�berstein (OUT OF BUSINESS)

3478 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois United States 60657
bar  5 reviews
3pm-2am Sun-Fri; 3pm-3am Sat; 11am Cubs day games

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
phaleslu  (534) Cincinnati, Ohio | August 16, 2009
Nice little branch of the Hofbrau brand, but nothing like Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY. Small, pretty average on the inside, and with some outdoor tables in front. Located on the very crowded stretch of Clark in Wrigleyville, it gets a mixed crowd of those serious about drinking to those who arent quite sure what they walked into and are shocked by the huge beer glasses. Hofbrau beer isnt my favorite but sometimes quantity and the right mood makes this place a lot of fun. The big beers are something like $13 each, compared to about $8 at Hofbrauhaus Newport, a big beer hall with more of the labels brews. However, you can get the big steins for $7 on Wednesday and Thursday, which are obviously much less crowded than weekends, too.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
Walt  (189) Austin, Texas | April 5, 2008
Very cool place...very authentic feel...nothing amazing...they have almost all of the HB beers and all german music and a great food menu...I didnt eat, but I will be back...
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor  (19) Chicago, Illinois | February 13, 2008
They have some good specials on food and 1L of Original cost less than 0.5L of anything else somedays. The place is nice on sundays for football, grab a brat, a liter and they have around 10 42+ inch flat screens with every single game on. As far as parking, theres $10 pay lots when its busy, but mostly there are meters during weekdays and the Addison Red-Line El is less than 2 blocks away.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 9/20
Zeswaft  (115) Seattle, Washington | December 20, 2006
This place sucks a hard one. Bunch of twenty somethings who dont give a shit about german culture or beer. Hofbrauhaus beer is totally lame and it was $8 for a .5L of that shitty stuff.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
TheEnemy  (44) Chicago, | August 11, 2006| Updated December 6, 2006
berstein operates under a marketing agreement with Hofbrauhaus (but is not owned or operated by HB) complete with liberal use of HB signage and serving only HB beers. The net effect is to make this place a mini Hofbrauhaus, which isnt necessarily a bad thing, but it obviously limits beer selection quite severely. As of this writing, only 4 HB varieties are available: Original (a Bavarian lager), the dunkel, the maibock and the hefeweizen.

The space is fairly long and narrow, making it not especially conducive to a traditional "beer hall" setup, though during seasonal months there are a number of communal picnic tables out on the front biergarten, from which you can see Wrigley Field a block away. Staff was friendly and prompt enough, though the small crowd size was not really presenting them with a challenge. Food menu is sparse -- it fit on a card the size of a standard letter envelope -- and contains typical German items like giant soft pretzel & cheese dip, brats, schnitzel sandwich, spatzle & gravy, et cetera.

With numerous more impressive German watering holes in the nearby Lincoln Square area, I wouldnt go out of my way to visit berstein. However, it does present the Wrigley crowd a more interesting alternative than most of the barf-holes around the stadium.


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