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Beer Available At Bangers & Lace - Chicago (arranged by most recent)
Victory Oak Horizontal 99, 5 Rabbit / Cigar City Barrel Aged El Bizarrón , Great Divide Cathy , Duvel 98, St. Bernardus Blanche (Witbier) 94, Straffe Hendrik Brugs Tripelbier 9° 93, 5 Rabbit Gringolandia Series: Fabulosa Porter 68, Tyranena BGW The Devil Made Me Do It 100, Half Acre Ghost Parade 68, The Bruery Rueuze 98, Amager / Three Floyds Arctic SunStone 97, Ommegang Hop House 96, Temperance Root Down 88, The Bruery Rugbrřd 93, Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale 97, Birra del Borgo Perle ai Porci (Pearls for Pigs) 88
swoopjones (312) Buffalo, New York | June 4, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
liked this place. stopped by during Chicago Beer Week. Port & Solen Oath night. Great decor, long bar & communal table, outdoor seating. nice list. Will definately go back
ARH (96) Chicago, Illinois | September 7, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Opening weekend for the Chicago Bears; yes the game’s on the couple of 30" TV’s they have hanging about, but they want to play a Talking Heads playlist over the PA?!? Hell yeah! This is the type of place I wanna watch a game at! Definitely a lodge-y / dive-y type bar with a solid selection of uncommon beers available on tap and in bottles. And the food? ... yeah, good stuff. It’s a sausage-based menu done very well (I recommend the goat "sandwich"). It’s a bit overpriced, and their was nothing special about the wait staff - although they did a good job "checking" in on me. I get the hype, but definitely a place I would pass up if there was a wait.
Desalt (1) Ontario | October 21, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I found this place in 2012; I walked in and the gm was talking buffalo trace antique collection. We shared some fois gras pogos and drank all the pappy.
emerge077 (129) 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.
chicagodri (58) Chicago, Illinois | February 12, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Been here quite a few times. Very nice beer selection on tap. Good location with some good people watching, especially if you can sit outside during the summer. I haven’t had a ton of the food on the menu, but what I did order I enjoyed.
NobleSquirrel (209) 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.
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 you’re getting in to, or ask for a sample.
SrSilliGose (252) pouring bus, New Brunswick | November 18, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
old parlor bar ambiance offered. some sort of new belgium sour beer tap takeover going on when i was @. roughly 0 people offered @ offpeak hour, which is fine. a nice option.
hombrepalo (145) Chicago, Illinois | November 25, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (20) Chicago, Illinois | February 17, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Bangers and Lace allows me to participate in one of my favorite Chicago summer activities - drinking beer outside. With a large tap selection and a fair amount of bottles as well, this would have the beginnings of a great beer bar.
The best part about the beer menu is the Six Pack, were you can get 6 2 oz. samples for $9, normally of an interesting mix of beers.
Right now, I think it is a few steps away from being in the category of great beer bars I would visit regularly. The service is all right, although I have normally gone during off-peak hours, so that might have an impact. The prices on the tap list are coincidentally all $1 too expensive for an equal or smaller pour than other bars around.
The food leads me to the same conclusion - there is nothing inherently bad about the quality, but I am left wondering why it costs so much, considering it is pretty average. Mostly consisting of sausage products, the menu is also not very substantial.
This is the type of place I will head if they have something special on tap, but it will not become one of my regulars.
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