Bad Apple | Chicago, Illinois
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Bad Apple
Excellent based on 30 ratings
Type: Bar

4300 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois United States 60618 [ print map ]
773 360 8406 | facebook

Hours: 4:30p-2a M-W; 11:30a-2a Th/Fri/Su; 11:30a-3a Sat

Mayor: andyhwcinc (1) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 167

Bad Apple

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30 reviews for Bad Apple
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  82%
 Selection  82%
 Food  79%
 Value  75%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

Stine  (198) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 7, 2015
The atmosphere here is homey, eclectic, family-friendly. Extensive bottle list might struggle to be consistently current and this was an issue on our visit, but the tap list is also thoroughly solid. Scratch bar food menu. Disjointed service on this visit, to no oneís particular fault; everyone was friendly and helpful when present, they just seemed unclear about who was actually responsible for us. Overall this is a nice neighborhood complement to the Half Acre taproom.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe  (73) Michigan | August 21, 2014
Awesome food, the sandwiches are out of this world. Great craft beer selection; lots of local stuff, as well as plenty of non-local taps to choose from. Good bottle selection also, if you donít mind paying a little more. Bartender was super friendly, food arrived quickly, & the beers were tasting great. Awesome place to stop & eat before you walk across the street to get loaded at Half Acre.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321  (361) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 13, 2014
Really nice draft and bottle selection to go along with a pretty interesting burger menu. I really enjoyed my visit here. Seems like this is a great little neighborhood for food and beer, and this place was quite enjoyable.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
fluffheady  (109) Chicago, Illinois | April 14, 2014
Bad Apple is pretty much across the street from Half Acre. They have a really great draft list. On my last count there were 5 Belgians, 1 Austrian, 1 English, and the rest US in various styles and distances ranging from the coasts to just down the road. It is constantly rotating. Their menu theme is burgers, with about 20 different concoctions (thereís other things on the menu too). The food is really delicious. There is really cool sculpture art and painting all over the wall. Over time, I have grown more and more in love with this place. I respect their beer program very much (after following them on for a few months) and they are turning into a must-visit place for me. One of the coolest parts of Bad Apple is the proximity to the Half Acre Taproom. I cannot think of a better Saturday afternoon for a beer geek than starting off at Bad Apple, hanging for a couple hours and eating a huge burger, and then walking across the street to the Half Acre Taproom to hang out for a couple more hours. (And if you really want to do it right, put fountainhead in there for a couple of drinks, but eat here).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
ARH  (98) Chicago, Illinois | January 19, 2014
A really nice selection of beers here which they rotate regularly. Some rarities, foreign, and craft beers are regularly on tap. They do beer cocktails here - and they do them well. Iíve had the experience of enjoying a couple of their beer cocktails, but Iíve mostly stuck to straight beer. Iíve met a lot of interesting characters / beer geeks here through just random bar chatter. Admittedly, I havenít explored their food menu too much in depth, but Iíve enjoyed what little bit Iíve sampled thus far, and the rest of the menu not only looks amazing, but has come highly praised. The staffís friendly enough, and it seems like even if the bartender isnít knowledgeable about beer, thereís someone in that shift who is and - although they may not be a cicerone, or something resembling such - they do enjoy talking beer
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere  (470) Ottawa, Ontario | December 21, 2013
This place rocks! The decor is quite nice , modern, with an upscale Pub menu, a great tap selection, and friendly service. Free samples can be had, but they charge a dollar for rarer beers, which Iím OK with. Satisfied.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk  (230) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | October 18, 2013
Primarily a family restaurant but with a great beer selection. Flights are available but the bar chooses the beers not the customer. That worked for me on my visit but wonít work all the time. The food was typical US bar dishes. My salad was not the healthiest Iíve ever had but edible and made a welcome change from a burger and fries. Check it out and combine it with a visit to Half Acre over the road. The service was excellent and the wifi didnít let me down.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
kermis  (200) The Hague, Netherlands | October 18, 2013
Visited after sampling at Half Acre. A great place with a surprisingly good and varied selection of draft and bottled beers. Founders KBS was on the menu, though unfortunately for us had run out. Good was reasonable, nothing special. Would certainly go back for the beer selection.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 13, 2013
Visited August 2012.

Walked here with a friend on his suggestion. He said this was one of his favorite burger spots in the city, and the burger didnít disappoint. I was recommended the slow burn burger which was pretty good. There was a Sixpoint event going on where you got a raffle ticket for every beer purchased from them. Our group of three bought about a half a dozen beers that got us entries. Didnt win anything but thatís alright. Actually Iím not even sure why they wanted to win since the prize was a beer cruise on the lake with (presumably) all the same beers we were drinking that night. I guess the ride on the lake would have been nice.

The service was very friendly, possibly because they knew the people I was with. The prices were also reasonable. Nice location pretty close to Half Acre. Would return for the burgers alone but the beer lineup was decent.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
jmm635  (89) Havertown, Pennsylvania | October 25, 2012
Really cool pub across the street from Half Acre Brewery. After a nice tour at Half Acre I stopped in for a late lunch and was seated immediately on a Saturday. Friendly and prompt service. Very nice tap list full of local options and quite an extensive bottle list. The food was superb! Tons of burger options and all of them sounded ridiculously good. Of the three people I had lunch with, none were disappointed with their burger selection. DO NOT MISS the fried cheese curds!!!

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