DrnkMcDermott (87) Downers Grove, Illinois | August 16, 2013| Updated September 3, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
This covers mainly the Berghoff’s bar, which is next to their restaurant, one of the oldest surviving restaurants in Chicago, and holder of the first liquor license issued after Prohibition ended. A real, traditional German restaurant, so traditional the bar has no ladies’ restroom (need to go to the restaurant). The bar has all Berghoff beers on tap, now much improved since they got their recipes rejiggered by Randy Mosher and brewed at Point. Bar staff are mostly long-timers, as are the restaurant’s waiters. Crowded after 5, of course, and with one of the earliest closing times of any Chicago bar; but being downtown and not near the theatres, the crowd pretty much dies out after rush hour anyway. There’s a glassed in counter opposite the bar where sometimes sandwiches are made. Otherwise, get something to eat at the restaurant, or the lunchtime cafe on the lower floor. And here are five words I never thought I’d put together until I came here for dinner: Their creamed spinach is great!
Additional info: They do have guest taps as well, the last time I was there they had OB Dale’s Pale Ale and a Left Hand on tap. But I saw too that all their beers are served in a shaker glass; no other glassware styles noticed.