Beat Kitchen (Bar, Roscoe Village)
Location: 2100 W. Belmont
Phone: (773) 281-4444
From the outside, the Beat Kitchen looks just about as ‘Chicago Bar’ as you can get. Nestled at the corner of Belmont and Hoyne Avenues, the playful fluorescent signage is comfortably inviting. My first experiences with the Beat Kitchen primarily dealt with the former part of their name. A great place for all ages or 17+ punk shows, it was a familiar destination on the weekends during my high school days. Every Chicago name from indie-crooner Andrew Bird to the Irish rabble rousers the Tossers and avant-garde metal Pelican have performed in their intimate setting. Unfortunately, our slightly delayed crawl start time meant we missed out on the live tunes that night. No worries. There’s always plenty of reason to go back, if not for the music, then for the weekly Tuesday night Underground Comedy showcase.
So with the music hunger unsatiated, we were at least able to dive into a booth and satiate another hunger. Goose Island Green Line and $3 Shiner specials were the drink choices of the night, as well as beers best concomitant: pizza. The 12-inch thin crusts are good to share for a group, with a build your own option that goes beyond basic toppings. For me, the crust could have been a bit crispier and the ingredients weren’t entirely loaded. Good enough for bar food, but definitely not a main attraction. Of note: menus come in old classic rock vinyl album covers. Very cool.
Although our server was attentive this night, I’ve met some bartenders in the past that don’t seem to really care about having your business. But it’s part of a certain charm to the place as well. Nearly hidden amongst the slough of tattoo shops on this corridor of Belmont Ave. allows the bar more of an edge than, say, Schubas, which only seven blocks away is nearly a stone’s throw from Wrigleyville. All the same, we were left with a friendly goodbye on our way to the next destination.
This article first appeared in UPchicago Bar Crawl #7: Roscoe Village
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