Howl At The Moon

★★★★☆
Dueling pianos with a raucous sing-along amp up the all-night party at this River North watering hole.
  • 26 W Hubbard St

    Chicago, IL 60610

    Cross street: State Street

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  • 312-863-7427

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I heard this was the greatest place ever so I tried to make reservations for my best friend's bachelorette party. WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER. I first wrote an e-mail. Didn't hear back for a week. Sent another email. Another few days passed. I called the club and they send April was out of town until Wednesday but they took my information and promised a call Wednesday. Friday rolls around no phone call. Called again, this time very frustrated. The girl that answered said she was new and could not book a party or really answer any questions. I told her I was not mad at her I understood but I was frustrated with the party planner and wanted to speak to a manager. I was connected to the general managers line and left a voicemail. I would have given up but I heard nothing but great things about this place. By the end of my experience, I had sent 2 e-mails to the party planner, left the party planner 4 voicemails, left the general manager 2 voicemails, and sent him one left email. I never heard back from anyone ! Good luck if your trying to plan a party. They apparently did not want my business of 30 20 something year old girls looking for a good time.

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★☆☆☆☆

I heard this was the greatest place ever so I tried to make reservations for my best friend's bachelorette party. WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER. I first wrote an e-mail. Didn't hear back for a week. Sent another email. Another few days passed. I called the club and they send April was out of town until Wednesday but they took my information and promised a call Wednesday. Friday rolls around no phone call. Called again, this time very frustrated. The girl that answered said she was new and could not book a party or really answer any questions. I told her I was not mad at her I understood but I was frustrated with the party planner and wanted to speak to a manager. I was connected to the general managers line and left a voicemail. I would have given up but I heard nothing but great things about this place. By the end of my experience, I had sent 2 e-mails to the party planner, left the party planner 4 voicemails, left the general manager 2 voicemails, and sent him one left email. I never heard back from anyone ! Good luck if your trying to plan a party. They apparently did not want my business of 30 20 something year old girls looking for a good time.

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I entered into a contract and paid for reservations for 3 tables at Howl at the Moon for my birthday earlier this year. Periodically throughout the night one of my tables would be empty (people out smoking or gathered around the other 2

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I entered into a contract and paid for reservations for 3 tables at Howl at the Moon for my birthday earlier this year. Periodically throughout the night one of my tables would be empty (people out smoking or gathered around the other 2

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So I spoiled my one Chicago evening at Howl at the moon. I walked in on a Tuesday night. my greviences are:-\r
1) Indifferent staff\r
2) no one offered me a place\r
3) for 20 minutes no one took any orders\r
4)Indifferent music with too

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★★★★★

So I spoiled my one Chicago evening at Howl at the moon. I walked in on a Tuesday night. my greviences are:-\r
1) Indifferent staff\r
2) no one offered me a place\r
3) for 20 minutes no one took any orders\r
4)Indifferent music with too

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So I went to Howl with a group of friends last weekend and we all had a great time! I have been there before, cause I live downtown Chicago, but I brought some Howl virgins in for a first time experience..and they too loved it. The service was good, the bartenders were friendly and on top of things, the drinks were great (I recommend getting a bucket if you're with a large group) and the piano players were awesome. Howl is by far the best piano bar I have been to!

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★★★★★

So I went to Howl with a group of friends last weekend and we all had a great time! I have been there before, cause I live downtown Chicago, but I brought some Howl virgins in for a first time experience..and they too loved it. The service was good, the bartenders were friendly and on top of things, the drinks were great (I recommend getting a bucket if you're with a large group) and the piano players were awesome. Howl is by far the best piano bar I have been to!

Pros: great musicians

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I dont see what the hype is about for this place. We had reservations here and when we got there our tables were taken, when we asked why we did not have seating they said they only held them till 8pm., We arrived at 8:05. The reason we were late getting in is because the guy at the door could not find our name on the list and was trying to charge us afer we already paid. It was crowded and we could not even get a drink.

