Chicago >Bars & Clubs > Gallery Cabaret
2020 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064741.918299 -87.685108
Neighborhoods: North Side, Bucktown
Newly Remodled – Well all, we were there Saturday 11/12/05 we saw the T-Bone Project and Wolfen. The place is totally redecorated. New bar stools, floor, walls, ceiling. There is even a new stage with an awesome mural of Lincoln Park. Cant find the bathroom? Look for Charlie Chaplin or Mae West. You may even spot Homer here. The drink prices were good, the bartenders are friendly. There was even free hot wings and celery! Wow. What a change from when the last review writers were here. If you havent been here lately youve got to check it out!
An Oasis and Good People – I highly recommend the open mics on Thursdays and Sundays... it can be an interesting experience. There are regular perfomers who are definately a break from the yuppification of Wicker Park.
Local bands sometimes take the stage at this Bucktown joint. – The Scene
The wall behind the bar teems with the owner's collection of (what appears to be) amateur artworks, while the wall opposite holds a monthly showcase of the works of a featured local artist. A magazine rack with back issues of Rolling Stone and a game of pinball also number among the distractions at this Bucktown spot. According to a bartender, Chicago powerhouses Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins and Red Red Meat used to play here way back when. These days the Cabaret lacks the young hipsters found elsewhere in the Chicago pop scene.
Prices are fair and regulars friendly. Scheduled bands, as well as those braving the open mic night, perform on the shabby stage at the far end of the long, narrow space. Microwave popcorn and frozen pizza are on hand to satisfy snacking urges.
Cool Dive – I've been here a couple times to see a friend's band play and I've always enjoyed it. The sound is terrible, but the bar has the feel of a good dive. Overall a cool experience.
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