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How would you rate Buddy Guy's Legends?
I have been there for both afternoon acoustic and full bands at night. For both volume levels are manageable for listening and conversing with others. The atmosphere is similar to a Hard Rock. Lots of memorabilia pictures and signed guitars. Service was about average for food and slightly slower for drinks. Food quality was about normal. I recommend trying the Pork Wing appetizer. It is a new twist on ribs and wings. I gave it 4 stars for the atmosphere and music.
I was there last week twice Monday and again Thursday,on Thursday we ate The food was great,reasonably priced music was also very good and the real bonus was we got to see Buddy and take pictures and chat it was Great....
We went Thursday night. The place was packed, so definitely come way early if you want to have a table to sit. The live music was very good. We also enjoyed the place itself. Food is good. Definitely will go again. There is a cover charge on Thursday (and I believe weekend nights) but it was worth it.
An out-of-town vistor is the tourist-averse Chicagoan's best excuse to check out this Chicago staple! I attended the weeknight performance of a band that I can't remember the name of--but I definitely remember being blown away by the energy and emotion they conveyed (so essential to Blues music!) and heading home afterward in wonderful spirits. I was glad to have eaten dinner beforehand, as the menu was nothing to write home about.
You know, I want to like this place more, but I can't. The main floor are is just a little too divey and there are too many posts blocking the views and the acoustics could be better., but man can the musicians jam.
I've seen Buddy play here twice now during his residencies and he just blows the doors off the place, for a man who is now 77 years young he's got more energy and drive than I do at thirty.
Preshow the food is decent (southern / soul food) and they have an ok beer selection. Pool tables upstairs. Always found the crowd to be friendly and the staff is very pleasant.
Love, love, love it here! Chicago is known for its blues history so it's only appropriate that Buddy Guy's is a city landmark that always packs in the fun. There haven't been much if any renovations to this location so it definitely shows its age and wear and tear. You can't anticipate a swanky blues bar. This is a bare bones, no frills place that knows two things - good music and good food. And for those two things, it surely delivers. The southern style soul food is a perfect companion to the soul-soothing tunes.
Fabulous tidbits of music history line the painted brick walls. So when you have been standing for a while (since tables are few and hard to get), it is interesting to have a walk around to see a few historical treasures that call Buddy Guy's home.
I was under the impression that after so many years at this location, Buddy Guys will be closing. I don't necessarily know the details behind this or if it's being rebuilt or moved elsewhere, but it will be a sad day when or if such a Chicago gem closes its doors.
- Great place to enjoy good live music on a Sunday afternoon
(It's free entry 5-8)
- Drinks are large, and relatively inexpensive for their size
- I liked the rum punch
- Orange smash was good too
- Food looked pretty generic
- Don't be the loud jerk table that talks over the performance
Awesome time, great service and amazing music.
Fantastic place right in the centre of downtown Chicago. Very easy to find, not expensive and top quality music lunchtime early and late evenings every day of the week, The club became my base of operations for everything else that Chicago had to offer during my recent visit, Highly recommended!,
This is a great place to come and enjoy some awesome blues. They have reasonable prices on drinks and food. The food is great and what soul food should be, flavorful and not greasy. Cajun popcorn (fried crawfish w/ fries) are great to eat while sipping your beer and listening to the music.
We would definitely come back. The only lacking thing would be the tables. If you want a seat at a prime table, you better get there early.
Good place. $10 IN around 9pm as they play blues. I was skeptical but it was nice. Sat at the bar, then buddy arrived and sat very nearby us although as it's not my scene I didn't really know anything about him/blues until after. Bit like hard rock with memorabilia on the wall.
If you're into live music, especially blues, this is a great place to visit. The atmosphere is really neat. The food is so-so. I was hoping for better, given the name of the joint. Don't get me wrong--the food is passable Cajun but I was hoping for more. At any rate, this is a great place to see some good music.
Loved it great music great people awesome time
3.50 for a draft pint of pbr . cheapest draft price in downtown Chicago! Plus great music and a lively atmosphere. Didn't try the food .
