Party Earth Review With a rich history in the arts and music scene, The Flat Iron, formerly the live music venue The Blue Note, draws a dedicated community of creative patrons. The giant face of a skull immediately greets guests upon entering... ... read full review
1565 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Blue Line: Damen
M–F, Su 4pm–4am, Sa 4pm–5am
Wicker Park / Bucktown, Chicago –
With a rich history in the arts and music scene, The Flat Iron, formerly the live music venue The Blue Note, draws a dedicated community of creative patrons.
The giant face of a skull immediately greets guests upon entering – usually accompanied by the deafening sounds of Black Sabbath from the jukebox – while murals by thirteen local artists showcase everything from a zombie version of the Virgin Mary to a bouquet of eyeballs, giving The Flat Iron a distinct tattoo parlor atmosphere.
A half-bar to the right leads to an open floor, where dim lights hang over punk rockers and hipsters gathered around the pool tables and old-school arcade machines. A second larger bar adorned by a vintage cash-only register offers an eclectic variety of beers from classic favorites like Blue Moon to relatively smaller labels like The Mad Hatter, while an elevated seating area provides plenty of space for the creative clientele to chill out and observe all the art and artists cavorting below.
Quiet moments are definitely rare at The Flat Iron, a fun-loving hangout for the tattooed and pierced set looking to rock out to the jukebox, play some pool, and throw back a few whiskey shots with strangers.
Local artists, old-school punk rockers, hipsters, and singles, mid-20s to late 30s.
Digital jukebox with a selection of mainly classic rock, metal, and old-school country. Three pool tables, three arcade games, and a photo booth.
ATM on site. Bloody Mary specials Sa–Su.
Beer $2.50–$6, cocktails $5+, shots $4.
Punk rock or hipster casual: leather jackets and boots, black hoodies, ripped jeans, silver jewelry, and plaid button-downs for guys, and tank tops, leopard prints, vintage floral dresses, and occasional high heels for girls.
Around 2am on weekdays and 12:30am on weekends, after which the bar stays lively, loud, and full until 4am.
The Empty Bottle’s Bite Cafe (1035 North Western Avenue) serves classic American favorites without losing the rock music vibe.