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★☆☆☆☆

I dont see what the hype is about for this place. We had reservations here and when we got there our tables were taken, when we asked why we did not have seating they said they only held them till 8pm., We arrived at 8:05. The reason we were late getting in is because the guy at the door could not find our name on the list and was trying to charge us afer we already paid. It was crowded and we could not even get a drink.

Pros: music is good

Cons: no seating rude staff

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I had my bachlorette party there and it was a blast. There was great music and the performers really got into the crowd. There was a lot of dancing and you better be ready to laugh your butt off. I definetly recommend going to howl at the moon, just make sure you get there a little early to get a good seat.

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★★★★★

I had my bachlorette party there and it was a blast. There was great music and the performers really got into the crowd. There was a lot of dancing and you better be ready to laugh your butt off. I definetly recommend going to howl at the moon, just make sure you get there a little early to get a good seat.

Pros: great music and fun atmosphere

Cons: u have to make sure you get there a little early

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I love piano bars and wanted somewhere to celebrate my birthday this year. I had heard great things about Howl at the Moon and it all proved true! We had a great time and they did get me up on stage for my birthday...as embarassing as it was. It got a little crowded at times, but everyone still had a fantastic time and the piano players were awesome!

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★★★★☆

I love piano bars and wanted somewhere to celebrate my birthday this year. I had heard great things about Howl at the Moon and it all proved true! We had a great time and they did get me up on stage for my birthday...as embarassing as it was. It got a little crowded at times, but everyone still had a fantastic time and the piano players were awesome!

Pros: Fun atmosphere, talented staff

Cons: Gets crowded early, almost TOO many celebrations

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The entertainment is outstanding and the crowds are lively and gregarious. They have a way of drawing the audience into their act each and every night. Don't miss it!

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★★★★☆

The entertainment is outstanding and the crowds are lively and gregarious. They have a way of drawing the audience into their act each and every night. Don't miss it!

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I'm a big fan of piano bars and Howl at the Moon had to be one of the best I've seen. Huge energy from the pianists, band, and the crowd. I went on a Friday night and the crowd was very eclectic -- people of all ages singing along to old and new songs. The musicians are incredibly talented and interactive. The venue itself however is crowded and the dance floor is small. We had to troll around for a place to sit and it was packed when we got there at 10 pm! Drinks are a little pricey (I paid $12 for a bud light and a super small vodka/shirley temple without tip), but the experience is definitely worth it.

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★★★★☆

I'm a big fan of piano bars and Howl at the Moon had to be one of the best I've seen. Huge energy from the pianists, band, and the crowd. I went on a Friday night and the crowd was very eclectic -- people of all ages singing along to old and new songs. The musicians are incredibly talented and interactive. The venue itself however is crowded and the dance floor is small. We had to troll around for a place to sit and it was packed when we got there at 10 pm! Drinks are a little pricey (I paid $12 for a bud light and a super small vodka/shirley temple without tip), but the experience is definitely worth it.

Pros: Talented and interactive musicians, great vibe!

Cons: Crowded venue, small dance floor, pricey drinks.

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Howl at the moon is a place to come with friends and let loose. They have dueling pianos that have so much fun you can't help but to sing along. Be careful if it is your birthday. You will end up on the piano with them singing to you. Great place for a bachelorette party, too

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★★★★★

Howl at the moon is a place to come with friends and let loose. They have dueling pianos that have so much fun you can't help but to sing along. Be careful if it is your birthday. You will end up on the piano with them singing to you. Great place for a bachelorette party, too

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We went here when my cousin was in town. Great time. Really liked the atmosphere and crowd. Even got a date from it. We'll see bout that one. parking is kind of a hassle, but overall would recommend to my buddys.

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★★★★★

We went here when my cousin was in town. Great time. Really liked the atmosphere and crowd. Even got a date from it. We'll see bout that one. parking is kind of a hassle, but overall would recommend to my buddys.

