There are plenty of Chicago blues clubs to spend a relaxing evening with friends. Here are our reviews of the best, most popular bars featuring renown and budding blues musicians.
Address: 2548 N. Halsted St.
The Kingston Mines is a Chicago blues club that has been in operation since 1968, serving the best Cajun-style menu, drinks and live rhythm and blues music. The interior has wood clad siding on the walls, televisions, lots of high top tables and plenty of memorabilia grace the remaining plaster walls. The kitchen produces excellent cuisine with a Cajun flair to the menu and preparation. The combination of food, drink and blues is a tradition followed by many people on the weekends.
The Kingston Mines also boasts two different stages for live music and is open seven evenings a week with an acoustic blues set on the weekends as well as an open jam session on Sundays. There is a ticket charge based on the performers and day of the week. Reservations are accepted and people under 21 years of age are allowed with a parent or guardian.
Address: 2519 N. Halsted St.
The Chicago B.L.U.E.S. Bar carries tons of tradition into the rhythm and blues music scene. Housed in a turn-of-the-century building with bay windows, the interior features many one-of-a-kind photographs of the legendary greats that have performed with many of the local kingpins of rhythm and blues scene. The quaint and intimate feeling is perfect for the person that wants to experience Chicago. The blues music that is generated at this venue is second-to-none in the world.
The Chicago B.L.U.E.S. Bar is a favorite for not only the long-time fan of the blues but also the occasional guest that just is looking for a great Chicago blues club and for having good time out on the Northside. The club is open nightly with live blues music starting at 9 p.m. There is a cover charge which varies based on the performers and night of the week.
Address: 3420 W. Armitage Ave.
Rosa’s Lounge is steeped in the rhythm and blues scene in Chicago with world renowned blues artists like Pinetop Perkins, Sugar Blue, and others having performed their various styles of music at this venue. Founded in 1985 by an Italian immigrant and his family, this establishment continues to bring friendly service and wonderful rhythm and blues music.
Rosa’s Lounge has a unique feel of a neighborhood bar that is welcoming to all types of rhythm and blues fans; from the novice to the most experienced. The venue is perfect for the non-touristy stop on your agenda. Age restrictions apply and this great Chicago blues club is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. and does not require a cover charge.
Address: 700 S. Wabash Ave.
Buddy Guy’s Legends is a popular Chicago blues club that can supply you with an afternoon or evening of excellent Louisiana-style Cajun food along with superb rhythm and blues music. Buddy Guy, who has been influential to such superstars as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, has created a venue that allows for the blues musician to flourish.
Buddy Guy’s Legends is open daily with live entertainment and great Cajun-style food. During the day patrons can listen to a free live acoustic set of rhythm and blues while enjoying their meal. In the evening there is a modest $10.00 to $20.00 ticket charge to enjoy some of the world’s best rhythm and blues musicians. Tickets can be purchased early or at the door. The establishment does not take reservations and table fill quickly so please arrive early.
Address: 536 N. Clark St.
The Blue Chicago neon sign glows above the entrance and once inside you will understand why this venue has been a staple of rhythm and blues in Chicago since 1985. The history of Blue Chicago blues club represents a literal who’s who in rhythm and blues with such great artists as Magic Slim, Buddy Scott and Bonnie Lee performing an electrifying blues-style at this spectacular no non-sense venue.
Blue Chicago hosts a variety of musicians and bands that have been mixing the rhythmic sounds of the South and Midwest. The venue is open seven days a week at 8 p.m. and the venue does not take reservations; seating is first come first served. There is a nightly cover charge of $8.00 per person at this Chicago blues club and admission is slightly higher on the weekends.