If you prefer great music over the score of the game and quality draft beers instead of watered-down domestic brews, look no further than Lincoln Park's AliveOne.
The beers here are as diverse as the crowd, and the warmly lit, spacious front room has several tables, seating at the bar and a pool table. AliveOne's soul is in its in music, which visitors can interact with both aurally and visually. Framed photographs of rockers like Dylan, Hendrix and Vedder adorn nearly every inch of wall space. Even the highly stylized American flag painting above the bar has a palpable vibe. In tune with this bar's name, the jukebox, which, I assure you, has no rival, spans generation after generation of live music (much of it bootlegged). From The Rolling Stones and The Doors to the White Stripes and Modest Mouse, this collection's broad scope pairs exceptionally well with the barís relaxed ambience. Only two TVs, which typically show concert videos, hang on the walls.
For a more intimate climate, head to the dimly lit back room, which moves to a slightly different beat. Tuesdays are host to "The Funk and Soul Revue," featuring a live DJ playing heavy funk, sweet soul, smooth jazz and real hip-hop. Good news: there's no cover. Tuesday nights also feature the bar's best deal: $2 pints of micro brews and $2.50 import pints. Regulars and newcomers pour into the bar on this busy night, but it rarely becomes too crowded; conversations are still possible without exhausting your voice. And don't be surprised if someone asks you what you think of a beer on tap or offers advice if you're unsure what to order. They know there's more to beer than the usual suspects.
To actually see live music, come on Thursdays and to check out Lubriphonic as it flexes its funk, rock and blues muscles live in the back room.
Centerstage Reviewer: John Kristoff
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