Pros: liked the vibe

Cons: got a great date out of it

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We went to Howl at The Moon on Sunday 16th March, and had a brilliant time!
The players were really talented and gave it their all, even though they'd had a marathon session the day before for St P's Day.

Even though we were visiting from the UK, and some of the songs were completely new to us, we were still able to sing along to old classsics and rock our to some splendidly played Jovi!

Plus some of the band members and singing staff members were plenty easy on the eye for boys AND girls!

Drinks were slightly more expensive than we expected, but there were specials available on some beers.

I'd really recommend it for out of towners, only real complaint was that the dancefloor was much too small.

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★★★★★

We went to Howl at The Moon on Sunday 16th March, and had a brilliant time!
The players were really talented and gave it their all, even though they'd had a marathon session the day before for St P's Day.

Even though we were visiting from the UK, and some of the songs were completely new to us, we were still able to sing along to old classsics and rock our to some splendidly played Jovi!

Plus some of the band members and singing staff members were plenty easy on the eye for boys AND girls!

Drinks were slightly more expensive than we expected, but there were specials available on some beers.

I'd really recommend it for out of towners, only real complaint was that the dancefloor was much too small.

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This place is so much fun!! The staff is very friendly and the service is great even if they are crowded. The musicians are very talented and keep the audience involved. It gets very crowded on the weekend. You have a much better chance of getting a table if you arrive early.

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★★★★★

This place is so much fun!! The staff is very friendly and the service is great even if they are crowded. The musicians are very talented and keep the audience involved. It gets very crowded on the weekend. You have a much better chance of getting a table if you arrive early.

Pros: Upbeat and a wide variety of patrons

Cons: Can get really crowded

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Went to HATM last Thursday night about 8:30. The upper level was closed despite all the lower level tables being full. We asked an employee if we could sit in the upper level, there was 11 of us. The guy was a smartass. We stayed another five minutes. By that time there were 21 people standing waiting to sit down and they still wouldn't open the upper level When I asked to talk to a manager I was told by a waiter there was no mgr there. We went to the Red Head piano bar and was seated immediately even though it was crowded and had a great time. We will not be back at HATM

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to HATM last Thursday night about 8:30. The upper level was closed despite all the lower level tables being full. We asked an employee if we could sit in the upper level, there was 11 of us. The guy was a smartass. We stayed another five minutes. By that time there were 21 people standing waiting to sit down and they still wouldn't open the upper level When I asked to talk to a manager I was told by a waiter there was no mgr there. We went to the Red Head piano bar and was seated immediately even though it was crowded and had a great time. We will not be back at HATM

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I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant the first time my wife wanted to go to Howl. She had been here for a bachelorette party and thought I would like the place. We're not clubbers but nor do we have one foot in the grave yet. This place appeals to most all ages, from 21 to 70, although the mainstay is probably the 30 somethings. You won't feel out of place here regardless.
The evenings start slowly but build fast and by 9PM on the weekends it's pretty crowded.
By 10PM there is a long line to get in. By constantly rotating performers it never gets old and the crowds control the show with requests. We have been back many times and no two nights are exactly alike.

The entertainment.......great! They do more than just play piano and sing. Drums, guitars, everything.

The food..........well, it's bar food. Somewhat limited menu but everything is edible, burgers are very good.

The drinks.......they have them all. Priced pretty much like most other Chicago locations.

The service........as we are regulars and know are severs as they know us, it's great. It gets very crowded and you may have to attract your server once in a while, or you can head to one of the two bars.

Is this place for you???? Well, depends on what you are looking for. We look for an evening of entertainment and are pretty open to most ideas. Howl offers you the chance to get interactive or just sit back and enjoy the show. A typical 5-6 hour night for the two of us is about $130 or so.........including tip and parking. Not bad considering we're talking downtown Chicago.

The Corona couple!

