United States > Illinois > Chicago
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 12, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Located in the Tribune Tower, entrance is on the south end of the building, about 500 feet off Michigan Ave. Looks like a huge patio outside with a nice view in warmer months.
Inside thereís a large host desk, almost like a hotel reception area. Little sayings were etched into the walls, not sure if that was pre-existing before the restaurant or not. At the bar, the decor was copper panels and faux black gatorskin chairs. Behind the bar was more industrial with steel paneled everything and narrow windows with a view into the keg storage room. Large dining room with modern flair, white tablecloths and large windows facing the NBC plaza. Overall the hotel lobby & restaurant vibe was a little sterile and soulless.
Service was ok, no one else was at the bar so the bartender was able to briefly chat, though it was early in the day and didnít seem to be the standard.
Selection is wide, though there were only 8 seasonals listed. Majority is tried and true craft, mass appeal stuff organized by style in the middle of the menu book, after the food menu. The "sours/lambic/fruit" section didnít list any unsweetened lambics, Jacobins Rouge was the only sour beer. Otherwise thereís plenty of safe options to choose from, with solid go-tos like Uinta Dubhe, Greenbush Anger, and Daisy Cutter. They offer small pours for $3ish on average, and donít charge tax on your bar tab (a plus).
Location is good for a place like this, though Jake Melnicks has a better draft selection on the Mag Mile.
leej (2) , | February 17, 2014
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible Beer selection - rare imports, local microbrews, national craft beer seasonals, the whole lot! Fantastic Pastrami Sandwich and Fried Green Beans. Loved it!
charule (71) Chicago, Illinois | February 16, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Went here on a Saturday. Place was pretty empty which was weird. Prices are high. Service wasnt spectacular. A large selection of beer but pretty regular stuff. Nothing special.
jrallen34 (377) Chicago, Illinois | November 22, 2013
44 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 8/20
Quantity over quality here. You would think with 114 taps they would have some good beer, umm no. The vast majority of the beers are craft beers but they are the commonly available beers you can get anywhere. Typical Michigan ave spot, huge, touristy, huge flat screens, dbag central. Skip this spot.
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