The Mutiny

Dive Bar / Live Music Venue
The Mutiny "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..." Chicago United States 41.9258182 -87.6879178
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The Mutiny - Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago.
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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

  • Hours:

    M 6pm–2am, Tu–W 7pm–2am, Th 1pm–2am, F noon–2am, Sa 4pm–3am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Mutiny Review

The Scene

"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..."

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

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.

  • Crowd

    Musicians, music lovers, friends of the band, artsy types, tattooed punks, mustachioed hipsters, and older Logan Square regulars, mostly early 20s to mid-30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None. No music cover charge.

  • Prices

    Beer $3–$7, wine $5, cocktails $4–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: skinny jeans, flannel, graphic t-shirts, punk jewelry, tattoos, lots of black.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the busiest scene, though the crowd mostly depends on the band.

  • Close By

    Quenchers Saloon (2401 North Western Avenue) offers different events nightly and over three hundred varieties of beer.

The Mutiny User Reviews

Average rating:
A proper punk show at a dive
Craig B. Dec 12, 2012
A big honking tankard of cheap beer in hand (you always forget how big 32 ounces is until you have to cart it around with you), I hung out at the far end of the bar and watched as the band brought their gear through the front door. It was plenty dark and they ran into plenty of things and people, me included. They almost toppled the suit of armor. Awesome. Anyway, after a few minutes of these raucous punks beating the bejesus out of their instruments, my girlfriend tapped me on the shoulder to leave and I was forced to chug the better part of my stein. The bartender nodded her head in approval at me, and much to my chagrin we left. This isn’t a place to take a date and her parents. Whoops.
Strange bar
Christina W. Dec 11, 2012
This was a very bizarre spot. I don't think I was quite prepared for it the first time I visited, which is too bad, probably. It seemed like it had the potential to be really cool, but I don't think I was in the right frame of mind. The shows are pretty much exclusively hard rock and metal, mostly featuring up and coming local acts (so in some cases, really bad music). It is incredibly loud once the music starts, so you can't even talk to the person next to you without screaming. Upside is the pool tables and hilarious art, photos, and graffiti all over the walls. Also they have a ton of dart boards, and the tiles in the ceiling are all painted by individual artists, creating a really awesome mural across the ceiling of the bar. That was pretty sweet, I have to admit.
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