“experience Chicago blues”
Kingston Mines is about one thing and one thing only: Having a Great Time! We create a party for you seven nights a week, with great food, drinks, entertainment and “Dancing ALOUD”. We’re the place to “Hear Blues, Drink Booze, Talk Loud, You’re Among Friends”. Featuring Chicago’s best Barbeque, where you can eat the greatest Ribs & Chicken Wings in Chicago, “Where the World Comes for Barbeque”! There’s all kinds of blues here, from the more soulful to the more toe-tapping variety. With two stages and music playing until 4am and 5am on Saturday, what’s not to love? The musicians are the best blues musicians from around Chicago and the United States, some of whom also play internationally. Kingston Mines attracts locals, tourists, blues legends, and celebrities alike who come for the blues that is played continuously, alternating between two stages, deep into the heart of the night.
One ofe the most legendary blues bar in in Chigago. 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! If you like blues, your place is here! One more tip: arrive early...
I've got a complicated relationship with Kingston Mines. On the one hand, I'm glad that the club is supporting blues artists and giving them a venue to play their music. Most people visiting Chicago (and a lot of Chicagoans themselves) can have a darn good time at Kingston Mines. And at the end of the day, there's nothing wrong with a club that supports live music.
But I really don't like Kingston Mines. I hate how touristy it is, how everybody in the place seems to be either an international traveler or a suburban middle aged couple or a group of college students, all searching for an "authentic" Chicago experience in a club whose musicians are forced to play the "set list from hell" (Sweet Home Chicago, Mustang Sally, etc. etc. ad nauseam). It makes me feel gross to see all the campy decorations and old dudes trying to dance up on women on the dancefloor while the band on stage plays an Isley Brothers cover for like the 5,000th time.
So go here if you want. Odds are you'll stay out late and drink some overpriced Bud Light and dance to some blues progressions. Just don't think too hard about "cultural appropriation" or the true meaning of authenticity.
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Kingston Mines Blues Club
- Mon - Thu: 8:00 pm - 4:00 am
- Fri: 7:00 pm - 4:00 am
- Sat: 7:00 pm - 5:00 am
- Sun: 6:00 pm - 4:00 am
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