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.
Courtesy of Consequence of Sound‘s Rock It Out! Backstage. Filmed by Alec Basse & Tom Orr. Produced & edited by Sami Jarroush.
August 3, 2015 @ 9:00 pmFree Monday
September 2, 2015 @ 9:00 pm$8 (advance), $10
July 11, 2015 @ 9:00 pm$5.00
August 22, 2015 @ 9:00 pm$10.00
July 25, 2015 @ 4:30 pmFree
October 22, 2015 @ 9:00 pm$10.00
August 28, 2015 @ 9:00 pm$10 (advance), $12
August 11, 2015 @ 9:00 pm$5.00
July 20, 2015 @ 9:00 pmFree Monday
August 6, 2015 @ 7:00 pmAll Ages; $12 (advance), $15
- New couch + rug. http://t.co/Xap5Khw4Rv http://t.co/Sm2JRLrQQB about 17 hours ago
- FOUNTAINSUN featuring Daniel Higgs and Fumie Ishii putting a cap on another magical 'Beyon… http://t.co/MoNhhWXlMq http://t.co/L6UDlwkD2B 09:30:45 PM July 02, 2015
- WREKMEISTER HARMONIES performing as an 11 piece and playing a song from the forthcoming re… http://t.co/ctr4eZNCCh http://t.co/s1vvb5rile 08:28:18 PM July 02, 2015
- HIDE performing the brightest set of their lives and starting off our annual full moon Sum… http://t.co/Co31NGexLZ http://t.co/bYqXjlzwNW 07:20:57 PM July 02, 2015
Empty Bottle BOOK
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