Chicago >Arts & Entertainment > Howl At The Moon
26 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.890204 -87.629173
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
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Bad Experience – Went to HATM last Thursday night about 8:30. The upper level was closed despite all the lower level tables being full. We asked an employee if we could sit in the upper level, there was 11 of us. The guy was a smartass. We stayed another five minutes. By that time there were 21 people standing waiting to sit down and they still wouldn't open the upper level When I asked to talk to a manager I was told by a waiter there was no mgr there. We went to the Red Head piano bar and was seated immediately even though it was crowded and had a great time. We will not be back at HATM
One howl of a good time! – I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant the first time my wife wanted to go to Howl. She had been here for a bachelorette party and thought I would like the place. We're not clubbers but nor do we have one foot in the grave yet. This place appeals to most all ages, from 21 to 70, although the mainstay is probably the 30 somethings. You won't feel out of place here regardless.
The evenings start slowly but build fast and by 9PM on the weekends it's pretty crowded.
By 10PM there is a long line to get in. By constantly rotating performers it never gets old and the crowds control the show with requests. We have been back many times and no two nights are exactly alike.
The entertainment.......great! They do more than just play piano and sing. Drums, guitars, everything.
The food..........well, it's bar food. Somewhat limited menu but everything is edible, burgers are very good.
The drinks.......they have them all. Priced pretty much like most other Chicago locations.
The service........as we are regulars and know are severs as they know us, it's great. It gets very crowded and you may have to attract your server once in a while, or you can head to one of the two bars.
Is this place for you???? Well, depends on what you are looking for. We look for an evening of entertainment and are pretty open to most ideas. Howl offers you the chance to get interactive or just sit back and enjoy the show. A typical 5-6 hour night for the two of us is about $130 or so.........including tip and parking. Not bad considering we're talking downtown Chicago.
The Corona couple!
The place to meet people – Great place, reasonabe prices. If you want o meet a lot of bachelorettes, this is the place to go. Did I mentioned the music is great.
Awesome music, staff, atmosphere... smoke free too! – Enjoyed the piano duo . Lots of great crowd interaction with the music with requests. Good service and great martinis. Spacious, but few tables so you could end up on your feet for most of the evening. But its worth it! Did not try the food. Used the valet for $10. We had friends visiting and they too had a blast here. will definitely go back here again.....
TOURIST TRAP! – Does anyone who lives in Chicago even go here anymore? I used to go to Howl when I was a Freshman in college and it was touristy then. On a recent visit, I think the entire place was entirely out of towners just excited to be at an "authentic" chicago nightclub. Overpriced, Boring, Bad Music. If you want a real Chicago experience got to Hogs and Honeys.
A great time had by all! – This is the place to be! The music, played by request for a few bucks, is fantastic and the atmosphere is fun, fun, fun! Where else can you hear Journey and Outkst back to back? And a girl who actually plays the fiddle to "Devil Went Down To Georgia?" What more could you ask for! Good food, great drinks, hot bartenders/stage secuirty, and fantastic music. All the right ingredients for a great night! Go early to get a table, some food, and to avoid the long line later.
Dueling pianos with a raucous sing-along amp up the all-night party at this River North watering hole. – This self-proclaimed "world's most dangerous rock 'n' roll dueling piano bar" brings everyone together from groups of frat boys, conventioneers and bachelorette party-goers to sing classics like "Sweet Caroline" and "Piano Man." The singing is the draw but it's the cheap bar food like gooey potato skins and eight-ounce angus burgers as well as the Howl Buckets--86 ounces of alcoholic anticipation--that keep the spirits lively. The big, open space hosts piano shows throughout the night based on audience requests. Participation is not only requested; it's required.
Fun, Fun, Fun – We had so much fun. The wait staff was vibrantly dressed and a lot of fun. Drinks were reasonably priced ($3.50 for a bottle of beer.) The pianists were awesome and very, very funny. There were customers of all ages there (from barely legal to 50 year olds) and as long as you have an open mind and the willingness to have a blast, you will have a great time. There are at times rated R happenings (swearing, sexual lyrics) but I thought they were extremely hilarious. $10 cover charge....well worth it. The bar was crowded, but thats all part of the fun!!! Coat-check was efficient and very needed!! 2-stall womens restroom was too small, but there was another restroom on another floor that I didn't visit. The lady turning on the water, providing deodorant, lotion, tic-tacs and tampons was a really great touch.
AWESOME TIME – If you are looking for fun in Chicago this is a great place to go - awesome music, good looking crowd, great drinks, real good time. Happy hour, dueling pianos its got it all. I plan on going here once a month if I can, its that great!!!!!!!!!! Make sure you try their martinis-fantastic.
howl with laughter – Howl at the Moon is a GREAT place to go to have a few drinks and a good laugh! They have dueling piano's; this is the focal point of the place! They usually have 2 people on the piano's that will take requests and for a little money they may actually play it for you! It can get kind of rowdy in a hilarious kind of way! When I was there the pianist's got a bachlorette up on the platform and sang her a song.. it was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.. Please don't think this is a jazz type piano bar, it is most certainly not! Again, a GREAT place to have a few drinks and a good laugh!
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