In 1992 the Empty Bottle started out as a cat-ridden hole-in-the-wall bar in Ukrainian Village (just south of Wicker Park) where you could get any one of nine beers for a buck-fifty or less, play pool for 50 cents, and find everything from Monster Magnet to Bill Monroe on the jukebox. On Halloween of 1993, we moved two blocks up the street and threw open the doors to our new, sound-equipped, slightly larger hole with three nights of great shows, culminating with a SCRAWL performance that could have been a scene out of “Carrie.” We’ve done a bunch of shows since then; in fact, we’ve been anything but empty these last 20 or so years, thanks to the same low prices, lack of attitude, and dedicated regulars that made the original bar such a success.

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Rated 4.70/5

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Music 7 days a week. Everything from Anti-pop Consortium to Trans Am, the indie-rock, electronic, experimental, jazz; post-this and pre-that.


Back corner by the piano, best place to sit at the Empty Bottle if you've spent more than ten years hanging out at the Empty Bottle (Best of Chicago 2010)


This is Chicago’s premier indie rock club, hosting cutting-edge bands from home and abroad. “Cheap Sundays” and free Mondays remove the financial risk from gambling on an unknown bill.


This is Chicago’s premier indie rock club, hosting cutting-edge bands from home and abroad. “Cheap Sundays” and free Mondays remove the financial risk from gambling on an unknown bill. -ASK


Check out their free shows on Mondays. They always have cheap beer and beer&shot combos.

Jon

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Most Popular Check-in Times

DaysPopular Time
Tue7:00 PM–11:00 PM
Mon8:00 PM–Midnight
SunNoon–1:00 PM
Sat6:00 PM–1:00 AM
Fri4:00 PM–Midnight
Thu7:00 PM–11:00 PM

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