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The Best Clubs in America

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Empty Bottle in Chicago


Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
CC Image courtesy of giselle_gabrielle on Flickr
12/20

With its plain brick facade and Old Style sign hanging out front, the 20-year-old Empty Bottle looks more like a plain Chicago townie bar than the city's most consistent punk-and-indie-rock club – not to mention the free jazz, skronky pop and other out-there genres it books. Chicago promoter Andy Cirzan calls the 400-capacity club "a kind of communal space for adventurous musicians and their fans."

Capacity: 400
Website: www.emptybottle.com
Fun Fact: For nearly 20 years, Radley the cat resided at the venue. The rock & roll puss passed away in 2009.

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