Best Punk Music Venue


Melody Inn

Hats off to everyone who runs the Melody Inn, a.k.a. NUVO's Cheers (it's right across the street from our office, and we couldn't be happier). And good luck finding a place better suited to local punks than the Melody Inn. Every Saturday, they host Punk Rock night, and for many, many years in a row, NUVO readers have named it their favorite spot to listen to punk music – although the adventurous bookers get into all kinds of other genres, too. The stage setup is great for getting close to the bands, and the small bar scene is full of music mementos and wacky decorations. Melody Inn’s commitment to the local music scene and self-expression draws a non-conformist crowd that likes to hang here, and recently a few dance nights have been retooled to feature stuff like drum and bass. Take a break in the PBR Lounge or out on their chill back patio.

3826 N. Illinois St., 923-4707

2nd: The 5th Quarter Lounge
3rd: Emerson Theater 

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