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Reggie's Music Joint

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Reggie's Music JointReggie's Music Joint

Type: Bar, Eatery

2105 S State St
Chicago, Illinois, 60616-1507
United States

(312) 949-0120 | map

Sunday - Friday: 11 AM - 2 AM
Saturday: 11 AM - 3 AM

Entrance to "Reggie's Music Joint" on left side, next door to "Reggie's Rock Club" and "Record Breakers".

Added by JohnnyChicago on 03-01-2011

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Reggies is a small dive venue on the southside. I saw Street Dogs and Flatfoot 56 here not too long ago. It has a nice balcony, but the metal bars obstruct the view a bit. All things considered, this is a great place to see a show. Just be careful leaving the place, it's definitely a shady neighborhood...pretty across the street from the Dearborn housing projects.

The beer selection wasn't bad. I was able to find my go-to Gumballhead on tap, which is way MORE than I can say for most music venues, that usually serve only MGD or the like. The place seems to have a good following of the punk/hipster sort, so expect a more unique selection of brews (especially considering the shows aren't sponsored by Q101 or the Loop or whatever).

I didn't have any food so I can't comment on that. Overall this is a nice dive-ish bar to see some punk/rock shows and have some decent beer. As mentioned by previous reviewer, lock up and watch your valuables.

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Photo of scxcrunner
3.88/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Really interesting spot. not sure what to make of it but they had a decent tap list and it was definitely different! don't know if i would go back but if i did i wouldn't necessarily be disappointed.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Reggies hows a solid beer list and great grub. There is always music playing either live or not. Great wings maybe even they are chicago's best wings. Go here you won't be disapointed.

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Photo of SAEmick
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5


Went to the rock club for a show recently and hit the bar side before they opened. Door guy at the "music joint" was kind of a dick. The rock club had a couple great beers from 350 Brewing from Tinley Park, which don't seem to be distributed anywhere else in Chicago proper at the moment. Unfortunately they didn't have a beer list at the bar so I don't know what they were, one was an imperial porter/stout with coffee and the other a citrus fruit beer of some sort. Selection otherwise was fairly by the numbers, but i'm glad they're supporting a small local brewery. Walking distance from Vice District, Motor Row, and Baderbrau. Also Chinatown, so if you're hungry after a show at 1am you can get some beef tendon and frog legs like I did.


Please note the "music joint" is a separate establishment from the "rock club", as everyone else seems to be reviewing the "rock club" here. The entrance is a black & orange vestibule to the left (north end) of the rock club and record store.

From the outside it's borderline seedy, fitting in with the surrounding area with randoms wandering around. Nice abstract murals of various textures and skulls, with graffiti murals inside by Revise CMW. Enter the door on the left and there's a dim lounge with exposed brick walls with scattered music memorabilia and flatscreens everywhere. Lots of college basketball on, with a santa-hatted holiday pub crawl in progress. A stage for live music was in the back corner. Met up with friends at a table in the back, and the bartender made an effort to check on us despite the crowd (a couple of old folks were slow dancing to classic rock, wtf).

Since it doesn't seem to be published online anywhere, here's their current draft list: Anchor Steam, Oberon, Two Hearted, Blue Moon, Bud Light, Delirium Tremens, DFH 60, Fat Tire, GI Green Line & Matilda, Guinness, Hacker-Pschorr, Daisy Cutter, Hoegaarden, LH Milk Stout, Lindemans Framboise, High Life, Newcastle, Negro Modelo, Rogue Dead Guy, Smithwicks, Stella, FFF Gumballhead, Trumer, 2 Bros. Resistance IPA.

Bottle highlights (out of 60+): FFF Alpha King, Duvel, SNPA, Lagunitas IPA, Pils, & LSS, Stone Levitation, 2B Domaine, Victory Prima, Ska Modus, Young's Double Choc, Scrimshaw, Wells Banana. The rest were all macros and macro imports.

Beer list has quality staples, but is far from adventurous, weighted down from 70% macro filler. The pre-printed, laminated menu didn't look like it changes too often. Without all the junk, it's still what you can find at many decent bars around town. From time to time they do tap takeover events, where I hear they have poured full pints of good stuff for cheap. Wouldn't really go out of my way to get here, unless it was before a live show to have dinner. Broad Shoulders Brewing is starting up near here, so that might be a reason to return too.

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Photo of crossovert
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Went to Reggie's Rock Club for a Devin Townsend show. First of all the show was the greatest ever, secondly this is a great venue for beer nerds.

Upon walking in there was a lady with a tub of hipster beers and I was like oh no.

Then I go to the bar and they have Oracle on tap. fuckin Oracle at a Townsend show. They had ska in cans along with some imports and hipster beers. About 7 craft taps with 3 import macro taps. I wish they had Central City in cans though, that would have been perfect for a DT show.

After my Oracle I decided to get a can of Pilsner Urquell which was nice. And ended it in a hipster way with Stroh's cause it was cheap as hell.

There is food too.

Awesome intimate venue as well.

It is a few blocks away for Chinatown and near some housing projects but it isn't an awful place, but not great either.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My band had a show at this place. Its the second time I've been here, but the first time as a beer advocate.

It's a dingy old theater with a balcony level in a pretty tough neighborhood, but its bursting with character and plays some pretty good bands for cheap.

The show was a near-disaster. The pay-to-play company (unrelated to Reggie's) that set up the show tried to rip us off, but we gave then the slip and ended up playing a cool show. All the staff at Reggie's were nice, working-class people who were friendly and knew their stuff beer-wise.

I only had a few bites of food, but what I had was tasty. Definitely above your average bar/venue fare.

There was about 20 taps and a decent amount of bottles. Taps included Gumballhead, Lucky Bastard, Lagunitas IPA, Two-Hearted and others. They had some decent well drink and liquor specials, but I didn't see anything for beer geeks.

Overall, this is the dingier, smaller and cheaper SouthSide version of Durty Nellies. Good music, good beer, good food and cool staff/clientale. Just make sure to lock your car door and hold on to your purse/wallet.

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Reggie's Music Joint in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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