Once a cat-ridden hole-in-the-wall bar in Ukrainian Village (just south of Wicker Park), Empty Bottle has transformed into a super hip hangout that happens to be a cool dive bar. they host anything from indie rock to punk to experimental jazz, with an acoustic set thrown in for good measure. This grungy place with a stage and a bar is chicago’s premier indie rock club. A place where lesser known acts on the verge of stardom can get their footing. Just look at TV on the Radio or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs who played here early in their career.
Thanks to its budget-friendly prices, lack of pretentiousness, and steadfast patrons, this bar has been anything but empty, with an abundance of successful shows under their belt.