My kinda place. No fuss, no fancy setting, brick walls with legends' memorabilia and great up close music.
My favorite place in the world to hear and feel the blues experience. My wife and I drive up from Columbus, Ohio every year for a Legends weekend. I would rather be at Legends than any other place in the world. Period. It is a shrine if you love the blues and Chicago blues in particular. Happy Birthday Buddy!
Horrible service!!!! Wanted to hear great music and have dinner, but was totally disappointed! The staff was so unhelpful and rude! Asked for a table for two, they told us to sit where we could find seats ( 7:30 pm) then as we stood for a brief moment looking for a table, a staff member told us we had to "sit or get out of the way", so we ended up just leaving. I would NEVER recommend this place!!!
Great place, better music. Terrible service, wont be coming back. Lots of different choices to go enjoy good music AND getting decent service.
Great atmosphere great food great music
Good music fantastic atmosphere
A Chicago institution that is well worth the visit. I have seen several concerts here and it's a sort of hallowed grounds for blues musicians. Often you can find Buddy himself hanging out at the bar. The food is also much better than what would expect and the portion sizes humongous. I loved the wings and the fried okra.
We got there about 7pm, cover after 8:30. The guy doing the dinner set was really good. Had an app and a few beers waiting for the main show. The food was good, the beers cold, service was good but the girls seemed tired and kinda unhappy. The main, Blue Coast band was great. Their sound was full and had volume. Not loud but thumpin' volume, nice sound work. The harmonica player was blowing cat 5, the base was heavy and full, vocals had punch, and the drummer keep it all together.
The house was already rocking when Buddy Guys hops the stage and belts out this amazing sound. It's the best $10 I've ever spent. It's a blues bar with food, not a restaurant with blues. Stellar night, highly recommend the experience.
Great place, better music but terrible service... Rude waiters. I would recomend any other blues bar (there are tons here in chicago). Save yourself from a overpriced cover and bad service
A better way to continue the blues - as you lecture the crowd to do - is to make it a better experience for the people that have come to watch. I attended your concert last Friday (29 Jan 2016) with the Cash Box Kings warming up – bought 6 tix last Nov – flew in from Maryland bringing my wife and young sons to get hooked on the blues – but we were never able to watch you and your band live other than walking across front of stage to the bathroom a couple of times. The TVs upstairs do not count.
We swung by Legends at 4PM to check out the situation – and all the tables were full. When we arrived back at 7 for dinner – there were only seats left at the bar by the front door – so we took them and drank and ate for 4 hours before you took the stage. But when the concert started – the pens that you have people stand in blocked our view – when I kneeled on the chair the staff told me to sit – when we moved our chairs away a bit from the bar to get a better angle – we were told to push them back – not an experience anyone enjoyed – and my mission was a failure – my young folks will not come back.
Solution: charge more – you will still sell out – and charge enough to cover the cost of the food and alcohol you lose by having people sit around hours before you start. And only allow the number of people in - that can have seats at a table that can actually “see” you. Otherwise people will not come back and our blues will suffer.
Legends is awesome – great food and beer and even the bouncers were friendly doing their jobs – but please consider another set up to deliver your music live. I am thinking all the people in those pens would appreciated it too. The only people standing should be dancing in the back – with everybody else that has bought a ticket - able to see the blues live - because that is what it is all about.
Outstanding place to listen to some of the best performers in Chicago. You can't get this quality entertainment anywhere else for 20.00. The service is always great, staff is on top of their game and best of all you never know when Buddy is in the house. Thank You Mr. Buddy Guy for preserving this rich cultural experience. We love you.
Paul & Anne
The rudest people I've ever met! The guys at the door look like gangsters and make you feel like they are doing you a favor by letting you in. The lady at the bar is really nice though but we will never come back, needless to say that I do not recommend this place, there are so many things to do in Chicago, I don't need to spend my money in a place where they don't make me feel welcomed. Bad experience!
Traveled 12 hours to be able to see this place, to enjoy live music and have a good time with family and unfortunately that didn't happen for us.
