Lilly's Bar

Bar / Live Music Venue
Lilly's Bar Located just a few blocks north of the busy Fullerton/Lincoln/Halsted intersection, Lilly's Bar is regularly deluged by nearby DePaul students and casual hipsters eager for cheap all-you-can-drink deals and live music. Chicago United States 41.9276493187235 -87.6518654823303
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Party Earth Review Located just a few blocks north of the busy Fullerton/Lincoln/Halsted intersection, Lilly’s Bar is regularly deluged by nearby DePaul students and casual hipsters eager for cheap all-you-can-drink deals and live music... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton

  • Phone:

    773-529-1600

  • Hours:

    Tu–F 6:30pm–2am, Sa 6:30pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Lilly's Bar Review

The Scene

Located just a few blocks north of the busy Fullerton/Lincoln/Halsted intersection, Lilly's Bar is regularly deluged by nearby DePaul students and casual hipsters eager for cheap all-you-can-drink deals and live music.

Located just a few blocks north of the busy Fullerton/Lincoln/Halsted intersection, Lilly’s Bar is regularly deluged by nearby DePaul students and casual hipsters eager for cheap all-you-can-drink deals and live music.

Low green stucco archways, uneven brick floors, and scattered antique wrought iron furniture give the dark and winding space an underground vibe, perfect for the student musicians and singers who take the stage for Open Mic jam sessions or to pump their fists to the beats of local bands.

Although a balcony offers a partial view of the stage, the dim and intimate space is more popular as a chill hangout for groups of friends and as a make-out spot for the young couples who cozy up on the couches.

While the venue draws a good crowd just about any night, weekends often see a packed house and the occasional sighting of Lilly herself, instantly recognizable by her flaming red hair.

As partiers clamor for attention at the bar, savvy regulars and band friends avoid the masses and a second trip to the bar by grabbing a personal pitcher of brew and settling in for the rest of the night.

Known for its quirky and exuberant charm and outgoing clientele, Lilly’s Bar promises an energetic evening of great music and great company.

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Tip from Jonah:

Unless you want to watch the show four inches from the performers, arrive early and grab a spot on the couches upstairs. And if you’re a burgeoning singer yourself, head over on Tuesday for Open Mic – there’s no cover charge, and the crowd has a reputation for making even the shyest wannabe rock star feel good about letting loose.

  • Crowd

    Musicians, local band members, friends of the band, DePaul students, laid-back hipsters, young couples, and older regulars, early 20s to early 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Open Mic night on Tuesdays. Live music Wednesdays through Saturdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None. All-you-can-drink special includes PBR pints and select well drinks or shots. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $2–$7. Beer $3–$6.50, wine $6, cocktails $5–$6.50, shots $3–$6, All-you-can-drink PBRs and select well drinks $25.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, flannel, Converse, graphic t-shirts, band gear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesdays through Saturdays for live music and Tuesdays for Open Mic.

  • Close By

    Kingston Mines (2548 North Halsted Street) has nothing but live blues and jazz.

Lilly's Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Cheap Drinks, Friendly Patrons, Fun Atmosphere
Sarah L. May 13, 2013
I had no expectations of Lilly's Bar, but i figured I'd give it a shot. It wasn't even on my radar until my friend's band was to perform there. Wow, mind blown! It has such a creepy atmosphere, but it's so much fun. It's very dark and unique. I went to Lilly's on a Saturday night. My friends and I sat at a table that had sharpie scribblings on it, which gave the bar such a humble, homey feeling. I have visited Lilly's over several weekends to see other live performances. If you come to Lilly's during the week, you won't find live music necessarily, but you'll be watching open mic night, which is always interesting. I highly recommend Lilly's. The staff and bar-goers are very friendly and enjoy engaging in conversations with those they do not know. Never a dull moment at this bar.
Chill bar for chill people to chill
Craig B. Dec 10, 2012
I went to Lilly's Bar thinking it would be a hangout for DePaul students, and though there were certainly some students who came in, it seemed like it was more of a neighborhood kind of a place. Open mic nights are really cool, non-judgmental, and actually sound pretty decent. Another time I went, I accidentally wandered into the green room upstairs while looking for the bathroom, but nobody seemed to care. It's just an incredibly cool easy going place and nobody there is putting on airs. Lilly's Bar is a great neighborhood spot that I wish I had lived closer to while I was still in Chicago. I highly recommend it for a low key evening of drinks with strangers.
Really comfortable
Christina W. Dec 9, 2012
I love this place. I have only been once, but I was lucky enough to go on Tuesday, which is open mic night. I was lucky enough to see some really cool performances by up and coming local acts. From the shy solo artist who was still really unsure of himself, to the 3-piece alternative band who was hoping for just a tad of recognition, to the 65-year-old bald man who just wanted to play his guitar and sing in front of an audience, it was the most comfortable and not-awkward open mic I have ever experienced. On top of all that, the place is ridiculous looking. I have no concept of what it might have been previously, but it looks like it's trying to be a kind of haunted house. There are tons of low archways, weird old furtniture, and an awkward balcony overlooking the stage that makes you feel a bit like a voyeur. But even with all of that, I love it. It's unique. funky, and everyone who goes there is laid-back and open to new things.
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