If you’re a fan of music, you’ll know that live performances offer something that recorded music doesn’t. It adds a measure of energy and authenticity, and it also provides an opportunity for a closer connection between the musician and the listener. Listening to live music is also a great way to have fun and enjoy an evening. Whatever your reasons for listening, here are some of the best places to enjoy live music in Galena, IL. And, if you’re looking for other things to do while in Galena, our free Vacation Guide is a huge time-saver!
How to Experience Live Music in Galena, IL
Visit a Restaurant
If you’re looking for somewhere where you can find entertainment, top-notch food, and a classy though welcoming atmosphere, Log Cabin is the place for you. This restaurant has a lively piano bar on Saturday nights—order a drink and stay for a while! If you plan to eat here, it may be a good idea to get a reservation beforehand. Thanks to the quality, the Log Cabin tends to be busy!
For a restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere and delicious food (late night or otherwise), try Embe! This gem tucked away on Galena’s Main Street features live music every weekend.
Relax With a Drink
If you’d like somewhere more casual where you can relax with a beer and some pub fare while enjoying live music, the following Galena bars offer nightlife in unique settings.
The Cornerstone | Live Music Wednesday-Sunday
If you only visit one bar while in Galena, make it the Cornerstone. You’ll find live music here on some weekdays as well as the weekends. In addition, local musicians like to come here, and spur-of-the-moment jam sessions are not uncommon! There’s a full bar, a wide selection of beers, a pool table, and a dart board, so you’ll have everything you need to have a good time! The Cornerstone is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall, but this lends a relaxed, intimate atmosphere to the venue.
Live Music Friday-Sunday Afternoons at Council Hill
Council Hill Station is another unique gem among the bars in Galena. Step inside the old general store or barn and drift back in time for a while. This is a great place to spend some time in conversation with others while enjoying a drink and live music from local musicians.
If you are in search of a refreshing glass of craft beer, head on over to Galena Brewing Company! Local history influences their award-winning brews, many of which bear names of historical figures. Stop in to see what they have on tap—it changes throughout the year as seasonal beers are made available.
Discover fantastic drinks and a fun atmosphere when you visit Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape. Everything about this bar is top-notch, from the excellent service to the creative cocktails and lively music. The vibrant atmosphere at Miss Kitty’s makes for a great place to go on the weekend!
Attend a Concert
In addition to restaurants and bars that provide live music year-round, Galena also enjoys concerts and music festivals throughout the year. A popular local festival is the Galena Festival of the Performing Arts. It began as a celebration of classical music but has since expanded its repertoire to include diverse genres including jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, folk, and more. This festival takes place during the second week in July each year.
Relax at Farmers Guest House
You will be within walking distance from some of the best music in Galena when you stay at Farmers Guest House! Our charming historic inn is in the heart of downtown, just steps away from Main Street. Since Galena is a small town, walking from place to place is a fantastic way to explore, so making Farmers Guest House your first stop ensures that your vacation will be off to a great start.
Additionally, Farmers Guest House has a long-standing tradition of greeting guests which began over 150 years ago, in 1867, as the Farmers Home Hotel. A stay at Farmers Guest House is an experience in Galena’s history. From the rooms named after the wives of Civil war generals to elegant decor, our inn is the perfect balance of authentic Galena charm and modern amenities. Beyond comfortable beds and luxurious Whirlpool tubs, we host a scrumptious breakfast every morning for our guests, and evening WineTime, ensuring you will get the most out of your retreat.