The person at the front door with a "security" shirt was the rudest person I've ever met in my life, no welcome, no thank you instead treated me like if I was literally a piece of trash.
I'm a business owner and for me customer service and making sure my clients receive the best experience is a MUST and the main reason my business is successful.
Great music, great atmosphere, our bartender Marie was amazing and sweet.
After being treated like that at the front door I just couldn't enjoy at all leaving me with a really bad experience. If you hate your job as a front door man or hate your life I suggest you find what you love to do or find your purpose in life young man.
I love the blues!! And where else would you go to see a legend in Chicago? Here of course!! The bar and food is heavenly. The ribs...omg the ribs. So good! The buddy's own beer is amazing too. Dont get me started on the music. Go on Wednesday's to see Anthony Moser! His the bomb! Great artist! I love this place and so will you!
4.5 stars for sure! Great place to listen to great music. And very popular too so get there early during the free acts to get a table cos otherwise it's a very civilized but very aggressive game of Get Their Table They're Leaving. Food was also delicious (I recommend the blackened salmon or the jumbo gumbo). Only minor point. Need a dance floor! Everyone is shaking and tapping in their seats so give us room to dance!
I'll be back!
I went to Buddy Guy's Legends for the first time and the man was there in person, although he did not perform. I got to shake the man's hand.
Both bands were great. Being a vegan, there was a delicious vegan burger on the menu. The menu was varied.
I took away a star for the limited seating and over zealous security. I did not have trouble with them, but we loaned a chair to someone in the standing area and it was taken away to the recipient by security.
So much fun! The music was phenomenal. Buddy Guy even showed up and performed. If you have to eat gluten free, there's not many options, but the music more than makes up for it! It has a cozy feel and there aren't a ton of tables which is really nice. I even got spun around the floor by one of the staff members, (mercy, could that beautiful man move) which made the night even better. We bought tickets to see Jimmy Burns Hosts The Jam and were blown away by the talented musicians. I was even able to chat with many of them while sitting outside, before the official show started. Two thumbs up and high fives all around.
I come here every time I go to Chicago. Great music, great crowd, always packed. Last time I met some cool people who took me to hang out upstairs in the private area.
Best place in Chicago to see great blues artists .
Great music, good food, good drink. Great atmosphere and a nice upstairs bit with pool tables.
Been at Buddy's Legends many times. Good and service always good and music great. Saw Pistol Pete last night. WOW. This guy was awesome, high energy, and nonstop. Great guitarist.
Good southern soul food. A bit expensive but large portions served. Live blues entertainment that's good. Children welcome during the day, but not at night because it's a bar & grill. Good nightlife in Chicago. Well worth going to.
Good music for free during dinner. Dinner was excellent. I will go back here for sure on my next visit to Chicago.
Went on a Tuesday, so wasn't too packed. Staff was all extremely friendly and attentive! Food was delicious and the band performing was so fun. Buddy Guy was there in person the night I went too! All around great experience.
Buddy Guy is 80. Go see him perform in January if you've never seen him! He's truly a legend. But BGL also attracts the best blues talent in the world, even when Buddy's not in town. Good food, great for a fun work lunch outing.
Awesome place to see Buddy in January. The staff is awesome! The bar tenders remembered my order the second time (in the same night)I saw them! It can get a bit cramped if you are in standing room only. Get there early or go on a night where they are less busy (Thursday or Sunday instead of Saturday). 😊
Good drinks, great food, amazing music.
It's Buddy Guy! What else do you need to know? The food is hot, beer is cold, and the music is loud!
Musiv was good even for a Thursday night. Really need to go on a regular night out..
Food was a hot mess. I ordered shrimp tacos, and there wasn't a lick of butter on those bad boys or cheese! Rice was plain, literally no salt or anything. Everything was absolutely flavorless. An appetizer of TWO crab cakes was $12!!! And they tasted like fried tuna! Drinks are a minimum of $12 for anything but beer and wine. Service was slow, and the wait staff don't care either. I would go for fast food over this place any day. Save your money.
