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
940 West Weed Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Red Line: North/Clybourn
M–Th 5pm–midnight, F 5pm–4am, Sa 11am–5am, Su 11am–8pm
Closes 2am M–Th, midnight Su for events/games
Old Town, Chicago –
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday and Saturday nights for live music, or on any big game night for primetime sports.
Sully’s House (1501 North Dayton Street) offers more college sports and a cozier Irish Pub feel.