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Rosa's Lounge

3420 West Armitage Avenue

Rosa's Lounge operates in the hallowed tradition of Chicago blues lounges, family owned and operated by an Italian immigrant who came to Chicago in 1978 after meeting Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy in Milan.Tony found the true spirit of the blues at South side lounges like the legendary Theresa's Lounge, and he opened Rosa's (1984) as a tribute to those cradles of blues tradition, and named it after his mother, Rosa, who had followed him here to help.

Rosa's family of blues performers ranges the entire spectrum of styles, from traditional legends like David Honeyboy Edwards, Homesick James and Pinetop Perkins to Chicago modernists like Billy Branch, Melvin Taylor and Sugar Blue, and attracts second-generation sons of the blues like Eddie Taylor Jr. and Lurrie Bell.This is a blues haven that feels like home to both the novice and the seasoned blues fan, "Chicago's Friendliest Blues Lounge", and Rosa's was named "Chicago's best blues club" by the New York Times and " ...a blues mecca for true believers" by Rolling Stone.


Allegra Socki

Sunday, July 22, 2018
I visited Rosa's for one of their blues dancing events and I had such an amazing time! The music was absolutely my favorite part. I had a great time dancing with other Blues dancers and getting to know the locals. The drinks were great too! I can't wait to go to the next event in August! I would recommend this bar to anyone who likes good company and amazing live music.

R Bran

Thursday, July 19, 2018
This is a great intimate club to watch and hear blues. Very friendly. Talked to the owner on the way out, very engaged and making sure everyone is enjoying themselves. I'm from out of town and wish I could go again. There are other big huge places that seem to be , and they advertise themselves, as drinking places that have music. This is truly a blues and music first experience, that has drinks. Huge experience difference. We enjoyed Melody Angel, really believe up and coming big star. A lot of raw energy and grit on her lyrics and her guitar playing. Awesome. It was great to chat with her during band break. Nuf said. Truly great experience to add to your chicago visit. Enjoy.

RJ Bauman

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Hot. No food service. It is perfect! If you are a blues fan, you really cannot beat this place. We saw Lurrie Bell!! Are you kidding me? Too awesome! This is such a historic venue for true blues fans. I would absolutley recommend this place. If you get the chance to hit other spots like House of Blues, go! Chicago has a lot of great historic places. Next trip we will hit Checkerboard Lounge and maybe Legends. I heard Legends is much better now.

Kim Herring

Sunday, June 17, 2018
The best blues club in all Chicago! When you're here no matter who you are you are treated like family, more importantly, like family they like. Tony and Amberly are passionate about the music and converting fans far and wide.

David Heiberger

Sunday, April 1, 2018
It's great. The sound is always clean and balanced. The music is outstanding. Cover is a bargain for the quality. $15 is what you would pay to see an okay band play one set at one of the smaller music venues in Chicago on an off night. At Rosa's, $15 gets you 2-3 long sets by some of the best blues artists around.

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