Party Earth Review Tucked into the eastern ridge of Logan Square just a stone’s throw from the rumbling Kennedy Expressway, The Mutiny is a self-described “dive rock bar” that offers free live music, inexpensive drink specials, and frosty... ... read full review
2428 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Blue Line: Western-O’Hare
M 6pm–2am, Tu–W 7pm–2am, Th 1pm–2am, F noon–2am, Sa 4pm–3am, Su 11am–2am
Logan Square, Chicago –
Tucked into the eastern ridge of Logan Square just a stone’s throw from the rumbling Kennedy Expressway, The Mutiny is a self-described “dive rock bar” that offers free live music, inexpensive drink specials, and frosty thirty-two-ounce steins of beer.
Long nights of drinking, a few free rounds of pool, and some very loud local music bring in a crowd of punks, artsy types, and tattooed musicians, not to mention a few regulars who look like they've been at the bar since its days as a prohibition-era tavern.
Dim and fairly small, the place has a cramped cave vibe augmented by the mishmash of accents ranging from old newspaper clippings to a full-sized suit of armor, as well as by the low ceiling whose tiles are individually decorated by different artists with various styles of painting, graffiti, and graphic design to create a chaotic mural.
Once the music starts, the edgy crowd gathers around the simple stage in back to head bang to the blaring beats with beers in hand, while tattooed techies make friends with the band and chat about the latest and best sound equipment, none of which can be found here.
A dingy appearance and high decibel level make The Mutiny an authentic community spot where musicians and artists can show their stuff over a few gigantic steins of LaBatt Blue.
If you fancy yourself an artist, ask to take one of the ceiling tiles home so you can paint it and bring it back to be reinstalled for all to see. Also, after getting fully charged on a few steins of beer, head to the bathroom to see what may indeed be the largest single urinal in the world.
Musicians, music lovers, friends of the band, artsy types, tattooed punks, mustachioed hipsters, and older Logan Square regulars, mostly early 20s to mid-30s+.
Live rock, punk, and metal. Theme nights include open mic and karaoke. Jukebox with oldies, punk, metal, local bands, and 80s rock hits. TVs. Free pool table, three dart boards, and a pinball machine.
None. No music cover charge.
Beer $3–$7, wine $5, cocktails $4–$8.
Casual: skinny jeans, flannel, graphic t-shirts, punk jewelry, tattoos, lots of black.
Friday and Saturday nights for the busiest scene, though the crowd mostly depends on the band.
Quenchers Saloon (2401 North Western Avenue) offers different events nightly and over three hundred varieties of beer.