While Dan Akroyd's House of Blues may have taken away some of its bluster, this is still one of the oldest and best blues ... More
While Dan Akroyd's House of Blues may have taken away some of its bluster, this is still one of the oldest and best blues clubs in town. As you listen to the likes of Jimmy Johnson, Eddie C. Campbell and Billy Branch, you can also eat a variety of Southern-style food from the kitchen. And, if you cannot wait for the next band to start, you just have to cross rooms to the second stage where another band is sure to already be underway. By evening's end, the rowdy crowd sometimes has a hard time navigating from room to room, but that's all part of the down-to-earth atmosphere in a club that encourages its clientèle to be as loud and rambunctious as it pleases.
that place totally rocked. even though i really dont like blues, they make it totaly awsome. the part i didn't like is that when it had to end. if you go there then you really wont be disapointed. try it. even better then some concerts i've been to.
I lived in Chicago all my life and finally went to Kingston Mines with my wife and had a blast The Hoochie Coochie Man was great and if want a good time and laughs its the place to go. Also try the food. Thanks Linsey for singing Mustang Sally to my girl Sally
Tuesday July 26th, 2005.
Joanna Connor Band, Main Stage.
Cover - $12.00
Drinks - $2.50-$5.00
Two bars, great seating, the warm-up band and Joanna played jointly until after 2:00 a.m. Connor's band was incredible. I have become a loyal follower. The place was fairly clean, the cook had a great attitude, the bartenders were a bit on the arrogant side but mixed agreeable cocktails, wait staff were cordial and receptive. Good sound mixing and volume was not overbearing. Crowd was attractive, younger (20-somethings mostly), and energetic. The club "Blues" is a stones throw away right down the street, but I would bet that even if you stepped into "Kingston Mines" with little or no knowledge of the bands playing that evening, You would be more than pleasantly surprised. The owner taking beverages at the bar was interesting, and so was the Emcee.
Great ambiance, great location, and EXCELLENT entertainment. I'll go back, even if my stay is for only two days.
Upon the referral of Yahoo Travel I decided to go to Kingston Mines over Labor Day weekend while visiting Chicago. I was not displeased. Kingston Mines was one of the most fabulous "Blues" places I've ever been to. The "Hoochie Coochie Man" was jamming on his guitar, Frank Pellegrino was egging the crowd on under a gravely mobster like voice and the orange lightbulbs that hung from the ceiling were swaying as we bopped along to the rhythm. I highly recommend this place.
Been there twice now and have NEVER been disappointed. It seems it doesn't matter who is featured on the night you go...the place totally screams of some of the best blues Chicago has to offer. Food is excellent...ambiance is fantastic...and the nonstop sets from the bands keep you entertained. Everytime I go to Chicago I make a point of setting aside at least one night and making a trip to my favorite spot in Chicago.
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