Rainbo Club

Rainbo Club Chicago late night
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SUNDAY - FRIDAY: 4 P.M. - 2 A.M. | SATURDAY: 4 P.M. - 3 A.M.
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During the week, the Rainbo effortlessly defends its reputation as a timeless, maroon-vinyl-boothed tribute to 1980s post-punk cooldom, luring generations of hipsters who know a legit dive when they smell one. Sadly, come Saturday nights, it’s a victim of its own geography: an untouchable icon whose Damen & Division address was once dodgy, and is now unfashionably yuppie. Still, it’s worth stopping in for a round, even if the cheap beer and cheaper liquor are more means to an end than anything else.

Known For
  • cheap date
  • singles scene
  • historic
What to drink
Whatever’s on tap, a handful of classic cocktails (we’ve ordered enough Tom Collinses that most of the staff are trained in it by now), canned beer.
Ukrainian Village
If you stumble into the Rainbo shortly after New Year’s, keep an eye out for the infamous photo-booth calendar. Earning a strip in this annual black-and-white popularity contest is a rite of passage for local hipsters, and you might recognize a couple of regulars.