Made a brief visit before flying home with SAS to Sweden in February 2016. I only had one beer, a tasty Stone/Sierra Nevada NxS. The place itself was rather big and with a decent selection. Busy during lunchtime on a Sunday.
O’Toole’s is the perfect name for this typical Mag Mile tourist d-bag house. 48 drafts of mostly fairly common beers. They try to cater to the common beer draft and middle of the road craft beer drinker. They usually have ZD and three 3f beers on at once but despite that the vibe is so horrible its really hard to hang out more than a couple minutes. This is a place to skip.
Popped by as it was within walking distance to my hotel. Happy hour is mostly based on macro-brew but craft night is tuesday. there is about 20-25 craft beers on tap, if I counted correctly but nothing rare. It is a good value sports pub and I was glad to have stopped by.
It’s a sports bar with a good craft beer tap list. Large seating area, there is hardly ever any wait. The staff is friendly but very hit or miss as far as speed and service is concerned. They occasionally have some very hard to find stuff (tons of three floyds) so its worth it to stop by if you are in the area. Food is also very good for a bar.
First stop of the day on the post-Expo Chicago art fair tour.
Subterranean Irish themed chain bar, football playing on all 4 dozen tv’s in the place (not joking). This bar probably has a higher tv-to-patron ratio at any given time. Dark and carpeted, wood paneling everywhere. Saw a digital Hamms sign on the wall, that was a first. Passed the main bar on the right past the hostess stand, lots of taps lined up with plenty of filler.
Highlights were Lagunitas IPA, something from Great Lakes, and Arrogant Bastard. The full list had a few more craft options in cans/bottles: 90 Min, Ska, Alpha King, a couple Half Acre cans, a few basics from Stone. Not many craft seasonals besides Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Opted for a Daisy Cutter at the back bar, which was less crowded. Service was pretty quick and attentive at a table in the back. They don’t really promote craft beer here, you basically have to scan the taps yourself to see what’s available. Beermenus lists some good beers now and then, but on 9-23-2012, the selection was pretty weak here.
Overall this bar seems to cater to nearby hotels and after work sports fans. Not really much of a beer bar but they have some decent options... most halfway decent bars in town have a similar if not better selection though. Walk or cab the few blocks from your hotel to Clark Street Ale House, Farmhouse, Jake Melnick’s, Rock Bottom, etc. 2013: Howells & Hood is 5 blocks away with over 100 taps.
Went with friends. Did not expect a decent tap and bottle list. Got everyone riled up about craft beer and ended up buying BCBS Proprietors and Backyard. Prices were on point. Didnt try the food. Will be back.
Large bar in central Chicago. Excellent tap selection accompanied by good prices makes for a good start. Food was also a pleasant surprise as we expected just standard fare. Very busy and loud which makes it feel more like a place for miller lite. Service was pretty good overall. I recommend for the beer, just expect the ambience.
You don’t see a lot of sports bars that have this solid a tap list. They had some really good local craft plus they had some Three Floyd’s drafts which don’t exist where I live. The food was solid and the service was friendly. I felt like I got a nice slice of Chicago. I’d go back then next time I’m in Chicago.
Stopped in here during CCBW 2011, thought I had rated it. It’s in the basement type area in Streeterville, which is kind of neat. They seem to get a big variety of Sam Adams beers here on tap as well. Relatively clean and interesting. I like the ambience here, at least in the middle of the afternoon. Didn’t try the food. Beer selection is decent, though nothing really outstanding.