He is the one and only Buddy Guy!!! Go see him when he's there get there when it opens or you won't get a seat. Packed to ceiling!! Best show closest to a legend I've EVER been! Loved it.
Food is bad. Music is good. It's all expensive.
Rated 5 stars for the overall experience. Food is a solid 4 - wonderful homestyle Cajun/Creole. I was delighted to find that the new location, while a little bit bigger and cleaner, retains a bit of the "dive bar" feel and has a similar intimate layout like the original location. It's all about the music here. Pure and true blues at it's finest. Every table close to the stage. Even if you don't like or know the blues when you go in, you will love it by the time you leave.
Awesome. Good food and great music. Loved seeing the memorabilia on the wall and in the case. Food prices aren't bad and the $10 cover was well worth the legendary artists that okay there. Highly recommend
I live 30 min from the City (non rush hour of course!) and of all the choices for music this is one of my FAVORITES! Why??
1. The Sound Quality! This place was built for listening to music. To sit 10 feet from screaming guitars and be able to hear each note or even say something to the person next to me means a lot of thought was put into creating a venue for listening to music. When I am listening to a favorite band in a venue with the sound quality of a tin can, ( a common experience) I want to stab pokers into my ears.
2. Buddy Guy , and family members who are always visible keeping an eye on the place, continues to stay true to his original intent. To create a Blues Club. Cozy, smallish, high quality, professional talent and a focus on music and food.
This despite what I perceive as constant pressure from tourist crowd. I know it is exciting to hear blues great blues music in a small setting but selfies in front of the stage while the band plays does not really help you appreciate the sound. Buy a t shirt on your way out, and brag about your experience later, Your friends will believe you, you don't need proof.
3. The Food. For Exceptionally reasonable prices, my experience has been delicious, standard southern fare. Fried oysters, gumbo, ribs, cornbread. Michelin Star Rating? no, but standards are very high for their modest Chicago City prices. Everyone will find something yummy, be filled up with generous portions and have $$ left to tip the (in my experience) courteous and attentive wait staff.
4. The Music! go listen to the music!!!
The food was great and the music was even better! Buddy Guy was there and got on stage for a bit. Cool place I would go back.
The live jazz was a nice experience. The food is good nothing to rave about. They might have a cover later in the evening but there are still some performances before they start collecting the cover charge.
I usually do not post or leave feedback, but this experience warrants it. The service, atmosphere, music and entrees were great. We're all from Dallas mostly, but we were treated like family! We absolutely appreciated the big guy Daryl and his hospitality; along with the rest of the staff on that 3rd of July.
It's Buddy Guy's. That's how AWESOME is spelled in Blues-a-nese. There was a local dude onstage when I dropped in. He was great. It sort of sums up how awesome this place was. Even better was the older gals who eventually came in... they know how to have fun... a few of them even whistled at this gentlemen as he took a break from playing. Their grandchildren who had brought them in tried to calm them down a bit, but hey... that's just how awesome this place is... it brings out the best in us all.
This is the place to go for some southern style cajun food and good blues music. Nicole was my thirst consultant aka bartender and her and the staff are the best! This place is almost like a museum, you can find the walls lined with autographed guitars from almost every major rock and blues artists. They even have a case with Jimi Hendrix shoes and head band! If you're lucky you'll even spot Buddy hanging out at the bar.
Chicago is rich in culture. That is exemplified by one of it's premier gems, a blues club known as Buddy Guy's Legend. When I stepped through the doors an electrifying ambience embraced me. Guest from near and far enjoying the house delights literally were treated with a Monday Open Mike that included a Buddy Guy moment backed by the Jimmy Burns Group (house band of the evening). The night featured riveting appearances by Mr G. Guy (Buddy's son), Mr Wes, Ms Holley Maxwell, and Ms Queen. The evening was rounded out with a rotation of sign in jam musicians who were not short on talent themselves ... Also, a shout out to my new friends from St. Louis, glad you had fun .... Nice spot Buddy
The Mike Dangerous Band was incredible. They played 2 hours nonstop. Buddy Guy sat in with the band to make it that much better. It was a wonderful experience.
