Hungry Brain

Dive Bar / Pub
Hungry Brain Hungry Brain in Chicago's Roscoe Village is a funky dive bar that looks like someone's living room. No zombie apocalypse, just head to Party Earth Chicago. Chicago United States 41.939375 -87.686391
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Party Earth Review Named after the bar in the 1960s Jerry Lewis film Visit to a Small Planet, Hungry Brain is a relaxed neighborhood dive that’s as quirky as Lewis himself. Patrons enter through what looks like a derelict storefront and... ... read full review

  • Phone:

    773-709-1401

  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 8pm–2am, Sa 8pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Hungry Brain Review

The Scene

Hungry Brain in Chicago's Roscoe Village is a funky dive bar that looks like someone's living room. No zombie apocalypse, just head to Party Earth Chicago.

Named after the bar in the 1960s Jerry Lewis film Visit to a Small Planet, Hungry Brain is a relaxed neighborhood dive that’s as quirky as Lewis himself.

Patrons enter through what looks like a derelict storefront and into a large open room full of random sofas and chairs, from cracked leather davenports to plastic cafeteria stools.

A circle of plush couches sits on a worn stage near the entrance, where groups of affable hipsters sink into the cushions with their PBRs in hand and flannel shirts strategically semi-tucked so as to look accidental.

Local art, band posters, and beer paraphernalia line the pale walls, while brain sculptures and a bizarre assortment of B-movie bric-a-brac appear hastily dumped behind the bar.

Despite the bar’s incongruous design, a surprisingly good selection of craft beer coexists with the bare-bones domestics, enticing vintage-clad friends and discerning old-school rockers to pull up one of the mismatched stools to enjoy the punk and indie hits blaring from the jukebox.

Sundays see the stage make room for jazz acts and Mondays usually host a mix of open mic or comedy, but the rest of the week at the Brain looks a lot like someone’s poorly decorated living room party, full of loud conversation and louder music.

It probably won’t blow anyone’s mind, but with lots of drink and loads of grunge, Hungry Brain offers plenty to hanker for.

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Tip from Jonah:

There’s no food, but most nights you can find a tamale street vendor outside selling tamales. Tamales are probably the best brain food out there! Mmmm….BRAAAIIIINNNSSS!

  • Crowd

    Grungy hipsters, old-school rockers, groups of retro friends, art students, musicians, punks, and blue-collar Joes, 20s to early 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Revolving entertainment lineup including poetry readings, open mic, and comedy sketches on Monday nights. Live jazz most Sundays.

    Two vintage arcade machines with Pac-Man, Galaga, and Arkanoid. Retro jukebox stocked with punk, indie, and classic hits. Local art scattered on the walls.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Beer $2.50–$8+, wine $4, cocktails $4–$8+, spirits $4–$8+, shots $4–$8+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: ripped jeans, black hoodies, baseball caps, graphic t-shirts, studded belts, flannel button-downs, blouses, sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays to check out what the local artists have in store, Sundays for the jazz, or Fridays and Saturdays to hang with a large group of quickly-made friends, pound some cheap beer, dance to some punk, and repeat.

  • Close By

    The 90 Miles Cuban Café (3101 North Clybourn Avenue) is a popular casual Cuban joint that offers an array of affordable cuisine to fill up on before going to Hungry Brain.

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