11:50pm, Wednesday, May 18
Address: 2933 W. Montrose Ave.
Price of Old Style: $2.25 drafts
Now this is the type of bar I thought we'd see all night. We walk in, grab two seats at the bar and get to O.S. drafts from the bartender, Gretchen. It is live blues night, and the band is winding down their set, and ask Gretchen to join them for the last two songs. Gretchen proceeds to KILL IT singing some Janis Joplin and "What's Going On" by 4 Non-Blondes.
Montrose Saloon had such a great vibe, and a lot of that had to do with Gretchen. She has been workimg at the bar for over 10 years, and she started up the live Bluegrass and Blues
Wednesday nights a few years ago, to much success. This is definitely a bar that Chicago beer drinkers and music lovers need to know about.
Here is a great review of Montrose Saloon by Sean Parnell on his website, Chicago Bar Project.
Here are the Yelp reviews, as well.