Kingston Mines

Kingston Mines, Chicago: Hours, Address, Kingston Mines Reviews: 4.5/5

Kingston Mines
4.5
6:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Monday
7:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Tuesday
7:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Wednesday
7:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Thursday
7:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Friday
7:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
7:00 PM - 5:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 PM - 4:00 AM
About
Kingston Mines is a blues music nightclub with 2 rooms, 2 stages and 2 bands & live music all night. We're the home of Doc's Kitchen with catfish, wings, burgers & more right in the heart of beautiful Lincoln Park, on Chicago's North Side. Looking for a venue to host your next party or get together? Kingston Mines is the perfect venue for large or small groups alike! Ask about our party plans.
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TheR2theB
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Another Outstanding Visit... Per Usual
Feb 2020
So, whenever I'm in town I always try to make my way over here. Doesn't always happen but whenever I do I'm rarely if ever disappointed.

If you are a fan of Blues music and live in or frequent Chicago then you likely know there are many Blues joints from which to choose. I've visited many and once I started coming here, this is pretty much the only 'Blues' spot I frequent now. I won't bother getting into an op' ed on if the music here is better than another Blues place because at the end of the day the music here satisfies it's intended purpose... and that is putting your mind, body and soul into a 'Bluesy' transient state of being. Review after review essentially confirms my own sentiment.

Aside from the music, it has several things in it's favor... decent location (well, for a spot in a residential neighborhood, let's just say it's acceptable), and they valet park (it's gone up to $15 so be aware of that) thankfully since being located in a residential area makes parking hella tight.

There are two stages, two bar areas and food service in the rear where you can order some traditional southern type grub from their menu. And while the menu isn't nearly as expansive as it once was it is still varied enough and will help soak up a fair amount of the alcohol you'll likely be consuming. And the quality has stayed fairly consistent (check out the current menu online). Oh yeah... the ATM machine (along with restrooms) is located in the back as well.

And can't forget the souvenir shop. I already have a fair amount of merch from previous visits so there isn't much need for me to stop in these days but you may want to pick up something for yourself while there to commemorate the visit and I believe you can also still order merch online as well. The quality of the items they sell are very good, and not at all cheaply crafted or flimsy so you won't feel as though you've been ripped off.

As for the drinks, they are good and stiff (if not great for some) and varied and yes, some nonalcoholic also, if you prefer. It can get quite crowded inside so while waitresses are there they tend to service the side of least resistance (esp. on weekends) and are short staffed sometimes so self service may be in order on that front.

It's a very lively atmosphere but the seating inside is limited which is why I recommend arriving early if possible. And the space itself isn't very large considering the traffic that comes through which accounts for most of the 'standing room only' issues. But whichever side is performing live there tends to be some seating available on the opposite side and there are tv monitors on either side as well so you can still watch the show regardless where you are. Even still, it's a good idea to snatch available seats up quickly.

The charge to get in is reasonable and once inside it has that juke joint type vibe... so don't come expecting plush accommodations. And hopefully you're not the claustrophobic type either... just saying. Plus they're open into the wee hours for all the johnny-come-latelys. All of that said, this place serves up some of the best Blues in the city and even an 'under-the-weather' Norma Jean Bruso, still managed to turn the joint out and put on one helluva show! Folk visit here from around the world for a reason. And overall everyone tends to be friendly, in a festive mood and ready to party. As for me... another successful & satisfying visit in the books so until next time... stay bluesy!
Written March 1, 2020
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slstraveller
Panama City, Panama124 contributions
Blues music!!!
Feb 2020
We had so much fun! enjoyed a really nice BLUES music.
Was my first time in a BLUES bar with live music - super recommended. Is part of CHICAGO, so you have to stop by.
Written February 29, 2020
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emmalewissinger
London, UK47 contributions
Amazing jazz musicians in intimate venue
Feb 2020 • Friends
Kingston Mines is a cool bar to the north of Chicago. There are 2 large rooms which have alternating jazz bands playing hour sets.

