pretty good place in a nice village. i had a pretty good portabello mushroom sandwich. i also had a GL Blackout stout on draft and maybe a cain and abel. the beer selection is pretty good (no map room, of course, but probably more high quality things than the clark street alehouse). atmosphere was pretty nice as well, kinda dark but not too much so. i don’t think smoking’s allowed either. i think my waitress had good knowledge, but i can’t remember if she asked someone if they like dark beers or not when making a recommendation. i’d return if ever in the area.
Back-alley mystique in an old town setting begins the intriguing adventure that is Firkin (atlhough it was a bit annoying to be confronted with locked/blocked off doors at the "front" of the building on a night when wind chills dipped below 0°).
Inside we find New Orleans style with Mardi Gras ambiance and a Bohemian/punk rock clientelle. Dark and cozy with a galaxy of colorful Italian lights adding a fun lift to the darkness and heavy décor. Dixieland, Zydeco, beatnik pop and World music resonate above a comfortable din of conversation. Scented candles at your table along with a sea of cigarette smoke may interfere with more delicate palates.
Über-competent bartenders serve off of 23 taps (and 2 casks) into correct glassware. Despite their diversity of style, the beers tonight were surprisingly common. So, if you’re just looking to kick back a few quality beers without the need to try something too out-of-the-ordinary, come to Firkin and enjoy your favorite style in an eclectic setting.
The Firkin is one of my favorite bar restaurants and a beerlover’s dream. The place has 28 taps, most of which are imports or micros. In addition, the Firkin features cask beers and has one or two new ones every week. As I am a frequent customer of this place, the knowledgeable and friendly staff members stop by to tell me what’s new in their beer offerings and bring over new beer samples for me to try. The menu is very impressive (try their caribean pork sandwich) and rotates on a season basis. This past summer, Firkin (together with the homebrewer’s group Brewers on the Bluff) sponsored a bus trip to the Great Taste of the Midwest which was attended by beer loving customers like me. No beer lover’s trip to Illinois is complete without a visit to Firkin.
redlem (77) Ohio | September 7, 2005| Updated February 19, 2010
I have been going here for about 4 years now, glad someone entered it in as it is an excellent place. 24 taps of non-macro beers, this does not include any Becks, SA, or Coronna beers. These are all micros, Belgians, or German beers. Usually seasonal rotation. 1 tap for casks. Food is somewhat pricey and can be hit or miss, the miss will have to be the seasoning ( type and amount). Wish it was non-smoking as it is fairly compact. Staff is knowledgable and friendly.( I have boosted the staff rating after a friend of mine ordered a small bottle of champange, they poured a glass and offered to keep the rest on ice during a very busy Friday night, excellent).
steview (21) Petaluma, California | September 2, 2005| Updated September 3, 2012
When I was here, I had a Dogfish Head 60min, Three Floyds Alpha King, and Two Brothers Bitter End (on cask). Yums. Foods good. Neat location.
Near the inlaws and a routine stop when there’s time to kill. Caught my eye on the street and decided to try it out. Great tap selection and easy drinking environment. Nothing much to add to the previous reviews, but I will say that my 4-month old son loved staring at the lights that span the ceiling, although there are no highchairs.
TC29 (1) LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois | February 10, 2005
This little gem has been in my town for years and I was finally able to try it.
First to catch my eye was the lights it was decorated for madri gras and looked fabulous. Of course next was the massive bar that at the time had 28 different draft beers which included bells java stout on cask. It had ayinger celebrator, delerium, duchese de bourgonge, bells porter and of course my light beer beamish. I had a couple of apps fried asparagus and crayfish enchilidas. i was so impressed with the food, i tried the recommendation of the bartender Queso fundido with his beer recommendation of stiegle and wow. I like pils but with this spicy dish it was incredible. I will never let my wife pick a place to eat in this area again, we will only go to the firkin.
Firkin’s is great for any beer enthusiat. The staff is extremely knowable and can talk for hours about the beers. They may not have a lot of beers, but the ones they do have are great! The atmosphere is really eclectic, yet very relaxing. The background music is excellent and always fits the mood. The food is very inventive and delicious. A great place to kick back! They have a tequila menu and I hear that that are having a ton of vodkas coming in too.
kane (8) | January 13, 2005| Updated February 12, 2005
As far as I can tell this is the only bar to sell micros in Lake county IL. Miller Lite is the only macro on tap. Regular lineup includes Great Lakes Dortmunder, 3F Alpha King, Bells Stout, Maredsous, DeKoninck, Lindemans Framboise, Hoegaarden, Lakefront Riverweist, and Stella. I have had Bigfoot, Alpha Klaus and Dreadnaught their also, among their regular rotation of their 15 other taps.
The food is a step above standard pub-fare( Wahoo, Crawfish, Escargot), is well done, tasty, and priced higher as well. As the only bar serving micros and Belgians between Chicago and Milwaukee it is a nice stop. It is almost across the street from Mickey Finns and about 20 minutes from the Mundelein Armanettis making this triangle a must stop when in Lake county