1959 Kitchen & Bar
With its sleek retro vibe that pays homage to The Second City’s rich history, 1959 Kitchen & Bar features a little something for everyone. Emphasizing sustainable, certified humane, organic regional ingredients, the menu ranges from savory pub fare to more specialty dining options. Drink-wise, choose anything from the latest craft beers and cocktails to the Chicago staples. Whether it’s a pre-show warm-up or post-show nightcap, 1959 is the perfect complement to one of Chicago’s greatest treasures.
MONDAY- $10 Burger & Beer/Bottled Coke
TUESDAY- $5 Soft Pretzel & $5 Bombers
WEDNESDAY- $5 Wings & $5 Boilermaker
THURSDAY- $5 Flatbread & 1/2 Off Select Wine
FRIDAY- $12 Mystery Bucket & Chef's Weekend Soup Special
SATURDAY- $6 Bartender's Choice Cocktail & Chef's Weekend Soup Special
SUDNAY- $2 Beer $4 Wells & Chef's Weekend Soup Special
Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm–2:00 am
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
DragCab'59- A live drag cabaret show the last Sunday of each month.
Live Theater available every night in the building
Enjoy half priced house wines on Wednesdays in 1959 Kitchen and Bar!
Terms and Conditions:
Valid For: 1 - 20 people
Starts: September 17, 2018
Ends: September 18, 2117
Availability: Wed 5:00PM-11:30PM
Great place to take family! Food and drinks were good.
Definitely only a place if you're in a pinch and need something quick before a Second City show.
Food was great as well as wait staff. Try the buffalo cauliflower it's amazing!! Great place to go before the comedy show!!
Second time with a group of more than 10. Very accommodating! Rueben was an outstanding server!
Jacob, the chef, created a delicious menu at 1959 Kitchen! My friend and I wanted more of a veggie focused dinner and we were pleasantly surprised about the wide variety of vegetable selections on the menu. Every dish we tried was very well thought out and beautifully plated —each including unique ingredients and flavor combinations that were amazing! Thanks, Jacob!
Really good burger! We booked before the show and didn’t have particularly high expectations but we’re more than happy with our burgers.
The big problem was the calamari appetizer. It was really, really hard and crunchy, with some kind of sweet sauce all over it. I couldn't taste any actual calamari, there seemed to be very little inside of the hard crunchy shell. Not a good version of calamari. Also, they had no beers on tap.
Really good option prior to show at The Second City. Food was tasty and well priced. Has energetic buzz so gets you in the mood for the fun to come.
Loved it. Right on the river
Great farm to table
Had reservations. Sat at table. Then asked us to move to another spot. We ended up sitting at bar. Bartender tried to make amends. Felt very age discriminated. Will not hurry back
The food was good and the bar menu was on point for a preshow however, the bathrooms were disgusting!! I would never eat in a place that has filthy bathrooms. Literally feminine’s products were laying on the floor or in the over stuffed cans. I addressed this but nothing was done.
1959 is definitely more of a bar than a restaurant. If you’re looking for drinks before or after a show at Second City, this is a solid spot. If you’re looking for a nice date spot, not exactly ideal.
We were a party of 12 last Saturday evening. Four of the 12 of us were served our meal and finished our meal prior to the rest of us being served. One guest did not receive their food until all guests were finished. In addition, the waitress was attempting to give us our bill even before we received our food.
Great selection of cocktails, beer and wine!! Located on the 2nd floor of Second City, convenient to visit before or after a show!!
My friend and I came here for a bachelorette party dinner before a show. We had reservations so we got seated promptly. However, no wait staff came to our table for at least 20 minutes to get our drink orders. There wasn't even water on the table and we were thirsty! Our waitress finally came and took our drink and appetizer order but didn't ask if we wanted to go ahead and order our meals too. She then brought out the drinks and we told her at that point that we were ready to order the meals. The appetizer didn't come out until the meals came out.
At least the food was delicious, but with the slow service we were almost late to our show upstairs.
Celebrating my fiancé’s birthday before our second city show!!
Food was great and very reasonably priced. Our server was friendly. The dri ks were very good...I had the Makers Mark cherry sour. Our bartender seemed a bit distracted and not as friendly as server. The only complaint was that the table was very sticky. Could use a good cleaning. Other than that there is a cool black box theater style to it.
