Party Earth Review Named for its two separate entrances – one for the fans and one for the bands – Double Door is a simple club where music undeniably takes center stage. With its single long bar the only element that takes away from the... ... read full review
1572 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Blue Line: Damen
M–F, Su 8pm–2am, Sa 8pm–3am
Wicker Park / Bucktown, Chicago –
Named for its two separate entrances – one for the fans and one for the bands – Double Door is a simple club where music undeniably takes center stage.
With its single long bar the only element that takes away from the open wooden dance space and a standing room capacity of only five hundred, it seems incredible that the intimate venue has hosted rock legends like The Smashing Pumpkins and The Rolling Stones.
Overhead lights behind the stage reinforce the grungy underground feel, while the joint’s revolving themes might bring in leather clad rockers one night and scantily-clad ravers or fedora-wearing hipsters the next.
A spiraling staircase leads to a small balcony in the back, where first-comers snag an elevated view of the show, while premium ticket holders enjoy the prime barstool seating right behind the bar.
Yet another staircase leads down to the subfloor Dirt Room, a dark basement filled with candlelit tables, dingy chairs and sofas, and a second bar. Although second acts occasionally play in the space, it’s generally used as an area for rambunctious patrons to get away from the intensity on the ground floor while still downing shots and toasting the bands above.
Both avid fans of big stars and music enthusiasts looking to discover new sounds will find what they want at Double Door, the premier spot for great music with an underground vibe.
Varies depending on act, but mostly music loving rockers, head-bobbing hipsters, single girls, grad students, and the occasional hip-hop lovers and ravers, early 20s to mid-40s.
Live music nightly ranging from dubstep, electro, and reggae to trip-hop, classic rock and roll, and up-and-coming local indie musicians. A pull-down movie screen occasionally features movies or visuals. Photo booth. Check website for calendar of events.
Vending machine in Dirt Room. ATM on site.
Cover charge $5–$25. Beer $4–$8, wine $6/mini-bottle, mixed drinks $6.50–$9.50, shots $6–$9. Coat check $3.
Mostly hipster and rocker casual: leather jackets, frayed skinny jeans, plaid button-downs, skirts, wedges, embellished blouses, decorative scarves.
Thursdays through Sundays for big crowds and big-name shows.
The Flat Iron (1565 North Milwaukee Avenue) is a late-night bar with a similar underground vibe.