Clark Street Ale House | Chicago, Illinois
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Clark Street Ale House
Good based on 57 ratings
Type: Bar

742 N. Clark
Chicago, Illinois United States 60610 [ print map ]
312 642 9253

Hours: Sun 4p-2a, Mon-Thu 4p-4a, Fri-Sat 4p-5a

Mayor: Ktwse (1) | Taps: 25 | Bottles: See notes

Clark Street Ale House

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Beer Available At Clark Street Ale House (arranged by most recent)
Grand Teton Sour Grand Saison 93, Une Annťe Esquisse 82, Brewery Vivant Zaison 89, Stone Coffee Milk Stout 92, Founders Harvest Ale 99
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57 reviews for Clark Street Ale House
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  70%
 Selection  73%
 Food  10%
 Value  68%
 Overall  71%
 Rating  80%
Rating Distribution

Frank  (73) Chicago, Illinois | July 8, 2004| Updated July 8, 2010
Iím not a big fan of hanging out downtown at night--thereís really not much going on there--but Clark Street Ale House does have an excellent selection of taps, some good bottles and a cask. The scene? Well, the sceneís kinda lame. But the service is good and itís quiet if youíre into having conversations without yelling. Plus there is a beer garden which is always a good thing in my book.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse  (84) , Sweden | November 9, 2015
Nice little bar on Clark Street. Selection is fairly broad with a long list of draft beer and a smaller bottle list. Flights of three 5oz samples are $7 which seems like a fair deal. Nice staff.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186  (186) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
Visited: 7-16-11 My beer snob best friend and I ended up here because it was highly rated and close to the disappointing Rock Bottom. The atmosphere was excellent with what started as a not so packed atmosphere at 1230AM but filled in by 3AM. It got very busy but was not out of hand or crazy busy. The quality in beer selection was really good as I saw a bunch of beers that we donít normally see on the east coast and was a great variety of types of beers. The service was really good because as our pints ran empty, we had a server asking us for our next order in a busy bar area. The selection was great as we got a decent variety of high quality beers from around the midwest and west coast. We didnít try the food but the prices were reasonable for the quality beers we had. Highly Recommended!!! Need I say more...
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 1, 2013
Visited 7/30/2010.

Walked in during the afternoon, right as they were opening. Not surprisingly I was the first and only one in there for a little while. I picked a stool at the long bar right by the taps. Everything was made of wood and looked kind of old and broken in.

They have a number of taps and some interesting selections. The girl working the bar was nice enough to set me up with a flight, a free sample, and a pint. They have a house beer called Clark Street Pale Ale that is apparently made by 2 Brothers.

Over all the service was very good, but again, I was the only in there at that point. Who knows what itís like when it fills up. Prices were good. Nice little place to stop in and get a beer if you are downtown.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
illiniphil  (6) Nashotah, Illinois | August 7, 2012
Always one of my stops when Iím downtown. Nothing outstanding, just a solid bar with a good, but not great beer selection.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad  (452) Olympia, Washington | July 16, 2012
Fun place had a great time here. They gpt abotu 20 taps of great beers. This is a terrific local bar. If in the area make it a stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla  (444) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 17, 2012
Probably the best place near Michigan ave for craft beer. A skinny place with a long bar. Selection is ok, but nothing special for Chicago. Service was good and I did not have any food if there even is any. A bit heavy on price.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9  (34) Nashville, Tennessee | August 28, 2011
This bar is about as good as it gets for the area, which, unfortunately, isnít saying much. The ambiance is fairly "divey" with some TVís around, showing sports. The service that I have gotten there is prompt and friendly. As far as value is concerned, the prices are pretty much the same as anywhere in Chicago, which is pretty awesome for this downtown location. The selection is better than your average bar, but not as great as some spots in the city. Overall, this is a great bar for the area, but an average bar for the quality that Chicago has to offer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 11/20
NobleSquirrel  (209) Chicago, Illinois | May 24, 2011
Finally made it into this place. Not a ton of stuff in the area, so itís worth a stop in. Ton of Two Brothers stuff on tap and plenty of selection. Booze is also deep as well. Pretty old school beer bar vibe but the service was pretty awful when I was there. Not really that great.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
rmbjspd  (1) Chicago, Illinois | May 1, 2011
Great beer, no kitchen but free food for happy hour. Plus, what else do you need but pretzel sticks? Beer garden is big.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 9/20
jrallen34  (500) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
This had decent BA reviews then I recently say it in the all about beer traveler issue ranked as the 52nd bar you have to go to, so I finally made the trip over. Two words and two phrases for you all, OVER-RATED and AVOID IT. This place was beyond disappointing. The atmosphere was horrible, unless you are an old school Chicagoan who finds the cheesy mafia style Italian steakhouses appealing. Its old inside, little charm at all, all wood, then somehow think its the right place for video games such as golden tee. The staff are all in ugly black outfits, just terrible. Staff is not terrible friendly or knowledgeable. I asked whatís tasting good guy and the guy just started at me. The quality and selection are garbage. Yes, they do have several craft breweries represented but they are alongside Miller, Bud light and corona. The beers from the breweries are terrible. They are all easy to find regular local staples. They arenít bad beers but nothing I canít go to the local store and get. If I was from out of town, maybe it would be ok for 2 seconds. I get the feeling this place is more for whiskey and vodka as they have great lists for both. If you want liquour you might give this place a shot, if not avoid at all costs as with so many better options in Chicago are are surely wasting your time.

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