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Smart Bar

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Neat place, went there on a Saturday night. I believe they have different themed nights. This might... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2016
Rachel M
Combined Locks, Wisconsin
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Smart Bar - a time tested venue for dancing/lounging but pay with cash

The Smart Bar has been around for a long time is a great place to go hear House music and other... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Though I ended up leaving the club a little earlier than I wanted because the bouncer near the DJ booth didn't like my whistling and cheering on Derrick Carter; I had a blast in Smart Bar. I would never let one person ruining my night...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Karim M
Reviewed 14 November 2016

If you like underground electronic music, do not miss this incredible club. Incredible sound system, DJs and vibe. Not to be missed!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank K A R S
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

Neat place, went there on a Saturday night. I believe they have different themed nights. This might it was dark and they were playing trance music. It looked kind of like a purple cave... Definitely interesting! I liked it while we were there, however it...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 24 July 2015

I feel bad for giving just one star to this place. It has always been one of my favorites since I moved to Chicago 3 years ago. Great House/Techno music, nice dark atmosphere and very interestingly mixed crowd. Unfortunately the management recently decided to substitute...More

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank Mercmello
Reviewed 24 July 2015

Great music, great DJs, great sound, but ... they change the guy at doors. Now there is a completely unprofessional guy that spend his miserable life trying to impose the authority with his body. You will recognize him since he is the tallest one and...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Salvatore N
Reviewed 16 September 2014

The Smart Bar has been around for a long time is a great place to go hear House music and other interesting DJ's and events. My last visit was in August 2014 to hear a 7 hour DJ set by international recording artist, "Mr. Scruff"....More

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank elliottn
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We went there for a DJ night. There was couch space when we wanted it and room and the dance floor, too. The sound system is top notch. Drink specials were fair. It was fairly dark, some smoke, lights, disco balls, etc. We really enjoyed...More

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank suzbeern
Reviewed 2 January 2014

dark basement dance bar with a good DJ spinning house. The entry charge for New Year's Eve was exorbitant and the customers apparently not having much fun. No atmosphere- boring.

Date of experience: January 2014
Thank willyAnnArbor
Reviewed 23 November 2013

Smart Bar is one of the few lounge clubs in Chicago, IL. Dancing floor can be packed but not always. If you want big parties, this is not the right place to go.

Date of experience: December 2012
Thank takasito
Reviewed 6 May 2013 via mobile

underground techno? horrible! they charge $15 at the door to sit in an empty dark basement. total waste of time and money.

Date of experience: May 2013
Thank the5mccools
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