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Beer Available At Bangers & Lace (arranged by most recent)
Stillwater Existent 95, Green Flash Green Bullet 98, The Bruery Oude Tart 99, Solemn Oath Man vs. Internet 71, Victory Red Thunder 93, Temperance National Anthem , Great Divide Orabelle 87, Founders Backstage Series #7: Mango Magnifico con Calor 94, Bayerischer Bahnhof Leipziger Porticus 90, Allagash Victor 92, Christoffel Nobel Dry Hopped Bramling Cross 89, Allagash James Bean 95, Great Divide Wolfgang 92, Half Acre C Change 76, Lupus Wolf 7 75, Victory Hip Czech 77, Off Color / Mikkeller Beer Geek Mus 68, Port Brewing SPA (Summer Pale Ale) 97, Solemn Oath Snaggletooth Bandana 93, Solemn Oath Oxford Comma 71
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emerge077 (103) 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 havenít 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 youíre getting in to, or ask for a sample.
Loineshawn (237) Massachusetts | 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.
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.
jrallen34 (342) 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.
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 21, 2011| Updated November 22, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Very cool environment late Friday, reminds of The Shining somehow with the textured white ceiling, single dim globe-lit room, black and white maybe, fitting 40-50 with a 20 person bar and one odd large table in the center of the room. Mediocre Belgian tap selection, better bottle list, only one with Cantillon that I saw in Chicago. The atmosphere is really cool, location decent, and good lambic is not severely overpriced (16-17 for 12oz).
3fourths (1200) Boulder, New Zealand | July 6, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
high quality varied draft selection with a number of interesting bottles. gastropub atmosphere. a worthy beer bar in Wicker Park.
dinkle50 (72) Chicago, Illinois | March 25, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
This place is all right, but there are better in the city. Food isnít too bad. Mostly small little sandwiches based around sausage. Beer list was pretty good too, but they kept running out of stuff all night. They must have shut down about 10 taps the night I was there. Kind of annoying, but in their defense, they were busy.
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