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★★★★★

I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant the first time my wife wanted to go to Howl. She had been here for a bachelorette party and thought I would like the place. We're not clubbers but nor do we have one foot in the grave yet. This place appeals to most all ages, from 21 to 70, although the mainstay is probably the 30 somethings. You won't feel out of place here regardless.
The evenings start slowly but build fast and by 9PM on the weekends it's pretty crowded.
By 10PM there is a long line to get in. By constantly rotating performers it never gets old and the crowds control the show with requests. We have been back many times and no two nights are exactly alike.

The entertainment.......great! They do more than just play piano and sing. Drums, guitars, everything.

The food..........well, it's bar food. Somewhat limited menu but everything is edible, burgers are very good.

The drinks.......they have them all. Priced pretty much like most other Chicago locations.

The service........as we are regulars and know are severs as they know us, it's great. It gets very crowded and you may have to attract your server once in a while, or you can head to one of the two bars.

Is this place for you???? Well, depends on what you are looking for. We look for an evening of entertainment and are pretty open to most ideas. Howl offers you the chance to get interactive or just sit back and enjoy the show. A typical 5-6 hour night for the two of us is about $130 or so.........including tip and parking. Not bad considering we're talking downtown Chicago.

The Corona couple!

Pros: Great value for an evening of entertainment downtown.

Cons: Crowded later in the evening. Standing room only after 8 PM.

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Great place, reasonabe prices. If you want o meet a lot of bachelorettes, this is the place to go. Did I mentioned the music is great.

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★★★★☆

Great place, reasonabe prices. If you want o meet a lot of bachelorettes, this is the place to go. Did I mentioned the music is great.

Pros: other places across the street.

Cons: crowded

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Enjoyed the piano duo . Lots of great crowd interaction with the music with requests. Good service and great martinis. Spacious, but few tables so you could end up on your feet for most of the evening. But its worth it! Did not try the food. Used the valet for $10. We had friends visiting and they too had a blast here. will definitely go back here again.....

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★★★★★

Enjoyed the piano duo . Lots of great crowd interaction with the music with requests. Good service and great martinis. Spacious, but few tables so you could end up on your feet for most of the evening. But its worth it! Did not try the food. Used the valet for $10. We had friends visiting and they too had a blast here. will definitely go back here again.....

Pros: great live music, interactive crowd, a fun place,

Cons: limited number of tables....

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Does anyone who lives in Chicago even go here anymore? I used to go to Howl when I was a Freshman in college and it was touristy then. On a recent visit, I think the entire place was entirely out of towners just excited to be at an "authentic" chicago nightclub. Overpriced, Boring, Bad Music. If you want a real Chicago experience got to Hogs and Honeys.

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★★☆☆☆

Does anyone who lives in Chicago even go here anymore? I used to go to Howl when I was a Freshman in college and it was touristy then. On a recent visit, I think the entire place was entirely out of towners just excited to be at an "authentic" chicago nightclub. Overpriced, Boring, Bad Music. If you want a real Chicago experience got to Hogs and Honeys.

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This is the place to be! The music, played by request for a few bucks, is fantastic and the atmosphere is fun, fun, fun! Where else can you hear Journey and Outkst back to back? And a girl who actually plays the fiddle to "Devil Went Down To Georgia?" What more could you ask for! Good food, great drinks, hot bartenders/stage secuirty, and fantastic music. All the right ingredients for a great night! Go early to get a table, some food, and to avoid the long line later.

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★★★★★

This is the place to be! The music, played by request for a few bucks, is fantastic and the atmosphere is fun, fun, fun! Where else can you hear Journey and Outkst back to back? And a girl who actually plays the fiddle to "Devil Went Down To Georgia?" What more could you ask for! Good food, great drinks, hot bartenders/stage secuirty, and fantastic music. All the right ingredients for a great night! Go early to get a table, some food, and to avoid the long line later.

