Chicago’s Best Punk Bars

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.

Cobra Lounge

via Flickr user Christopher Paulin

via Flickr user Christopher Paulin

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.

You can find Cobra Lounge at 235 N Ashland Ave.

Liar’s Club

via Flickr user Angie Linder

via Flickr user Angie Linder

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.

You can find Liar’s Club at 1665 W Fullerton Ave.

Exit

via Flickr user Michael Kappel

via Flickr user Michael Kappel

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.

You can find Exit at 1315 W North Ave.

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