My experience was excellent. The staff was prepared for our group upon arrival. The food was very good and the entertainment was great.
Had an amazing time. Prices were reasonable. Service was great. Louisiana Al was fabulous. Highly recommend Legend's.
Food was very good. Entertainer was pretty good a fun place to eat and be entertained $20 cover starts at 8 p.m.
Visited there last week. A great place to go for live music in Chicago. Had a great time. Apparently Buddy came out and joined the band for a few songs during the first set - unfortunately we missed that. Still - a great night.
Very rude personnel. There was a guy that was pushing us rudly from our chairs just because we brought 2 extra chairs on the table. Instead of just asking us to move, he was yelling and pushing us. He pushed his fingers on the ribs 45 year old lady that was with us. Never again. Chicago Blues is much better place and humane. Shame on this place
Top quality music, top quality food, top quality staff and people and in Buddy himself, a top quality man!!
Corn bread. Jambalaya. Beer. Live music that is free early. Cover charge for second group starting at 830pm. No rush to clear tables. No pressure on patrons to leave to get more people in. Sit with friends. Enjoy the music and the food. I visited twice in 3 days while in Chicago. Two thumbs up.
What an awesome place .. people are friendly ... Staff are exceptional. Food is great...entertainment is WOW!!!! What a privilege it was to meet the man himself... Thanks for an awesome memorable evening!!!
Always good local live music. Come before 8pm to have good food, reasonable beverages and avoid cover. Check the site for national acts. Buddy does residency the month of January, Thursday through Sunday. A for sure must see if you've never been.
Very disappointed. We received a $100 gift certificate for Christmas 2017, not realizing there was a 1-year expiration. We had planned to use it tonight but after a phone call to Guy's were informed that they would refuse to honor it. We will be avoiding this place - and informing our gift givers that Buddy Guy's took their money. Furthermore, gift cards/certificates are regulated by the 2008 Illinois Consumer Fraud Act. Companies are not allowed to pocket the money until after 5 years.
If you are in Chicago and like music, go to a blues club. Buddy Guy’s consistently books quality Chicago blues acts. We usually stay at the Chicago Hilton which is literally steps away from the club front door. Just be prepared to stand. We've been here several times and we've never been able to sit down for the featured artist of the day because we arrive closer to show time.
Went here to see Buddy Guy. Was a great show. The downstairs was already packed when we got there, so we went upstairs to eat first. We all got burgers. They were meh, kinda dry and flavorless. I used A1 to help. The service was great though and the beers cold and affordable for the area. There are 2 bars downstairs and 1 upstairs. Pool tables were available upstairs as well.
Unbelievable! They have chairs for about 50 people. What is that about? If I pay $50 for a ticket it would be nice to sit down. Suggestion: Save some money and stop handing out the crappy lanyard and buy some chairs. I stayed at the bar upstairs and watched a football game. I asked to move my chair over to the area of the upstairs that had the screen to see what was going on downstairs and I was told that I could not. Very disappointing!
Went here to see Buddy Guy. We got there early so we had great seats.
We had dinner there. Some type of pulled pork which I thought was great.
Oh course, Buddy Guy was awesome. I am so glad we got to see him.
Been here a few times and had fun! It's a great place to go for the music, but not a place to go if you want to talk to anyone or be able to hear anything for the next few hours... It's really loud - not necessarily a bad thing. The seating is pretty limited, so get there early. The food is pretty good too!
