party).....

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★★★★★

I must admit...I bartend at the Redhead.. I've only worked there for about a year, but, after 15 years in the service industry, it has proven to be the most respectable, fair, and fun of all my endeavors. I have a degree (and an 'almost' master's), and no one understands why I don't use it...All I can say is 'How many people go to work everyday doing something they truly enjoy?' I love my job....I get to entertain people, and be entertained at the same time...in a bar that is true Chicago, through and through.......Life is short.... Why not stay up all night and get the most out of it? Oh, and the piano players like to strip for shots. (Just kidding....that's only at the after hours party).....

Pros: vodka...lots of it

Cons: As far as I know, i'm the only con there..at least the only one on parole

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The service was poor and drinks were small. The manager seated us in the back of the bar, when I asked to move closer to the front he told me that it would be $ 50.00 to get a table towards the front of the bar. I said "there is no one here and I have to pay $ 50.00 to be closer "he said yes and gave me a nasty look. Listen to this ,ONE hour later he came back and wanted more money for the next hour. I asked him if I was in a stip club.This place should wake up and realize they are not the only game in town. Maybe it was my suit or that we were under 60 years old, either way it's know way to treat anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service was poor and drinks were small. The manager seated us in the back of the bar, when I asked to move closer to the front he told me that it would be $ 50.00 to get a table towards the front of the bar. I said "there is no one here and I have to pay $ 50.00 to be closer "he said yes and gave me a nasty look. Listen to this ,ONE hour later he came back and wanted more money for the next hour. I asked him if I was in a stip club.This place should wake up and realize they are not the only game in town. Maybe it was my suit or that we were under 60 years old, either way it's know way to treat anyone.

Pros: it's dark

Cons: old age home

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Terrible place--very tourist-trap-y. Went because I heard it was a "hip" version of a piano bar but nothing could be further from the truth--un-fun, assembly line place--forced and plastic. Trying to be hip and exclusive, rather than congenial, but so not either--just depressing. "Bridge and tunnel/middle america" crowd and unfriendly, unsmiling, ape-like staff. DO NOT GO!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Terrible place--very tourist-trap-y. Went because I heard it was a "hip" version of a piano bar but nothing could be further from the truth--un-fun, assembly line place--forced and plastic. Trying to be hip and exclusive, rather than congenial, but so not either--just depressing. "Bridge and tunnel/middle america" crowd and unfriendly, unsmiling, ape-like staff. DO NOT GO!!

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The bar was quite dark (so dark in fact I could not read the martini list). The music was the same as any other piano bar but I have to admit this is the best one that I have been to. (it kind of feels like you are living the song 'Piano Man')

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★★★☆☆

The bar was quite dark (so dark in fact I could not read the martini list). The music was the same as any other piano bar but I have to admit this is the best one that I have been to. (it kind of feels like you are living the song 'Piano Man')

Pros: cool atmosphere

Cons: very dark

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This is Food Snobs favorite out of town bar. From interesting conversations to great music and attentive bartenders to great drinks, cigars and people watching ....

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★★★★★

This is Food Snobs favorite out of town bar. From interesting conversations to great music and attentive bartenders to great drinks, cigars and people watching ....

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I first discovered the Redhead years ago and have to say that I've made it my regular spot. I don't know of anyother club in Chicago that has great live music, great drinks and a fun crowd. It's always a party. People are friendly at the Redhead...both the staff and the customers. The crowd seems to vary in age depending on the time of night and it's always a great place to people watch. Frequently, famous musicians seem to drop in and jam. I think this place is great and we're lucking to have it in Chicago.

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★★★★★

I first discovered the Redhead years ago and have to say that I've made it my regular spot. I don't know of anyother club in Chicago that has great live music, great drinks and a fun crowd. It's always a party. People are friendly at the Redhead...both the staff and the customers. The crowd seems to vary in age depending on the time of night and it's always a great place to people watch. Frequently, famous musicians seem to drop in and jam. I think this place is great and we're lucking to have it in Chicago.

Pros: Talented muscians; live music; great drinks, dress code

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The Redhead is one of the few places in Chicago where you can feel like you're out among the "who's who" but still feel like you're in a relaxing atmosphere. The bartender's always put on a great show, and the entertainers really get the crowd involved. This is a great place to take someone from out of town if you want to keep an eye out for celebrities, or a nice place for locals who want a change of pace from the usual bar and dance club. It has the feel of New York piano bar, but the people are much friendlier.