Went in for food after watching a show at The Second City and had a great time! This place has amazing food and one of the best Manhattans I’ve had anywhere. We were there on a Sunday and the place was crowded with costume-style karaoke. Lots of fun!
Minimum menu. No fries come with a burger. Would go back but could be better.
Had high expectations to enjoy a Second City pre-show meal.
I knew the menu was limited but believed the convenience of eating in the 1959 would be a great thing.
If this were a volunteer server or a non-profit restaurant I would think the experience is worth the lack of service and food quality.
The server was totally unaware of the menu.....explained things wrong, then over-billed.
Even though the theater itself serves the beer I ordered at dinner on tap, I was presented a can of that beer and not even offered a glass from which to drink.
The Kale salad lacked the ingerients on the menu......it was a bowl of rough kale, that is all.
The salmon was of poor quality; probably farm raised wirh plenty of skin and gray meat.
The vibe is good. The restaurant is nicely laid out.
If you want a meal before the show, there are many other great food spots in this food lovers town; go there instead.
The cauliflower kung pao was delicious! As was the chocolate pudding dessert.
We were in from out of town for a Second City Show and ate before the show. Prices were very reasonable and food was yummy. A bit crowded before show so we got there at 6 and just in time with reservations.
Show has good food too so save room for beignets at show.
Very disappointed. It’s a stretch to call this a restaurant. It’s a bar-pure and simple. Noisy, subpar service, limited menu. Not recommendable as a restaurant.
We really enjoyed 1959 before our Second City show. They got us in and out quickly to enjoy the show. The Kung Pow cauliflower was one of the best things I ate during our week long vacation....and that is seriously saying something.
Had a casual dinner and drinks; and played a card game before seeing a show at Second City Theater.
Dinner before going to a show at the comedy club. Nice place!
We made reservation as we were attending a Second City Show and didn’t want to rush around. Very limited menu... server recommended Cauliflower app and then returned to tell us they were out of it. The beets were meh... salad was plain. Burger was actually good. We would not return, especially now knowing there are many options to eat on same block w far better menu selection.
Great entrees, nice wine and lovely dessert. We had dinner at 1059 before seeing a show at Second City. The whole experience was great fun and will make a great story of our trip to Chicago.
great artisan inspired basics, fries, burgers. Peaceful eating in quiet convivial space.
Please bring back the specials menu!
No vegetarian options,cauliflower entree made with beef bones :( and vegetarian pasta entree was not available!
We ate early so we didn't have server problems as others have mentioned. Overall it was a great experience. The cheeseburgers are fabulous.
Family dinner prior to 2nd City show.
Extremely limited menu. Service both slow and not very good. Bartender got drinks mixed up. Food was average at best. Prices high relative to value of food. Would not go here again.
We chose 1959 due to its proximity to Second City comedy club (same building). The 1959 menu is EXTREMELY limited. It’s mostly a bar (we are not big drinkers at all) and the food offerings are limited and a bit funky. My wife normally likes very plain fare and she was very disappointed in the choices. She ultimately chose the chicken strip appetizer which was dry and spicy. On the plus side, our waitress was very nice, attentive, and accommodating. But overall, I don’t think we will return to 1959 if we’re in the area again.
We came for dinner before a show at Second City. Sustainable food (yay), but really limited menu.
Our waitress was only moderately interested in helping us. The restaurant gets crowded due to it's proximity and good Yelp reviews, however, it didn't live up to the hype.
Very limited menu. Service was fair at best. A cool idea being right at Second City but it seems like they really weren't even trying to make this a nice place or experience. A decent place to grab a drink but not much more.
I chose this because I thought they would get me in and out in time for the 11:00 show. However, when we arrived for our 9:30 reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes to have our order taken and it was absolutely deafening. (I laughed when your survey termed it “energetic.”)
However, the food came quickly and it was delicious. We got out in plenty of time and the noise level dissipated the closer it got to show time. As a result, I would recommend it, but with the cautionary note about the noise.
Good food but incredibly small portions and overpriced for the amount of food that you get. Drinks were good but also overpriced. That would have been okay except the service quality also dropped off midway through our visit.
❤️ this place...perfect for pre-show dinner. Traveled from San Francisco to celebrate a big bday & stayed with my fabulous friend who lives a block away from Second City...She’s also a super scrabble player!