1959 Kitchen & Bar

3.9
118 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Hungry? Thirsty? Come see us in 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.

~Nightly Specials~
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–2:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm–2:00 am
Kitchen Hours
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 337-3992
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N Wells St
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Public transit
Red & Brown line are 2 blocks away. (Sedgwick Stop)
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Entertainment
Karaoke every Sunday night
DragCab'59- A live drag cabaret show the last Sunday of each month.
Live Theater available every night in the building
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 118 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.7
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 7 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

❤️ 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!

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Ordered Burger well-done came out as rare as could be. Didn't want to wait for another one so dealt with it. Fries do not come with the burger so ordered fries. they came out halfway after the burger was done very late. The fries were excellent though. Pretty good selection of craft beers

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This was a great place to eat before a show. Good food, good drinks, very nice staff and the decor is lovely.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Wasnt set up for a date environment and the menu didn't match what was represented online when I made the reservation on this app. It was a very basic cheap bi-fold, paper menu with basic bar favorites and nothing I would consider decent dining for a date or couple wanting a good meal. More like a happy hour Pub scene so we left and went to nearby Sushi Restaurant.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Made a reservation and was not given a table. They said they gave all the tables to a larger group despite my month old reservation. We were given bar seats. The bartender was kind, but we were disappointed overall.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We had extra time before the improv show so we played a board game that was available ! Great way to pass our time

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We had a reservation for 6:00 and were seated right away. Our waiter, Alex, greeted us with water within 5 minutes. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and venue and took his time answering our questions. The food was great and we had time to chat with Alex before our show at 2nd City. We would definitely recommend it and will return the next time we visit Chicago!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Amazing food and Julia was soooo much fun!!! Would definitely go back!!!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

There was no one else dining when we arrived and we were able to let our kids play board games while we talked. Food arrived promptly. The Brussel Sprout dish tasted great, but they over fired them in the fryer and they were basically ash, but the server removed them from the bill which wasn't expected. Flavor was good, but mouthfeel and presentation was lacking. It was a nice surprise they were removed from bill. Drinks were solid and we'd go back if in the neighborhood again.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Chuck he was an incredible bartender. He made my mother a custom vodka cocktail that was coconut E and had lime in it. And he made me a delicious piece go sour with fresh eggs! How weird! And then I had a witches something and it was also very tasty. Very artsy I felt like I was at a mixologists laboratory

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Loved there's a special drink of the day with a great price. Loved how there were board and card games, especially while waiting for our show to start

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We grabbed dinner here before heading to Second City and had a great time. The cocktails were a bit off, just way too strong and not balanced. The food was fabulous and came out super quick! The server was great but she was clearly swamped and didn't have enough staff on that night. I think knowing that most of your clientele is going to a show, they should be aware and try to offer to drop checks and get payment much quicker to show times. We kind of had to run the show on that one a bit. [pun intended:)] Overall we really liked the spot but probably wouldn't rush to go back. Solid option before seeing a show when the weather is crap and you don't want to have to spend too much time outside in Chicago's hideous spring, I mean winter , weather.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Some of the food was over-cooked; maybe the normal cooking crew was not in the house that night...

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Was a fine visit with decent food. Noise level was very high - I had reserved a table with low seating but when I arrived, I got the high seats in spite of a low table being open - was specified in the preferences when I made the reservation but it didn't seem to do any good

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

While the food was delicious, some of it arrived luke warm. Our waitress was almost non existent, so we did our best. They have games sitting around and we helped ourselves to a game of Cards
Against Humanity and played the whole while, very fun. There was a large group of men nearby so it was very lively. Despite the hiccups, we would recommend and will also enjoy again for ourselves.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Overall great place!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our waiter was terrific. We spoke and he was very congested. We appreciated that.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Service was outstanding and quick. We had wings (spicy and Cola BBQ), both were very good and came out of the kitchen very quickly. This was a pre-show meal and the staff got us in and out with plenty of time for the show.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was my husband’s birthday. We had gotten tickets to see the Moonsharks, and have supper at 1959 before the show. I had made a special note when making our reservation via Open Table, requesting a special birthday dessert....but apparently that was either not communicated, or the staff simply failed to act on it. I ordered the bread pudding (which was delicious, just like the rest of the meal), but I was disappointed no one even told my husband happy birthday.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We selected the restaurant because of its proximity to Second City, which we were attending. We had a 12-year-old in tow. The food was excellent and prices affordable. Our waitress was among the very best I have ever had-warm and friendly and concerned but not in your face or overly friendly. We had a warm and friendly response to this restaurant.

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Severely overpriced, mediocre food and very unattentive waitress.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We selected location due to proximity to Second City and had reserved a table. Service was marginal, had to ask host for a server to wait on us and menu was limited, but tasty.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great service, good food, delish cocktails, easy fun.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

All I can say is the food and the service was beyond awful. AWFUL.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The service was excellent. The location is great. Very convenient. We attended a Second City Show and didn't need to brave the show to get good food. The food itself was okay. Not great, but far from bad. The desserts were AWESOME!!! The churro with vodka infused hot chocolate made up for the tasteless burger (my friends did enjoy the tacos and shrimp and grits). I will go back.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The table we got seated at was barely large enough for 2 plates. I was expecting a decent seat because I had reservations 3 weeks in advance. The food came very quickly and was pretty good, nothing extremely special.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Decor, Service, and food flavor were all top notch.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I went after a Second City show, and it was excellent. Just what we wanted!

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1.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Mac and cheese had very little flavor and tasted watery. Nashville hot chicken was bland and underseasoned. Bottle of beer was served with glass that smelled like it had been cleaned with a dirty or musty-smelling towel. The decor was very cool and the service was good but I wouldn't recommend getting anything to eat or drink here. Better off eating at the Chipotle or Starbucks downstairs (or wide range of restaurants in the neighborhood) before a show at Second City.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food, fun atmosphere, & convenient location when visiting SCTC!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was very good and came out fast. Just wished there was a little bit more to choose from on the menu. Staff was pleasant and very attentive.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Night out with my wife. Love this place for a bite before some sketch comedy at second city

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Absolutely amazing! People were great! Food was amazing!!

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Great ambiance and food, however since it's called Kitchen & Bar, I expected a better cocktail menu. It lacked variety and the drinks were just okay.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Fun atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Ideal for a pre-theater meal. We shared a dish of brussel sprouts and ordered fried chicken, short rib tacos, and roasted pork belly as entrees. We were warned by our server that the entrees might not arrive together, but we were lucky and got them all at the same time, perhaps because the restaurant was not very busy. The pork belly was particularly delicious! There was a good selection of beers, though the wine and cocktails were a little pricy. We would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Lindo lugar , comida rica y bebidas muy buenas . Solo les falto un cambiador para bebés en los baños . Pero en general muy bueno .

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