Empty Bottle + Bite Café Staff Relief

Unprecedented times demand unprecedented decisions, including the difficult one we’ve made today. In hopes of supporting the health and safety of our incredible patrons, tireless staff, gifted artists, and first-class city, Empty Bottle and Bite Café have closed their doors indefinitely.

Along with the health risks that COVID-19 poses, we also recognize the financial hardship the pandemic has caused. To that end, we implore you to show solidarity with Bottle and Bite staffers via this campaign, in which we'll be offering some special items in exchange for your donation. (PLEASE email info@emptybottle.com with your gift preference.) 

$10, $25, $50 DONATION - DONOR APPRECIATION WHEATPASTE
We'll be emblazoning the Cortez wall of the Bottle with a wheatpaste mural adorned with the names of those who helped in our time of need — have your name included!

$20 DONATION - EMPTY BOTTLE STICKER PACK

$50 DONATION - EMPTY BOTTLE MYSTERY POSTER


$50 DONATION - EMPTY BOTTLE BOOK [SOLD OUT!]


$75 DONATION - EMPTY BOTTLE SHIRT + STICKER PACK


$75 DONATION - BITE CAFE SWAG BAG


$100 DONATION - TWO EMPTY BOTTLE GUEST LIST SPOTS
(Based on availability)

$150 DONATION - EMPTY BOTTLE SWAG BAG


$200 DONATION - ONE TICKET TO INVITATION-ONLY EMPTY BOTTLE GIG
Date TBD; bill will include Oozing Wound, Meat Wave, Rabble Rabble, Flamingo Rodeo, and more to-be-announced.

$250 DONATION - BOTTLE & BITE NITE

Enjoy a dinner-for-two at Bite Café and two guest list spots at Empty Bottle. (Based on availability.)

$500 DONATION - BOTTLE TOP GETAWAY

Enjoy a night at Bottle Top, the Air BnB above Empty Bottle, along with dinner or breakfast from Bite Café, and two guest list spots to an Empty Bottle show. (Based on availability.)

$1,000 DONATION - FRIEND OF THE BOTTLE PASS

Let’s put the “bestie” in Music / Friendly / Dancing. Become a Friend of the Bottle to receive free entry to shows (and a whole boatload of other benefits) for a full calendar year… Full FOB benefits can be found here .

$2,500 DONATION - EMPTY BOTTLE PHOTO / VIDEO SHOOT

You'll get free reign over the Bottle for four hours for a video or photo shoot.

$5,000 DONATION - SPEAKEASY BOTTLE

Empty Bottle will be your private speakeasy for the night! (Includes green room access. Does not include open bar.)

$15,000 DONATION - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

FREE SHOWS 4EVR!!!

100% of net earnings from this campaign will benefit Empty Bottle and Bite Café hourly staffers. We pinky promise, solemnly swear to fulfill these orders as soon as possible, but please be patient.

Our music community—undoubtedly the best in this world—will be back in full force as soon as it is safe to do so. We ask that you continue to move through life in the spirit of good faith and community: The founding tenets of our establishments.

Take care of yourself and take care of each other,

Empty Bottle + Bite Café

Donations ()

  • Veronica Pepe 
    • $100 
    • 7 hrs
  • Felicia Spivack 
    • $20 
    • 9 hrs
  • Michelle Blam 
    • $20 
    • 16 hrs
  • Ryan Croson 
    • $25 
    • 16 hrs
  • Jessica D 
    • $40 
    • 19 hrs
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Organizer

Empty Bottle 
Organizer
Chicago, IL
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