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Rosa's Lounge - 1 Reviews - 3420 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL - Night Clubs Reviews - Phone (773) 342-0452

Rosa's Lounge

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3420 W Armitage Ave (at At Kimball Ave)
Chicago, IL 60647
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(773) 342-0452
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Rosa's Lounge - Chicago, IL
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Rosa’s Blues Lounge is a legendary blues joint that is a bit off the beaten path for out-of-towners, but it’s worth a visit if you’re a fan of blues, and it’s especially recommend...

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Rosa's: Where Real Chicago Blues Can Be Found 3/18/2006

Rosa’s Blues Lounge is a legendary blues joint that is a bit off the beaten path for out-of-towners, but it’s worth a visit if you’re a fan of blues, and it’s especially recommended if there’s someone you want to see playing on a given night. The friendly and boisterous atmosphere inside the lounge belies the somewhat quiet and rather non-touristy neighborhood it sits in. It’s a compact and intimate interior, with the bar on the left side, tables scattered about, and a small stage in the back—in other words, you’ll definitely get to slide up close and enjoy the music. Yes, the cover charge is sometimes steep depending on who’s playing, but the payback is that the performances feel much more raw and unfiltered (including in some cases lyrics not meant for children, if you get my drift)—just the way the blues was meant to be heard. After midnight, the band(s) of the evening often “loosen up” their set lists, engaging in lots of improvisation as well as jamming with musicians from other blues clubs who’ve popped into Rosa’s for a late-night visit. more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    In a yet ungentrified and primarily residential stretch of the Northwest Side, Rosa's is an intimate room where you're guaranteed to see performers onstage from all vantage points. Tables and chairs fill most of the space, but there's a pool table in the back. Manager (and musician) Tony Mangiullo and his mother (she's Rosa) run the show.

    The Draw
    Drink prices are reasonable, but because of its location, the bar doesn't attract the tourists that downtown blues clubs do. A host of regulars--including blue-collar folks, college kids and those willing to drive a bit to hear good blues--are dedicated to the bar and its recurring acts, such as energetic guitarist Melvin Taylor. Mangiullo occasionally rolls the dice on an out-of-town legend, often with stunning results: Connoisseurs will recognize Baton Rouge swamp blues guitarist Larry Garner and Memphis soul screamer James Carr among them.

  • 12/1/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Tue 8pm-2am, Thu-Fri 8pm-2am, Wed 8pm-1am, Sat 8pm-3am
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Logan Square, North Side
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