DeKalb >Bars & Clubs > Otto's
118 E. Lincoln Highway, Dekalb, IL | Directions 6011541.930344 -88.753849
This place is infested with BLACK MOLD.. I know for a fact the underground has a mold issues.. that is one reason is smells like an old gym shoe.. I'm pretty sure the owner knows about it, he hired some guys a few years back to 'clean' the place and one guy got sick from all BLACK MOLD he was cleaning.. who cares about shows or drinks or any of that if you have a public health issues right under your feet!! I mean half of dekalb is covered in this BLACK MOLD due to the city being built on a swamp.. but come on, don't open those MOLDY places up to the public..
P.S. i hope the people that work there enjoy this post.. they seem to care a lot about this website and their review ratings. Kind of a dumb thing to be concerned about when you are breathing in all that airborne mold spores :)
Not Paying good money to feel uncomfortably ironic. – I used to enjoy this place. It was a great dive for the alternative bar goer. Always a good show to look forward to. With time moving forward, Otto's in Dekalb has moved sideways. The air is stale with uncomfortable vibes and less than agreeable service. The very music itself seems to be of continuing relations with bands that no longer produce what the community music listeners are looking for. With another more upbeat dive down the block and a music cafe that serves a great selection of diverse beer selection and music options, I see no need to continue to divide the communities well earned wages among undeserving business. Every Dollar is a vote, so I for one wont be seeing my vote be wasted at Otto's.
DON'T DO IT!!! – The air in this place REEKS of disgruntled employees who are most likely instructed by the manager to rip you off on drinks . The management needs to be seriously reconstructed because they have a bit of an attitude and think they should be bowed down to for poorly running a less-than-mediocre bar in DEKALB...need i say more??? If you really want a good time filled with amazing music, surrounded by great people then hit up The House Cafe.
By the way, I know for a FACT that the positive reviews here are written by their own employees!!! HA, pah-thetic!
TISK TISK TISK – Just finding out that all these reviews were done by staff says enough about the place. Ironic that all of the the reviews were done around the same time..... Do I really have to give it a star??? Shame on you!
Ottos – Best spot in town for a good time, free pool in the underground as well as bags. Really cool place if you're a college student or just strapped for cash and still trying to party, it was 1.75 for a f*ckin Sapporo! Definitely check it out, saw lucky boys confusion there and it was insane. The barback was really cool too, kinda reminded me of a young Hugh Jackman.
One of a kind – This place is one of the only places in town were you can see great music and catch some drinks with friends without paying a fortune. Every week there is something great booked on the main stage and in the underground. This is the only place I bring friends from out of town because there is always something happening. Great music, affordable drinks and parking right next to it keep this the best place in town.
Always a great time! – Otto's is an awesome place to go see live bands. Even if you don't want to see live bands they have multiple floors you can enjoy. Drink prices are always reasonable. They have really good promotions there as well. Captain Morgan has been there and the Ursus bear just to name a few. It is also great that you never have to wait long for a drink because there many places set up to sell drinks. I think everyone should go there because I know you will like it and want to go back. Thanks for reading my review <3<3
Dekalb's Best – Otto's is my favorite place to see live music. I like the layout of the main stage area because there are multiple bars set up near the main stage so you can get a drink during the show without missing anything. There is also a balcony that you walk up to and get a great view of the stage. The staff is very attentive and they do a good job of making sure that everything runs smoothly, even on the busiest nights. I always enjoy myself at Otto's and I will be back many nights to come.
A Great Time – I frequent Otto's Nightclub and have always had a good time. The bartenders are friendly and the drink specials are great. More importantly, they have strong, cheap drinks all the time. Upstairs, they have a stage and two main bars where I have recently watched bands such as American English and The Tossers perform. The shows are reasonably priced making it easy to have a fun night out on a low budget. Otto's regularly features promotional offers from many representatives of liquor vendors including the Jager girls, Captain Morgan, and Bailey's.
Downstairs, you can play free pool, listen to a DJ/music, or chill at the bar. I have also been to Open Jam on Wednesdays where the instruments are provided by Otto's. In addition, parking at Otto's isn't usually that bad because there are a few large parking lots in the immediate vicinity that you can park in for free.
Good Stuff – I've never had a bad night at Otto's. The shows are good, the bartenders don't make you wait forever, and the drinks are nice and strong.
They also have promotional groups like the Jager girls, or a captain morgan guy going around giving out free drinks from time to time.
They have free pool, a dance floor, a concert floor, and even a balcony, providing ample room for everyone, even on a show night. If your looking for reasonable prices and a good show in dekalb, ottos is the way to go.
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