The Hangge-Uppe

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The Hangge-Uppe "Marked by a sign with the image of a happy man hugging records and a tagline promising ""the most fun you won't remember,"" The Hangge Uppe has been a prime Gold Coast spot for drinking, dancing – and more drinking – since..." Chicago United States 41.90327 -87.629214
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Party Earth Review Marked by a sign with the image of a happy man hugging records and a tagline promising “the most fun you won’t remember,” The Hangge Uppe has been a prime Gold Coast spot for drinking, dancing – and more drinking – since... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 8pm–4am, Th–F 7pm–4am, Sa 7pm–5am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Hangge-Uppe Review

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"Marked by a sign with the image of a happy man hugging records and a tagline promising ""the most fun you won't remember,"" The Hangge Uppe has been a prime Gold Coast spot for drinking, dancing – and more drinking – since..."

Marked by a sign with the image of a happy man hugging records and a tagline promising “the most fun you won’t remember,” The Hangge Uppe has been a prime Gold Coast spot for drinking, dancing – and more drinking – since 1973.

A few stumbling steps from the wild bar scene of Division Street, the mostly 80s-themed bi-level club draws young professionals looking to let loose and already-blitzed sorority types ready to dance the night away on three separate dance floors.

Bachelorette parties often take the run of the place by ten o’clock on Saturday nights, and come midnight the club is teeming with young ladies looking for rug-shaking partners, as well as gaggles of females content to ignore the pining bachelors in favor of dancing it up in middle school-style circles.

A younger crowd heads to the upstairs room to groove to Top 40 on the smaller dance floor, while slightly older patrons head down a flight of stairs marked by a “Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven” sign and into a maze of rooms dressed in kitschy 80s art and hanging old-school toys.

As dolled-up drunk ladies sway to the music and weave their way between floors, fraternity types crowd around the four thatch-roof tiki bars, eager to down another round or buy a girly cocktail to impress a new female friend.

Packed to the rafters with soused party hounds until the wee hours, The Hangge Uppe is a prime spot for tipsy girls in a dancing mood and barhopping guys looking for a hearty dose of liquid courage.

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Tip from Emma:

If you want to spend the night dancing without the barhopping beforehand, then head to The Hangge Uppe before 11pm to avoid the long lines and heavy crowds inside.

  • Crowd

    Trendy but laid-back clubbers, young professionals, and bachelorette parties; primarily ladies before midnight, with guys showing up later on, mostly late 20s to early 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Top 40 upstairs, playlist of 80s, early 90s, and some contemporary pop/rock mixed with remixed 50s hits downstairs. TVs tuned to music videos, sports, or live feeds of the dance floors.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None. Downstairs area closed Su–W.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5/F–Sa. Beer $4–$5.50, wine $4–$7, cocktails $5.50–$9.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy to dressy: tight jeans and slinky blouses for girls, dark jeans and button-downs or pop collars for guys, cocktail dress for bachelorettes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays for a wild crowd and 80s music, though there’s a twenty- to fifty-minute wait later in the evening on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Close By

    Butch McGuire’s (20 West Division Street) is a long-running Irish pub with lots of beer and a boisterous singles scene.

The Hangge-Uppe User Reviews

Average rating:
LOVE it!!
Craig P. Apr 29, 2013
If you're uptight, get offended easily, or just generally don't like to have fun, then ignore this place... it's not your scene. But if you like to put back a few and dance the night away with a fun crowd... this is the place! Unique atmosphere and pretty cheap drinks relative to its location make this a must-see hot spot in Chicago!
Love it or hate it
Maria S. Mar 25, 2013
This is one of these places that has a reputation. Good or bad is for you to decide. Varied theme bars accompany top 40 music and various dance floors. It can get pretty crowded later at night so if you're looking to beat the lines, pre-11pm is probably your best bet. Most people either love or hate this place.
Great music, but weird people
Christina W. Dec 10, 2012
This place is a bit weird. I like it because it is a sort of “retro-themed” dance club, and I really like dancing. And they play fun music, not that crappy pop and techno that you hear at your average dance club. Instead they play popular 80s and 90s hits, music you can sing to and get your groove on. But…it’s a bit seedy. There were a bunch of bachelorette parties going on the night I went, and a lot of the clientele was a bit older than I anticipated. It seemed like a spot where older females go to look for a hookup, so I wasn’t completely comfortable. But the music was definitely great and it’s a good spot for dancing, so if you go with a big group of ladies you’ll probably have a good time.
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