Old Chicago - Boulder

Taps: 20+ | Bottles: 120+
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
brokensail  (1295) Dublin, California | October 17, 2013
stopped in on my way back to MJís place after some mountain wandering. located, conveniently on the pearl st mall and very close to West Flanders. not a huge location, but decent enough. seemed to be a popular spot, even at lunch time on a Monday. beer list is good, but not great; lots of local options available, which seems to be the norm in Colorado. not a bad place, but wouldnít be my first choice.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 31, 2013| Updated August 20, 2013
Visited November 2012.

Right around the corner from both West Flanders and Walnut Brewery. Apparently this the original location, which is kind of neat. Very dark on the inside and loud in the bar area. Service was scarce but they have a pretty decent tap list. I got a glass of the Prost Dunkelweiss and a taste of some raspberry beer from Twisted Pine. Also had a calzone, even though I had dinner at Avery several hours earlier. Not much else to say about this place other than itís a popular bar in a nice area. Parking sucks in this area.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Brouwerij  (40) Boulder, Colorado | June 4, 2013| Updated October 28, 2013
A large bar attached to restaurant, generally pretty noisy, especially when busy, some televisions showing sports. Tap list is long but seldom exciting, bottle list is long and pricey. Knowledge of the beer seemed questionable. Food is greasy and mediocre. End up here every once in a while, never much to say.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
gnoff  (595) MŲlndal, Sweden | October 9, 2012
Visited with a friend on October 8, 2012. Did not eat. Sampled a few beers and had a few regular pours as well. Nice selection of both draught and bottles. Nice service. Good place to just relax for a few beers for sure.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen  (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | January 13, 2011| Updated December 12, 2013
Typical Old Chicago with about 25 beers on tap and another 100 in bottles. Beer selection isnít all the different from any other Old Cís you may visit in Colorado.

Shitters: B-
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel  (10) Portland, Oregon | October 27, 2010
When I go out drinking (beer), I always go to Old Chicago first for their beer selection. Everything else is so-so.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
PaulUnwin  (124) Pinellas Park, Florida | September 1, 2009
Just like the others, I guess because itís a chain!! It wasnít too bad, most of the bartenders were young and seemd to think an awfull lot of themselves, but they had some decent beers, I wouldnít want to spend all night in there, but as I was walking down the road it seemed rude not to go in!!
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 9/20
3fourths  (1528) Boulder, Colorado | November 3, 2008| Updated January 21, 2013
Sunday afternoon so the bar side was packed with loud football fans. Televisions in every corner and over every booth and window. Small seating area at the bar stuffed with taps. Give them credit for putting on a respectable selection of draft beer, including a couple of nitro selections and two forced hand pumps. Lot of of the more common local and regional beers on draft. So I got my pint and went back outside and sat on the patio, watching the pedestrian traffic on the Boulder mall. The weather was nice, the beer I had was better than I expected, and I enjoyed my short time at Old Chicago, but it makes me laugh that the reason I enjoyed Old Chicago was because I was not sitting inside Old Chicago.
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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 9/20
TAR  (30) Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina | June 1, 2007| Updated August 25, 2009
What a joke of a place. The environment is as cold as it gets: TVs in all directions, crappy music, and sheepish and snobby staff with silly-looking polo shirts. I guess because many of the employees here (namely the bartenders) have convinced themselves that they work at the "beer mecca," means they are enlightened. Haha. Okay, on to the beer. I stop by here every week when riding my bike to have a taste of the cask ale. Well, letís just say that, just like the often neglected cask ales at Walnut Brewery (just down the street), the beers are served too warm and often flat and oxidized. Obviously the cask-ale turnaround is so slow that it takes at least several weeks to empty one. Rather than removing the cask (like a responsible pub would do), they choose to serve "spoiled" real ale until its gone. Thatís too bad. Cask ale is fairly rare in Boulder, which is absolutely the only reason I will set foot into this place. On a positive note, they do not use sparklers. That said, spending more than a couple minutes in this stinkhole gives me the a dull man.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
Ernest  (207) Boulder, Colorado | October 5, 2005
Usually the only time I drop in is around GABF time to buy tickets. Because, well...the bartenders usually donít know much about beer (but often pretend to...two examples: telling a patron that a particular beer was an "Imperial" style without embellishing further ["Imperial what?" didnít seem to be a question], and another bartender argued with me that microbrewers designed their beers, all their beers no matter what style, on purpose to be served ice cold in frosted mugs...he really seemed to believe it too), serve keg beer in frosted mugs (sigh!), the bottled beers are often old/oxidized, and the pretense of their "world of beer" menu is repulsive. On the one hand itís nice to have some choices beyond Bud or Newcastle at a restaurant, but with few exceptions your options are limited to only the most popular, common, and commercial brews outside of the megabrews. So, not a place for beer geeks, itís more of a hangout for those who are just getting started in the beer world that exists outside of BMC. The food is ok, but Iíve never had anything that was better or worse than just plain edible. Ambiance is kinda trendy and commercial, makes you feel like youíre in Applebeeís or Chiliís or any other chain restaurant you can think of.

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