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A landmark cocktail bar and intimate live music venue with an atmosphere that echoes another era. Dating back to the 1930s, the Clipper ranks as one of Chicago’s most historic and beloved bars. The drink list spans more than 70 libations, ranging from an expertly prepared Old Fashioned or Amaro Shaved Ice, to a Genesee Cream Ale and shot of whiskey. The Clipper's vintage red-hued vibe pays homage to the original 1930s style and provides a sexy backdrop to the live performances. Delicately selected to match the room's singular tone, the music roster runs the gamut of jazz, soul, country/western, indie, world and beyond, offering rare access to acclaimed performers and DJs alike. Nightly playlists straddle both the vintage and modern realms.