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Beer Available At Bangers & Lace (arranged by most recent)
Port Brewing SPA (Summer Pale Ale) 97, Solemn Oath Snaggletooth Bandana 92, Solemn Oath Oxford Comma , Solemn Oath Kidnapped By Vikings 92, Solemn Oath Whisper Kisses 84, Solemn Oath Mr. Inappropriate , Solemn Oath Lost Abbey Famine , Victory Swing Session Saison 83, Furthermore Fatty Boombalatty 91, Ale Syndicate Richie Imperial Porter , Vander Mill Dirty Jim , Brewery Vivant Tart Side of the Moon 95, Gavroche 88, Bourgogne des Flandres 70, Yeastie Boys Rex Attitude 62, Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock 91, Oskar Blues Richard Lifter , Greenbush Unicorn Killer , Innis & Gunn Original 68, Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale 84
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50belair (56) Florida | November 15, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
A cool little dive bar in Wicker Park. Nice tap and bottle selection.
BBB63 (130) La Porte , Indiana | November 13, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in on the way to FoBAB and was so impressed I made a point to stop in again on the way back to the hotel. A very nice tap selection and even the bottle selection seemed to have something new to try as well. We had a brunch in the morning with Kevin (Pailhead) and both of us thought it hit the spot and then some. My pigs in the blanket was very good. In the evening I had the Venison sandwich that was okay (too much fig and black currants) but the plate of onion rings rocked. Kevin liked his German sandwich and plate of fries. Timely service and good vibe. How did I not know about this place before? Easy access from the Blue Line... I am adding this to my list of places to must go in Chicago.
wedgie9 (31) Nashville, Tennessee | August 24, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
This place is great. The ambiance is great with a casual atmosphere. I have never been there when it is super busy, but I could imagine that is pretty comfortable as well, as the layout seems to make a lot of sense. The bartenders are quick, and seem to know what they are talking about. As far as selection is concerned, there is always at least one draft that I have never seen in the city before, and the bottle selection is not massive, but of very high quality and well priced. I havenít tried the food, but I hear that it is pretty solid. Oh yeah, it is awesome to be able to try all of the beers with the smaller pours. Overall, I believe that this is on par with the best beer bars in Chicago.
nbondi (41) Chicago, Illinois | August 10, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Cool, dark, hip, smallish bar with very good small plates of food which is very reasonably priced. Beer prices are in line with the neighborhood. Service has always been attentive without being over-bearing. Just the way I like it. Outdoor patio is usually bumping when the weather is nice, and bar can be crowded at peak times. You can always expect to find interesting things on tap at Bangers and Lace. You can expect about half of those interesting things to taste good. Either know what youíre getting in to, or ask for a sample.
NobleSquirrel (200) Chicago, Illinois | July 8, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Finally made it down here and gotta say, was impressed by the draft list. Pretty heavy on imports, kind of reminds me of the list at Local Option. Also has a fair number of locals as well. Food is definitely solid and worth it. Ambience is a bit meh as it was full of tools when I showed up and the service could use some work. Still, pretty solid overall and worth it for the beer. The $2 samplers and the 6 pack of samplers are a nice touch.
deyholla (200) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | July 6, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Was thoroughly impressed when I stopped in here. My girlfriend moved right down the street and will be frequenting here when ever I visit. Havenít tried the food yet, but the ambiance is nice and laid back although a bit dark at night. A great outside seating area if you can grab a seat... Selection was top of the line and two dollar samplers of any beer if you have the urge to tick. Service was a bit slow but still a great bar IMO.
jrallen34 (271) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Olga tracked down this place is a great recommendation to hit up after FoBAB. Great location on Division, close to my house and other hot spots. The inside looked new and very modern decor mixed with folksy cabin in the woods art (metal art and stuffed animals. The bathroom is very cool as the wood is so new it smells freshly cut. A decent amount of drafts and bottles, however the selection and quality isnít the greatest. A ton of basic staples beers but I had a difficult time spotting stuff I either hadnít had or wasnít easily available anywhere else. The highlight of this place is the food; high end sausage joint. Deluxe offerings such as a foie gras corn dog, and ham peanuts. All the food was tasty and there several options that I would come back to try. The biggest disappointment about this place was the service. Our server seemed totally disinterested in helping us and didnít know a damn thing about beer. She could not offer basic suggestions as to what was tasting good on tap right now, or even have suggestions. If you want to be a beer place gotta have better service.
This is a must stop for a meal and decent beer, probably wouldnít come just to get a drink though.
emerge077 (72) < RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | January 17, 2011| Updated June 15, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 16/20
11-04-2010 Back to my old stomping grounds, West Division Street has changed a lot, especially in the last ten years. Nelson Algren probably wouldnt recognize it today. Gone are the derelict storefronts and tap rooms (dive bars with package liquor), enter boutiques and bars like this one. The hanging metal sign out front reads B&L in a cryptic script.
Once inside, its an open space, fairly modern, with ironic details to evoke a folksy charm, yet some elements come off as somewhat more isolated and sterile than rustic. Taxidermied animals perch atop a wooden cabinet storing a rotating selection of six 1/6th barrels, wall mounted deer head: check, lace curtains, brown glass chandeliers, lots of wood. The back hall to the restroom actually still smelled like the fresh cut wood planks it was paneled with. More inviting elements of the place: the pot belly stove in the back room with idyllic rural scenes painted overhead along the walls, and the comfortable bar.
Beer selection was good, some exclusive drafts like Goose Island Minx, Palo Santo, and Leipziger Gose. Draft and food menu were combined, and the bottle list was separate. Both were well designed, listing prices and tasting notes. The only thing missing was the size of each pour, which varied from 8 oz. to 16 oz. US craft was the main focus, rounded out with German, Belgian, and English imports. Other unique drafts: Meantime Stout, Jacobins Rouge, and Petrus Aged Pale. Certainly not a "typical" selection. The 32 draft lines were set into the brick wall, with uniform wooden handles and numbered plaques, which reminded me of the Publican.
Service was good, Eric the spirits director was our bartender. He offered samples of the drafts and was friendly and helpful. Never had a problem getting samples.
Food was good, mostly high end bar food... sausage-focused. Think Hot Dougs and Franks N Dogs. Venison sausage was tasty, as was the pretzel with stout mustard, and the fries with a taleggio sauce were especially good.
A welcome addition to a transitioning, nearly 100% gentrified neighborhood.
Other nearby options: Piece, Jerrys, Smallbar, Handlebar, Rodan, Moonshine.
drdisque (28) Illinois | January 3, 2011| Updated January 10, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Heavily seasonal rotating selection of both small and medium production European beers and American microbrews. Not much seating space, dominated by one long communal table in the middle - donít go here for privacy. Food is high quality sausage inspired bar food. I particularly recommend the truffle grilled cheese and the gourmet corn dog which, at $3 is one of the best deals in town.
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