Rainbo Club

★★★☆☆
  • 1150 N Damen Ave

    Chicago, IL 60622

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  • 773-489-5999

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Hours
Sun-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 4pm-3am

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I don't mind it so much early on a weeknight, when I can grab a seat at the bar or in a booth and yuk it up with my drinking partner. $2 PBR or a cheap well drink - thanks, sure, sounds good.

But I will never step foot in here on the weekend.
Out of principle.
And its simply really uncomfortable to stand in the middle of a crowd in the huge open area between the wall of booths and the bar.

I can deal with the so-called too-cool-for-school patrons. I don't care how cool you think you are. I just prefer a place less crowded and smokey.

3
★★★☆☆

I don't mind it so much early on a weeknight, when I can grab a seat at the bar or in a booth and yuk it up with my drinking partner. $2 PBR or a cheap well drink - thanks, sure, sounds good.

But I will never step foot in here on the weekend.
Out of principle.
And its simply really uncomfortable to stand in the middle of a crowd in the huge open area between the wall of booths and the bar.

I can deal with the so-called too-cool-for-school patrons. I don't care how cool you think you are. I just prefer a place less crowded and smokey.

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Although the crowd can be a little bit of a drag it's usually not because of the pretense but because of so much insecurity it drips off of the walls. If you stay out of there on Friday and Saturday nights you're in for a pleasant experience. The drink prices are great for such a well known bar. $4 Johnny Reds can't be beat. The drinks are poured well and the bartending staff are kind but will not kiss your butt for a tip. Where else can you be served by some of chicago finest musicians on their downtime and enjoy great music with good and bad artwork cycled from month to month?!
Bring cash and a fun group and you'll have a great time.

1
★★★☆☆

Although the crowd can be a little bit of a drag it's usually not because of the pretense but because of so much insecurity it drips off of the walls. If you stay out of there on Friday and Saturday nights you're in for a pleasant experience. The drink prices are great for such a well known bar. $4 Johnny Reds can't be beat. The drinks are poured well and the bartending staff are kind but will not kiss your butt for a tip. Where else can you be served by some of chicago finest musicians on their downtime and enjoy great music with good and bad artwork cycled from month to month?!
Bring cash and a fun group and you'll have a great time.

Pros: Staff and drink prices are awesome. The vibe/ambience is great.

Cons: Fridays and Saturdays are rediculously packed and some folks are unapproachable.

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Cheap drinks, but also the same at a lot of other bars in the neighborhood. Holier-than-thou scenesters engulf the place and think they are waaay better than you. Impossible to socialize; many of the people here seem to have minimum-wage jobs at trendy clothing places and record stores, and care more about looking at themselves in the mirror than in any other direction. Hey, who needs friends when you're that vain?

1
★★☆☆☆

Cheap drinks, but also the same at a lot of other bars in the neighborhood. Holier-than-thou scenesters engulf the place and think they are waaay better than you. Impossible to socialize; many of the people here seem to have minimum-wage jobs at trendy clothing places and record stores, and care more about looking at themselves in the mirror than in any other direction. Hey, who needs friends when you're that vain?

Pros: cheap drinks i guess

Cons: too-cool-for-school attitudes

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This place to great. The art on the wall changed monthly. they have a pleather red couch, an Elvis pinball machine and the music a pumpin'. The crown is young and hip and beautiful. the drinks are reasonable. I love it here.

5
★★★★★

This place to great. The art on the wall changed monthly. they have a pleather red couch, an Elvis pinball machine and the music a pumpin'. The crown is young and hip and beautiful. the drinks are reasonable. I love it here.

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The cozy atmosphere and dirt-cheap beer specials make this an ever-popular destination for Chicago scensters. There's nothing pretensious about the bar per se, but the patrons get trendy, horny and obnoxious after a certain hour. You'll get a relatively isolated booth before 8 - after that, prepare to stand. If you feel like an outcast but didn't regret missing high school prom, avoid the entire 'hood on weekends. But check this place out around Christmastime: The intricate dioramas and televised yule log are the next best things to eggnog.

PROS: Cheap beer, cozy atmosphere
CONS: Cliquish clientele, impenetrable crowds

3
★★★☆☆

The cozy atmosphere and dirt-cheap beer specials make this an ever-popular destination for Chicago scensters. There's nothing pretensious about the bar per se, but the patrons get trendy, horny and obnoxious after a certain hour. You'll get a relatively isolated booth before 8 - after that, prepare to stand. If you feel like an outcast but didn't regret missing high school prom, avoid the entire 'hood on weekends. But check this place out around Christmastime: The intricate dioramas and televised yule log are the next best things to eggnog.

PROS: Cheap beer, cozy atmosphere
CONS: Cliquish clientele, impenetrable crowds

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Before Mirai sent it's pleated-khaki-clad clientele, the Rainbo was overrun by unfriendly, quasi-hipster wannabes. THE ONLY bar on the north side where you can't strike up a conversation with a stranger. Air is thick with pretense. The real artists -- or those of them left -- go to the Gallery and Innertown and Tuman's. Rainbo is for movies.

1
★★★☆☆

Before Mirai sent it's pleated-khaki-clad clientele, the Rainbo was overrun by unfriendly, quasi-hipster wannabes. THE ONLY bar on the north side where you can't strike up a conversation with a stranger. Air is thick with pretense. The real artists -- or those of them left -- go to the Gallery and Innertown and Tuman's. Rainbo is for movies.

Pros: cheap drink, nice staff, cool art

Cons: new yuppies, bitter mock hipsters, cold attitudes

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cheap, good drinks, great atmosphere, jukebox is usually playing good tunes, and a photo booth! lots of open space, friendly bartenders.

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★★★★☆

cheap, good drinks, great atmosphere, jukebox is usually playing good tunes, and a photo booth! lots of open space, friendly bartenders.

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Clearly this bar is less about being stimulated by the environment and more about being stimulated by your peers: People have always come here to talk--about art, writing, music. Just south of Division Street on Damen Avenue, the Rainbo…

 

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