Chicago’s punk bars span the scene, from hardcore divey grunge to more refined edginess. There are a few things that are constant in our favorites–the amazing music, the lively crowds, and the endless fun.
This place is edgy yet cool with pops of red and black, two high gloss bars, and mosaic walls. Prices are awesome, with nightly drinks specials of all kinds, and the music is always bumping, whether there’s a live performance, a DJ set, or just the jukebox. We love that they serve food to fuel your night.
When you’re looking for a night out like no other, this is the place to be. It’s rumored to be haunted, but don’t let that stop you from dancing with fun Chicagoans of all kinds, from leather-enthusiasts to yuppies. Be prepared to get rowdy at these two floors of fun, flanked with KISS paraphernalia and red velvet.
Opened in 1981, Exit has been a favorite ever since. With amazing local bands and topnotch DJs, there’s always something happening here. The beer list is well-rounded, with both high-quality selections for those willing to shell out a little extra and great deals for those of us on a budget. Two floors have a ton going on, with live music and burlesque.