Kingston Mines Blues Bar

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Quick Facts

  • Enjoy world class blues music at the legendary Kingston Mines Blues Bar. 
  • Choose the perfect concoction from their extensive cocktail and beer list.
  • Dance the night away on the dance floor at the Kingston Mines Blues Bar in Chicago.

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Location:
2548 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
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Phone:
773.477.4646

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thu, Sun 8pm - 4am, Fri 7pm - 4am, Sat 7pm - 5am


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Overall:
3.75
Music:
5
Ambience:
4
Crowd:
3
Price:
3

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Nightlife Review : Kingston Mines Blues Bar


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.75
Music:
5
Crowd:
3
Ambience:
4
Price:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of visit: 11/11

Went with:

Went for:

Cover Charge:

Kingston Mines - Great music and old-time atmosphere

Perhaps the most legendary blues bar in Lincoln Park is Kingston Mines. It’s a large, two-room music venue with two stages that play music into the wee hours of the morning, 7 days a week. The great past was that, as soon as one band was done, everyone in the room would move to the other room, sit down and enjoy the next band without any down time.

There were two very solid bands on the night I went in (a Tuesday), and plenty of seating to be had. The owner himself was there (still boppin’ along in the front row in his upper-80’s), as was his son who now runs the bar.

The music was great, however the best parts were when the bands would play their original music versus the usual blues standards. I was told by a local that they play for the more "tourist-y crowd" on the weekdays, and weekends are when the heavy hitters turn out. That being said, the musicians were really talented - the highlight of the night being a bass solo that was as good as any I've ever seen.

There was also a separate BBQ stand tucked away in the back where you can order food - I didn't have anything to eat but I can tell you that it smelled PHENOMENAL.

The only negative? The $12 cover charge was extremely hefty - especially for a Tuesday night. However, college kids can get in FREE with a current college ID ... I tried my college I.D. from 2006, to no avail. (It was worth a shot, though.) I spent about 2 hours in Kingston Mines before calling it a night, so I’m not sure it was worth the money but I did have a great time while I was there.

The audience was definitely older, though I hear the other blues bar across the street, B.L.U.E.S. is cheaper and draws a slightly younger crowd; something to think about if you’re looking for live music on a budget.



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Summary

Features: Kingston Mines Blues Bar in Chicago is famous throughout the city for showcasing the very best in blues music. First established in 1968, it has become somewhat of a Chicago staple. Popular with Chicago locals and tourists alike, it is a must stop for any blues fan.

Why We Go: An ideal choice for any music lover, Kingston Mines Blues Bar in Chicago is a fun and dynamic venue. Amazing music, tasty bar food and a friendly atmosphere makes Kingston Mines Chicago unmissable.

  • The Music: Top live blues acts frequent this trendy bar throughout the year, making Kingston Mines Chicago one of the most popular blues clubs in all of Chicago.
  • Great Food: Enjoy Southern soul food from the kitchen at Kingston Mines Blues Bar in Chicago.
  • Lively Atmosphere: This popular destination is regularly packed, so expect an exciting and energetic ambiance.

 

Inside Knowledge:  Kingston Mines Chicago Blues Club is within a short walking distance from many other bars, restaurants and cafes.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Check What's On: Make sure to check their Web site to see who is performing in order to choose the perfect act of your choice.
  • Do Try the Food: Great music and food is in store at the Kingston Blues Chicago, delicious dishes include their New Orleans style ribs and supreme catfish selections. 
  • Don't Expect Luxury: Kingston Blues Chicago is definitely a hole-in-the-wall venue but this just adds to its authentic charm and credibility.
  • Don't Ignore the Area: A plethora of restaurants, bars and boutiques are nearby this top Blues bar, so you may want to explore the area a little before or after your show.

Venue Amenities

  • Bar Food
  • Dance Floor
  • Full Bar
  • Happy Hour
  • Jazz Bar
  • Live Entertainment
  • Stage

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Sort Reviews By: | | |

Nightlife Review : Kingston Mines Blues Bar


Jason Bushey

Joined: April 2011

xxx.xxx.244.242

Overall:
3.75
Music:
5
Crowd:
3
Ambience:
4
Price:
3

Would recommend to a friend

Date of visit: 11/11

Went with:

Went for:

Cover Charge:

Kingston Mines - Great music and old-time atmosphere

Perhaps the most legendary blues bar in Lincoln Park is Kingston Mines. It’s a large, two-room music venue with two stages that play music into the wee hours of the morning, 7 days a week. The great past was that, as soon as one band was done, everyone in the room would move to the other room, sit down and enjoy the next band without any down time.

There were two very solid bands on the night I went in (a Tuesday), and plenty of seating to be had. The owner himself was there (still boppin’ along in the front row in his upper-80’s), as was his son who now runs the bar.

The music was great, however the best parts were when the bands would play their original music versus the usual blues standards. I was told by a local that they play for the more "tourist-y crowd" on the weekdays, and weekends are when the heavy hitters turn out. That being said, the musicians were really talented - the highlight of the night being a bass solo that was as good as any I've ever seen.

There was also a separate BBQ stand tucked away in the back where you can order food - I didn't have anything to eat but I can tell you that it smelled PHENOMENAL.

The only negative? The $12 cover charge was extremely hefty - especially for a Tuesday night. However, college kids can get in FREE with a current college ID ... I tried my college I.D. from 2006, to no avail. (It was worth a shot, though.) I spent about 2 hours in Kingston Mines before calling it a night, so I’m not sure it was worth the money but I did have a great time while I was there.

The audience was definitely older, though I hear the other blues bar across the street, B.L.U.E.S. is cheaper and draws a slightly younger crowd; something to think about if you’re looking for live music on a budget.