Party Earth Review If the name doesn’t give it away, the muffled sounds of live music mixed with the smell of pizza should clue first-time visitors in to Beat Kitchen’s double identity as a restaurant and live music venue. Serving up fresh... ... read full review
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago IL 60618
Brown Line: Paulina
M–F 4pm–2am, Sa 11:30am–3am, Su 11:30am–2am
Kitchen: opens at 4:30pm M–F
Brunch: Sa–Su 11:30am–4pm
North Center / Roscoe Village, Chicago –
If the name doesn’t give it away, the muffled sounds of live music mixed with the smell of pizza should clue first-time visitors in to Beat Kitchen’s double identity as a restaurant and live music venue.
Serving up fresh pies and lots of sandwiches and large salads, the place is a magnet for folks who aren’t even there for a concert, but instead drop by in the early evening to relax in the cozy red-walled front room that usually remains staid until about an hour before a show.
Plush black vinyl booths line the left wall under soft Christmas lights, attracting groups of proud Roscoe hipsters and indie friends who squeeze in to debate over pizza toppings and check out the daily beer specials on the chalkboard behind the bar.
A staircase beside the windows leads up to a lime-green private room that regularly hosts the Chicago Underground Comedy group on Tuesdays, and which is also available for party rental.
But the real draw is the sparse but much larger back room, where up-and-coming bands from acoustic to punk play nightly and dedicated fans pile in to the standing-room-only space with beers in hand – at least for those who are old enough.
Depending on what patrons are in the mood for, Beat Kitchen can be an intimate spot to chill with a pint, a loud place to rock out, or just a funky joint to have a few laughs – but no matter how patrons slice it, this place stirs up a walloping good time.
A varied crowd of indie music-loving hipsters, rockers, college students, Roscoe Village blue-collar Joes, chilled-out hippies, and teens for the all-ages shows, 18 to mid-40s.
Varied live music acts play almost nightly with an emphasis on rock. Pair of TVs above the bar usually tuned to movies or sports. Comedy upstairs on Tuesday nights at 9:30pm.
Menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and a few classic desserts. Brunch menu served Sa–Su may include smoked salmon wraps and French toast. Food can be ordered to go. Seasonal patio.
Brunch menu $7–$9, appetizers $2.50–$10, soups/salads $4–$13.50, sandwiches $8.50–$14, pizzas $9–$12, desserts $5.
Beer $2–$15, wine $7–$10, cocktails $4–$10, spirits $4–$10.
Casual: graphic t-shirts, flannel, leather jackets, cardigans, skirts, blouses, low heels.
Any early evening for a chill beer and some pizza, Tuesdays for comedy, or any night a band of interest is playing.
Turquoise Café Restaurant (2147 West Roscoe Street) offers a Mediterranean alternative to the largely American pub fare at Beat Kitchen.