I was blown away by the calibre of the musicians - especially the bass player of the Mike Wheeler band. These guys really know their stuff and it was thrilling to see them perform up close.

There are 2 bars serving the usual drinks plus some cocktails. There is also a food kiosk where you can get nachos, fried shrimp, fries, wings etc. Cover charge was $12 (2020).

I would come back here next time I am in Chicago - money well spent supporting local talent.
Written February 27, 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL6,826 contributions
The music is great--and the food ain't bad, either
Feb 2020
Truth be told, I can't tell jazz from blues from rock 'n roll from Mozart from Sousa. It's all music to me, all of it, anytime, anywhere. For blues, the place to be is Kingston Mines, the oldest and largest continuously operating blues nightclub in Chicago. Located at 2548 North Halsted Street, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, it has been showcasing the most celebrated blues musicians since 1982...nonstop blues action seven nights a week, 365 days a year, two separate bands every night on two stages, from Delta blues to Memphis blues to Chicago blues. Over the years, it has hosted such blues legends as Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Carl Weathersby, Magic Slim, Junior Wells, Sugar Blue, Billy Branch, Ronnie Hicks, Mike Wheeler, Peaches Staten, Eddie Shaw, Linsey Alexander and Joanna Connor. If you have a taste for some Southern-style food, you can indulge in some ribs, buffalo wings, Caribbean-style jerk wings, catfish, red beans and rice, home-made nachos, Po'boy sandwiches, shrimp, chicken, bread pudding or pecan pie at Doc's Rib Joint, located in the back of the room and open right up to the last call at 3 a.m. Sunday through Friday and 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Written February 13, 2020
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Akash S
South Pole66 contributions
Great place for late night hanging out, listening to jazz and blues
Dec 2019
Visited here many times. The food is decent but the music is outstanding. Usually you can find a place to sit if you hang long enough.
Written February 11, 2020
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Reinaldo U
Miami, United States7 contributions
Blues
Dec 2019
the place to go and enjoy the real Chicago's Blues, they have the best blues perfomance in the city, if you like real blues in a natural Blues Club, this is the place
Written January 2, 2020
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easternsho
Chestertown, MD272 contributions
Becoming our Christmas eve tradition!
Dec 2019 • Couples
Another fun Christmas eve at Kingston mines. What's not to love- great music, fun vibe, friendly staff. Great place!
Written December 28, 2019
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Steven G
Geneva, Switzerland9 contributions
Kingston Mines IS The Blues
Nov 2019
I've been going to Kingston Mines since the 1980s. I met Otis Rush, Koko Taylor and Eddie Shaw there. Shared a beer with Lonnie Brooks. I can't think of a better place to get the real feel for Chicago Blues. These days, you'll see Vance Kelly and Joanna Conner, talented artists guaranteed to entertain. Full disclosure: I'm a fan of Rosa's Lounge, B.L.U.E.S. and Buddy Guy's Legends, as well.
Written December 21, 2019
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Philip C
York, ME471 contributions
Iconic Blues Bar
Nov 2019
Our bucket list includes checking out America's great (and dwindling blues bard). When we booked our trip to Chicago, the first thing I looked for was whether this fiery youtube lady Joanna Connor was playing anywhere. Turns out Kingston Mines is kind of her regular gig AND she had an early (8 PM) show which is very important to us old-timers. We got there early, took the best seats in the house and had a blast. Joanna is a raw, teeth grinding blues rocker (with a daughter in college playing basketball!). What a classic club and a MUST for any blues fan. We were so pumped that we hung around for Vino Louden’s first set in the main room.
Written December 12, 2019
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narcanti
Schifferstadt, Germany512 contributions
I wouldn’t go there because of the food...
Dec 2019 • Friends
... but the drinks are good and the music and atmosphere are amazing. Always worth a visit if you are into blues and like live music.
Written December 6, 2019
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Kingston Mines is open:
  • Sun - Sun 6:00 PM - 4:00 AM
  • Mon - Thu 7:30 PM - 4:00 AM
  • Fri - Fri 7:00 PM - 4:00 AM
  • Sat - Sat 7:00 PM - 5:00 AM


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