United States > Illinois > Chicago
Barnoloid (8) Chicago, Illinois | May 30, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Emporium is a great barcode with well priced video games and pinball accompanied by a varied Tap list. They do not carry cans or bottles to save on waste, which is admirable. The draft selections vary - with rarely seen beers from both local and national breweries often found here, along with appropriate glassware.
This bar brings in a large crowd on Friday and Saturday evenings. The upside is that this is a large bar with ample room away from the arcade games. Going on a Sunday or off peak time is usually a good idea.
andyhwcinc (25) Chicago, Illinois | April 30, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
I’m a big fan of this place. Great, friendly staff; great games that are $0.25 each, with a wide selection of pinball and classic arcade games. Large bar on the left portion of the place, right portion has more pinball games with a stage where local bands occasionally play. The classic arcade bar scene has exploded in the past year or so in Chicago, and I’d say this place does the best job of great selection with both beers and pinball games. I’d say avoid on weekend nights, as this place gets very busy, but go during daytime/weeknights.
esoxangler (3) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | January 23, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
pretty damned good place. good cheap games great for a quick competition and socializing. cool, really chill croud. was dd the night i went, but seemed like a good, normal priced chicago beer bar with tons of good options to choose from
freretoc (20) Besançon, France | September 15, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Un chouette endroit avec une carte à la pression vraiment intéressante et incroyable pour un français comme moi. Et en plus de ça tu peux jouer à des flippers et des jeux d’arcade, le rêve !
fluffheady (100) Chicago, Illinois | June 30, 2013| Updated November 24, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
This place is really cool. It’s packed ALL the time, and they did so well in their first year that they expanded. A birdie told me that one of the owners used to be a bartender at Barcade in Brooklyn. They have a cool rotating beer list and it’s hard not to have a good time here. It’s just busy, and some people may be turned off by the younger hipster crowd.
jrallen34 (415) Chicago, Illinois | March 3, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great concept that appeals to the correct crowd, people just like me who grew up on video games and like good beer. They frequently change out the games, not allowing things to get stale and they only cost a quarter per play. When it first opened the tap list was great pulling some harder to find kegs. Recently, they have really dumbed down the list. Games are cool but if there is nothing of substance to drink, I’m not going to attend. Please bring back the good stuff!
putdatinurpipe (6) , | December 15, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
This could be the coolest place in wicker park! The atmosphere is unmatched and the service is great. Not too hipster, not too upscale either. Amazing tap selection! Mostly microbrews and local beer, this is no place for a bud light.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | October 2, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Finally had a chance to stop in for some gaming and beers. Pretty big bar, kind of a Chicago version of Barcade. All games are $.25 a play and they have most of the classics. Beer prices are pretty solid and selection is pretty broad. Definitely a must hit spot in south Wicker Park. And you can bring in your own food.
drdisque (39) Illinois | August 24, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting little beer bar with lots of vintage arcade games and a good rotating draft list of American microbrews+PBR. Very good prices. Barware consists of just pint glasses and 10 oz snifters, which can be good and bad (good in that you can get a pint of many beers they would pour you less of if given the proper glass, bad in that it’s not the proper glass). All arcade games are a $0.25 token available from a machine next to the bar. Bartenders seemed knowledgeable. Ran out of one beer when I was there and quickly replaced it with another rather than simply shutting down that tap. Worth checking out.
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