Pros: great atmosphere, good service

Cons: long line later

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Howl at the Moon is a rather large and bustling saloon which features 2 (often dueling) pianos as its major attraction. The energy level is high, and everyone has a roaring good time. The music is spectacular, and the pianists are extremely talented. You can make requests, sing along, dance, and be merry! There is a $10 cover, but is is very worth it. A night at Howl at the Moon is not quickly forgotten!

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★★★★☆

Howl at the Moon is a rather large and bustling saloon which features 2 (often dueling) pianos as its major attraction. The energy level is high, and everyone has a roaring good time. The music is spectacular, and the pianists are extremely talented. You can make requests, sing along, dance, and be merry! There is a $10 cover, but is is very worth it. A night at Howl at the Moon is not quickly forgotten!

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We had so much fun. The wait staff was vibrantly dressed and a lot of fun. Drinks were reasonably priced ($3.50 for a bottle of beer.) The pianists were awesome and very, very funny. There were customers of all ages there (from barely legal to 50 year olds) and as long as you have an open mind and the willingness to have a blast, you will have a great time. There are at times rated R happenings (swearing, sexual lyrics) but I thought they were extremely hilarious. $10 cover charge....well worth it. The bar was crowded, but thats all part of the fun!!! Coat-check was efficient and very needed!! 2-stall womens restroom was too small, but there was another restroom on another floor that I didn't visit. The lady turning on the water, providing deodorant, lotion, tic-tacs and tampons was a really great touch.

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★★★★★

We had so much fun. The wait staff was vibrantly dressed and a lot of fun. Drinks were reasonably priced ($3.50 for a bottle of beer.) The pianists were awesome and very, very funny. There were customers of all ages there (from barely legal to 50 year olds) and as long as you have an open mind and the willingness to have a blast, you will have a great time. There are at times rated R happenings (swearing, sexual lyrics) but I thought they were extremely hilarious. $10 cover charge....well worth it. The bar was crowded, but thats all part of the fun!!! Coat-check was efficient and very needed!! 2-stall womens restroom was too small, but there was another restroom on another floor that I didn't visit. The lady turning on the water, providing deodorant, lotion, tic-tacs and tampons was a really great touch.

Pros: Very fun, affordable, location

Cons: , Very busy, small restroom

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If you are looking for fun in Chicago this is a great place to go - awesome music, good looking crowd, great drinks, real good time. Happy hour, dueling pianos its got it all. I plan on going here once a month if I can, its that great!!!!!!!!!! Make sure you try their martinis-fantastic.

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★★★★★

If you are looking for fun in Chicago this is a great place to go - awesome music, good looking crowd, great drinks, real good time. Happy hour, dueling pianos its got it all. I plan on going here once a month if I can, its that great!!!!!!!!!! Make sure you try their martinis-fantastic.

Pros: great area, atmosphere, fun

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Howl at the Moon is a GREAT place to go to have a few drinks and a good laugh! They have dueling piano's; this is the focal point of the place! They usually have 2 people on the piano's that will take requests and for a little money they may actually play it for you! It can get kind of rowdy in a hilarious kind of way! When I was there the pianist's got a bachlorette up on the platform and sang her a song.. it was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.. Please don't think this is a jazz type piano bar, it is most certainly not! Again, a GREAT place to have a few drinks and a good laugh!

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★★★★★

Howl at the Moon is a GREAT place to go to have a few drinks and a good laugh! They have dueling piano's; this is the focal point of the place! They usually have 2 people on the piano's that will take requests and for a little money they may actually play it for you! It can get kind of rowdy in a hilarious kind of way! When I was there the pianist's got a bachlorette up on the platform and sang her a song.. it was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.. Please don't think this is a jazz type piano bar, it is most certainly not! Again, a GREAT place to have a few drinks and a good laugh!

Pros: entertainment

Cons: go early for seating

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This self-proclaimed "world's most dangerous rock 'n' roll dueling piano bar" brings everyone together from groups of frat boys, conventioneers and bachelorette party-goers to sing classics like "Sweet Caroline" and "Piano Man." Theā€¦

 

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