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
2515 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton
Tu–F 6:30pm–2am, Sa 6:30pm–3am
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
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.
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.
Musicians, local band members, friends of the band, DePaul students, laid-back hipsters, young couples, and older regulars, early 20s to early 30s+.
Open Mic night on Tuesdays. Live music Wednesdays through Saturdays.
None. All-you-can-drink special includes PBR pints and select well drinks or shots. Cash only.
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.
Casual: jeans, flannel, Converse, graphic t-shirts, band gear.
Wednesdays through Saturdays for live music and Tuesdays for Open Mic.
Kingston Mines (2548 North Halsted Street) has nothing but live blues and jazz.