Funky Buddha Lounge

(312) 666-1695 | View Website

728 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions   60610

41.899300 -87.636400

Open Hours

Sunday To Friday From 09:00 PM To 02:00 AM Saturday From 09:00 PM To 03:00 AM

 
Bars & Pubs, Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs  more

More Categories: Nightclubs, Singles Bars, Restaurants, Adult Entertainers

Bar & Club Special Features: After Hours, DJ, Romantic Nightlife

Tags: Celeb Hangout

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central

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Funky Buddha Lounge
Funky Buddha Lounge

Special Offers

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    Mention Citysearch and get in free

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    There is no cover before 11pm on Thursday through Saturday if you mention Citysearch(excluding special event nights).

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    Mention Citysearch and get in free

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    There is no cover before 11pm on Thursday through Saturday if you mention Citysearch(excluding special event nights).

Reviews for Funky Buddha Lounge

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Rude and Discriminatory Door man – I was there on a Friday for a birthday party. I am a smoker (I know, currently socially unacceptable, but I am). I and part of the party went out for a cigarette. First the door man yelled at us, he even waved his finger in my face like I was a disciplined child. Then he told us that it would be the last time he let us out for the rest of the night. He said if we went out again we would have to pay to get back into the club (which I found to be ridiculous). On our way back in, he stepped into me pushing me into the girl taking money. I found this to be quite disturbing as I had done and said nothing to warrant this physical aggression. When I left one of the people in the group left at the same time. We had a cigarette together and a group of people came out for a cigarette. They had been outside at the same time as we were earlier and I asked them if they would have to pay to get back in. They told me the door man told them it wasn't a problem and they could come and go as they wanted. My problem with this is that they were of the same race as the door man. If they have a policy on allowing people in and out of the club, first it should be advertised, second it should be enforced equally. As you have probably guessed, I am not of the same race as the door man, and this seemed to be blatant discrimination. I've never been to a place where this type of behavior was accepted. Aside from the horrible treatment I received from the door man it was also clear that he wasn't enforcing the dress code equally. While we were in line he turned away a man (not of his own race, and not of my race either) for wearing gym shoes; although there were other people in the club wearing gym shoes. Keep in mind, the drinks are overpriced and the dance floor is so packed you can't even move let alone dance. What happened to fire codes? It's great when a club is bumpin, but packed to the edges isn't for me. If you decide to try this club, look at the door man, and drink ahead of time. GL

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Terrible night – We had planned to go to The Funky Buddha ahead of time. We read quite a few adds stating that there was no cover charge before 11pm. Well, we got there at 10:15pm where we were 3rd in line. We stood in the cold watching the doorman take bribes and phone numbers and letting others in ahead of us. Finally he asked to see our ID's and said "that will be $20 each." Yea, it was 11:05. He was extremely rude. It was obvious that his "doorman" status made him feel like he was so much better than the costomers waiting in line. I would not recomend this place to anyone.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Rude Staff – I went there with my friends on a Saturday night for my birthday and tried to call before hand to confirm the free cover before 11pm but there is no information on the message, so I printed out the citysearch coupons and brought them along just in case. We got there at 10:15 and the bouncer was extremely rude and told us it was $20 each, even though citysearch says it is $10 for women. I told the bouncer about citysearch and he said "a lot of websites advertise us without permission." I told him that I was going to post negative feedback about his comments on citysearch and he said he didn't like my attitude and didn't appreciate me threatening him (I'm a 5 foot tall woman mind you) but finally let us in with no cover. The dance floor was dead early on and the DJ gave my friend a major attitude when she tried to make a request. On the plus side the crowd did pick up later in the night and the dance floor got full. The music started out bad with slow hip hop songs but the DJ did start playing better hits later in the night. If do decide to go to this place call ahead to get on the guest list for free cover, but I think there are better places you can go on a Saturday night.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

This is a Good Time. – Despite the crowd & musical variety...I admit when I think of a good time in a club theres nothing like a good night at the Buddha.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Can be fun at times – Not a bad place, however, sometimes it is super fun, and other times it's just not. I found that Saturday nights are the best time to go, however, I've been on Saturdays when it was just dead. The drinks are good and normally priced for a Chicago night club (I'm from Indianapolis-so everything in the Chi is expensive to me). The bartenders are friendly, but the people at the door can be rude at times--but, hey, you're not there to party with them--hand them your money and be about your way. The DJ is cool, and the dance floor is average. It does get crowded at times, so if you don't like the cowd stay out of the club!!! The lines can get really long if there is a special event going on, so arrive early, and there are a nice amount of couches around the place, but, once again, get there early because they can fill up on a busy night.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Awful Staff – So rude! The staff was absolutely terrible. Snotty attitudes galore, and the people at the door were the worst-- their little bit of power has completely gone to their heads. To top it off, there was a $20 cover charge and expensive drinks. STAY AWAY!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Funky Bad Lounge – We went to FBL for My roomate's 21st. We heard great things about it and, being a head conceirge at a very prestigious hotel, I was sending a lot of guests there. We got the cover charge waived, and when we got in the place was crowded, there was no seating, the dance floor was small and it was overall just awkward. The worst part was the price of the drinks. I had one vodka tonic and 4 shots and my tab was $63.00!! NOT WORTH IT!! It didn't help the bartendar was a total crab. I will say she never made us wait long for a drink. We will not be going back and I will no longer be sending my guests there!!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Good DJs. Great service. – I had a birthday party here and the staff were very accomodating, from getting us a table to comping cover for all the people in my party (nearly 40). The dance floor is kinda small.. but the music is great. They usually play hip hop and the DJs actually know what they're doing, which is hard to say for a lot of places in the area.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great value before 10PM – I am usually sketched-out by $20 covers and "trendy" dress codes. Funky Buddha is actually a great club. By all means, come before 10PM when they waive cover and there is no line!! The incense is at just the right level, and the Therevada Buddhist decoration is superb. (Men who know Buddhist iconography will appreciate the giant lotus wall-paintings.) The acoustics are excellent, such that one can actually have a conversation when not on the dance floor (imagine that!) The doormen and barmaids are very friendly and unpretentious. Bar charges are a buck or two more per drink than average, but if you don't pay cover, you can afford a few more-expensive drinks.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

bad service – DO not book this place for a party. We were so excited to come here for a birthday party, until we got there. NOt only was the bartender wasted by 10,( I personally witnessed him do 7 shots) he was a complete jerk. Our cover was 35 for U call its, which wouldnt have been bad, except they were out of anything we asked for. Management was not helpful and tried to cut our time 1 hr short, because of their mess up. This place is horrible, the staff is rude and not helpful, and completly unprofessional. Dont waste your time!!!!!!

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