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Best Bar for Getting Your Punk Rock On

Melody Inn

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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. 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 old-school/soul dance nights have been added to the week’s lineup. And even those are still somehow punk.

3826 N. Illinois St., 923-4707,

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