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
14 West Elm Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Red Line: Clark/Division
M–W, Su 8pm–4am, Th–F 7pm–4am, Sa 7pm–5am
Gold Coast, Chicago –
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.
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.
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.
None. Downstairs area closed Su–W.
Cover charge $5/F–Sa. Beer $4–$5.50, wine $4–$7, cocktails $5.50–$9.50.
Trendy to dressy: tight jeans and slinky blouses for girls, dark jeans and button-downs or pop collars for guys, cocktail dress for bachelorettes.
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.
Butch McGuire’s (20 West Division Street) is a long-running Irish pub with lots of beer and a boisterous singles scene.