3 Best Blues Bars in Downtown Chicago

We can’t talk about Chicago without talking about the blues bars. Popularized by sounds of the electric guitar and harmonica, the Chicago blues dates back to the early 20th century. These were the days when revered musicians like Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, and Buddy Guy reigned supreme. And the locales made famous for hosting them...

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We can’t talk about Chicago without talking about the blues bars.

Popularized by sounds of the electric guitar and harmonica, the Chicago blues dates back to the early 20th century. These were the days when revered musicians like Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, and Buddy Guy reigned supreme. And the locales made famous for hosting them were fresh on the scene.

If you’re ready to relive the glory days of this one-of-a-kind musical genre, look no further than these three blues bars in the heart of the city.

Kingston Mines

Live blues bands play well into the morning (4 a.m. Sun-Thurs and 5 a.m. Sat) at this well-known favorite in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. It’s where you’ll find regular, local favorites like the Joanna Connor Band and Giles Corey playing their weekly sets spread across two separate stages.

In addition to the sounds, Kingston Mines also serves up a full BBQ menu. Order up some St. Louis style pork ribs or a serving of their Down Home Rib Tips. No matter how you dice it, this Chicago blues experience is sure to be one that feeds both body and soul.

Bassment

Find the entrance to this speakeasy-inspired bar in an alley, where upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with street art, exposed brick, and the moody sounds of funk, jazz and of course, blues. At the Bassment you’ll also find a unique menu of craft cocktails, like The Bathtub filled with Tito’s, jalapeño syrup, lemon foam, and a miniature rubber ducky on top.

Buddy Guy Legends

Opened in 1989 by Buddy Guy himself, Buddy Guy Legends is known for its showcasing of both up-and-coming and famous acts from the world of blues every night of the week. They’re also known for their Louisiana-style cajun menu featuring their award-winning gumbo, jambalaya, catfish po’boys, and more!