Kingston Mines

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Kingston Mines
4.5
Thursday
7:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Friday
7:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
7:00 PM - 5:00 AM
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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. Kingston Mines is the perfect venue for large or small groups alike!
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mylesfire
Austin, TX231 contributions
Super fun on a Thursday night while on holiday in Chicago. $15 is very reasonable cover for two good bands each playing full hour sets. It is set up as two separate, adjacent rooms, each with a stage for bands which rotate sets through the night, so we just went from one room to the other for three plus hours. The music was very good, starting with singer/guitar slinger Joanna Connor supported by very capable young band, playing blues but not the usual limited three chord changes. Keyboardist was very talented. Song "People Get Ready" was superb showcase for her voice, while other tunes were more upbeat. Vance Kelly band was a larger group playing funk, soul and R&B in the larger room (e.g. James Brown, Kool & the Gang, and Ike & Tina) and there was a lot of orderly audience dancing. Sax player was outstanding. Some folks ordered food which looked good; I had only a large, heated pretzel which hit the spot. Location felt safe with police car parked across street as we exited at midnight. I did not know to ask so I missed the senior discount when ordering tix at the window. does not matter. Highly recommended.
Written 28 May 2022
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Robert W
San Diego, CA135 contributions
We arrived just before eight when the music was about to commence and were able to find good seats. My first time here, but the vibe very much reminded me of blues clubs in Atlanta and DC back in the seventies. The ambiance is gritty as one would certainly hope for such an establishment. They have two stages and rooms, with performances alternating stages.

We acoustics were OK and some of the bands really blew us away, particularly Joanna Connor. Beer was cold (bars in both rooms) and the service attentive.

Highly recommended if you enjoy live music! Cannot wait to return.
Written 24 May 2022
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Rafael I
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Friends
I was in an hostel near Kingston Mines, and the staff recommended me this place. It was my first time in a blues local, and I totally felt in love with it. I will return asap.
Written 28 August 2021
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Vikki C
1 contribution
Couples
Outstanding music/artists. Nice authentic blues vibe atmosphere. Great staff all the way around. Food and drinks were great and very reasonable priced. We stayed very late and it got pretty crowded, however, it was well managed and didnt take away from the wonderful night we had. I highly recommend for some good old down home, Chicago Blues.
Written 4 July 2021
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TheR2theB
82 contributions
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 1 March 2020
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slstraveller
Panama City, Panama124 contributions
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 29 February 2020
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emmalewissinger
London, UK49 contributions
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 27 February 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,720 contributions
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 13 February 2020
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Akash S
South Pole66 contributions
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 11 February 2020
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Reinaldo U
Miami, United States7 contributions
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 2 January 2020
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Kingston Mines is open:
  • Thu - Thu 7:30 PM - 4:00 AM
  • Fri - Fri 7:00 PM - 4:00 AM
  • Sat - Sat 7:00 PM - 5:00 AM