Came from Detroit to catch Buddy Guy....he was fantastic..the food was good..the atmosphere great..good martinis...loved it all..going back to see Buddy every January as long as he's playing. He played a great 21/2 hrs at least!! He walked through the bar while playing..then afterwards he signed free autographs
We bought regular tickets online, thinking we can enjoy a nice evening while sitting, drinking and listening to music. Well, we were wrong. Arriving an hour before is not a guarantee to get a seat. We were very disappointed. Big waste of our money. Music was ok. Nothing more. Cocktail prices are too high!!! Not worth the time or money
Buddy Guys is close to our favorite downtown hotel the Congress Plaza. So we always go there for to have good food, drinks, and listen to the blues. In January you can see Buddy Guy himself play his guitar! 😎😎😎😎
Entertainment was very good and professional, the short announcer was not. I was on my phone and he came over and threatened me at our table because he thought I was recording. He put his hands on my phone, said he was going to mess me up and throw me out. We actually flew there from out of state to see the show. I was so embarrassed and mortified. I told the manager and she sent a round of drinks and apologized for him, but in the same breath stuck up for him. Did not feel safe after that. Staff is threatening and not truthful to each other.
By far this is one of the best blues places in Chicago obviously it is owned by Blues Legend so why wouldn't it be but the talent that plays here is incredible I really love this place
Enjoy some good music while you drink at the bar or sit down to eat. Spacious and clean. With nice decor and decent beer selection. They do have a cover charge for most evening performances but it is a good place to hear some good live music for free as well.
Very cool place that basically always has live blues going. The food leaves something to be desired, and don't order the house beer. But if you're a fan of the blues visiting Chicago, you'll want to stop by, when it gets going, this place is amazing.
Been there many, many times. Always a great experience! The staff is the BEST! The food is AMAZING!! Great atmosphere, top notch sound, I could go on and on...... Just go and get your own Legends experience. You won't regret it!!!!
BBQ ribs were quite good. But of course, the best part was the music later in the evening. Dinner at 7:30, main act started at 9:30-10 pm and then Buddy Guy walks up on stage around 11:15 to close out the first set! Great evening!
If you've never been here, GO!!!! The best for Blues and food. Saw a 17 year old guitar player Nick Alexander just shred last night. You have not experienced music if you haven't been here. Highly recommend
Great music. Terrible customer service, rudest I have ever come across. Sarcastic and demeaning.
One of the most characteristics jazz club in Chicago. A few blocks away from the very central Michigan Avenue, it offers a wide selection of craft beers and food. While the interior decoration is quite minimal, the live music is very enjoyable. Food is also good, and prices are reasonable. Finally, be aware that you need to pay 10$ (preferably cash) to get in.
We were visiting from Canada, and made a point to visit. $20 cover charge when we arrived after 23:00. Wonderful music, drink prices seemed to be the normal. We enjoyed every second of being here.
Music was good, food was ok but the service was dreadful. The waitress was very rude every time she talked to me for no reason whatsoever. She even threw my beer on the table. The situation was so bizarre that the couple that was sharing the table with me called the manager to complain about her (they were being treated fine, her problem was with me apparently). The manager just nodded along and that was it. I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone. I’m sure there are plenty of other places with good music out there.
This is a must destination for visitors and locals. The food is good and the entertainment is superb. Plenty of friendly people. The only down side is it is popular and can get packed at times so if you want a seat for some of the top entertainment get there early. They are as accommodating as what they can possibly be, but you should have a plan. I suggest checking it out during the day or a time when you know it is not real busy so you can have an idea before seeing a big name act, but well worth it and so much fun.
Thank you very much we had an amazing experience here and the food was amazing. We had great Service, If you want to be treated like a valued guest this is the spot for you. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a solid meal and amazing entertainment. You did not feel rushed you could enjoy your meal. The food was delicious, and the prices are reasonable as well. And the music was amazing and the atmosphere over the top and no video recording pictures are ok
Simply the best without being simple..you get a top notch blues experience with the best food accompanied by staff that truly cares for blues lovers and all topped off with the surprise visit by Buddy Guy himself.
Does it get any better no... Buddy Guy's Legends is as good as it can get on earth.
When it comes to the Blues...the management staff is obviously great Buddy Guy with the help of Mr Maddox knows what he's doing..two thumbs way up
Absolutely amazing food! Traveled to Hilton on business and wanted something tastier than the hotel options.... This venue was right next door and had so many choices it became my daily go-to! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! ❤
Came here with some friends that come often, so they really know the ropes. We arrived early on a Sunday during Blues Fest. No problem getting a table...read this and 452 more