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Kingston Mines

2548 N. Halsted Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)
773 477 4646
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Ranked #19 of 367 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Blues Bars
Activities: Nightlife
Description: Blues club located on the north side of Chicago.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It's always been a favourite but I was stunned when my taxi driver was struggling to find it. I asked how long had he been a taxi driver and where did he come from and he replied "yesterday" and he came from Kingston, Jamaica. It just seemed so strange that a visitor from Australia had to show a local taxi... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great atmosphere; great performers and great music. "Authentic" feel. Fans of the blues will not be disappointed! Try to see Billy Branch!

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Long Beach, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I was expecting a traditional down home blues bar and unfortunately what you get is a "white" rendition of a blues bar. Please excuse if I am offending anyone. The blues music was great but not old fashioned blues with the great blues riff. I have been to dozens of Blues Festivals in So. Cal so I... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I've been here probably 10 times over the last 8 years and it's always a fun, night albeit blurry from all the drinking. I feel like it doesn't get busy until after midnight and there is even a line at 2am, especially on the weekends. The kitchen is almost fried-everything but I like the Okra. Music is always fun. A... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A true Chicago experience with all of the Blues Great and better pricing than Legends (Buddy Guy's) Also it's open late and there are many good restaurants nearby.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Went Saturday night. Had fun listening to Vance Kelly but was surprised he did some covers of Motown songs and others. Was expecting more Blues. We enjoyed it, place was crowed, standing room only, Dance floor was packed. $15 bucks basically can get you continuous music from 8 pm till 5 am. Go check it out.

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Ames, Iowa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have been to Kingston Mines a few times over the years when I visit the Chicago area. It is always worth it. For a $15 cover, one can listen to some of the greatest Blues artists in the world. Doors open at 8 pm and stay opened until 4 am. That's a lot of Blues! Kingston Mines looks the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Fantastic high energy performers will make your night. Only drawback is the venue has 2 stages in different rooms and the bands take turns playing and the crowd has to get up and go from one room to the other if they want to see both bands.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I think we went on an off night (which is surprising because all the locals couldn't believe that we almost had the room to ourselves) but I would definitely go back to hear the live music.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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74 reviews 74 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Four of us stopped by here after a Saturday night dinner. Carl Weathersby was the headline. We watched the first set. Blues is not a favorite of my wife but she enjoyed the music and the overall atmosphere. Crowd is quite diverse. I like the idea of having two stages which keeps the music going between breaks. Drinks are not... More

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