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★★★★★

The Redhead is one of the few places in Chicago where you can feel like you're out among the "who's who" but still feel like you're in a relaxing atmosphere. The bartender's always put on a great show, and the entertainers really get the crowd involved. This is a great place to take someone from out of town if you want to keep an eye out for celebrities, or a nice place for locals who want a change of pace from the usual bar and dance club. It has the feel of New York piano bar, but the people are much friendlier.

Pros: Great atmosphere, fun bartenders, good place to people watch.

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Short and simple... Over crouded with minimal seating. Poor lighting. Restroom was in poor condition. Long line just to get in. On the good hand for as busy as it was I was impressed on how quickly the bartneder serviced his customers. I wouldn't suggest stopping by on a friday/saturday night. It was just too packed, smokey and noisy to be enjoyable.

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★☆☆☆☆

Short and simple... Over crouded with minimal seating. Poor lighting. Restroom was in poor condition. Long line just to get in. On the good hand for as busy as it was I was impressed on how quickly the bartneder serviced his customers. I wouldn't suggest stopping by on a friday/saturday night. It was just too packed, smokey and noisy to be enjoyable.

Pros: Style, Service

Cons: Long Lines, Poor seating, Dark

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Drinks are good, but that's not worth the hassle. MANDATORY coat check, boo. The door "lady" refused to let in our friend who was wearing boots. UM, it's Chicago in the winter, HELLO! Although she had already let in our other friend with the same exact shoes. She then proceeded to refuse to let in a woman who had just had foot surgery and had to wear tennis shoes. The guy on the piano wasn't very good either. I understand dress codes and all, but this way a little too extreme. I have suspicions that this place is a mob front. How else would a place like this be in business????

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★☆☆☆☆

Drinks are good, but that's not worth the hassle. MANDATORY coat check, boo. The door "lady" refused to let in our friend who was wearing boots. UM, it's Chicago in the winter, HELLO! Although she had already let in our other friend with the same exact shoes. She then proceeded to refuse to let in a woman who had just had foot surgery and had to wear tennis shoes. The guy on the piano wasn't very good either. I understand dress codes and all, but this way a little too extreme. I have suspicions that this place is a mob front. How else would a place like this be in business????

Pros: Drinks well made, decor

Cons: Everything else, Door witch, Mandatory coat check

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I WAS ON VACATION FROM SAN DIEGO AND DECIDED TO GO HEAR LIVE MUSIC. THE DOOR MAN ACTED LIKE THIS WAS THE TRENDY LA CLUB.(WITH HIS ATTITUDE)AND I HAD TO CHECK MY COAT. THE MUSIC SUCKED, THE DRINKS WERE WEAK.THE BEST THING ABOUT THE PLACE WAS IT WAS NEAR OTHER SPOTS TO GO .SO WE DID.
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO MY WORST ENEMY!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I WAS ON VACATION FROM SAN DIEGO AND DECIDED TO GO HEAR LIVE MUSIC. THE DOOR MAN ACTED LIKE THIS WAS THE TRENDY LA CLUB.(WITH HIS ATTITUDE)AND I HAD TO CHECK MY COAT. THE MUSIC SUCKED, THE DRINKS WERE WEAK.THE BEST THING ABOUT THE PLACE WAS IT WAS NEAR OTHER SPOTS TO GO .SO WE DID.
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO MY WORST ENEMY!!!

Pros: IT WAS NEAR OTHER GO, LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE IN, NONE AT ALL

Cons: EVERYTHING, RUDE,WEAK DRINKS

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After reading the reviews on this site, I decided to give this piano bar a try. I went in open-minded and was blind-sided by their shortcomings. The "dress code" is no sneakers and shirts tucked in. Well, I was out of code by having a stylish button down shirt un-tucked. I tucked it in, but heightened my awareness to the others around me. Needless to say, I was dressed nicer than two-thirds of the clientele, some of which were wearing sweatshirts and sporting mullets. The crowd was mostly tourists on a late-night Friday. Being tucked in the corner, we could barely hear the live music. The wait staff, in their tacky suit jackets and skirts of equal length were colder than this review. The only positive thing I can say is that the drinks were good, albeit pricey ($18 for two drinks). - A River North resident

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading the reviews on this site, I decided to give this piano bar a try. I went in open-minded and was blind-sided by their shortcomings. The "dress code" is no sneakers and shirts tucked in. Well, I was out of code by having a stylish button down shirt un-tucked. I tucked it in, but heightened my awareness to the others around me. Needless to say, I was dressed nicer than two-thirds of the clientele, some of which were wearing sweatshirts and sporting mullets. The crowd was mostly tourists on a late-night Friday. Being tucked in the corner, we could barely hear the live music. The wait staff, in their tacky suit jackets and skirts of equal length were colder than this review. The only positive thing I can say is that the drinks were good, albeit pricey ($18 for two drinks). - A River North resident

Pros: good drinks

Cons: bad service, bad sound, overpriced

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Typically crowded, so get there a few minutes early and hold onto your table, then enjoy the fun music. The crowd seems much older these days, and 'snootier'.

