Party Earth Review Lurking on the edge of the affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood, Liar’s Club draws tattooed and pierced patrons into its dark world of leather-padded walls and blaring 80s metal. Local punks, gritty hipsters, and plenty... ... read full review
1665 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton
M–F, Su 8pm–2am, Sa 8pm–3am
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
Lurking on the edge of the affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood, Liar’s Club draws tattooed and pierced patrons into its dark world of leather-padded walls and blaring 80s metal.
Local punks, gritty hipsters, and plenty of yuppies looking to relive their glory days gather at the glowing mirror-backed bar with $2 PBRs in hand, nodding to guitar riffs that echo incessantly throughout the venue.
Across from the bar, beneath padded walls lit by dark crimson lamps, a few tables offer space for the magnificently mustached regulars to take shots with one another and cheer on their pals checking their skills on the pair of arcade games.
Further down, past portraits of the band members from KISS – the owner is a devout fan – lies an open dance space fitted with a disco ball, while a small elevated area plays host to occasional up-and-coming bands and regular weekend DJs who pump out punk favorites with a little hip-hop and dance mixed in.
The photo booth gets avid use once the beers start flowing, and the consumption of alcohol also inspires rockers to ruminate about the ghost of a woman butchered in the building many years ago.
Don’t worry – it happened long before the space became Liar’s Club.
…or did it?
Combining rock and punk with cheap drinks and poltergeists, Liar’s Club is the true alternative party in Lincoln Park.
Old-school rockers, punks, hipsters, rock junkies, camouflaged yuppies, rowdy college kids, and KISS courters, 20s to mid-40s.
Occasional up-and-coming punk, rock, and cover bands. Regular weekend DJs tend to stick to the punk and rock genre, with some purposefully ironic 80s hits and hip-hop mixed in. Loud ambient music in a similar vein all other times.
Photo booth. Couple of TVs that are seldom on but usually tuned to KISS videos, cult classics, or vintage porn. Arcade games.
No food. Cigarette machine on premises. Cash only. ATM on site.
Occasional cover charge $5. Beer $2–$6, wine $5, shots $5, mixed drinks $5–$6, spirits $5–$6.
Casual grunge: jeans, flip-flops, shorts, sneakers, tank tops, studded belts, leather jackets, t-shirts, mini-skirts, boots.
Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm for the rowdiest crowd dancing their leather-hugged butts off to a DJ.
Lincoln Park’s Noodle House (2428 North Ashland Avenue) offers affordable BYOB Asian cuisine to fill up on before KISS-ing the night away.