Durty Nellieís | Palatine, Illinois
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Durty Nellieís
Good based on 15 ratings
Type: Bar

180 N. Smith Street
Palatine, Illinois United States 60067 [ print map ]
847 358 9150


Hours: 11 am to 4 am

Taps: 55 | Bottles: 60

Durty Nellieís

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15 reviews for Durty Nellieís
 Ambiance  67%
 Service  61%
 Selection  76%
 Food  68%
 Value  66%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  80%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2  (846) San Diego, California | June 19, 2011
A nice place across the street from a Metra blue line stop (Palatine). We had the whole upstairs for a company function, and the food provided was finger foods. The food was not that appealing, with the chicken wings a bit fatty and undercooked (not raw though), and the quesadillas not much more than cheese and shells. The beer selection is fairly good, both tap and bottled. The upstairs patio is a nice place to sit and relax.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho  (243) Minnetonka, Minnesota | May 13, 2007
Went there today for Motherís Day brunch, the only day of the year they actually serve brunch. They should do it more often. Very nice spread and the food was delectable. Service was mostly good. Our waitress seemed to be having off day; perhaps due to an on night the night before. Good thing it was a buffet. Mark, the owner, was everywhere making sure people were taken care of. Beer selection is impressive for the Chicago area. The beer menu was bigger/longer than most restaurant food menus. It was a little outdated. It was labeled as their April beer menu and their draft list was listed as March. A number of the draft beers actually on were not listed in the menu. A surprise was DFH Black and Blue. The bottle selection is more impressive than the draft selection for pure quality; perhaps a result of the fact this place regularly has live bands on a stage, likely with a clientele that prefers Bud and Stella to Dogfish Head. This is a large place, with upstairs seating and bar overlooking the stage downstairs. There is also a large upstairs outdoor patio as well as a street level patio. Thereís a lot going for this place. If you like enjoying good beer in the sun or watching live music, you definitely need to try this place.
Walt  (189) Austin, Texas | March 23, 2008
Big clublike place...didnít eat...no one really knew shit about beer, but they had a pretty good list...especially in this part of town...started getting packed around 9pm on a weekend for the live band at the venue...
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash  (138) Pewaukee, Wisconsin | January 9, 2008
This place made working in Wheeling for 4 months so much more tolerable! They have a large bar and dining area with an even bigger concert venue attached. The beer selection is very, very good, bordering on excellent with rare 3F seasonals sometimes available (which led to a text message I sent one night.. 8 Behemoths are like way too much!.. and I somehow ended up in a kilt contest.. then things went dark..), Brooklyn BCS, and lots of other goods (very good bottle selection too). Iíve had several things from the menu, and all were at least very good. They bring in lots of good music as well. Great stop!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT  (114) Saint Louis, Missouri | March 3, 2007
Its interesting. Before comming to this place and reading the reviews I was thinking along the lines that this would be kind of a frat boy bar smoking grungy place. Its really not and is actually a pretty cool place. The bar/restaurant is like what you would find in a college town and young but not really in a bad way. The music in the background was great and was all stuff from the 90s. There is a great rooftop patio which is probably better when it is not snowing. Waiter was cool, food was typical and reasonable and their beer list had some great finds including Three Floyds Alpha Klaus and 2 other imperial whatevers (the names are leaving me now). I will definately return.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft  (114) Charleston, South Carolina | May 28, 2005
This is a great suburban restaurant/bar. Very large food menu of pretty good quality. Indoor dining area is pretty small but lots of room outside and the roof patio. Beer selection is the best Iíve seen in the Northwest suburbs. Lots of microbrew bottles including Dogfish Head 90 minute and Founders Dirty bastard for $4 a bottle. Downstairs bar has very good beers on tap, eg. Great Lakes, Bells, Delirium. There is a pretty large band/stage area that attracts some decent bands. Great Place to hang out. Mostly 30 somethings.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
eaglefan538  (92) Wilmington, Delaware | January 25, 2008
Holy Cow! This might very well be the best hidden gem in the Chicago area, only 5 ratings, rarely mentioned after the big 3 downtown beer bars. Beer selection on tap and in bottles was incredible. Food was astoundingly good (excellent Carolina pulled pork sandwich, fries stellar too), always a plus. Service was friendly and timely, but not with super-beer knowledgeable wizards (including the bar tender). Oh well, canít have everything. Environment was clean, slightly upscale. This was a great stop w/o the downtown commute on a freezing cold night. I highly recommend this if youíre in the area but not downtown.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
HighWine  (29) Whalezbro, Illinois | August 4, 2012
Iíve been here a few times specifically because of the above average selection of beer. The food is ok but the staff and service pretty much suck. The Good: Durty Nellieís has the best beers in the NW burbs. They keep their menu updated online which is really nice. I was able to buy a bottle of BCS Bramble Rye to go earlier this year and they recently had Zombie Dust on tap. Maybe a little pricey, but not unreasonable and I dont mind paying a little extra to get a premium selection. The Bad: on more than one occasion (and with different bartenders), I had to sit at the uncrowded bar waiting to get a beer while the bartender stood 10 feet away talking to a coworker and/or eating. One time I interrupted the young ladyís dinner to ask for a beer and Iíll be damned she finished her fucking sandwich before getting my pour. I always leave there pissed off but then enough time passes for me to forget just how much and then I go back. Note to the owner: hire better people, thatís the only thing missing.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
don_zouras  (19) Bartlett, Illinois | May 9, 2010
I had passed by Durty Nellieís on several occasions, but I always avoided it because it looks loud and crowded. When I discovered that they had a selection of great beers, I decided to ignore my distaste for the atmosphere and give it a shot. After parking in the garage behind the bar and walking around to the front door, my first surprise was that they were charging a cover. I donít pay cover to buy beer, so I was about leave. When the door guy realized that we didnít even know there was a band playing, he was cool and let us in for beers. It was crowded, loud and it felt disorganized. This made me tense, but checking out the chalkboard beer menu, I was happy that I made it in. Ordered some Stone IPA and a Troubadour and things were better. I donít fully understand the layout of Durty Nellies. It appears to be multilevel and multi-room. This was fortunate because as we were enjoying our beers, someone came through a large metal door and there was a very loud band playing. We stayed out of there. I think the band pulled some people from the initial bar room because it got a little less crowded. We decided to get a real table and some food. There was a lot of stuff on the menu. The pulled pork sandwich was tasty and the Albany chicken sandwich was spicy! Of course we sampled more of the fantastic beer selection with our meal. New Holland Dragonís Milk is delicious. The menís room is disgusting. (Hey, when you drink beer, you have to give some back eventually.) Overall I am still turned off by the atmosphere. Maybe I am too old. The beer selection is impressive for the suburbs and the food was good. If only I could have the atmosphere of Emmettís, which is just down the street, mixed with the food and beer of Durty Nellies, then I would be happy. I would return to this place, but I would have to be in the right mood, and only if they donít charge me a cover.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra  (13) Lemont, Illinois | January 18, 2009
Big, clubby place with lots of trixies. Beer list is awesome, but sometimes they donít have everything on the list. I still got Surly Furious here, which was fucking awesome. Food is ok, but the service was mediocre when I was there. Food was ok.

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