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★★☆☆☆

Typically crowded, so get there a few minutes early and hold onto your table, then enjoy the fun music. The crowd seems much older these days, and 'snootier'.

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I love this place, I've been to bars and clubs throughout the world and this is among one of the more professional bars . If you have the maturity level of a 3 year old don't come here but if you enjoy a good, well run club for all it's nuances this place has it all, A pro door staff, pro (also cute) waitstaff, and BARTENDERS, not bartenders but BARTENDERS! If you go here just take a second to watch the BARTENDERS work, it's like a well choreographed ballet. After that you"ll appreciate this place for what it is, a pro_partiers kind of bar !

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★★★★★

I love this place, I've been to bars and clubs throughout the world and this is among one of the more professional bars . If you have the maturity level of a 3 year old don't come here but if you enjoy a good, well run club for all it's nuances this place has it all, A pro door staff, pro (also cute) waitstaff, and BARTENDERS, not bartenders but BARTENDERS! If you go here just take a second to watch the BARTENDERS work, it's like a well choreographed ballet. After that you"ll appreciate this place for what it is, a pro_partiers kind of bar !

Pros: BARTENDERS, Huge following, easy access

Cons: Huge following

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I'm from Chicago and always passed by this place. I always wanted to go in, what a big mistake. It's mandatory to check your coat in. The service was horrible and the crowd was nothing to talk about. Unless you come from a small town who has never experienced a big town before this might be your kind of place but for active city goer's take a pass and go somewhere else.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm from Chicago and always passed by this place. I always wanted to go in, what a big mistake. It's mandatory to check your coat in. The service was horrible and the crowd was nothing to talk about. Unless you come from a small town who has never experienced a big town before this might be your kind of place but for active city goer's take a pass and go somewhere else.

Pros: location

Cons: coat check, service, crowd

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My husband and I arrived early about 7:30 and had no problem getting a seat. There is no drink minimum and no cover, but coat check ($2) is required. Our drinks ranged from ($6--vodka collins) to $10 (Grey Goose martini). Generally, they were generous and tasty. The service was good, quick refills and frequent ashtray emptying (probably because we got a table). The music was fine, though mello and there wasn't much happening in the crowd. The place seemed a little pretentious, but it was cheap live music and it was easy to get to. I can't say anything was bad, just not all that entertaining.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I arrived early about 7:30 and had no problem getting a seat. There is no drink minimum and no cover, but coat check ($2) is required. Our drinks ranged from ($6--vodka collins) to $10 (Grey Goose martini). Generally, they were generous and tasty. The service was good, quick refills and frequent ashtray emptying (probably because we got a table). The music was fine, though mello and there wasn't much happening in the crowd. The place seemed a little pretentious, but it was cheap live music and it was easy to get to. I can't say anything was bad, just not all that entertaining.

Pros: no cover, no minimum

Cons: average music, low key

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In a city known for great and friendly customer service, the service here is the absolute worst!

The doorman acts like this place is in Miami's South Beach. They are understaffed and the ones they have are useless.

Forget it. There are many great spots in Chicago for great music. This place is a serious waste of your time.

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★☆☆☆☆

In a city known for great and friendly customer service, the service here is the absolute worst!

The doorman acts like this place is in Miami's South Beach. They are understaffed and the ones they have are useless.

Forget it. There are many great spots in Chicago for great music. This place is a serious waste of your time.

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I found myself unamused with the crowd and the service at Redhead Piano Bar. It's a hassle to get in. It's a hassle to find a seat. It's a hassle to get a drink. All the while you find yourself wondering, "why am I working so hard to have a good time?" Answer? I don't know. I'd turn around and walk out to one of the hundreds of other legitimately entertaining bars in Chicago.

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★★☆☆☆

I found myself unamused with the crowd and the service at Redhead Piano Bar. It's a hassle to get in. It's a hassle to find a seat. It's a hassle to get a drink. All the while you find yourself wondering, "why am I working so hard to have a good time?" Answer? I don't know. I'd turn around and walk out to one of the hundreds of other legitimately entertaining bars in Chicago.

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Warm burgundy walls, amber lighting and dressed-up patrons, who stop in before or after martini-supplemented dinners, create a speakeasy feel at this comfortable basement bar. Twenty-somethings brush elbows with…

 

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