Party Earth Review A hipster haven in Lincoln Park, aliveOne draws fans with its all-live music jukebox, regular band and DJ nights, and a rotation of specials that keep the microbrew-centric taps within easy monetary reach. Tuesday... ... read full review
2683 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Brown, Purple Express Lines: Diversey
M–F, Su 5pm–2am, Sa 5pm–3am
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
A hipster haven in Lincoln Park, aliveOne draws fans with its all-live music jukebox, regular band and DJ nights, and a rotation of specials that keep the microbrew-centric taps within easy monetary reach.
Tuesday’s $2 craft night alone entices a varied mix of beer lovers, when even a few scattered dudes in polos can be spotted along the two-tops lining one side of the narrow room, or on stools tucked against the velvet-curtained front windows.
Stacks of concert bootleg CDs line the shelves next to big photos of classic rock artists and portraits of the likes of Marley and Lennon, while above the bar a trippy American flag shimmers with golden fabric.
Past the lone pool table, a back room fills with dreadlocked music lovers and lumberjack lookalikes who keep their whistles wet at the smaller second bar as they take in the DJs spinning soul and old-school hip-hop, the regular funk-fusion band, or the special performances, like bluegrass, that pop in once or twice a month.
As in much of Lincoln Park, a rowdier crowd of barhoppers regularly crashes in on the weekends, but with its varied shows and specials, any night at aliveOne promises lots of fun(k).
Beer lovers of every stripe early in the evening, artsy types, album bootleggers, live music lovers, and funky DePaul and Columbia students later on, and a rowdier collegiate set on the weekends, 20s to late 30s.
Live bands most Wednesdays and Thursdays. DJs spin soul on Tuesdays and usually a collection of funk and old-school hip-hop on the weekends. All-live jukebox packed with classic rock and country. Pool table. Couple TVs playing concert DVDs and the occasional big game.
No food, but outside grub welcome. Several party packages for renting the back room available any night (25-30 person minimum).
No cover charge. Beer $3–$5, wine $6, cocktails $5.50–$7.50. Pool $1/game.
Hipster casual: plaid shirts, jeans, button-downs, graphic t-shirts, sundresses, fitted sweaters.
Tuesdays to get in on the $2 craft pint special, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the live band, or Fridays and Saturdays for a packed house and different music in the front (rock) and back (DJ-driven soul and hip-hop).
Jake’s Pub (2932 North Clark Street) is a cozy neighborhood dive with a much larger beer selection, a well-worn pool table, and its own solidly stocked jukebox.