Justin Timberlake. Elton John. Bon Jovi. Lady Gaga. You’d be hard-pressed to find a radio station that boasts such variety, let alone a bar, but that’s precisely what patrons are greeted with at a certain popular Chicago hotspot.
Howl at the Moon, located at 26 West Hubbard St., lives up to its claim of being “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Dueling Piano Bar” each and every night thanks to its unrelenting energy and eclectic mix of professional musicians on hand to churn out the hits. On stage, front and center, underneath the bright multi-colored lights, the dueling pianos steal the show as guests sing along to “Bennie and the Jets,” “Poker Face,” and “Build Me Up Buttercup.”
For those arriving before 7 p.m., you’ll be treated to a filling spread of delicious finger foods, fruit, and sweets, which can be washed down with a signature Howl cocktail, martini, or 86 oz. bucket of booze perfect for sharing with a small group.
The fully stocked bar is equipped with all the essentials ripe for making every visit a celebration of epic proportions. Whether you’re on hand for a happy hour, 21st birthday, bachelorette party, or just looking to have some fun, be sure to indulge in the vast array of shots, bombs, or “bones,” which contain 24 ounces of “Rum Runner,” “Blue Bomber,” “Dr. Feel Good,” “Pink Paradise,” or “Strong Island.”
Once the drinks start flowing and the crowd begins to settle in, feel free to take a lap around, as the spacious layout features two bar areas, several tables scattered throughout and around the stage, in addition to various open spots prime for busting a move. Even if you don’t typically consider yourself a dancer, you may find it difficult to resist the intoxicating atmosphere that will undoubtedly sweep you in.
Though the stage is reserved for the musicians, except when guests are invited up, the audience is encouraged to sing along, while making as many song requests as possible. The diverse demographic allows for an unpredictable playlist of old classics and new favorites.
You’ll be bringing “SexyBack” all night long, and remember to tip the “Piano Man,” as Howl at the Moon provides the perfect backdrop for an evening you won’t soon forget.