Joe's Bar

Live Music Venue / Lounge / Sports Bar
Joe's Bar Located in an old warehouse on dimly-lit Weed Street, Joe's Bar is a colossal 20,000-square-foot palace of sports, live music, and private parties. Chicago United States 41.910102 -87.652305
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Party Earth Review Located in an old warehouse on dimly-lit Weed Street, Joe’s Bar is a colossal 20,000-square-foot palace of sports, live music, and private parties. Jocks and fraternity types in athletic gear sit at the long steel bar... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 5pm–midnight, F 5pm–4am, Sa 11am–5am, Su 11am–8pm

    Closes 2am M–Th, midnight Su for events/games

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Joe's Bar Review

The Scene

Located in an old warehouse on dimly-lit Weed Street, Joe's Bar is a colossal 20,000-square-foot palace of sports, live music, and private parties.

Located in an old warehouse on dimly-lit Weed Street, Joe’s Bar is a colossal 20,000-square-foot palace of sports, live music, and private parties.

Jocks and fraternity types in athletic gear sit at the long steel bar in the front room under nine monstrous flat-screens and a chaotic sea of framed jerseys and college banners, while groups of young professionals spread out to claim one of several dozen sleek wooden tables or booths that boast their own private TVs.

Just past a narrow hallway littered with concert posters is the second room, which features three full bars and a wide stage – where Rick Springfield and Rascal Flatts have been known to jam – and, of course, more TVs.

Nearly every Friday night, southerners and suburbanites in cowboy hats and flannel crowd in for live country music, while Saturdays feature local acts and cover bands playing mostly rock. But on big game nights, the normally standing-room-only performance area is set up with simple tables and chairs, while a half-dozen projection screens broadcast the Cubs, Bulls, or even the latest UFC cage match to more than a thousand screaming fans.

Wealthy sports and music-lovers might want to rent the Alley Suite, a luxury elevated VIP area with a private bar and a great view of the stage, while larger parties can reserve the nearby Red Room, a velvet-curtained space with yet another private bar.

On warm days, a 6,000-square-foot patio opens to reveal another bar and a twenty-foot projection screen dedicated to the game of the day.

Whether for music lovers or sports fans, Joe’s Bar provides prime viewing and energetic tunes in a venue so monstrous it’s sure to make the average Joe’s jaw drop.

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Tip from Lucas:

Want to see two big games in one night? More than ten satellite dishes service the TVs here, so checking in on more than one event is usually as simple as turning your head.

  • Crowd

    Sports fans and jocks, fraternity types, party girls, country music aficionados, some young professionals, and well-dressed business people for post-work drinks and private events, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    More than a hundred TVs, all tuned to sports. Live country music on most Friday nights. Live music on Saturday nights, primarily local acts and cover bands. Other live acts throughout the week. Check website for schedule.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    General bar fare, including a popular thin-crust pizza. Affiliations with several universities, including Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of Georgia, University of Oklahoma, and UCLA. Owner is a proud Steelers fan.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $3–$10. Appetizers $4–$12, burgers and sandwiches $5–$10, pizza $15–$16. Beer $3.50–$5.50, wine $5–$7, specialty cocktails $7–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual on weekdays: jeans, t-shirts, polo shirts. Slightly dressier on Friday and Saturday evenings: club attire, dark jeans and button-downs, slinky tops and heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for live music, or on any big game night for primetime sports.

  • Close By

    Sully’s House (1501 North Dayton Street) offers more college sports and a cozier Irish Pub feel.

Joe's Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Joe's Delivers What's Expected
Pat E. Feb 22, 2013
Joe's Bar, a gargantuan former warehouse parked in a nice spot right off Rt. 64, serves as a "jack of all trades" in the Chicago bar scene. It offers an eclectic mix of events, private parties, hard core sports viewing, and live music that make it a destination bar for many of Chicago's recent college graduates. The sheer size of Joe's is mind numbing- different rooms cover large expanses and hold multiple bars. Hundreds of flat screen TV's make sports omnipresent in this gargantuan building. Multiple things are often going on at the same time most nights, but the people tend to predominately be the short skirt and button down clad crowd that are reliving their recent college days. Joe's is somewhat of a country music haven for Chicago, and most Friday nights feature live country music from nationally touring, up and coming bands and artists. The quality of entertainers is surprising- the bar has hosted major stars like Eric Church and Rascal Flatts, and continues to bring in exciting young artists like the Eli Young Band and Chase Rice. These shows are Joe's claim to fame, and tend to sell out very quickly. A recent show featuring Florida-Georgia Line reportedly sold out in less than a day. So act early if you intend to get tickets to similar shows. While country certainly has a foothold on Fridays at the bar, rock and alternative live music hold down most Saturday nights. While most nights feature local cover bands like Wedding Banned, Joe's has also drawn major acts like O.A.R and Snoop Dog. Joe's is a nice hangout on weekend nights, delivering everything that is expected of them. It's menu and drinks aren't very original but they suffice, with nice deals like 1/2 price drinks on Wednesday nights.
Graduating into a Great Time
Danie A. Jan 26, 2013
I am a Senior in college and when I come home for breaks I want to make sure that I can escape the parents and have a great time. As a new member of the old enough club (newly turned 21 year olds), I make an effort to find establishments that aren't overcrowded with unattractive people who are past their prime. As a young bar hopper you want to find a place you feel comfortable and this is it! The environment is filled with extravagantly placed televisions, reasonably priced drinks, and great people. When in Chicago make sure to check this place out. It is that "college" bar away from college, but fear not you still can feel that sense of Chicago nightlife!
Stay in the city but go back to college!
Ally T. Jan 4, 2013
If you attended a big university (University of Illinois, University of Iowa etc.), and you miss the college bar scene- Joe's Bar is great place to go and reminisce the college memories. There are TV's everywhere (literally) which is fantastic to for those sports fanatics on game day. The bar is huge and the crowd is friendly. You will find many recent college grads and people under 30. They also have live entrainment some nights. I have yet to attend a live band, but I hear it gets a little too crowded regardless of the gigantic size of the bar, but what concert isn't crowded? The prices are average (unfortunately not the $1.50 Bud Lights you found at college), but still fair. Overall, if you are looking for a bar where you can wear the Bears jersey or meet up with friends and get a little rowdy, Joe's Bar is the place to go.
This place is HUGE
Christina W. Dec 8, 2012
I have never been to a bar this big. I don't even think it's fair to call it a bar. It's a CITY! There are several rooms, numerous bars, dozens of TVs the size of your living room wall, and people everywhere! It's totally insane. I think the upside to all of this is that it never feels crowded. Yes, one room might be overflowing because people are watching an important game on one of the giant TV screens or projectors. Or the big giant central room might be crammed with people hoping to enjoy a live country music concert. Or anything along those lines. But the place is so massive and filled with so many spaces that you can find a place to escape from the crowd even on the busiest of nights! It's pretty sweet. I'm not huge into the music they play at Joe's, but the TV situation is sweet. So if you are into sports, especially during those times of year when a bunch of sports/games overlap, this is the place to be. With 20+ TV screens lining the walls, you can watch multiple NFL games, baseball, and basketball all at once. It's awesome.
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