Delilah's

Bar / Whiskey Bar
Delilah's With over four hundred types of whiskey, one hundred brands of beer, and a jam-packed roster of events every night of the week, Delilah's keeps both the drinks and the DJ tracks flowing 365 days a year. Chicago United States 41.932241 -87.6581463
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Party Earth Review With over four hundred types of whiskey, one hundred brands of beer, and a jam-packed roster of events every night of the week, Delilah’s keeps both the drinks and the DJ tracks flowing 365 days a year. Once past the... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express Lines: Diversey

  • Phone:

    773-472-2771

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 4pm–2am, Sa 4pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Delilah's Review

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With over four hundred types of whiskey, one hundred brands of beer, and a jam-packed roster of events every night of the week, Delilah's keeps both the drinks and the DJ tracks flowing 365 days a year.

With over four hundred types of whiskey, one hundred brands of beer, and a jam-packed roster of events every night of the week, Delilah’s keeps both the drinks and the DJ tracks flowing 365 days a year.

Once past the image of the evil queen out front, the collection of goth kids, leather-clad bikers, and even a few local preppies find themselves in a dimly-lit space decked out in eclectic local art, faded vinyl booths, and a few high tables and ripped stools where whiskey and beer lovers settle in for a few rounds.

On most nights, DJs spinning a mix of punk, reggae, and metal bring in a dedicated theme-seeking crowd, while movie screenings three nights a week and the monthly Mods vs. Rockers Motorcycle and Scooter gathering draw diverse crowds of film buffs, hipsters, and bikers.

A small room with its own bar on the second floor continues the local art theme, together with a pool table for the rockabillies to rack their balls on. Beer and whiskey tastings throughout the year are also hugely popular, as passionate fans flock in to sample the extensive selection.

A true neighborhood joint, Delilah’s is dedicated to well-curated drinks and a “Well, come on in” attitude.

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Tip from Jonah:

For a party or even just a big group, look into renting the second floor. Rental fees start at only $10 per person for two hours and include some great drink packages.

  • Crowd

    Whiskey and beer connoisseurs, punks, goths, rockabillies, bikers, hipsters, and local young professionals, mid-20s to mid-30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spinning mostly punk, reggae, and rock. Three TVs. Movie screenings Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Jukebox. Pool table. Pinball machine. Many special events throughout the month. Check website for schedule.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Beer $2–$40, wine $6–$10, whiskey $2–$60. Pool $1/game, free on Mondays. Party space rental from $50/hour, includes full use of upstairs room.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: punk, rockabilly, goth, biker jackets, sports jerseys, sweatpants, work attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays for punk music, Saturdays and Sundays for grindhouse and horror flicks, and Fridays for the rowdiest crowd.

  • Close By

    Paddy Long’s (1028 West Diversey) specializes in pairing its weighty beer menu with bacon.

Delilah's User Reviews

Average rating:
Slinging whiskey with tattoos
Dave B. Apr 4, 2013
Despite the night of the week, Delilah's has something happening that will surely peak your interest. With its rockabilly vibe and walls blanketed with the king of rock himself, this little speakeasy located off North Lincoln Avenue will make you feel right at home. Offering over 400 different types of whiskeys and over 100 beers, with constant drink specials, you’re sure to have an interesting night with out breaking the bank. If you fancy yourself a music aficionado, then the eclectic mixes that the DJs spin throughout the week will have you running to the record store the next morning to pick up some new vinyl−if you can remember the name of the band. Even if you’re not looking for new bands, the second floor hosts a pool table and bar, allowing you to simply enjoy the company that you came with and hopefully meet some new like-minded people. Delilah’s is simply one of those Chicago bars that you have to experience once, and if you do, you are certainly coming back.
RAWK!
Brinda G. Dec 7, 2012
Delilah’s has something going on every night, and there are always fantastic characters in attendance. But, even though it’s welcoming to misfits, it’s not like there’s a scratching-record sound when yuppie types like me walk in…everyone’s cool here. The music is all across the board (punk, metal, rockabilly, etc.) and all of it is good enough for any music snob. I’m not a whiskey fan, but if I were, this place would be my temple. It seems like everyone knows the owner, which speaks a lot for the friendly, inclusive feel of the bar. Bonus: it’s in yuppieville, so it’s an easy oasis for when faux –Irish sports bars aren’t cutting it.
Great place to watch Sunday Buffalo Bills games!
Maggie S. Sep 16, 2012
I loved it here. I just moved to Chicago and grew up in Buffalo and found an instant family here! Bartender Jonah was so nice - when he's not bartending he promotes comedy shows and we had a lot to talk about. There are $3 Labatt Blues (reminds me of home!) and I had a yummy draft IPA. The decor is fun. I liked the hot alien chick with perky nipples getting felt up by the rooster. And the one-eyed business guy art was cool too. There is a downstairs that is a bit rowdier for watching the games, but if you want to get a seat and watch the game on a nice clear big screen TV (I hear it's a new addition), then go upstairs. Everyone is really cool. The bathroom is clean. Some guy bought me a shot of SoCo and lime, and what more could you ask for. The Bills even won so the vibe was super happy. You should def check this place out.
Dive (bar) into the whiskey!
Jayson M. Aug 22, 2012
This is where you go after a girl breaks your heart. Where you sidle up to a biker nursing a single malt and say, “I’ll have five of whatever he is having,” and then buy him one too because you know you’re about to tell him about the girl who crushed your soul and you want him to tell you it’s okay. It’s a welcoming spot to all so long as you don’t behave like a tool, though you probably won’t see any popped collars here unless they are being displayed ironically. Five breakups has this bar seen me through, yet I have barely dented all the whiskey on hand. Ron, I hope you always man the door. Ashley, I’m friggin in love with you, Madame bartender, marry me. We’ll hold the ceremony upstairs.
So much whiskey for an eclectic crowd
Chris M. Aug 21, 2012
Delilah's is a great neighborhood bar, I used to live right in the neighborhood and it was a great spot to spend the whole night or to stop in at before or after the rest of the night for a little whiskey and some pool. The whiskey selection is huge and I barely made a dent in it but suffice to say you will find all sorts. I really enjoy the smaller upstairs room which has a small bar and a pool table and is often less crowded, especially during the week. The events calendar at Delilah's is absurd with all sorts of tastings, viewings, Premier League soccer watching, and DJ's leaning punk, rock, and alt-country. Something is happening most every night and usually something different than your average bar. The crowd at Delilah's includes the punk, grunge, rocker types, some hipsters, some country-types, whiskey lovers of all types, neighborhood regulars and a bunch of others. So even though they position themselves as a "punk rock'n'roll bar" it is welcoming to just about anyone.
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